The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
An interesting book because it gives you the POV of the victim AND the criminal. What's not to love about a look into the deep, twisted psyche of a criminal? And then to get to feel the victim's anger, animosity, anxiety in juxtaposition with the criminal's feelings? Just spectacular. It doesn't hurt that it's an easy read. One long flight or rainy day inside and you'll finish this puppy. You definitely won't want to put it down, but don't worry… You're probably too creeped out to leave the house anyways.
A good whodunnit:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This book can totally fall into the "creepy and dark" category as well, but since that's the majority of what I read, I figure I'll categorize this as the whodunnit of the two. In contrast to the story where you know what the killer is thinking, you're guessing the whole time who it is. Guessing who the killer is, however, doesn't take away one bit of the visceral feelings you get about the protagonist. You love her. You hate her. You feel for her. Regardless of what you think of her, she's dead set on finding out who the murderer is, whether it puts her in danger or not. Now that I think of it, just lock yourself in your apartment all weekend and read both books. You don't need to go outside for anything anyways.
A great gift for the fashionista in your life:
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas
If you have a cool girl in your life (blogger, fashionista, foreign exchange student, etc), even if you are the cool girl in your life, then this book is a must. It's a collection of whimsical little stories, quips, and lists from 4 Frenchies that have been friends for years. It's romantic, moody, cool, and frivolous, just like the authors themselves. The feminist in me loved every minute of it, and made me want to book a one-way ticket to Paris.
And something to warm the heart:
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Because you can't just read murder mysteries and watch SVU all day (trust me, I try), here's something to warm up that little black-as-coal heart of yours. A great mother-daughter love story, and it's got elephants! You can't lose! This book will certainly take the longest to read of the whole list, but it's worth every minute of your time. Picoult, as she frequently does, tells a tale that is easy for her readers to follow, but then BAM, throws you for an unexpected twist. Her research that she does for each book is incredible, and this one takes us into the world of elephant behavior. They're so much like us as humans, as mothers, as children. After reading this, I will be surprised if you don't make a little donation to helping the elephants... Right after you call your mother and tell her you love her.