Top 5 Scary Suspense or Thriller Books

Since Halloween is nearing, why not read a suspense book guaranteed to make you check the locks on the doors numerous times before you go to bed.

  1. The Surgeon, by Tess Gerritsen

This is an older book, 2001, the first of the Rizzoli-Isles series, but don’t let that stop you from reading it. I’ve read it more than once! It was obviously Gerritsen’s break-out novel and you’ll see why it made her career take off. It’s chilling, but there’s a great romance woven in too.

  1. The Survivor’s Club, by Lisa Gardner

This is a standalone book that was made into a movie that was pretty good. But the book was excellent and it’s a great way to try out Lisa Gardner, one of my all-time favorite writers. After you read this, and love Gardner’s style, read The Third Victim, the first book in the Quincy/Rainie series. Then get ready to devour all the rest of her suspense books. I don’t even read the summary when she releases a new book—I don’t care what it’s about—I know it’ll be great.

  1. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King

Stephen King is an amazing writer, but these days I have a hard time getting into his horror books. Salem’s Lot was my favorite vampire book back in the day, though. Mr. Mercedes is the first in a new thriller series King is writing—Book 2, Finders Keepers, is out too. You’ll love the quirky main characters in this read and will keep turning pages to make sure they’re going to be okay.

  1. Help for the Haunted, John Searles

This book is simply haunting from the first page. Having the orphaned teenage daughter narrating the story is perfect because teenagers usually consider their parents nut cases. Sylvie has a strong case for it being true. Searles is great at creating the feeling that something horrifying is going to be revealed in the next page.

  1. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain

I discovered this author recently when I read the first of her Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell thrillers. I liked that book—Sweetheart—but loved One Kick even better. Beware, the subject is very disturbing—child abduction. Kick is my kind of tough heroine and her first scene with Bishop is unforgettable. If you have time to read Sweetheart too, go for it. Very, very frightening.

Book Review: Little Black Lies, by Sharon Bolton

First I have to say that I HATE Sharon Bolton. She is so good! Damn, she’s good. I haven’t read any of her other books, but if they’re as good as Little Black Lies then I’m in big trouble because I’m not going to have time to do my own writing.

I got sucked into this story from page 1—and there was plenty to keep me turning pages throughout. This isn’t a typical suspense or mystery—it’s more of a combination of women’s fiction and suspense.

The Falkland Islands setting was beautifully written. If you’re one of those people who skim descriptions, you won’t in this story. The islands were a character, sometimes soothing, sometimes mysterious, sometimes horrifying.

Bolton’s choice of when to change the point of view was genius at each point. Her characters and their flaws—despicable, yet very human flaws—came alive on the pages, but I still loved them and wanted the best for each. She’s great with secondary characters too.

I had tears in my eyes when I finished and will remember the story of Catrin, Callum and Rachel for years to come.