I’ve been stuck on what my next theme for Five for Friday should be. I was thinking earlier today about some books I read last year that I really want to read again. I realized they all had a genre in common: thrillers (we’re all shocked, I’m sure). Since I’ve moved blogs, I’m sure a few of you reading weren’t around in 2018, so I definitely wanted to share my Top 5 thrillers I read in 2018.
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
This book received 5 stars from me. I loved it. I was obsessed with it. I received it as an eARC and went out and bought it the week it was published. Burton writes some amazing characters that I think about STILL to this day. This book lives in my mind constantly. I was reading The Arrangement by Robyn Harding recently and my brain was like “Nat and Louise could probably be friends.”. I’ve never thought that about a book/characters before, but my brain was making some connections that I am…intrigued by.
I feel like this is a must read for suspense/thriller fans. This is a tale of dark friendships, there’s murder, there’s intrigue, you don’t know who to root for — everyone’s awful, which adds to its greatness. I love it so much I can’t even talk about it in a way that I feel suits this book. Go read it. Just go.
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
A strong 4/4.5 stars. This was my first time reading a Claire Allan book. I received it from Netgalley because the premise was interesting and I just loved the cover. Allan puts a great twist on the thriller genre and this book is a great example of that. Well written, more great characters, and a good plot with a great flow. This would be a quick read that I highly recommend.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Another strong 4 stars. You probably know that I am obsessed with Jewell and this is the book that started that obsession. I got this book from Book of the Month because the story sounded interesting and the cover was gorgeous. Jewell has a great talent of writing multiple perspectives. If you’ve not read a book from Lisa Jewell, I think this one is a great start!
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
4 stars for this one. This was one of my favorite Audible listens of 2018! I have never read a book from Erin Kelly. This was another great example of writing mulitple perspectives. I remember listening to this and getting apprehensive about it. I remember turning it off a time or two because there were parts that were freaking me out. Great listen!
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
A very strong 4.5 star read! I love Robyn Harding. I first read The Party in 2017. When I saw this one was coming out, I knew I needed to have it. (I also just read The Arrangmeent which was SO GOOD!) This is another great example of multiple perspectives — that’s a bigger trend in the thriller genre than I realized — with an amazing plot, wonderful pacing, and again — fantastic characters.
There are my top five thriller reads of 2018! Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?