Wednesday, 30 September 2020

SHELF LOVE: 5 of my favourite thriller novels

It's been a while since I have written a book related blog, even though I've been reading more than ever. I've found myself lacking motivation to write recently so I decided to wait and note down some blog topics/notes for when I feel the 'writers block' has passed. I feel that I've exhausted the book challenge style blogs but I wanted to keep with a sort of 'theme' and so I decided that, with most people wanting book recommendations for different genres, that is what I would do.

Thrillers are probably my favourite type of fiction and the books that I read the most. I do try and mix it up by reading different genres but if I see a good thriller advertised, I can't not read it. I always get asked from friends and family for book recommendations, particularly thrillers, so it seemed logical to start with my 5 favourite thrillers...


I See You - Clare Mackintosh, 326 pages



You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you're going.
You're not alone . . .

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .


I don't even know where to start with this one, other than saying that it is one of the best thrillers I've ever ever read. And trust me, I've read a lot of them. One of my favourite parts of this book is the writing style - the switch between the main investigating police officer, the victim (Zoe Walker) and the person 'watching'. I also found the depth of characters really good, gaining an insight into the personal experiences' police officers may have when investigating a similar crime to previous ones and the things that might trigger them.

This book genuinely had me hooked, although it was quite slow to start. Stick with it - the ending is something I did not see coming. I was speechless!

Glass Dolls - D. E. White, 298 pages



Detective Dove Milson is called out to a chilling murder scene by the coast. A teenage girl is found murdered, encased in glass.

The murder is a replica of the work of a serial killer known as the Glass Doll murderer, who entombed his victims in glass to watch them die. He would be the prime suspect but . . .


The kicker?

Dove's own niece was one of the original Glass Doll victims.

When her other niece goes missing, it looks like the copycat killer plans to repeat history in more ways than one.



I came across this book as recommended in my Kindle Unlimited section and I liked the sound of the blurb so I thought I'd give it a try. I genuinely stayed up until 7am to finish this because I couldn't put it down (if anyone has a spare life to lend me, it would be much appreciated)... However, I could not recommend this book more if you're after a good thriller.

This book is gripping, fast paced and has a jaw dropping ending. I will go as far as saying it is probably one of the best endings of a book that I have ever read. If you read one book soon, and you love a thriller, I would highly recommend this.

What Lies Between Us - John Marrs, 371 pages



Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.


I really didn't know what to expect with this one and I won't lie, it was probably one of the weirdest books I've read. It took me quite a while to get into it and I wasn't sure whether to put it in my virtual DNF pile however it really picked up from around 50% of the way through and I'm so glad I stuck with it!

There were so many twists and turns and it kept me guessing throughout. The ending was also fabulous. John Marrs definitely has a vivid imagination.

Blood Orange - Harriet Tyce, 353 pages



Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems...

Just one more night. Then I'll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She's neglecting her family. And she's having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I'm watching you. I know what you're doing.

But someone knows Alison's secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she's done, and who won't stop until she's lost everything....


This was a selection for my online book club and I'd heard great things about it. I personally felt that this book was more character focused, as opposed to the plot (until towards the end) and I felt like I really gained a good grasp of each of the main characters. I felt real sympathy for Alison, whilst at the same time kind of disliking her too... Although I did feel that her actions were due to feeling complete despair about her situation.

I really enjoyed this and loved the interlink between Alison's client and her own life, making it even more blatantly obvious the dire situation that Alison was in (even though she couldn't see it for herself).

I would really recommend this. The perfect book for a cosy night in or lying by the pool (if COVID ever disappears).

The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides, 352 pages



Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?


Described as the “perfect thriller” that will leave you in a state of “intense, breathless excitement”. Cue the eye roll. Another award winning, incredible thriller that isn’t all it’s made out to be... or so I thought! However, the blurb really stood out for me. With one of the main characters - the only one able to explain her husbands death - mute, there was a great deal of mystery added to an already undetermined plot. I knew I had to read it and give into the hype. I do not regret it!

I found this book to be extremely fast paced and I read it in three sittings; in around 4 hours in total. I struggled to put it down. It really was one of those where your eyes are closing but you just HAVE to read the next chapter! I loved that this was mainly narrated by Theo but also had snippets of Alicia’s diary, giving context to the incident but also an insight into her mind.

This is hands down one of the best books I have read and the twist at the end really got me, I did not see it coming! I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a psychological thriller and a book that keeps you guessing.


The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
Last One to Lie - J. M. Winchester
Somebody's Daughter - Carol Wyer
The Perfect Couple - Jackie Kabler
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen


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