Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Thrillers

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Books Of X Genre. I tend to read a variety of different genres rather than just sticking to one, but the one I probably read most is thrillers. I’ve read a lot of thrillers this year in particular.

img_0234Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It seems everyone in the world has now read this book, but in this case, it’s worth the hype. This book is just so well written and so twisty. If you saw the twist coming, you’re lying. I love Gillian Flynn’s writing, along with her flawed and unlovable characters. So many books are marketing themselves as ‘The Next Gone Girl’ recently, and none have lived up to the real thing so far.

img_0171I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

This is probably the only thriller I’ve read this year that actually did almost live up to it’s ‘Gone Girl’ comparison. The story is completely different, but so cleverly written. It’s difficult to talk about without giving anything away, but it’s very gripping, very twisty and very well written. (My review here)

img_0232Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This was the second Flynn novel that I read, and it didn’t disappoint. If you like books that are a bit weird and very creepy, then this is for you. Once again, you get wonderful, unlovable, flawed characters and really clever writing.


img_0269The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I suppose it’s questionable whether or not this belongs in the ‘thriller’ category, it is more Crime/Mystery, but I think both those genres overlap into Thriller, so I’ve included it here. Although the first book is my favourite of the three, I’ll include all of them here as a set. They really are J. K. Rowling back to her best, waving clues and hints through each chapter and then shocking us at the end for not picking up on them.

cover85491-mediumMy Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this a couple of months ago, and I absolutely loved it. It’s a really original, gripping and well written story, with just the right amount of creepiness. It was released towards the end of last month, so I’d really recommend looking out for it. (My review here)


img_0212Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The last of Gillian Flynn’s books. I enjoyed this the least, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It is a much more conventional thriller, veering away from the psychological aspect of the other two, but it is written with Flynn’s wonderful creepiness. It’s also incredibly gory if you like that sort of thing.

img_0775The Sister by Louise Jensen

This is another new release. It starts off a little slow, but the shock ending really makes up for it. Again, I’d recommend looking out for this if you haven’t got a copy already. (My review here)


img_0283The Accident by C. L. Taylor

(My review here)

 This was a surprise for me. I wasn’t very keen on her most recent novel The Missing, so I didn’t have very high expectations for this one. I was proven so wrong! It’s such a gripping story and highly recommended.

img_0273The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

(My review here)

 This was nowhere near as good as its hyped up to be, but I’ve still deemed it worthy of being on this list. It’s a very decent thriller, it’s just not the ‘book of the century’ it has been marketed as.

img_0165The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

(My review here)

 This was an unexpected read. I was wary as it had quite mixed reviews on Goodreads, but it ended up being great. So fast paced and excting, it’s only after you’ve finished it that you realise it perhaps wasn’t quite as good as you’d originally thought. 




14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Thrillers

  1. Ali says:

    Love this list. I sort of felt like all of Gillian Flynn’s books were sort of echoes of each other though, if that makes sense.
    Have you read Good As Gone? I thought the twist was very Girl on The Train-esq.
    I’m adding The Passenger to my TBR, thanks!

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  2. Ali says:

    This is a great list! I sort of felt like all of Gillian Flynn’s books were like echoes of each other though, if that makes sense. Did you ever read Good As Gone? It has a Girl on a Train-esq ending.
    I’m putting The Passenger on my TBR! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    • Bathtime Reads says:

      I agree in a way. I think her writing style is so distinctive that it makes the books quite similar.

      I haven’t read Good as Gone, but I’ll add it to my TBR. I do think the ending to Girl on a Train is what let it down though; I thought it was a little far-fetched and unbelievable.

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    • Bathtime Reads says:

      I thought The Girl on the Train was only good when not compared to Gone Girl. It’s a decent book in it’s own right, but it is completely different to Gone Girl in every way.
      Thanks for visiting, I’ll check yours out now šŸ™‚


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