Few books are more enthralling than a good mystery, because the false leads, plot twists, and fast pace make you want to get to the ending as quickly as possible. And modern mysteries are far more compelling than simple stories in which “the butler did it;” they are intense, psychological reads with plots as intricate as clockwork. And because Hollywood loves a good mystery too, there are plenty of mystery books to read before they become movies. Featuring international cat-and-mouse games, the resolution of a decades-old murder case, and one protagonist who just might be a complete sociopath, these mysteries run the gamut.
But why read the book first? Well, you get to experience the full force of the author’s unexpected plot turns and surprise endings. When you read the book after watching the movie, chances are you’ll already know most of the surprises. Although some people like to know the ending of a mystery before they start reading (it’s one way to better appreciate the author’s real clues and false leads in the narrative), most readers like the shock of a did-not-see-that-coming twist. Plus, when you do see the movie later on, you can be all smug for having read the book first.
So before stepping foot into a theatre this year, consider downloading one of these nine mystery reads to your kindle.