Great thrillers(28 Posts)
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Anyone got any recommendations?
Ones I've liked so far:
The Breakdown (BA Paris)
Between you and me (Lisa Hall)
I See you (can't remember the author)
Behind Closed Doors (BA Paris)
Didn't really enjoy Gone Girl or The Couple Next Door and thought In a dark dark wood was pretty rubbish too
The Burning Air by Erin Kelly is brilliant - the twist was amazing, and I'm usually pretty good at spotting 'em!
"Good me bad me" by Ali Land was excellent, I thought
I also really enjoyed "I'm travelling alone" by Samuel Bjork
I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh (sp?)
When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
Mary Torjussen’s Gone Without a Trace is great. And she’s a mumsnetter.
Thanks ladies! Ah, yes forgot I'd read when she was bad (which was good)
Thank you, CarrieBradshaw and Matilda! It's very kind of you!
Another Mumsnetter who writes thrillers is Gillian McAllister. Her book's 99p on Kindle at the moment - it's her second book and the first was on the Sunday Times bestseller list.
I have just tonight ordered two that might be interesting.
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan, which is £5.00 on Amazon for the hardback, and described as:
A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.
Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.
The Girl Before by Rena Olsen. This one unfortunately shares the same title as a quite heavily marketed hardback that I read earlier in the year, and did not like.
This one sounds a lot better, but I think it might suffer by being confused with the other one (which was awful, it was by JP Delaney and it didn't live up to the hype, it was like a 50 Shades tribute book).
This one is described as:
Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing.
In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.
We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name—Diana—and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew, to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future.
Mary Torjussen's book is great, and she's lovely to talk to. I'm impatiently waiting her next one now.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is a great book! Totally unexpected ending and a gripping read!
Ooh yes, loveka, I loved Lie With Me. I must look up some of her others.
Maybe this isn’t quite what you mean but Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household. An unnamed British sportsman captured and tortured during the late 1930s in an unnamed European country for attempting to assassinate its unnamed dictator. Left for dead, makes it back to Britain and is tracked down. Superb stuff.
I'm just reading Emma in the Night it's brilliant x
Good detective-thriller Jean Christophe Grange "Miserere"
Lie With Me was excellent, far better than anything else I'd read in that genre imo. Sabine Durrant has a new one out soon called Take Me In. On the other hand I thought Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pimborough was dreadful, hated the ending if I knew it was going to veer into fantasy I wouldn't have bothered reading it in the first place. Clare Mackintosh's, I Let You Go had a great twist as did The Girlfriend by Michelle Francis and Apple Tree Yard, but I imagine many have see the latter's TV dramatisation. Anatomy Of A Scandal is another courtroom/crime as described by a previous poster and is well worth a read, also available at Sainsbury's for £4.99 if you don't want to buy it from Amazon. Peter May's books are consistently good, imo he is an above average crime writer. Peter James's, Roy Grace series are also good, although some better than others. I thought I'm Travelling Alone was awful very cliched Scandi Noir, I wasn't wild about Close to Home either. It's always intersting to see how books divide opinions. I have read and enjoyed a couple of Tammy Cohen's books I believe she also writes under the name of Tamara Cohen. Elizabeth Haynes' Into The Darkest Corner and Behind Closed Doors were gripping as was the other Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris which you have already read OP. All in all, at her best, I don't think you can beat Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell.
I am a thriller junkie and just finished The wife between us and would highly recommend!
Massive fan of Sabine Durante, Erin kelly et al too.
@MyAimIsTrue I am currently reading Anything you do say by Gillian McAllister, and loving it so far!
The last Mrs Parish was good. Also enjoyed The Wife Between Us. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
I have enjoyed Erin Kellys stuff. Love Anne Cleeves Vera and Shetland. And also Tana French dublin murder squad series.
But am finding lots of this genre is a thriller by numbers at the moment. Hated Gone Girl and The Girl On the Train.
I enjoyed The Girlfriend,
I just finished "fatherland" as part of the 2018 reading group on here and thought it was a great historical thriller. Really fast paced with great characters
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