I know a lot of people see October as the perfect time to read creepy/thrilling books, but there’s nothing I love more than reading a thriller I can’t put down while laying on the beach. While I was on vacation (and really, since summer started) I’ve been reading a lot of new thrillers, and wanted to talk about them. And also check in here since it’s been a solid two months of silence. Whoops.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Boarding schools, haunted pasts, and complicated friendships are some of my favorite topics in a thriller, and Ruth Ware has yet to let me down with one of her books, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of this earlier in the spring, knowing I was saving it for my trip.
This follows Ise Wilde, a new mother, as she reconnects with her childhood friends as secrets from their collective past resurface, bringing them all together for the first time in 15 years. Set in a house along the coast, The Lying Game is the perfect beach read.
I raced through this one and loved the friendships, the memories and present colliding, and thought that the end wrapped everything up well. Endings were always Ruth Ware’s weakest points in my opinion, and this is definitely her best ending and book yet.
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Child was a pleasant surprise for me. I liked Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, but didn’t necessarily LOVE it. I thought it was a bit far-fetched, even for a thriller. Luckily, The Child shows growth and development in every sense of her writing.
The plot was faster and engaging, I loved all the characters, and was glad to see two familiar faces throughout the story. Kate, who readers know from The Widow, makes a reappearance in this novel to investigate the story of a tiny skeleton found at a construction site. Detective Sparkes also makes a few appearances, which I loved.
Overall, the pacing and plot of this ones makes for a perfect summer read, and is definitely worth the hype its already received!
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
The Last Place You Look is on this list even though I haven’t heard that much buzz surrounding it, but I WISH it did. This is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read, which is saying something. The characters are so real, and so imperfect, the story is twisted, and there is the tiniest subplot of romance that I really liked, strangely enough. I could not put this down.
Roxane Weary is called in to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. After the death of her father, this case is just what the private investigator needs, but she isn’t sure she can tackle it. Honestly, Roxane is what made me love this book. She is sarcastic and hard on the outside, but has much more depth than investigators in thrillers tend to have. I wanted to be friends with her by the time the book was done.
The Goodreads page says Roxane Weary #1, so I’m hoping that means we have a nice long series coming! If you take my advice on only one of these books, definitely let it be this one. I saved the best for last.
What do you like reading in the summer? What have you been reading? I’ve been gone for way too long.