Top Ten Tuesday | 14th April 2020

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.

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | 14th April 2020

  1. Dean Kootz is a familiar name to me, but I don’t know anything about his books. Since I like a thriller once in a while, I maybe should look up what his novels are all about. 🙂 Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit, Jessica.

    1. Haha Greg, I think because my thriller reading is quite sporadic and few and far between, that is why my picks end up being so wide-ranging! 😅 I highly recommend reading Koontz’s Innocence, as I enjoyed it even more than Cold Fire.

  2. I was consumed by The Millennium series. I’ve been wanting to do a reread again. I’ve only read the original three, but I do own the newer ones, as well. And I love Koontz! I read Cold Fire years ago and own Innocence but haven’t read it yet. If you haven’t read his Jane Hawk series, I highly recommend it, too! Great list!

    1. Thank you, Dedra – I will have to keep the Jane Hawk series in mind for mine and my dad’s future reading (it is he I keep borrowing the Koontz books from). I also recommend reading Innocence, as I enjoyed it even more than Cold Fire. 🙂

  3. I don’t read many thrillers, but when I do I usually enjoy them. I loved Angels & Demons, especially as I read it just after a holiday in Rome.

  4. I’ve read the Millennium books as well as both Dean Koontz. I really do need to read more Dan Brown, since I’ve only read the Da Vinci Code. Angels & Demons is sitting on my shelf. I’ve heard great things about God’s Smuggler and think I have it on my wishlist somewhere. I must check and make sure!

    1. Kelly, you really must read Angels & Demons, as I think it is even better than The Da Vinci Code. And I also hope you have the chance to read God’s Smuggler because it is great!

  5. Whether for palate cleansing or distraction or just exciting fun, I probably read at least one thriller a month.

    1. Lydia, Cold Fire has such an intriguing premise doesn’t it?! It was a really gripping read to, but I daren’t say more though because they’re are lots of twists and turns in this one. 😃

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