Mystery, scandal, secrets, lies – and sometimes even murder – are all things I look for in a book and a television show. Cue The Affair. The picture-perfect setting of the Hamptons has all of the above and more, keeping me guessing each week about the lives of Cole, Helen, Alison and Noah. Since the finale is upon us, I have compiled a list of page turners that you won’t be able to put down, guaranteed to fill the void while The Affair is on hiatus.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Nick and Amy are the perfect couple on the outside. But inside, there is a sinister game that is being played. When Amy goes missing on their anniversary, Nick is the prime suspect. Could Nick really be the killer or is there a game of cat and mouse being played right under his nose?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the train every day and every day she sees the same things from the window of the train car. During one of her routine rides, she sees something out of the ordinary and it throws her into an intense police investigation. Having problems in her own life, she is trying to do the right thing but is her help more of a hindrance? Lust, affairs and thrills keep the pages turning in this bestseller.
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
A murdered maid of honor on idyllic Nantucket – it doesn’t get much juicier than this. The players are all in Nantucket to celebrate the wedding of the season but not your average suspects play a key role in this mysterious death. A must-read for this summer!
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
When Sarah and Eddie meet, their connection is instant and they each know they’ve found their match. When Eddie leaves for a scheduled vacation, Sarah can’t wait for his return. When he fails to call her from the airport, Sarah knows something is wrong. As things start to unfold, she realizes she doesn’t quite know the truth about the man she thought was her perfect match.
The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
A plane goes missing, a man dies, and his wife is widowed, left with questions that need to be answered. In order to figure out what really happened to her husband and the flight, she has to figure out how to work with the few things she has left of her husband: access to his former colleagues and a laptop. This is a thriller with high stakes, offshore accounts and a wife searching for truth. By the end, she’ll figure out that the people she loves aren’t always who they appear to be.
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Jacqueline discovers her husband was in a fatal car crash in Hawaii when she thought he was on a business trip in Kansas. Not only does that make her question him, but the police let her know he was not alone in the crash. Who was the woman he was with? What double life was he leading?
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Cecilia finds a letter written by her husband that’s to be opened only after he dies. The problem is, he’s still very much alive and the letter holds dark secrets that weren’t meant to be discovered until after he was gone. Cecilia is well-known in her community and these secrets will be the downfall for her and some women she doesn’t even know, making her question if she ever really knew her spouse at all.
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Will sets off to Orlando for a business trip while his wife Iris stays home. When she receives news that a plane en route to Seattle has crashed and Will was on board, she is dumbfounded. Why was Will on that flight? Iris begins a search for answers and clues to her husband’s lies, making her wonder if her marriage was really perfect after all.