A Kiss Before Dying, by Ira Levin
“There is a point halfway through this novel—which is about a murderous young man seeking upward mobility—that makes you sit up and yell or throw the book at the wall because you realize you’ve been set up and taken in so masterfully. Without warning, the point of view of the tale shifts from the man to his second (potential) victim, and the reader suddenly realizes: We don’t even know the murderer’s name. I still think about that twist and marvel at the craft he used to get there.”
Recommended by C. J. Box, the author of more than a dozen thrillers, including Force of Nature ($10, amazon.com) and, most recently, Breaking Point ($27, amazon.com).
To buy: $15, amazon.com.