My Top Ten Thrillers

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Permalink

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.)

1. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

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.

2. All These Perfect Strangers by Aiofe Clifford

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.

3. Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant

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.

4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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.

5. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

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.

6. The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington

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.

7. The Girl in 6E by AR Torre

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.

8. If She Did It (aka Lacy Eye) by Jessica Treadway

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!

9. In the Blood by Lisa Unger

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.

10. Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson

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!

For the first time I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for the Top Ten Tuesday!

I’m also belatedly linking up with Kylie, for IBOT.

42 Comments
  • Angie @ The Little Mumma
    September 13, 2016

    Sharp Objects was incredible – infinitely moreso than Gone Girl, in my opinion.

    I don’t read the genre much but recently enjoyed Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I enjoyed Pretty Girls as well. It was a bit of a departure for Slaughter (as I enjoy her series) but definitely a good read!

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    September 13, 2016

    Awesome sauce! I totally need a new book and I haven’t read any of these so I’m bookmarking (ha! See what I did there?!) this post for future reference.

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I did see what you did there Sammie! 🙂

  • Ness
    September 13, 2016

    Oh I’ve got Sharp Objects on my shelf and haven’t read it yet! Must fix that. I couldn’t get into The Good Girl for some reason. I liked The One Who Got Away. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I really enjoyed Sharp Objects Ness… it was definitely my fave from Flynn!

  • Greg Hill
    September 13, 2016

    Before I Go To Sleep sounds creepy, but good! I may have to get that one. Sharp Objects I’ve thought about- I was looking at Gone Girl in the bookstore once trying to decide- yea or nay- then saw Sharp Objects and almost bough tthat one! And Little Black Lies I just saw earlier on another blog, and thought it sounded good- it had a different cover but I like this one more. I didn’t know it was set on the Falklands.

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I saw someone else include Little Black Lies as well! In my full review of it I mention how little I knew of the Falkland Islands!

  • HandbagMafia
    September 13, 2016

    Some great titles here. I love Gillian Flynn and Caroline Overington!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I love that Overington’s books are all quite different. I’ve only read three I think, but she covered immigration and asylum seekers, the online world and what we portray and now this…

  • Our Parallel Connection
    September 13, 2016

    I’m heading off to Bali on Thursday so needed a few book selections. thanks for some great ideas #teamIBOT

  • mreadsbooks
    September 13, 2016

    Great choices! I’ll have to add some of these to my tbr 🙂
    If you want to check out my own – first ever (so excited!) TTT post – here’s the link:
    https://mreadsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/ttt-1-all-time-favorite-classics/ 🙂

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      Ha, so you’re a newbie as well. I can’t believe how popular this linkup is…

  • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    September 13, 2016

    I have only read Sharp Objects from this list but loved it. Little Black Lies and The Good Girl are on my TBR. I will have to check the rest out! Great list!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      It was a hard list to put together Grace and I had a much longer list… The Black Susans and others…

  • Literary Feline (Wendy)
    September 14, 2016

    We were thinking along the same lines for this topic. 🙂 I had to limit my list in terms of years, and it was still hard to narrow down–so I understand where you are coming from!

    Little Black Lies made my list too. I haven’t yet read Sharp Objects, but I would like to. I’ve heard it’s good. I enjoyed Gone Girl quite a bit. Before I Go to Sleep was one i enjoyed as well.

    Great list! Thank you for sharing.

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      It was hard wasn’t it Wendy? I notice most of mine are fairly recently published and am not sure if that’s because I went through Goodreads to identify the books (and I only started using that in 2012) or whether these jumped out…

  • Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    September 14, 2016

    Oooh … I love a good thriller, especially one with lots of twists and turns. Sharon Bolton is a master at these kinds of novels. I’ve enjoyed all of hers. I haven’t read any of the other ones you’ve listed, but I’m definitely going to put some of them on my GR TBR list!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      Susan, I really enjoyed this book of Bolton’s. I’ve read some of her series, but loved this stand-alone very much!

  • Cait @ Paper Fury
    September 14, 2016

    I barely ever read thrillers! BUT I DO LIKE THEM. So I shall take notes on your list. ;D
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  • Lauren @ Always Me
    September 14, 2016

    I definitely need to try Kubica one of these days! 🙂

    Check out my TTT.

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I’ve only read a couple of her books but enjoyed this one more.

  • Tracy (@Cornerfolds)
    September 14, 2016

    I’ve never read any of these but The Good Girl has been on my TBR for quite awhile! Great list 😀

    Here are my Top Ten!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      It was on mine for ages too Tracy. Everybody raved about it and I think I read something else by Kubica first before eventually reading this which I very much enjoyed.

  • Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    September 14, 2016

    I have heard The Girl on the Train is good. I haven’t read a thriller is such a long time!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      EVERYBODY loved The Girl on the Train. I didn’t mind it but didn’t like the ending. I understand the movie’s going to be a little different so that will be interesting.

  • charliegirlteachergirl
    September 14, 2016

    I can’t remember which Gillian Flynn book I have, but I think it is Sharp Objects.

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      I liked both Sharp Objects and Dark Places more than Gone Girl… perhaps GG was more shocking when it first came out but I’d read twistier books by then, so it disappointed a little.

  • hugzillablog
    September 14, 2016

    Bloody hell I have not read a SINGLE one of those. What a loser. I clearly need to read more!

    • Debbish
      September 14, 2016

      And I read far too much…. I really should get a life!

  • Maureen Beatrice
    September 14, 2016

    I love thrillers.. but I must admit I haven’t read any of these books. I really need to update my TBR because these all sound so good.
    Thanks for bringing these to my attention! 😉

    • Debbish
      September 15, 2016

      No worries Maureen. Sorry for adding to your TBR pile!

  • Tea Time with Marce
    September 14, 2016

    So many great one’s on here Deb. I really enjoyed Lisa Unger’s also. The Girl in 6E by AR Torre, hmmmm, never heard of this one, definitely adding to my wishlist. I should try Sharp Objects, I wasn’t a fan of Gone Girl.

    • Debbish
      September 15, 2016

      It’s funny Marce as The Girl in 6E hs really stayed with me. It wasn’t exactly a thriller, but we spend much of the book wondering about the protagonist – fearing for her safety and that of others.

  • sanchthewriter
    September 15, 2016

    There’s a lot from the list I need to read. Must admit I wasn’t a big fan of Overington’s latest book…somehow couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The plot was good but the characters not so much. I read Sharp Objects but for the life of me, cannot remember it now! Damn…might need to borrow and re-read it!

    • Debbish
      September 16, 2016

      I thought Overington’s previous book was also very interesting… Can You Keep a Secret? focussed on what we share of ourselves online. Kinda.

  • Annemieke
    September 17, 2016

    Great picks. I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Girl in 6E. 🙂

    • Debbish
      September 18, 2016

      I’d loved it at the time and it wasn’t until I re-read my review I remember how much I loved the character. I think a sequel was to come so I must find out when etc…

  • kimbacaffeinate
    September 20, 2016

    I love this list and want to click, click, click. I have Flynn’s books but have only read Girl on A Train. Marking this page for shopping ideas!

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