So I’m gunna be completely honest – I LOVE a good crime thriller. In fact, if I were to choose any genre to read, I would pick a crime thriller over anything else (apart from, of course, Harry Potter. Nothing comes close to Hazza P). For some reason, I find them calming more than anything. When I read of the brutal murders, the crazy stalking, the accidents that don’t quite add up, the perfectly normal characters who live anything from normal lives and the horrific events that uncurl throughout these pages, I get a buzz.
(Okay, reading that back makes me seem like a complete psychopath. I promise I’m not. I think).
For me, I think it’s the need to uncover the truth. I’ve always had a fascination with prison documentaries (Louis Theroux is a personal favourite of mine), the police system and detective stories – and that’s mainly because I hate not knowing the in’s and out’s of EVERYTHING. I’m pretty darn stubborn. So when I read these crime thrillers, I just love to figure out who did it, why they did it and their motives behind their actions before the story actually tells me – and I’m right 80% of the time (I won’t talk about the last 20%, that’s a sore subject for me).
Because I enjoy reading them so much, I’ve been on a bit of a crime thriller hype over the past few months and read some pretty incredible stories. So, I thought I would share them with the world of WorldPress – and if you love them too, I’ll sleep even more soundly knowing I’m not alone in my love for murder and death. Yikes. Here are my Top 5 Crime Thrillers so far:
5. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
I know, I know. I know exactly what you’re thinking – ‘but this is so pop-culture’, right? I totally agree, this book has definitely been over-hyped over the course of it’s publication, but there’s no denying it is one hell of a book. (Don’t get me started on the film, what the hell were they thinking?) Many people now know the story of The Girl on the Train from the film adaptation, and probably steered clear of the book because of how awful it was. However, I genuinely would recommend this book to anyone. There aren’t many books who will keep me clueless until the end – but this was one of them, and you have to give credit where credit is due. This one got me.
4. Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll
Luckiest Girl Alive is genuinely one of the most clever books I have ever read, because it brings to life so many different themes that you wouldn’t normally fit together. Unlike many of the ‘Ooooh, I’m a writer in New York City’ cliches, the main character in this story knows that her whole life is a lie. She knows that the breakfast meetings, the gushing fans and her seemingly perfect life in the Big Apple is just hiding her real self and her real past. Over the course of this 400-page book, her real life comes through, and the horrific events of her childhood come to light, and it’s a good’un.
3. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
If you’re already a lover of crime thrillers, you probably would have heard of Gillian Flynn – because she gave us the popular title, Gone Girl (again, the film adaptation is just as bad as Girl on the Train. These films are beginning to hurt my feelings). As much as I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl, it’s fair to say that Dark Places completely trumps it in terms of storyline and execution. Although it’s a pretty intense concept (all about the massacre of a family) the storyline does make us think, and question our own beliefs – as sometimes we believe the stories we want to believe, rather than the one we know in our heart’s is true. Wow, that was deep.
2. Blood Sisters – Jane Corry
Okay, so I had no idea what I was in for when I bought Blood Sisters. In fact, I bought it on a total whim because it was on offer in Asda – and who can say no to a £3 book?! Not me, that’s who. Luckily, the impulse decision paid off, because this is one of the best books I have ever read. With a split-timeline following the lives of two women during their childhood years and their adult years, their stories perfectly interlace with each other in such ease that you couldn’t get a better flow if you tried. I mean, just listen to this tag-line: ‘Three little girls. One good. One bad. One dead.’ Mind = Blown.
- I’m Travelling Alone – Samuel Bjork
Dear readers, if you are to read any of the books on this list – please, please, please make it this one. As well as being top of my crime thriller list, I’m Travelling Alone is also my all-time favourite book EVER (and considering I’ve read a fair few books, that is quite an achievement). Norwegian writer Samuel Bjork has created one of the most blood-curdling, enticing and most entertaining books in the world, and is genuinely the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if you love crime thrillers. I won’t give too much away – because you need to read it for yourself! Once you’ve finished, you can then read his second novel, The Owl Always Hunts At Night, which, incidentally, is my second favourite book of all time! Basically, Samuel Bjork is a genius.