Thursday, May 21, 2020

#StepUpYourReading Thrillers To Add To Your Reading List

Today may be one of my favorite posts Phoebe has written for the blog since it includes my favorite book genre, thrillers. I wish I could pinpoint when I started loving books of this nature or why, but since I can’t, my bookshelf will continue to house novels with dark covers and relatively creepy or elusive names. I am leaving for the beach today and ambitiously packed three books, two of which could definitely be classified as thrillers. The other is more motivational/self-helpy, so that’ll make for an interesting balance and an easy target to be made fun of by my friends. So whether you are going to be able to make it to the beach soon or not, I’d like to think thrillers make the perfect beach read and Phoebe has some great suggestions for y’all! I actually just finished You Are Not Alone which she has suggested below!


I will be the first to admit that I do not read Thrillers. It’s become a running joke on my blog when people ask me why because I just say, ‘I like to sleep.” And it’s true! I’ve never been a fan of being scared for fun, but you know what I am really, really good at? Book FOMO! Thrillers seem to be books that get EVERYONE talking, so I’ve made it my goal to start diving into a few more...with the lights on and my sweet fiance at home! 

During the Shelter in Place time, I’ve seen a lot of people talking about comfort reads or cozy books. But for some people, those are thrillers! I was reminded of that recently when we were planning out a series on Beach Reads for my podcast. Some people think of thrillers as beach reads because they are so compulsively readable! I’m pretty sure Dorothy might be one of those people... (guilty!)

Here are a few recommendations from myself and trusted friends who read thrillers all the time! 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley 
One Sentence Synopsis: The perfect wedding for the perfect couple on a remote island off the coast of Ireland hits a sour note when someone ends up dead. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie and especially fun because you don’t know who the killer or victim is! 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley 
One Sentence Synopsis: A group of college friends gathers years after graduation in the Scottish Highlands over New Years to reminisce on the good old day, but a historic snowstorm traps them in their lodge, and they begin the new year with one friend dead and one friend guilty. 

Both of these are FANTASTIC audiobooks that are read and performed by a full cast as well! If you’ve been taking lots of walks or need a cooking companion, I highly recommend these! 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
These are YA Thrillers that remind me of a darker version of The Breakfast Club! They’re a series too, unlike the Lucy Foley books, which are stand-alone. 

One Sentence Synopsis: A classic rag-tag high bunch with The Brain, The Beauty, The Criminal, The Athlete, and The Outcast are stuck together for Saturday detention, but only four make it out alive. 

One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
One Sentence Synopsis: Read the first one otherwise you’ll have the plot spoiled! 

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Pekkanen 
One Sentence Synopsis: Shay Miller envies every aspect of her new glamourous friends, the Moore sisters, lives...but what happens when they’re really after is hers? 

I’d love to know if you enjoy any of these! And as always, you can find more book reviews, recommendations, and reading updates on my blog and Instagram!

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