Category Archives: Thriller

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

After a certain point I could not put Things We Do in the Dark down! It totally sucked me in. Rarely have I cared so much about what happens to characters that I hope things for them after the end of the book as if they were actual people. I was a bit confused when I got to part two and suddenly it was talking about totally different people, but of course all the storylines eventually converged and it all made sense. There were a couple things I expected and a couple things that were a complete surprise. I gasped right out loud a time or two while reading when things happened. The way the author wrote the feelings of the young teen in foster care toward her mother was super authentic. The ending was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 68
Pages Read in 2022: 24,871
Graphic Novels: 1

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I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

The first about fifty pages of I Killed Zoe Spanos were slow and quite confusing. I was starting to question why I had chosen it (the description sounded great). But then it started getting good. And then it got amazing (and ended up even better than the description made it sound). It was still a little confusing, or rather crazy making. I wanted to believe from the start that Anna had lied in her confession and that she had not killed Zoe, but then she knew things she shouldn’t have known if she was innocent and blackouts weren’t uncommon for her so I kept questioning my own thinking. A lot of it was psychological and so creepy. When I read it at night I couldn’t go to sleep right away after putting it down because it had me creeped out (granted it doesn’t take much to creep me out). I found giving the background of the case mostly through podcast transcripts very enjoyable. There were some things at the end that I really never saw coming. I highly recommend this book to teens and up who enjoy psychological thrillers.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 62
Pages Read in 2022: 22,559
Graphic Novels: 1

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Truth is in the Darkness by Heather Sunseri

The Truth is in the Darkness by Heather Sunseri

I couldn’t put The Truth is in the Darkness down. Unfortunately this led to me staying up way too late to finish it. The ending was totally worth the loss of sleep, though. The story just seriously sucked me in. I really liked finding out more about Coop and Lil since I’d read the first and third of the Paynes Creek Thriller series so I had been introduced to them before (not sure how I missed reading the second book before I read the third but that wasn’t an issue). I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy romantic thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 57
Pages Read in 2022: 20,485
Graphic Novels: 1

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Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

I spent pretty much all of Five Total Strangers totally stressed. It’s clear something is not right in that car and someone might be actively trying to prevent them from getting home. Everyone is suspicious in some way. And the letters scattered throughout the book are so incredibly creepy (as is the man in the yellow cap). They are such an example of someone getting in their head that a simple interaction meant something more and different than it actually did, leading to stalking and finally an “if I can’t have you nobody will” mentality. And as the reader you know that person has been in the car the whole time. I was pretty sure who wrote those letters relatively early on, but I second guessed my theory so many times. The way the author wrote the tension, increasing it as the group got more tired and suspicious of each other was incredibly well done. I very highly recommend this book to teens and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 45
Pages Read in 2022: 16,485
Graphic Novels: 1

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Right from the first page One of Us is Lying sucked me in. I think I ended up suspecting every single character, including the police and the science teacher, at some point. I did guess correctly who the culprit was at one point and occasionally circled back to that theory, but then when you think it was everyone at some point of course you’ll be right at least once. I was so absorbed in the story that I had a doctor’s appointment and was reading it in the waiting room and was at a tense point near where everything was revealed when I was called back and for the first time in my life my blood pressure was high (the doctor took it again a few minutes later and it was back to normal). The narrator rotates between the four main characters and I never knew if they were being honest or not or whether I could trust them. The character development, particularly of Addy, was extremely well written. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adults books.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 43
Pages Read in 2022: 15,804
Graphic Novels: 1

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Genesis by Robin Cook

Genesis by Robin Cook

Robin Cook writes some amazing medical thrillers. I love how he builds the case little by little and keeps the tension going throughout. I had a couple guesses who the killer was pretty early on, and one of those guesses was correct. With a bit left in the book the killer was revealed to the reader and so it was quite fun through the rest of the book waiting to see how Jack (because it’s always Jack) figured out who it was. Seeing that Genesis is the 12th of 12 Laurie Montgomery/Jack Stapleton book, I must admit I was pretty sure he was going to off Laurie to end the series. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy medical thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 42
Pages Read in 2022: 15,442
Graphic Novels: 1

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The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I’m going to file this book under “I didn’t see that coming at all!” The Golden Couple is packed with red herrings, storylines that initially seem unrelated, and a cast of characters swirling around the main ones who nearly all seem suspicious at one point or another. The chapters alternate between Avery, a therapist who has lost her license and is now more of an overly involved life coach (first person), and Marissa, half of a wealthy couple who seeks out Avery’s help after she can no longer stand the guilt from a one night stand (close third person). The last three or four chapters were some of the most amazing and shocking I’ve ever read. I really, really didn’t see that coming. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy thrillers, particularly with unreliable narrators.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 33
Pages Read in 2022: 11,858
Graphic Novels: 1

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Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri

Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri

The third book in the Paynes Creek Thriller series, Secret is in the Bones carries on what was happening at the end of the first book (I somehow missed reading the second book and that was not a problem reading this one). As is typical of books by this author, I literally could not put it down. I kept staying up until midnight or later (VERY unusual for me) and had to force myself to put my Kindle down and go to sleep. The action is pretty much non-stop and the romance between Faith and Luke is just perfect. The occasional chapter from the point of view of the killer/stalker/all around bad guy really added to the reading experience. I got to know more than the characters! I often wasn’t sure where things were going and even though I knew who the bad guy was I had no idea where he fit into everything, or why he was obsessed with Faith, until nearly the very end. Truly a fabulous book. I recommend it to adults who enjoy thrillers, but definitely read the first book in the series or you will be very confused reading this one (though obviously the second book isn’t required before this one).

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 81
Pages Read in 2021: 26,482

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A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson

A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson

A high school I went to had wolverines for their mascot. We used to make fun of that. Wolverines were little and pretty cute. That didn’t sound like the fighters the other high school had. Boy were we wrong! Now, thanks to this book, I know wolverines are vicious little critters and probably the fightingest fighters of all mascots in existence. And it’s barely about wolverines. Sometimes I found it hard to keep reading because of the suspense. I was downright scared on occasion (granted I don’t do scary things and situations well, but this was so well written I felt like I was in the scenes with Alex and I was so worried for her). I actually gasped aloud at a couple points because I seriously didn’t see some things coming. As soon as I finished I looked to see if the second book is out yet (it is) because I will definitely be reading it. I very highly recommend reading A Solitude of Wolverines to adults who enjoy thrillers heavy on suspense.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 72
Pages Read in 2021: 23,261

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Abduction by Gillian Jackson

Abduction by Gillian Jackson

I love the writing style of Abduction. Every chapter is written by a different person. Some people only narrate a single chapter, others narrate several. The same events are often covered in subsequent chapters, just with variations and different information based on who the narrator is. This really helps to create a clear picture of what was going on at any given time while still having the whole thing in first person point of view. From very early on I strongly suspected what basically happened the day the child was abducted, though I questioned whether I could be right multiple times and did have a possible alternative suspect in mind as well. Even when it was revealed I was correct, I was still pretty surprised at exactly how it went. I could barely put this book down and had to force myself to close my Kindle and go to sleep knowing if I didn’t I’d “one more chapter” until I had read the whole thing. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy psychological thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 54
Pages Read in 2021: 16,817

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