Now that fall is near in the Midwest, it’s got me in the mood for thrillers and heavier stories that I can curl up under a blanket with. I’ve been on a reading streak lately that has brought some really, really good books into my life.
These are 9 of the best thrillers I’ve either already read, or put on my “to read” list based on hearing other’s recommendations.
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter - This was the 3rd book I’ve read by Karin Slaughter, and each time I read one of her books, I am blown away by the level of detail and depth to her stories. This newest novel starts with a horrible mall shooting, and then switches back and forth between present day and the 1980s.
2. Tear Me Apart - J.T. Ellison - This is a long book - but don’t let that deter you from reading this compelling, fast-paced story of a famous downhill skier and her family she thought she knew. I flew through this book, sucked into the story that addresses mental illness and childhood illness. This story is much deeper than it appears on the outside.
3. Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier - I loved this raw thriller so much that our book club read it as one of our summer discussions. The story centers around an unsolved murder of a teenage girl, and her two friends. Alternating between past and present, I could not put this book down! One warning - there is a bit of raw language and description.
4. The Banker’s Wife - Cristina Alger - I absolutely loved this thriller, which tells the story of a journalist who has to decide whether to break a story about off-shore banking. It was a bit scary to think about how the things that happened in this book probably happen in real life all the time. As a journalism major in college, I loved the investigative journalism aspect of this story.
5. Final Girls - Riley Sager - This felt like the perfect Halloween read to me. It was the first book I’ve read by Riley Sager and I loved the raw, almost horror feeling of it. This fast-paced thriller tells the story of 3 “Final Girls” - each the only survivors of horrific murders. Let’s just say this book kept me guessing! I would highly recommend this for your October TBR.
6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway - Ruth Ware - If you are looking for the perfect October read without the horror factor, this is a great choice. This was my first Ruth Ware book, and I loved how it was a slow building, atmospheric mystery. It felt dark and dreary without being scary. Every chapter had me guessing until the end. Our book club will be discussing this one at the end of October!
7. Sweet Little Lies - Caz Frear - This was one of my Book of the Month picks, and I can’t wait to read this police procedural involving a London detective and buried family secrets that resurface during a murder investigation.