6 cracking thrillers to read this year

Love a good thrilling read? Prepare to have your spine truly tingling, your teeth a-chattering and your heart a-racing with these six books

The Thirst - Jo Nesbo

The Thirst - Jo Nesbo

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When a woman is found brutally murdered after an internet date, the police know there’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him, until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case. A fast-moving crime thriller from Jo Nesbo – and not one for the faint-hearted.

What Mumsnetters say about the book:

“I'm a big fan of Nesbo's books. This is absorbing with lots of red herrings and definitely up there with his best.”

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If I Die Before I Wake - Emily Koch

If I Die Before I Wake - Emily Koch

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Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. However, he is in fact fully aware of everything going on but can only listen as his family debate withdrawing life support, his girlfriend is encouraged to move on, and he begins to realise that what put him there may not have been an accident after all.

What Sorcha from MNHQ says about the book:

“A deliciously tense novel that I really enjoyed reading, especially as I'm a particular fan of books that have an unusual narrator and premise. Alex's interactions with his family were both insightful as well as excruciating, and I found myself audibly spurring him on to solve his own murder.”

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McMafia - Misha Glenny

McMafia - Misha Glenny

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The non-fiction book that inspired the new series that everyone's talking about. Journalist Misha Glenny journeys to the dark side to expose the underworld of organised crime, from cyber criminals in Brazil to the escalating consumer demands for drugs, trafficked women and illegal labour across the world.

What Mumsnetters say about the series:

“Well acted and gripping, James Norton good as usual. Also, a nice change to see so many new faces.”

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The Long Drop - Denise Mina

The Long Drop - Denise Mina

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William Watt is an ordinary businessman, who the local community is convinced has murdered his family. In order to prove his innocence, he must resort to the help of Peter Manuel – a known criminal and liar – who claims he can get hold of the gun that was used. Set in 1950s Glasgow, this true crime novel is an award-winning story of suspense, based on the life of one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers.

What Mumsnetters say about Denise Mina:

“Another shout for Denise Mina here. Her books deal with the motivation for a crime and the effects of the crime, both personally and socially, rather than simply whodunit.”

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The Lying Game - Ruth Ware

The Lying Game - Ruth Ware

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When they were young, Isa and her three best friends used to play 'the lying game', a competition to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, seventeen years later, and with her own child, she must return to the seat of her childish pursuits – to try and prevent the friends' darkest secret being exposed.

What Mumsnetters say about Ruth Ware:

“I loved In a Dark, Dark Wood – it was brilliantly tense & a fab debut. I wouldn't be surprised if the author is also a Mumsnetter as I could imagine the threads about the toxic friendships & the horrendous hen night! Really looking forward to reading more from her.”

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A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee

A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee

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The start of a captivating new crime series, A Rising Man follows former Scotland Yard detective Captain Wyndham who is newly posted to the police force in Calcutta. Before he has time to settle in, he finds his first case – a warning to the British to leave India, by means of a note in the mouth of a murdered senior official.

What Mumsnetters say about the book:

“This debut novel is a fantastic example of great crime literature that gives Rankin and Patterson a run for their money. The book is so atmospheric you can feel the stifling Calcutta heat as you read it. I would highly recommend it and can hardly wait for the next one to be released.”

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All prices correct at time of publication