Five thrillers I want to read

I think summer is the best time to read a good thriller. Here are five I hope to get to soon. All descriptions are from Goodreads.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – I’ve always liked Margaret Atwood’s books, but I’ve never read this one. I read The Blind Assassin (which I think is catagorized as suspense) years ago and thought it was excellent.

It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?

Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases best-selling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – I’ve been meaning to read this for a couple years. A lot of these titles blend together. I actually thought I’d read this but I had it mixed up with The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner!

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson – I remember seeing this when it first came out and wanting to read it. Somehow it slipped through the cracks.

A bride’s dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man with whom she’s had a regrettable one-night stand shows up in this psychological thriller from the author of Eight Perfect Murders.

Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident—and the sexy guy who wouldn’t give her his real name—out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life.

Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears—and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something special and he’s tracked her down to prove it.

Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoon—and possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss… including her perfect new husband.

No Exit by Taylor Adams – I have this one on my shelf! Loaned to me by my son. It’s been a few years, so I need to read It soon!

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her? There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape. But who can she trust?

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith – This year I read Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks and ever since then, I’ve wanted to read this.

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a “sissy” by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James’s The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley—is up to his tricks in a 90s film and also Rene Clement’s 60s film, “Purple Noon.”

Do you like reading thrillers? Which ones are your favorites? Leave a comment!

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40 thoughts on “Five thrillers I want to read

    1. Hi Noelle – I’ve always enjoyed your mysteries – very clever and fun, but serious too. Are you working on another? I’ve never read P.D. James – do you have to read them in order? Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂

      1. PD James – a Dame of the British Empire – writes very intellectual police mysteries but because of the nature of some of the crimes, I would have to call them thrillers. My next book, Death at the Asylum will hopefully be out by Christmas!

  1. I loved Alias Grace. Not sure I would classify it as a thriller though. But I love everything Ms Atwood has written.

    1. Hi Darlene – interesting – I found Alias Grace on a Best Thrillers list. Sometimes those lists are a little loose with their definitions! Thanks for stopping by. Margaret Atwood is an excellent writer 🙂

    1. I hope to get to these this summer, although French Braid by Anne Tyler just became available at the library – I’ve been waiting a long time! Thanks for reading, Jacqui 🙂

      1. Yes, I am trying to hold off starting it until I finish my current book (Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow – a mystery book club book). Thanks for reading!

  2. I’ve read both Alias Grace and The Talented Mr Ridley. Both excellent choices. I do like suspense novels. I hope to read one or two during my holidays coming up in three weeks! Cheers.

  3. I always read a few thrillers every year, not my fave genre but they’re entertaining. I liked The Maid

      1. Sometimes you need to get caught up in the problems of others…especially the slightly more far fetched ones

  4. I think I read Alias Grace years ago — I can’t believe I’m not sure, but I was on an Atwood kick at one point and I’m fairly confident this is one of the ones I read. I don’t think of her books as thrillers! Hope you enjoy all of these!

    1. Hi Lisa – I was surprised that one of her books showed up on a Best Thrillers list – I’ll have to read it to find out. I kind of remember thinking that The Blind Assassin was suspenseful, but I read it a long time ago. I would definitely not categorize The Handmaid’s Tale as a thriller. Thank you for reading and commenting.

    1. I’m often in the mood for a thriller, however, I can’t read more than one – I need to mix it up. I’m definitely going to read The Talented Mr. Ripley. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Robbie – since I own No Exit I will probably read that first. I have some other books on my Kindle that I will read before those, however. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  5. I enjoy thrillers although I prefer a good mystery over them. I’ve never seen the synopsis for Alias Grace before and it sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I’ll definitely be picking it up this summer!

    1. Hi Cassie – I think that mysteries tend to have more substance to them, but I appreciated a good thriller, especially if it’s clever. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. I recently saw that “No Exit” has been adapted into a movie! Glad I didn’t watch it before reading the book.
    Added these books to my TBR!

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