Mystery novels are the kind of books that a reader finds really hard to stop reading until they have discovered who did it. But what’s even better than a mystery is a mystery novel where all the characters of the book are suspects. The more, the merrier. Or perhaps, it’s scarier! If you are looking for such a book, here are six recommendations:
Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
Australian author Benjamin Stevenson’s novel has been called “2023’s most original murder mystery”. It is the story of the Cunningham family where everyone has killed someone at one time or the other. When another murder happens during their family reunion, it’s clear that all of them have the potential to kill. With a narrative moving back and forth in time and an interesting narrative voice, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone is a definite entertainer.
Murder in the Family by Cara Hunter
Written in the format of a true-crime series and using e-mails, texts and archive materials to enhance its flavour, Murder in the Family is a hugely entertaining novel where a group of people come together to solve a decades old murder. As the book progresses, we learn that all the participants of the podcast had a reason to have committed the murder and the book takes its reader on a twisty ride till she turns that final page.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The wedding of Jules and Will reunites old friends on a remote island, which is soon cut off from the rest of the world due to a storm. When one member of the wedding party is killed, we know the killer has to be someone on the island. With everyone on the island harbouring dark secrets that they don’t want to disclose, The Guest List is bound to keep the reader hooked till the end.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Christie’s And Then There Were None is an intense novel where a group of strangers are lured on an island and accused of various crimes. They then start dying one by one. With no one except them on the island, which one of them is doing it? Or is there someone else lurking on the island as well? You have to read to find out!
One by One by Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware’s One by One takes place on a luxury alpine ski-resort where the makers of the app Snoop have gathered to decide the company’s future. When an avalanche hits the area and a board member disappears, it is clear that someone in the retreat has quite a different agenda. With more people dying, the atmosphere becomes more and more tense and you won’t be able to stop reading until that final high-speed resolution.
The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Yukito Ayatsuji’s novel takes place on an island which is cut off from the rest of the world. This island is being visited by seven members of a university’s mystery club for a week. But their visit becomes a nightmare when someone starts picking them one by one and killing them. The island has been a site of a lot of bloodshed a few months back and a homicide scene as well. Who is the killer? Does he live on the island or is he a member of the visiting group? Read the novel to find out.
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About the Author
Sneha Pathak has a PhD in English Literature and has taught at college and university level. She currently works as a freelance writer/translator. Her writings have appeared in various publications such as Muse India, Purple Pencil Project, The Wise Owl Magazine, The Curious Reader, Mystery and Suspense Magazine etc. She recently published her first book of translation, an anthology of stories translated from Hindi. Follow her here: Instagram