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.