3 Suspenseful Books That Hit Moms Differently

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Hey there, fellow bookworms!

Bored and looking for something new to read?

I love reading anything spooky, full of suspense, mystery, crime, thriller, horror – as long as it’s not too sad.

Below are three of my favorite underrated books. If you like shows like Little Fires Everywhere or Lifetime marathons, you will love these.

These novels, all easily accessible, have what I would call fairly safe, happy endings but take you for one wild ride first and are based on a mom’s worst nightmares.

The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld

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This book is about a woman who finds missing children.

She’s so good at it they call her the child finder. Maybe it’s her past, the fact she was a found child, that makes her so perfect for the job. But it’s also from the point of view of a little girl who is missing.

As time ticks away and danger grows, the hunt for the missing girl dies down. Except for the child finder, who is still looking.

Part of this experience told through a child’s eyes can be jarring, but it’s worth sticking to. Follow the lead as she follows the clues, trying to solve two disappearances that are current while beginning to remember bits of her own past and forgotten identity.

While very emotional at times, this book ties everything up in the end, and it is hopeful. You can listen to this bestseller for free with a free trial from audible, check your local library’s e-book catalog, or order your own copy

The Silent Child, by Sarah A. Denzil

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This book is about a mom who lives in a very small British village where everyone knows what happened to her son years ago…or they think they do.

But just as she is about to finally have a baby girl in her new life, the son she believed died years earlier in an accident, turns back up. But, he is either too scared or unable to speak.

This is a mystery that ultimately answers all your questions, surprises you, culminates in an exciting climax and ends with all children safe and sound. Read for free with Kindle Unlimited or order your own copy

The Memory Watcher, by Minka Kent

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This book is from the point of view of two women.

Autumn watches the social media of a woman she doesn’t know…a perfect mom with a perfect life. But the fact she has it all isn’t all that bothers Autumn…it’s the fact she has the daughter Autumn placed for adoption years ago.

First, this birth mom watches obsessively and then moves closer to them and then takes a job as their nanny…

Meanwhile, the well-off, stay at home mom is busy managing the less than picture-perfect parts of her life as someone inches closer and closer into her social media, her life, and her home.

This book is suspenseful! And with social media’s current role in our lives, it’s a new kind of horror. As with the others, children are ultimately alive at the shocking end. You can also read this for free right now on Kindle Unlimited or order your own copy

What are your favorite suspenseful books?

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Originally from Columbia, Paula has also lived in NC, Florida, Alaska, and the UK before returning, after her husband’s deployment, to start USC School of Law. After passing the bar, working with education nonprofits, and going back for her Masters in English, she’s set aside being an active attorney for now to focus on her health, writing, and raising her baby girl, Evy. Paula knows life does not usually go as expected, like being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and sometimes it goes better, like eloping or adopting her best book review buddy, Evy! She binges on good tv, good books, good chocolate, good tea, and good conversation. She’s also a fan of winning, whether at board games or yoga. At home, she enjoys making art, music, stories, and tasty food with her family including two wild puppies, Poppy and Petra. Out and about, she enjoys being involved in theatre and music, like at Town Theatre, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife, attending Windsor United Methodist Church, shopping, volunteering, and traveling on the cheap! She does not enjoy laundry, social injustice, environmental destruction, the patriarchy, coffee, soda, kale, or pants. She’s excited and thankful to pursue her calling and bring her child up in this kid friendly town.


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