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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.