Hello my fellow bookworms. Today, I am taking part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, who each week assigns a new topic to inspires us to create a top ten list based on it. This week’s topic is:
Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About (This is for the books you liked, but rarely come up in conversation or rarely fit a TTT topic, etc.)
Being such a lover of fantasy/science-fiction, historical-fiction and a nice cosy-crime, other genres can end up getting a little ignored here on my blog. So for this week’s TTT topic, I decided to share one of those overlooked genres: thrillers. Now and again, we all find ourselves in the mood for a good, gripping thriller and here are ten I have really enjoyed:
1. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith – The first and my favourite book in a trilogy about former MGB Agent Leo Demidov in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union. In this one, Leo investigates a series of gruesome child murders across the country.
2. The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith – Not quite as engaging as the first, but still a good read, this second book featuring MGB Agent Leo Demidov, delves deeper into what Leo calls ‘real crimes’ and the stirrings of revolution.
3. The Millennium Series (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl That Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) – The best-selling and award-winning series that pairs investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist and the socially awkward, but kickass mnemonist, Lisbeth Salander to uncover the darker, seedier Swedish crime.
4. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown – The first and still my favourite instalment in Brown’s best-selling series, that follows Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, this time as he hightails it round Rome in search of a bomb!
5. Inferno by Dan Brown – The fourth and my close second favourite book from Brown’s best-selling series, that follows Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, this time as he tracks a terrorist with clues in Botticelli’s Map of Hell.
6. Innocence by Dean Koontz – A stand-alone, supernatural thriller about Addison Goodheart, who lives in solitude beneath the city, hidden from the society he believes will destroy him if they ever saw how different he is.
7. Cold Fire by Dean Koontz – Another stand-alone, supernatural thriller, that follows teacher, Jim Ironheart, an ordinary man who has saved twelve lives in three months, and the reporter, Holly Thorne, who is trying to find him.
8. Assassination at Bayou Sauvage by D J Donaldson – A deeply engrossing and audacious instalment in the Broussard and Franklyn mysteries in the colourful New Orleans, where Broussard’s own uncle is assassinated!
9. The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins – The first book to feature DI Alex King and DC Chloe Lane, as they team-up to investigate the kidnapping, torture and killings of young, vulnerable girls, in South Wales.
10. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew – Although technically a biography of the real-life escapades of Andrew van der Bijl, as he smuggles Bibles into the Iron Curtain, but, which at times, reads more like a page-turning thriller!
Now over to you: What do you think of my thriller choices? Do you have any thrillers you recommend I should read?
Also if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic, too, then please leave a link for your post in the comments below, so I can come check it out.