Book Haul | Thrillers

I've been massively into the thriller genre lately, I just can't seem to get enough of them. my dad is also into thrillers in a big way too so we swap books and go on a hunt around charity shops together scouting out new books we can read! 
I predominantly like female authors, there's something about the way they write and the characters they concoct that interests me more than male writers.
When detective's daughter Stella Darnell discovers some old photos in her father's darkroom, an old case is reopened. The oldest photo dates back to 1966 when a ten year-old girl witnesses something that will haunt her forever.
My dad bought this one from Sainsbury's for me for about £1.99, it sounds pretty good, I don't usually like books about cops but seen as this is only loosely set around the police I'll give it a go!
Eighteen-year-old Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister.
Seventeen years later, she's out on parole and back in her hometown, but she's struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Ryan is convinced he can uncover the truth; her mother still doesn't believe Toni's innocent; and the former high school girls who made Toni's life miserable may have darker secrets than anyone can imagine. Before Toni can move forward, she must take a terrifying step back to her past to find out the truth and clear her name, before it's too late.
I've heard a lot about Chevy Stevens whilst I've been researching female thriller writers so I'm looking forward to reading this one!

At thirty-four Sara Gallagher is finally happy with her life, but there is one big question that still haunts her - who are her birth parents?
Finally ready to hear the truth, Sara discovers that some questions are better left unanswered: her biological father is an infamous serial killer, a wanted man who has been slaying women every summer for over thirty years.
And now he knows he has a daughter.
Sara soon realises that the only thing worse than finding out your real father is a killer, is him finding out about you...
Another Chevy Stevens offering, my dad has already read this one and said it was very good! The serial killer father is a interesting one, imagine finding that out about your family! 

Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...
When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.
The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.
I got this one from a charity shop and it's the standard ''someone goes missing and then everyone finds out that they barely knew them'' storyline, it's always interesting to see the different twists on a similar storyline.

It's 1.15 a.m. Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead, she's logging on to a property website in search of a particular house: 11 Bentley Grove, Cambridge. She knows it's for sale; she saw the estate agent's board in the front garden less than six hours ago.
Soon Connie is clicking on the 'Virtual Tour' button, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all. She finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare: in the living room, in the middle of the carpet, there's a woman lying face down in a huge pool of blood. In shock, Connie wakes her husband Kit. But when Kit sits down at the computer to take a look, he sees no dead body, only a pristine beige carpet in a perfectly ordinary room . . .
This is a really unique story for a thriller I think! My dad has also read this one and gave it a thumbs up! 
My dad can read a book a day, unlike me who gets too easily distracted haha he should really be the book blogger, except he doesn't even know how to turn on a computer!

Single mother and lawyer Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive prep school. When Kate eventually arrives at Grace Hall an hour later, she is greeted by the news that no mother ever wants to hear. A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Who are the friends she kept, what are the secrets she hid? And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world - and into the mind of a troubled young girl. Then Kate receives an anonymous text: AMELIA DIDN'T JUMP. Is someone toying with her or has she been right all along? To find the truth about her daughter, Kate must now face a darker reality than she could ever have imagined.
Thrillers seem to love the ''girl in a red coat'' imagery!
This book has great reviews and always gets mentioned whenever I see anyone talking about good thrillers.

For years, Sarah and Jennifer kept the Never List: a list of things to be avoided at all costs.
But one night, they broke their own rules – with horrifying consequences.
Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But it seems the killer has not forgotten her…
This one sounds a lot scarier than some of the other psychological thrillers I go for, but someone touted this as The New Gone Girl, which seems to be a tag that has been placed on many books but even so, I thought this one was worth a read.

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage.
But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.
Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first.
But she can't control what happens next.
I knew I had to have this book when I saw my favourite author, Jojo Moyes, describe this as ''so so good''.
If Jojo thinks that, then who am I to argue?

Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key.
Jack and Ma are prisoners.
A simple synopsis, but effective. 
This might not a conventional thriller but, as far as I'm aware, it does contain some twists and turns in it.
It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2010.

On the internet, we can be anyone we choose. No one knows who we really are.
Sheltered and obsessive, Leila spends more time online than out in the real world. So she seems the ideal person to take over the virtual identity of the vivacious and fragile Tess, who wants to disappear. But even with all the facts at her fingertips, there are things that Leila can’t possibly know about Tess – or herself – until it is too late . .
I'm currently reading this one, I'm about 120 pages in and to be honest it's not gripping me at the moment!
I feel like there's too much detail and not enough action, plus the chapters are so long that I never feel motivated to read it, whereas when chapters are shorter I'll think ''oh I'll just pick it up and whiz through a few''.

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. 
Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. The obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences... 
My dad is reading this one right now and he seems a bit unimpressed by it, but I'll reserve judgement until I've read it!
This book has really good reviews and seems like it has an interesting plot.

There's all the books I've been buying lately, I'm not getting through books as quickly as I did this year so I'm not allowing myself to buy too many more otherwise my house will be bursting at the seams!

1 comment:

  1. Still missing by Chevy Stevens is amazing, need to read some more of hers


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