The Essential Reading List: ThrillersThe one thing that unites all suspense novels is, of course, the tantalizing buildup of suspense. Here are the 50 best suspense books ever, from well-loved classics to exhilarating new titles. Perhaps the best-known murder mystery of all time, And Then There Were None absolutely epitomizes suspense. Ten strangers meet on an isolated British isle at the behest of their oddly absent hosts. Christie brilliantly immerses the reader in the fear and paranoia of the guests as they try to determine who among them is the killer… before their time runs out.
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Top 10s + Thrillers
The bestselling thriller writer picks 10 addictive reads - from crime to poetry, all guaranteed to be unputdownable. The classical thriller writer winnows down a lifetime's reading into the very best reads about the eternal city. From PD James to Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt, the novelist picks the books that defy all the thriller's conventions - but remain thrilling. Sam Mills's first novel, A Nicer Way to Die, is a dark thriller about a group of 30 pupils who travel to France on a school-trip. A horrific coach crash kills 28 of them, leaving two boys behind: Henry and James, two stepbrothers who share a troubled relationship.
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SARAH'S GUIDE TO MYSTERY/THRILLERS
Sometimes you get in the mood for a little suspense, and there's no better way to scratch that itch than with a killer book—literally. Thrillers never fail to get your heart pumping, getting you turning the page at warp speed while also delivering an oddly satisfying uneasiness about what's to come. To add a bit of excitement to your bookshelf, we found some of the best thriller books out there—many of which have been adapted for the big screen. But the story that seems obvious is nowhere close to the truth. Created into a drama starring Emily Blunt, this story follows Rachel Watson, a commuter who catches sight of the same alluring couple every day while on her train ride. But on one ride, she witnesses something shocking, and unexpectedly becomes embroiled in an ever-complicated investigation. An "average" housewife's life is changed forever when a car accident reveals that her husband is a serial killer.
I stumble across a new one about every month or two. More than four dozen of them belong in any list of engaging, well-written stories of crime and intrigue. All these series have one or both of two things in common: the protagonist is the same from one book to the next, or in just two cases the series are rooted in a particular time and place, though the cast of characters varies. There are just two exceptions to this rule: the work of Ross Thomas and John Grisham. Each entry is linked to my review of one particular novel. But all of my top ten are accomplished, bestselling authors.