Category Thrillers

Magpie by Elizabeth Day

My disillusionment with thrillers continues… ☹️ I haven’t read a thriller in a while, so when I picked Magpie, based on its synopsis, I was hoping the plot would be something in between Ashley Audrain’s The Push and Sandie Jones’s The Other Woman. Magpie is about motherhood alright, but its story was just underwhelming! Magpie […]

Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Woman on Fire, which combines a bit of WWII history and Nazi-looted art, is one of the best thrillers I have read in a while. The novel begins when Margaux de Laurent, the heiress to a million-dollar art gallery business, kills the son of (fictional) Helmuth Geisler in cold blood. Helmuth had led the group […]

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer

The Damage is a visceral story of the aftermath of rape. On one fateful night, Nick, a twenty-year-old college boy, goes out drinking with his flatmate to work up the courage to let go of his unrequited love. At the bar, Nick meets Josh, a handsome and charming man to whom Nick is instantly attracted. […]

The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz

I’m not sure which genre The Boys’ Club would fall under – is it a thriller or a literary fiction? Unfortunately enough, whatever the genre it may belong to, this #MeToo story set in the corporate law world felt very plausible. Alex Vogel is a recent graduate from Harvard Law who has just joined Klasko […]

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

This book was a letdown especially since I was expecting it to be mind blowing after reading so many rave reviews of the author’s debut, The Silent Patient. In The Maidens, Miranda is a group therapist in London who has suffered many personal losses in her life. She has lost her parents, sister, and her […]

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

After an unfortunate career change, Lizzie is now a corporate lawyer at Young & Crane. From childhood, Lizzie’s dream had been to work for the DA, prosecuting white-collar criminals. She had lived this dream for a while too, until it came crashing down, when her husband, Sam got into an accident. A while back, Sam, […]

The Push by Ashley Audrain

This book is reminiscent of Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. Similar to We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Push is an exploration of “nature versus nurture,” focusing on factious parent-child relationships. Its protagonist, Blythe comes from a family where dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships have been the generational norm. Blythe’s mother, Cecilia had […]

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Rebecca Gray, the protagonist of Until I Find You, has had the worst luck over the past few years. First, she had lost her eyesight to a degenerative eye disease. Then she lost her husband when she was a few months pregnant. And then, soon after Rebbeca’s […]

The Vacation by T. M. Logan

T. M. Logan’s latest thriller begins with Kate, her husband, Sean, and their two children going off to France, where they will spend a week-long together in a luxurious villa with three of Kate’s best friends. Rowan, Jennifer, Izzy and Kate have known each other since college. Their friendship had blossomed while they were college […]

Death Rattle by Alex Gilly

This book deeply resonated with me. Death Rattle opens with Carmen Vega, a Mexican, getting picked up with others by the Border Patrol agent Nick Finn’s group near the coast of California when their panga starts to sink. This is Carmen’s second time trying to enter the US – she is fleeing a Cartel connected […]

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

I haven’t read a thriller in a while, so I jumped at the chance to review Sandie Jones’s latest novel, The Half Sister. The First Mistake, Jones’s second novel, was my favorite out of the thrillers I read last year, so I had high hopes for this. But, alas, out of all her books, The […]

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

I started reading You Let Me In the minute it slipped through my mailbox. I haven’t read a thriller in a while as it feels like authors have exhausted all the possible plot varieties nowadays. But still, I was very excited about this. I’m craving for light reads these days, and for me, nothing fits […]

29 Seconds by T. M. Logan

At age sixteen, when Sarah reached a crossroad in her life after a period of teenage rebellion, her dad had urged her to pick the direction she wants her life to move: upwards or downwards. Taking upon his advice, now at thirty-two, Sarah has done well for herself. She has earned a PhD specializing in […]

Girl in the Rearview Mirror by Kelsey Rae Dimberg

In Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s debut novel Girl in the Rearview Mirror, Finn Hunt is nanny to Amabel, Philip and Marina Martin’s four-year-old daughter. The Martins are a prominent family in Arizona. Philip’s father Senator Jim Martin, up for reelection, is a popular politician who has represented Arizona in the congress for many years. And even […]

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

Well, isn’t life funny? Right when I decided I’m going to swear-off thrillers after I’m done with my current TBRs, Sandie Jones’s latest, which was on top of that pile, managed to knock socks right off my feet! Going in, I didn’t even have high expectations for The First Mistake. I read Jones’s much raved […]