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My Suburban Noir recommendations (aka The 'Middle Class People in the Suburbs are all Insane and Murderous' genre)

The Dinner by Herman Koch: This book is so, so dark. It basically takes place over one dinner where a group of posh suburbanites try to figure out what to do when their kids do something horrific.

Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois: Inspired by the Amanda Knox case, this book explores the prosecution of middle class girl Lily Hayes, a quirky, promiscuous foreign exchange student, in the mysterious murder of her flatmate. 

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz:  Quite a good story about the dangers of hubris and annoying rich people. It’s about a New York therapist whose husband is accused of being a psychopath. 

Defending Jacob by William Landay:  This is basically We Need to Talk About Kevin if it were a courtroom drama. You’re not entirely sure whether the kid is guilty or not for most of the book. Is he just moody? Or are the parents too blinded by love to see him for what he truly is? Very enjoyable.

Here on Tumblr, our booklists tend to be YA-themed, but today, we’re making an exception: Gone Girl is in theaters this weekend! So if you’re in the mood for more thrillers and the most unreliable of narrators (we do love an unreliable narrator!), here are 12 chilling “just who did I marry??” novels, perfect for Gone Girl fans.

Want more adult fiction booklists? Check them out over here, on Pinterest. :)

  • You Should Have Known, Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Before We Met, Lucie Whitehouse
  • The Innocent Sleep, Karen Perry
  • How to Be a Good Wife, Emma Chapman
  • Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson
  • Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty
  • Until You’re Mine, Samantha Hayes
  • The Silent Wife, A.S.A. Harrison
  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, Paula Daly
  • The Dinner, Herman Koch
  • Under Your Skin, Sabine Durrant
  • Precious Thing, Colette McBeth