5 Thrillers to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat
Over the past few weeks, Birdbox the movie has been trending! Have you seen it yet? Did you know that it’s actually an adaptation of a book?
Well, off the back of this rave, it’ seems a good idea and time to talk about thrillers! Especially if you’ve been caught in a reading slump and find yourself unable to continue after a few pages because of some combination of boredom and tiredness. Reading slumps happen from time to time, and the best way to pull yourself out is to get sucked into an addictive thriller!
Thrillers are hard to choose because everyone is different. Veteran thriller readers may be tougher to please because they find most of them predictable. See, I don’t have that problem. It doesn’t take much to get me sweating over a character’s bad choices, especially when it involves a murder.
But I’ve worked hard to select the best of the best. Here are five thrillers (plus a cheeky extra I’ve mentioned before) to keep you on the edge of your seat and firmly back into your reading habit.
My first foray into the world of Tiffany Jackson was through her second novel, Monday’s Not Coming which chronicles the disturbing events following the disappearance of a teenage girl (who no one realises is missing in the first place).
After reading and being shook by Monday’s Not Coming, everyone insisted Allegedly was more disturbing, so because I’m obviously lacking in self-love, I read it. In Allegedly, a nine year old black girl, Mary B. Addison is accused of killing a white baby placed under her churchgoing mother’s care. She doesn’t defend herself, and no one really knows what happened, but she’s convicted.
After her conviction, Mary stays six years in jail and then is transferred to a group home where she falls in love and becomes pregnant. When the state threatens to take her unborn baby, Mary decides she’s ready to use her voice, and things get very interesting. This one is guaranteed to leave your head spinning and your heart pounding.
This book follows a mommy group who call themselves “May Mothers”. During a night out, one of the babies is kidnapped while under the watch of a babysitter and as expected, the group is changed forever. Suspicions fly and all the characters’ back stories are revealed.
It can be very unsettling for me personally when I have no clue what’s really happening until at least halfway through. In this case though, it just made me want to read more. The characters are all flawed and hiding secrets. Yet, all the women and their husbands are so well written.
Overall, this story packs a solid punch. I was guessing until the last thirty percent or so of the story. It is suspenseful, tackles current social issues and is simply unputdownable. If you’re in a search of a good thriller to keep you on the couch, this is a fantastic pick! If you have babies, probably skip this one.
When a woman’s mutilated body is found by the side of a club near one of the main hotels in Victoria Island, bystander Guy Collins, a British hack is picked up by the police as a potential suspect. After experiencing the unpleasant realities of a Nigerian police cell, he is rescued by Amaka, the strong female protagonist in this novel.
As Collins discovers more of the darker aspects of Lagos, including the body-organ trading business, he also falls slowly for Amaka. “Easy Motion Tourist pulsates with the rhythms of Lagos, reeks of its open drains, and entertains from beginning to end. A modern thriller featuring a strong female protagonist, prepared to take on the Nigerian criminal world on her own.”
Everyone I know who’s read this book loved it! I’m all set to read it on Scribd so I can be ready for the sequel when it drops next year.
I just finished Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel which all the popular international literary sites are including in their end of year lists. In MSTSK, Korede is bitter because her sister, Ayoola, is the favorite child and the beautiful one. But Ayoola is also possibly a sociopath.
When the novel opens, she’s killed her third boyfriend in a row and each time, Korede saves her sister. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend.
Things get complicated when Korede’s crush -- the kind, handsome doctor Tade -- falls for Ayoola. Oyinkan brings a unique twist to crime fiction with the interplay of beauty as a concept, social media, family loyalties and buried secrets. It’s always refreshing to read a book by an African that isn’t about “African issues” or “the immigrant experience.”
Another one coming in highly recommended,” Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.”
It’s been called “twisted and deliciously chilling.” According to the goodreads blurb, “when you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.”
The best ones just make your spine tingle, don’t they?
Have you read any of these books - What did you think? No spoilers, please! Do you enjoy thrillers? Or are you a scaredy-anxious-cat like me?
Also have you seen Birdbox - is it worth watching or would you rather read the book?