One of my favorite genres to read has always been thrillers. I love books that have me on the edge, that are impossible to put down. Over the years, many of the best-selling, higher rated novels have been thrillers. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite reads for all my fellow thriller junkies.
1. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (5 stars)
A young woman is driving home in the middle of the night. It’s dark, it’s pouring, it’s difficult to see what’s on the road. A short distance away from home, the driver sees an isolated car parked on the side of the street. There’s a woman inside, but she seems to be okay. “Should I stop to help her or keep driving?” the driver thinks. She drives past the car and arrives home but can’t shake the thought that she should’ve stopped to help. Something seemed off. The next morning, news surfaces that a woman in a car has been found killed. It’s the same woman, it’s the same car, it’s the same spot Cass drove past…
2. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5 stars)
Jason Dessen is living a normal life. Like many, he's had opportunities pass him by, but he's never wondered "what if?" How could he regret his decisions when they've given him what he treasures most: his wife and child.
One late night, as he's walking home from the local pub, Jason is hit and knocked unconscious. When he opens is eyes, his surroundings are blurry. This place seems unfamiliar.
Suddenly, Jason finds himself face to face with the wrath of his past. For the first time in his life, he's forced to confront the consequences of all his actions.
Could this all be real or just a horrific dream... Will Jason be able to make an escape from this nightmare?
3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (4.5 stars)
Rachel Watson finds herself unable to surpass her divorce with her ex-husband. She has also become fixated with two individuals she sees while on the train to London every morning. They seem to be living the perfect life, the life she once had but was brutally taken from her.
When one morning, she discovers that the woman she’s become fixated on is missing, Rachel realizes that there are gaps in her memory, a wound on her body, and blood on her hands. She may be an alcoholic but could she be a murderer?
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4 stars)
On the Dunne's five-year anniversary, Amy Dunne disappears from home in broad daylight. There are definite signs of a struggle, but she's gone without a trace. When evidence emerges against the husband, Nick Dunne, readers are left to decide for themselves whether Nick is really a killer. How far would you go to avenge a betrayal?
5. Forget Me Not by Luana Lewis (4 stars)
When a woman is found dead due to a suspected suicide, investigators are forced to pose an important question: why would she do this if she was living the perfect life? The victim had what every married woman would want: a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, and a happy life. When the investigation deepens, officers must conclude whether this woman ended her life or was actually attacked. Remember… nothing is what it seems.