Whether they’re books or movies, I’ve never been all that into thrillers. They have to be something particularly great to catch my interest. If a thriller falls flat, or is predictable, I can’t help but feel disappointed. But there have been a few books that really caught my attention and kept me reading into the wee hours of the night. Those legendary compulsive page-turners that make me want to read nothing but thrillers. Lately, I’ve been in the mood for another, so while I search for one that sparks my interest, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites!
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This is probably one of the most popular thrillers out there, and for good reason! If you’ve read it, you’ll know that Flynn takes unpredictable to an entirely different level with this book. It blew my mind so much that I finished it at four AM, and immediately rented the movie on iTunes because I was too wired to sleep.
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Okay, so I totally knew the ending of this one going in (having seen the movie multiple times). But it was still a fun ride, and just as anxiety-inducing as watching the film for the very first time.
- The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre. I picked this up because I kept hearing about it, and I was definitely curious. I was not expecting to love it, but it took me completely by surprise. The psychological element is fantastic, and the story was so much better than I was anticipating for a book that, at first glance, kind of looks like erotica. (There are very strong sexual themes, but they play into the plot well and don’t seem gratuitous. Just a warning.)
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book’s been getting a lot of buzz lately because the film adaptation is about to come out (and I am so, so excited to see it). This was a great thriller, and I loved that the narrator is so unreliable – it definitely added a lot to the story and made the ending almost impossible to guess.
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I just finished this one a few days ago, and it was one of the most thrilling books I’ve ever read. The twists and turns were all unexpected, but made complete sense – the author wasn’t messing with us just to mess with us, it was a genuinely fucked-up situation. If you like sci-fi, even if you’re not totally into thrillers, this is a must-read!
I honestly haven’t read too many thrillers that didn’t make this list, but I’m in the mood to explore the genre more, so let me know if you have any recommendations! After Jurassic Park, I do want to read more Crichton, but I don’t know where to start (how many books has he even written?!). The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Night Film are currently on my TBR, and I’m planning on reading Shutter Island and possibly Stephen King’s Misery in October.
What are your favorite thrillers?