Today please welcome Wesley from Library Educated. He's here to recommend a few mysteries and thrillers for your fall reading!
If you’ve been around the blog lately you might have seen that I’m not one for scary, Halloween-y reads. However, when I want a pulse racing read there are still books for someone like me! Suspense and thrillers provide the excitement, twists and turns without the overtly scary imagery that makes nightmare fodder for me. The only suspense books I can’t get into are spy novels. I have tried “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” a few times and can’t get past the first few pages. Sorry John le Carre!
I’ve read a couple of good thrillers lately, and one I’m really looking forward to reading and I want to share them with you!
On the surface, this book is about a group of teenage friends living in a small Canadian town. The town is pretty miserable; poverty, addiction, abuse and worse are the norm here. There’s also a string of disappearances of native, teenage girls along the local highway, so that’s also bad. Then the Devil comes to town (yeah, THE Devil). He appears in different forms to different people in this already fragile community. Things disintegrate quickly! I love when a book has a pretty normal setting but then there’s a subtle supernatural twist that can surprise you. This book does that so well!
This book starts with a bang: a woman names Hannah is speeding through the nighttime English countryside with her daughter asleep in the backseat while her husband bleeds profusely in the passenger seat next to her. They are on the run from a dangerous enemy that has stalked her family for a very long time. The story takes us back in time and all around Europe as Hannah does everything she can to protect and save her family members. I found myself holding my breath as I was reading this book. The story is face paced and taut, the characters complex but relatable. I can’t believe this is the author’s debut novel!
This book is on the tippy top of my to-be read list! I forget where I heard about it (I can never remember!) but I knew I had to read it when I read the “blurb”! The story takes place in a tiny, remote Alaskan village. Wolves have begun sneaking into the village and snapping up children. A wolf and nature expert whose life is in ruins, a father of a missing child and his childhood friend set out to see if they can find the wolves and end the village’s terror. But instead of answers about the wolves they find out something much worse…Doesn’t that sound exciting? I’m pumped for it!
Do you have any favorite thrillers to recommend?