Happy Tuesday everyone! I can’t believe that it’s seriously almost November! Where has the time gone?
It’s been so long since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday. With our Halloween Freebie, I wanted to share some thrillers I’ve been loving recently!
For those of you not familiar with Top Ten Tuesday, it was a meme created by the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Ready Girl in 2018. Be sure to check out Jana’s blog for prompts for the rest of the year!
This week for Top Ten Tuesday the topic was a Halloween freebie! As you can see from the title, I’m talking about some of my recent favorite thrillers!
*I recently did a BookTube video on Thriller Recommendations, however, there are some differences between the lists due to some books I read after filming the BookTube video.
10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – This book really appealed to my interest in Forensic Psychology as it followed a psychologist who is interested in a woman convicted of murdering her husband, though this woman has gone silent since the murder. Told from dual perspectives, this book plays with expectations and the novel cultivates in an interesting conclusion. While this might not be the most groundbreaking thriller, it was still a lot of fun!
9. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough – This YA thriller was one of the books last year that reminded me how much I love thrillers. This book follows Natasha, the queen bee of the school who was pulled out of freezing water after being dead for 13 minutes, now she’s trying to figure out who tried to kill her…and why. This book had a fantastic conclusion, interesting characters, and was a great book for those new to the genre!
8. Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson – You’ll come to learn how much I love dual perspectives and this was another one I enjoyed immensely. This one, like the Silent Patient, had numerous plot threads that blended together so perfectly, the ending left me gasping.
7. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – This was one that I read this past month and enjoyed way more than I was expecting. This book follows Jessica, who participates in a psychology experiment on morality and ethics, however as Jessica gets to know the mysterious Dr. Shields more, she realizes that things are not quite what they seem. As someone with a background in psychology research, I was nervous to pick this one up due to my (possible) inability to suspend my disbelief. That being said, this book kept just enough of an air of realism to keep me entertained. While not as good as their first book, I still enjoyed this one immensely!
6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – Last year, this was one of the most talked-about thrillers, and I can definitely see why. This book had such an eery atmosphere and compelling plot. The stakes of Hal being discovered as not being who she says she is adds such a compelling layer to every action, which kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, we love messy families.
5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – One of the book communities’ most anticipated releases of the year, Leigh Bardugo’s adult debut was just as dark and twisted as was promised. This is not a book for everybody, but if you think it’s one for you, definitely check it out. This book was compelling, twisted, and one of the reasons I love secret societies in books.
4. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – The debut of this duo was such a pleasant surprise. This was a book I went into completely blind and that was definitely the way to do it. The twist in this one was a complete surprise and really gave the novel an added layer I was not expecting. This was one that I am hoping to reread in the future to see how the story holds up knowing what I know now. This is another great thriller to help turn someone on to the genre.
3. The Whisper Man by Alex North – One of my more recent reads, The Whisper Man definitely holds up to the hype it’s received this year. This was such an unsettling read that kept me hooked from the first page. This book follows a serial killer who has appeared to resurface 20 years after his original string of killings. Widower, Thomas has moved to a small town with his young son to restart after the sudden death of his wife. However, things take a dark turn when Thomas’s son begins to talk about a man whispering to him.
2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – I read this book back in August and loved every second of it. This book follows a woman who has been charged with the murder of one of the young girls she was nannying for. The book is told in flashback form as the truth about what actually happened is slowly revealed. This book is soo eerie and creepy and so good for the spooky season! Definitely, one to read with a warm beverage this Halloween!
1. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – Still one of my favorite thrillers I’ve read this year. The Last Time I Lied had such a fantastic ending. I still find myself thinking of that final reveal and how it refocuses the entire story. This book follows Emma, who returns to Camp Nightingale as an adult to try to find out what happened to her bunkmates. This was the book that cemented Riley Sager as an auto-buy author for me!
What are some of your favorite thrillers?
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