Books Can Be Deceiving

Have you ever picked up a book that seemed like an easy read, then gotten a surprise when it ended up much deeper? I have had this happen to me so many times. Strangely, it always seems to happen when I’ve finished a thriller the book before. It’s often occured where the cover portrays a summery, light-hearted read, but inside there’s much more than you would expect.


If you’re looking for a book that isn’t quite what it seems, these are the books you’re looking for.

The Summer of Secrets by Alison Lucy

I expected this to be a summery read about three women who travel to the sun in search of their father. After all, it’s what the cover portrays and the blub alludes to. It’s actually a book filled with suspense. I was kept hooked right from the get go, and the three girls in question made for interesting characters to follow.

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is yet another “chick lit” where the romance is the central plot point. It’s important, for sure, but the romance part really only takes up the first half of this book. Part two goes a lot deeper.

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

I love a family novel, and especially one about sisters – I like to live vicariously through the lives of sisters, as I don’t have any of my own. (Sisters, not a life.) So imagine my shock to read this book and realise not only do these sisters not speak to each other anymore, but there’s a huge rift in the family still tearing them apart. And only one of them knows the reason why. Oh my god hook it to my veins.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

I honestly expected this book to be a little more light of a read than it was. Flora’s story is gripping, full of twists throughout the book, and completely different from the light hearted love story I expected it to be.

The Night of the Party by Rachael English

There are mentions of a death at the titular party in the blurb of this book, but I never expected just how much of an impact the death would have on those in the book. It follows them throughout the book, and throughout their lives, and watching their lives evolve with this secret to guard was hugely entertaining.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Again, I expected a light hearted family drama. After all, this secret couldn’t have been anything too big, right? I was mistaken. Cecelia’s husband had been keeping a secret with so many repercussions, and it all leads up to a truly shocking climax. The book is filled with gripping moments and true intrigue, and it is a lot more than it appears to be from the first page.

The Break by Marian Keyes

Marian’s books never fail to impress me, and this one really knocked it out of the park. It starts as Amy trying to cope when her husband goes to “find himself”, but the things she has to deal with in his absence are pretty hard hitting.

9 thoughts on “Books Can Be Deceiving

  1. I don’t know why I didn’t notice it before, but the cover for “If Only I Could Tell You” so does not fit that story.

    I have been so frustrated with how heavy some of my reads have been lately. I expect one thing, usually something lighter or running along a more positive note, and I invariably end up with something heavy and dark or ugly. Those absolutely have their place and I’ll enjoy those at times, but not when I’m expecting something different.

  2. I love when this happens and a book ends up being so much more than you expected! I haven’t actually read any of these, so I might have to check them out. I loved Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, do I’m intrigued by The Husband’s Secret!

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