For the first time today I’m participating in a book-related Tuesday link-up. I have to admit I found it almost impossible to select my top 10 books from my fave genre: crime fiction / thrillers / novels of suspense… so I’ve kinda stuck to the thriller / suspense side of things, as I see it.
(The links to my – lengthier – book reviews are in the titles.)
This one – set in the Falkland Islands – is a bit of a sleeper and kicks off with the disappearance of a young boy. He’s the third to disappear in a couple of years and the small community starts to realise someone amongst them may be responsible. There are a lot of layers on offer in this novel and Bolton’s added texture and complexity to the characters who all come with an interesting backstory.
Within months of Penelope Sheppard starting University, three of her friends are dead. And Pen knows why. This book unfolds in multiple timeframes and predominantly through Pen’s sessions with a therapist after the deaths. There are a few surprises and it’s very very cleverly written.
I read this before I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and the twist offered by Durrant left Flynn’s for dead. The book’s centred around TV personality Gaby, who stumbles across a dead body while out jogging. And more bizarrely, even though there’s no indication the pair had crossed paths before, the victim looked remarkably like Gaby and was in possession of some of Gaby’s clothing.
This is by far my favourite by the author of the popular Gone Girl and involves a young journalist returning to her home town to investigate the murder of two young girls. As we’d expect from Flynn it involves some interesting twists.
Mia Dennett agrees to a one-night-stand she comes to regret when she’s kidnapped by a man she meets at a bar. At some point however, her captor decides against handing her over to his employers and what comes next is kinda surprising.
Overington mixes up her themes quite a lot and this felt like a departure from the tones of her previous novels… and I probably enjoyed it a little more as a result. Written across several timeframes we met Loren… the mother and wife who seemingly has it all, until someone hands her a note which blows her world apart.
This book was a huge surprise to me and has remained under the radar since its release a couple of years ago. Deanna is Jessica, a video cam sex worker who has not left her apartment in years. The UPS guy has a crush on her and assumes she’s on the run and frightened of someone. Little does he know that it’s the rest of the world Jessica / Deanna is protecting.
Three years before we meet her Hanna was beaten with a croquet stick / club thingy and left for dead. Her husband died in the attack and her daughter Dawn’s boyfriend went to jail based on Hanna’s evidence. But now there’s a retrial and Hanna’s agreed to attempt to piece together the events of the night. This was exceedingly twisty and I did not see some of it coming!
A ‘damaged’ young woman comes under suspicion when a frenemy goes missing. Amidst her troubles the consummate liar and psychology student meets her match in an 11yr old boy who knows far more than he should about the secrets of her past.
Christine wakes each morning unable to remember anything since her childhood. Her husband’s there to reassure her and created a safe world in which she dwells, but each day she discovers a diary she’s keeping, suggesting he can’t be trusted. This book’s already been made into a movie… so its potential already recognised, though I’m not sure the film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth did the book justice.
You may notice I’ve left off the likes of You by Caroline Kepnes, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and one of my faves, I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh, but… I’ve hopefully included a few lesser-known books and obviously recommend them all!