One of my favorite things about summer is that it really motivates me to read. Between the lake trips, lounging at the pool on the weekends, and Game of Thrones ending, I have a lot of extra time to devote to reading. As much as I love beach reads, I’ve been on a new kick this summer: Mysteries and Thrillers! Here’s some thrillers you should at to your must-read list:
Thrillers to Add to your Reading List
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
I’m actually still working through this book as the audiobook but you can get a good synopsis from Amanda about the book. It’s about the main character, Riley, who has to go through her father’s estate after he passes away. She then finds out much more details about her sisters suicide (or maybe not suicide?) and mysteries about her birth.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
From the author of Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places, this 64 page book will have you going! I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s other books and was at the edge of my seat for all of them. This one definitely doesn’t disappoint until the end only because it’s so short! I read this as an audiobook and you’re set and done in an hour and 20 minutes. It was so good, that I made my boyfriend listen to it on our ride up to Wisconsin the next morning. Creepy, deceiving, and it will leave you wondering about what happens next for days after. (P.S. Also just read the rest of Gillian Flynn’s books if you’re looking for thrillers)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
While this book may not be a classic “thriller” I would still deem it a good mystery thriller under the guise of chick lit. Big Little Lies follows three very different women each with different struggles with their lives. Celeste is the “perfect” wife, mother, but is a bit flustered and quiet. Jane is a young, single mother, and lastly Madeline is the passionate, loud, new divorcee while having to deal with her husband and their new wife in the same neighborhood. While this book may start of totally chick lit and fluffy, it deals with some huge issues all stemming from how little lies can bloom into something much greater.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym for J.K. Rowling)
Even though I’m not a huge fan of detective mysteries, I was curious to read a new book from J.K. Rowling….errr Robert Galbraith. Cormoran Strike is a struggling private investigator with only one client, creditors calling, and living in his office. His one case is focused on a famous supermodel who was nicknamed the Cuckoo, who fell to her death. While it was ruled a suicide, Cormoran is put on the case to find out what really happened behind the scenes. My only suggestion is to read this book when you can have no distractions, I found myself getting distracted and forgetting small details that were important to the book. I had to go back and re-read lots of chapters because of that. This book is also the first in the series focusing on Cormoran Strike and his detective work.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I’m sure you’ve probably already heard of this book. It actually should be on another one of my lists of what books are coming to theaters, and the main character will be played by Emily Blunt! It’s told by Rachel, the main character, who is struggling to keep afloat after her divorce. She often finds herself blacked out and in a drunk haze. Every day she passes by a couple on the train who she nicknames and finds herself feeling like she knows them personally. Until she sees something shocking. She could go to the police, but who would believe a drunk?
What books have you loved so far this year? Did you set a reading goal for 2015?