I vacillate between reading memoirs and thrillers. Sometimes I’m more in the mood for reality, increasing my knowledge about random facts, what have you. I can never get enough of a good redemption story, and don’t get me started about 1980’s/70’s American History. (There’s something so intriguing about that time period that interests me more than events that took place centuries ago. It might be the continued relevancy that mistakes from that time have on present day life…)
Either way, I have always loved a little edge, a little nervousness while reading. Thrillers, unlike memoirs, are the types of books that keep you up all night. Under the covers flashlight reading, walk up the stairs looking over your shoulder, if you feel me.
Lately, with the success of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, I’ve noticed an influx of female driven thrillers. It’s awesome! Gotta give it up for the women in fiction these days. I’ve read three more recently, and I’m still hooked on the genre. I can’t get enough.
- The Good Girl (Mary Kubica)
- A multi perspective, non-linear narrative on a woman who becomes enchanted by her kidnapper, and the search that ensues to find her.
- Luckiest Girl Alive (Jessica Knoll)
- A young woman’s return to her high school reunion summons terrible memories about a particularly dark time in her life.
- In a Dark, Dark Wood (Ruth Ware)
- A bachelorette party gone awry leaves someone dead. With the female lead questioning all attendants, including herself, it’s a classic Whodunit novel, with dark, psychological undertones.