I’ve made it no secret that one of my most loved genres has always been crime thrillers and psychological thrillers tied up with a little bit of mystery. These are the types of books I grew up with (my mother even read The Silence of the Lambs whilst in labour with me!) Recently I’ve read quite a few books in this genre so I thought I’d post a mini review for each of them and hopefully you will see something you like. In this genre, you are going to come across a lot of dark stuff so I will try my hardest to mention any trigger warnings for each book but I do insist that you thoroughly research a thriller before reading in case it features aspects you’re not comfortable with.
Despite banging on about my love for crime and mystery, this was my first ever Agatha Christie book who we all know, is the Queen of Mystery. I saw the lovely Cece recommend this book over on her Booktube channel and I just knew it was something I would enjoy and I was right! This book just proves that sometimes you need to go back to basic when it comes to mystery thrillers. It consists of ten characters, in a house, on an island. They start dying one by one and they come to the conclusion that one of them must be the murderer. It is a simple premise but man, is it done well. It’s mysterious and creepy as the characters die in relation to an old nursery rhyme. As readers, we are kept guessing until the very end and it will shock you. I just loved it and I’ve been on the look out for more of her books ever since!
I was automatically approved for this book on Netgalley and despite never hearing of it or its author, the synopsis was enough to get me interested. It follows the story of Sarah Havenant who one day stumbles upon a Facebook profile with her name, her details, photos of her family and recent updates. The only problem? It’s not her profile. What follows is twists and turns as the stalker gets closer and closer to Sarah and her family. As much as I was sucked into this book, I gave it a three star rating purely because of its pacing and the chapters that took place through the eyes of the stalker. It made me picture them on a swivel chair, stroking a white cat and doing the MWAH HAHA laugh. Despite that, this book was tense and you are kept guessing until the very end (except me as I guessed the stalker pretty early on.) I would still recommend it but TW suicide ideation and mentions of child abuse towards the end of the book. This book will be released on September 5th.
This was exciting and different and has left me with a love for its main character, Cassie. I would definitely say this could fall into the psychological thriller category. The twist/Big Reveal just blew my mind and made me feel like I needed to immediately reread the book to see what I missed. Having a psychologist ‘solve’ the mystery rather than a detective was a really cool twist as it did allow us to understand what went on in our character’s minds. The twists and turns within the Tanner family make these people one of the most dysfunctional family I’ve read about in a long time. If you have read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, this book reminded me a lot of it in terms of family dynamics. The format of this book, considering it is a mystery thriller, is quite unlike any I’ve read for a while. Usually, we have the entire book building up to the end when the Big Reveal happens and until then, we are as clueless as the characters. However, Cassie returns home at the start of the novel and immediately tells her story. 100% recommend!
If you look up at the top right hand corner of the cover, you’ll see that this book is marketed as being like Se7en (one of my favourite movies) and The Silence of the Lambs (see the start of this post) so I almost broke my finger rushing to Amazon and purchasing this as quickly as possible. This book is very gory – there’s body parts being sent about in little boxes, graphic scenes of torture and some explicit sexual scenes. The author did not hold back in this book. Despite it being a crime thriller as in we have a detective trying to solve the murders, the format also switches to the killer’s diary explaining how he came to be the person he is today. I enjoyed reading the diary entries more than the present day sometimes and the main detective didn’t really have a strong voice in my opinion. However, if gore and thrillers is your thing, mixed with a dark backstory, then this is definitely the book for you.
This author is one of my mother’s favourites so when I was scrolling through Netgalley and saw it, I had to request it. The book follows the story of sisters, Samantha and Charlie Quinn. The book switches between present day and 28 years previous when the two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint after watching their mother murdered in front of them. Charlie runs for her life but Samantha is left behind and through the chapters of this story, we find out what happened to the sisters after the events. Now estranged, the two girls are brought back together after a school shooting rocks their community. Both lawyers, along with their eccentric father, they team up to represent the young teenage killer when they think there’s more to her than meets the eye. Trigger warning for gun violence and very graphic rape.
I hope I’ve given you some helpful recs!
Lots of Love,