Best Crime Picks according to Reese Witherspoon

Jane Cowell

16 May, 2023

Reese Witherspoon loves to read so much she created her own online Book Club, Reese’s Book Club, to share her reading picks with other readers. 

And she loves a good twisty crime novel. If you love an enthralling mystery with engaging characters then these might be just the distraction you need.

If you are wanting to get in on even more of the fun of following what a celebrity likes to read, then check out our blog "Read like Reese Witherspoon!" where you can find each of the monthly picks from 2022. 

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave 

Witherspoon loved this novel so much she is making it for the small screen so it will be coming to your favourite streaming service soon.  Best to read it first so you can compare! This is available in multiple formats so if you will definitely be able to get your hands on a copy and if you have no time to read you can always listen to it in your car by downloading the audio version.  It is fast-paced with great characters so be prepared to get caught up with Hannah and Bailey as they desperately try to find Owen, Hannah’s husband and Bailey’s father, upending everything they thought they knew.

Also available as eBook (Libby), eBook (BorrowBox), and in Large Print. 

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware 

The film rights have been snapped up to this twisty novel which Witherspoon loved and told all her followers to read it! It debuted at No.3 on the New York Bestsellers list when it came out but if you have missed it now is definitely the time to catch up.  The Lying Game follows four best friends from boarding school who are brought back together when a morbid discovery threatens to expose the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of one of their teachers.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse 

In the words of Reese Witherspoon this is “an eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat” and even Richard Osman, author of The Thursday Book Murder Club series, could not predict the twists in this one. It is available in multiple formats so if you will definitely be able to get your hands on a copy.

Also available as eAudio (BorrowBox), Audiobook (MP3), Audiobook (CD), eBook (BorrowBox), and in Large Print.

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine 

This best-selling novel about a twisted con- artist is about to get the Netflix treatment so if you have not caught up with it yet, there is no time like to present to catch up. The last Mrs Parrish is a psychological thriller taking us on a deep dive with a con-woman who targets a wealthy couple — the Parrishes — as her next victims. She infiltrates the pair by befriending the wife and seducing the husband, with the master plan of becoming the next Mrs. Parrish, only to discover that the wife’s life is far more complicated than she could have imagined

Also available as an eBook (Libby). 

The Club by Ellery Lloyd 

Reese Witherspoon likens this read to a roller coaster ride so be ready if you want to pick up this read.  Available in multiple formats so you can fit it into your day however it suits you. The Home Group is a glamorous collection of celebrity members' clubs dotted across the globe, where the rich and famous can party hard out of the media’s glare.  But at the most prestigious club with an invitation only A-List the party turns sinister and the body count starts to rise and those on the guest list are starting to regret their fame.

Also available as eAudio (BorrowBox), Audiobook (CD), Audiobook (MP3), eBook (BorrowBox). 

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz 

This backpacking trip has deadly consequences with Reese Witherspoon declaring it as “every suspense lover's dream and it kept me up way too late turning pages."

So if you are up for a page-turner for a weekend’s winter reading then this is definitely one for you!

Also available as eBook (BorrowBox), and in Large Print. 

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry 

“I loved this thrill ride of a book...especially the twist that I did not see coming. Sisterhood, motherhood and espionage all in one book.” Declared Reese Witherspoon for this monthly book club pick. This is Berry’s third novel and is a thriller that follows a BBC employee who discovers that her sister is a member of the Irish Republican Army. 

Also available in Large Print. 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley 

Foley’s third novel was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller , Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year, made a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and was a Reese's Book Club pick for 2020. This is a locked room mystery that has readers guessing to the very end! Available in book form and audio so you can definitely fit it in to whatever your activity of choice is for the coming weekend!

Also available as Audiobook (MP3), Large Print, eBook (Libby), eAudio (Libby). 

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Considered a bold choice for the Reese Witherspoon book clubs by the critics, this novel is not for the faint hearted.  This is a provocative book, probing difficult questions about Western culture’s view and treatment of women’s bodies, especially in art. It manages an impressive twofer: It sucks you into a compelling mystery, before forcing you to contemplate the big, uncomfortable ideas it’s considering.

Also available in Large Print .

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda 

 "Picture this: It's the last night of summer in Littleport, Maine, and Avery Greer discovers her best friend is missing. Was she murdered? Was it a suicide? This story will have you guessing until the very end. I can't wait for y'all to read it so we can discuss all the twists and turns." Has Reese convinced you to get this one? Available to listen to as well as read, The Last Guest is Miranda’s third novel and explores the complexity of memory and female friendships.

Also available as eAudio (BorrowBox), Audiobook (MP3), Audiobook (CD)

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

This is deftly paced, elegantly chilly thriller, written by Catherine Steadman, who “Downton Abbey” fans might remember as Mabel Lane Fox  the heiress who vied with Lady Mary for the attentions of the less-sexy-than-Matthew-Crawley aristocrat Lord Gillingham. The opening scene is of a woman who is digging a grave – who for and why? Don’t look at me, you will have to read it to find out.

Also available as eBook (Libby), and in Large Print. 

Conviction by Denise Mina 

This one apparently has it all: sexual predation, financial skulduggery, reluctant heroism, even the power of social media – so a very modern crime thriller with a strong female lead.

Also available in Large Print. 

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