Novels That Deliver the Thrills

After enjoying a myriad of delightful summer-y beach reads the past couple of months, I’ve been in the mood for thrillers lately.

And boy have they ever delivered! I’ve been turning the pages at warp speed.

Let’s face it, Lisa Jewell has a gift for writing tense nail-biters that keep you guessing right until the final page. I lovedĀ None of This is True with a podcast as an intriguing backdrop. I won’t spoil the plot (I promise), but let’s just say there were a few doozies in the surprise department.

Ditto for Sarah Pekkanen’s latest solo excursion, Gone Tonight. After penning four tense psychological thrillers with Greer Hendricks, Pekkanen’s latest has plenty of mother-daughter drama, unreliable narrators, and a slew of big reveals. Basically my kind of book. I started on a Saturday afternoon and finished the next day.

While I’m not quite finished yet, I’m currently enjoying Yellowface by R.F. Kuang. When Stephen King says it’s “hard to put down, harder to forget,” you know you’re in for a wild ride. And so far, the humor, the suspense, the unraveling plot, leaves me wondering what’s next.

How about you? What makes a thriller a good one for you? Do you prefer something more plot-driven, character-focused, or both?


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