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I love all genres of books but I generally stay away from thrillers. At least the thrillers that are graphic–with blood and gore and way too many details for my overactive imagination.
Recently I decided to give thrillers another try. This time I stuck with psychological thrillers instead of going with my previous favorites like James Patterson, Iris Johansen, and Patricia Cornwell.
Each one of these books sucked me in from the beginning and wouldn’t turn loose until I had finished the last page. I promise I’m just going to give my two cents without giving away any spoilers below.
3 Must Read Psychological Thrillers
The Good Girl was Mary Kubica’s debut novel but it surely didn’t read like a first novel. The story was told through several different characters’ points of view along with a timeline that alternated between events happening prior to, during, and after the kidnapping took place. I know some people don’t enjoy stories told in this manner, but I thought it worked well for this one in particular. While at times the characters seemed to be a bit cliched, I also found them to be true to character and likable (for the most part).
The Good Girl was fast paced and intriguing with a huge twist at the end. Yeah, I really didn’t see that one coming. Maybe I should have, but I didn’t.
And it left me feeling a bit unsettled.
But it’s a thriller, right?
So I imagine being unsettled was the intended outcome.
Amazon’s description: “I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.
The friend that recommended In a Dark, Dark Wood said that she couldn’t put it down and had read it in one sitting. I also read it in one day. So now you’ve been warned! Only start this book when you have plenty of time on your hands or you might be staying up half the night.
There were some characters that I didn’t like at all, and others that could be irritating at times, but neither were to the extent where I wanted to quit reading the book. Ruth Ware did an excellent job in making them unlikeable while at the same time making the reader sympathetic to their human faults and frailties. The characters were weird and grating, and sometimes fakely ingratiating but this is what drove the plot. And it’s totally worth the read.
Amazon’s description: What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip.
Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.
In the tradition of Paula Hawkins’s instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson’s riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page.
Today I picked up Ruth Ware’s new book called The Woman in Cabin 10.
Snapped, by Laura Griffin, is very different than the two books I reviewed above. Laura Griffin writes a CSI crime series and this is one of the latest books in that series. Although some of the same characters appear periodically throughout the series, you’ll only miss out on some of the minor details if you don’t read them in order.
A word of caution. This series does have a lot more action, and a little more blood and gore, than the books mentioned above. However, they generally don’t go into graphic detail–just enough to keep the suspense building.
Amazon’s description: On a sweltering summer afternoon, Sophie Barrett walks into a nightmare. A sniper has opened fire on a college campus. When the carnage is over, three people—plus the shooter—are dead and dozens more are injured. Sophie escapes virtually unscathed. Yet as details emerge from the investigation, she becomes convinced that this wasn’t the random, senseless act it appeared to be. No one wants to believe her—not the cops, not her colleagues at the Delphi Center crime lab, and definitely not Jonah Macon, the homicide detective who’s already saved her life once.
Jonah has all kinds of reasons for hoping Sophie is mistaken. Involving himself with a key witness could derail an already messy investigation, not to mention jeopardize his career. But Sophie is as determined and fearless as she is sexy. If he can’t resist her, he can at least swear to protect her. Because if Sophie is right, she’s made herself the target of a killer without a conscience. And the real terror is only just beginning. . . .
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