My favorite genres of books lately have been books that either are mysteries, thrillers, or (if I’m lucky), both.
I’ve read quite a few good ones so far in 2019 that I’d recommend. Each image of the book takes you to Amazon where you can read the synopsis but I’ve detailed my thoughts on each below.
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
While this book is more of a mystery than a thriller, The Chalk Man had me pretty creeped out. The book includes young bike-riding kids, mysterious deaths, and sidewalk chalk. An odd combination, but effective nonetheless.
This book is great if you’re looking for: Stranger Things vibes.
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
I’ve been a big fan of Megan Miranda since the All the Missing Girls days and was thrilled (no pun intended) to see her latest pick make Reese Witherspoon’s reading list.
This book is great if you’re looking for: something that reminds you of Nancy Drew.
No Exit by Taylor Adams
Wow oh wow, this book had me on the edge of my seat. Instead of rehashing what I’ve already said, check out the blog post about this book here.
This book is great if you’re looking for: a binge read.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
I didn’t like this book by Sager as much as The Last Time I Lied (see below), and I had to pick up this book a couple of times before pushing to the finish line. I liked the concept a lot, but I could have done without a few of the subplots.
This book is good if you’re looking for: a female-led narrative surrounding survivors and their continued haunting.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I’m a pretty good guesser when it comes to mystery and thriller books, but I did not see this twist in The Silent Patient coming. In addition to the surprise, I loved the use of a rehabilitation center – it’s such a trope nowadays but it made perfect sense here and was done well.
My only complaint? The girl on the cover of the book is blonde but the main character is a redhead.
This book is great if you’re looking for: a huge plot twist.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
My first glimpse into Ware was The Lying Game (which was a Book Club book), and I found myself wishing for more. There was a little more here, but I’m still not as hooked as I wish I was. My favorite part, however, was the author’s use of tarot cards – they really felt embedded into the story and not just a quirky thing the main character did.
I’m currently listening to Turn of the Key, another Reese Witherspoon pick, and I’m hoping this packs the punch I expect from such a hyped book.
This book is great if you’re looking for: well-crafted characters and tarot cards.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
This book is great if you’re looking for: a book bringing back the nostalgia of summer camp with a twist.
Have you checked out my post about Goodreads? Check it out below.
Any more good mystery or thriller books I need to add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!