#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Mystery.

Hoo bubba, I’ve got mysteries galore on my TBR! I’m generally a fan of mysteries and thrillers as long as they don’t include paranormal elements (like ghosts) because those are my no-go’s. But although I feel like I read them a lot, it turns out that many of them are just sitting ducks on my physical and digital shelves. They’re quite popular in the book community though so I always see lots of great reviews and hyped books on my feeds (especially on bookstagram). I have noticed that plenty of the Kindle Unlimited titles are mysteries/thrillers but also, many of the books that I find on sale or with ‘deals’ are usually mysteries too. All that to say, it’s too easy for me to add new mysteries to my already overburdened TBR, but you know I’m just going to keep adding them anyway 😂 Here are five randomly picked titles from my shelves:

Sometimes I lie

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

Everything i never told you

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

in cold blood

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. At the center of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human. In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative.

In the woods

A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.


Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.


  • 03/08/2020 — Long
  • 10/08/2020 — Mystery
  • 17/08/2020 — 2020 release
  • 24/08/2020 — Assemble Cast
  • 31/08/2020 — Disabled MC

Are you a fan of mysteries/thrillers? What are some of your favourites? Have you read any of these?

12 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

  1. I am determined to read Rebecca this year. It’s the one classic I told myself that I’d definitely read this year. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have a kindle copy of it. I think I’m going to end up buying a copy.


  2. I recently bought Sometimes I Lie… because I saw it everywhere. Who am I kidding?!? It seems like I buy Soooo many books because of the same reason! haha.


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