Hey Savvy Readers! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, which means you’re either scrambling to make last minute plans or you’re *gasp* single. Whether you’re tired of all the pink hearts everywhere, want to get your mind off Cupid for a little while, or just hate Valentine’s Day, then we have the perfect reading list for you!
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
The Perfect Girlfriend might just be the perfect (get it?) anti-Valentine’s Day read. The story follows Juliette, an obsessive ex-girlfriend that’s determined to win back the man that left her. This premise might sound like the beginning of a cheesy 90s rom-com, but Juliette isn’t playing around and she won’t let anyone get in her way. If anything, this novel proves that some people are better off single.
I Invited Her In by Adele Parks
You might want to cancel your Galentine’s Day plans after reading this one. When her long-time friend, Abi, needs a place to stay, Mel is more than happy to lend a helpful hand. After all, that’s what friends are for, right? But after seeing Mel’s beautiful home and loving family, Abi may not want to leave…
The Woman Before You by Carrie Blake
Warning: This is NOT a love story! Isabel is beautiful, talented, and bored. Matthew is mysterious, handsome, and dangerous. Both like to play games and manipulate people, but in Matthew’s game you can’t simply walk away… and for the first time, Isabel might be in over her head.
No Exit by Taylor Adams
This is the perfect atmospheric winter thriller without even a hint of romance. While driving back home to visit her dying mother, Darby Thorne gets caught in a blizzard, and is forced to stop at a nearby highway rest stop. The evening quickly escalates when Darby discovers a little girl, caged in the back of a parked van. Isolated and trapped by the snowstorm, Darby must act fast to free the child and save her life. But who can she trust?
The Secretary by Renee Knight
You won’t find much love in this story of obedience and obsession. For twenty years, Christine Butcher has worked as an assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton. Christine is absolutely loyal, discrete and devoted. For years, she has observed everything in Mina’s life, remaining quietly in the shadows. But such loyalty comes at a price, and it’s time for Mina to pay her dues.
In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green
A woman down on her luck unexpectedly becomes the owner of a dream home, but not everything is as it seems… When Isabelle inherits a charming cottage in Cornwall, she believes that her life is finally changing for the better. In reality, what she’s received is a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows, abandoned in the middle of the woods. The house is hiding a secret, and as Isabelle digs deeper, her life descends into a nightmare.
A Version of the Truth by BP Walter
In 2019, Julianne makes a shocking discovery that shakes the foundation of her marriage and her life. In 1990, Holly is a young university student who forms a strange friendship with a group of older students. But as the year progresses, Holly realizes that she may be a pawn in her friends’ sinister game. A decades’ long secret binds these two women. Now it’s time for the truth to be revealed.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Cancel your Valentine’s Day plans and get snowed in with this atmospheric psychological thriller. A group of long-time friends decide to vacation together at an isolated Scottish estate over the Christmas break. But as a blizzard traps the friends inside the lodge, tensions rise and old resentments surface. In a couple days, someone is dead and one of them has to be responsible….
Those are all of our anti-Valentine’s Day recommendations! Do you plan on celebrating or staying home with a good book? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!