Summer of Suspense: 6 Books About Family & Secrets

Ahh, family. At once the people who know you best, but whom you’re also prone to hiding some of your most scandalous secrets from. The cocktail of family and secrets often result in some of the best suspenseful reads around, so here’s a roundup of 6 of our favorites!


MISSING PIECES UPDATEDMissing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Jack Quinlan can’t seem to escape the haunting memory of his mother’s mysterious death years ago, and when he left home he did so with the intentions of never going back again. But when more tragedy strikes his family, he and his wife Sarah must return to Penny Gate, Iowa, where the rest of the Quinlans—and all of their unsavory secrets—await them.




cover_Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A twisted, brilliant story that revolves around three very different mothers, Big Little Lies will unveil the many unpretty truths that can lie beneath the surface of all kinds of familial relationships—and most likely all in one sitting, as you’re not likely to put this book down anytime soon.




The Drowning Girls 9780778318378_9d390The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard
Under the glamorous and pristine exterior of the Palms are some heavily-guarded secrets. Every family has theirs, and when the McGinnises move into the neighborhood they soon find out that theirs is not immune to the depravity of the rich and beautiful.





Cover_Night FilmNight Film by Marisha Pessl

Engrossing and multi-faceted, this book begins with the mysterious death of the daughter of a legendary cult-horror-film director and quickly pulls you in as it peels back all the hidden layers of her father’s little-known past.




THE SECRETS SHE KEPT (TR-O) 9780778319061_TS_SMPThe Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Return to Fairham Island with Keith Lazarow, whose homecoming is more bitter than sweet as he sets out to find out who killed his mother, Josephine; the late matriarch with a complicated relationship with her children, to say the least. Settle in for this one—a rich story with danger, romance and a family with more than their share of uncomfortable truths to overcome.




Cover_The Silent SisterThe Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Riley MacPherson has spent over twenty years believing that her sister Lisa had committed suicide, only to discover that she is actually alive, under a new name and identity. As Riley searches for the truth behind her sister’s inexplicable lie, she discovers even more about her entire family than she ever expected.





What’s a book about family secrets that kept you on the edge of your seat? Share with us in the comments below!

    Gina Shin

    Gina is a Marketing Assistant at MIRA. A west coaster with intense love for beautiful mountains and beaches, few things make her happier than escaping into some natural scenery to unwind. Gina studied both English and Criminology in university, so it should come as no surprise that some of her favorite reads are mysteries and crime fiction. If not with her books, she is most likely playing instruments (usually guitar) and singing obnoxiously or lost in the world of Pinterest with a cup of strong black coffee.

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