3 Killer Literary Mysteries to Read Now

Perfect for reading under the covers at night, these debuts will have you channelling your inner Nancy Drew


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday Canada, $25)
Rachel has lost everything: her husband, her career, her sobriety. Drunk and despairing, she rides a commuter train into London… which just happens to chug past where her ex lives with his mistress-turned-wife. Hawkins’ debut thriller starts slowly, but it gathers steam as Rachel’s obsession with her past turns her into a tipsy Miss Marple and takes the novel into nail-biting territory. (For tips on holding a book club discussion, The Girl on the Train is a Chatelaine Pocket Book Club pick!)



Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Viking, $33)
Just be yourself. That’s sage advice—unless deep down you’re a liar and a thief. Such is the dilemma of Grace, the conflicted yet alluring heroine of Scherm’s first novel. A small-town girl with upmarket Talented Ms. Ripley aspirations, Grace’s amoral coming of age includes theft, betrayal and adultery. Lusty, unrepentant and as improbable as a movie of the week, Unbecoming is a wicked weekend read.



Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Anansi International, $20)
You don’t really know what’s going on in this surreal psychological thriller until the OMG-worthy denouement. Eight-year-old Peggy is kidnapped by her survivalist father, who tells her the world has come to an end and keeps her prisoner in a deserted cabin. The true horror of what happens to Peggy, a survivalist of a different stripe, emerges only in the final pages. Prepare yourself.