The best mystery thrillers that keep you glued to the pages and looking over your shoulder at the same time

Christa Loughlin Author Of The Pallbearer
By Christa Loughlin

Who am I?

I have always had a passion for anything crime fiction—books, movies, podcasts, or TV shows. It didn’t matter. I loved it all. It was probably because I grew up in a family with six police officers that seldom talked about anything unrelated to policing. I was like a sponge and picked up some terminology and learned about different police procedures they would discuss. There was rarely a family gathering that didn’t have some type of story or anecdote being shared by each of them and I always found myself being drawn right in. For those reasons, I fell in love with trying to figure out the who’s, how’s and why’s of any story. 


I wrote...

The Pallbearer

By Christa Loughlin,

Book cover of The Pallbearer

What is my book about?

Young women aren’t safe in Oshawa with a sadistic serial killer on the loose. Detective Sergeant Hannah Phillips is fierce and dogged as she tirelessly works to find out who is behind the abductions and murders of young women around the Ontario city. After one of the missing women is found alive, Hannah and her Durham Regional Police Service special task force, hope to finally solve the mystery and put a stop to The Pallbearer.

At the centre of the police investigation is Matt Davidson, the son of a renowned plastic surgeon. Matt continues to declare his innocence, but nobody believes him. Meanwhile, a terrified Kelly Griggs awakens in a cold, dark room, held captive and tormented by this lunatic, desperate to find an escape in time. Will Hannah prevail?

The books I picked & why

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Intensity

By Dean Koontz,

Book cover of Intensity

Why this book?

This book lured me back into reading after a long hiatus and I simply couldn’t put it down. The incredible description and vivid detail allowed me to see it so clearly in my mind, it was as if I were watching a movie. I thrived on the heart-pounding suspense and excitement I felt as I frantically flipped through the pages. I was so captivated by the twisted plot and speed of the story that, at times, I actually found myself holding my breath and checking over my shoulder. The non-stop action and sudden twists were so gripping that there never seemed to be a good place to put it down. I was literally on the edge of my seat and felt like I was right there alongside the main character as she struggled to escape her situation.

Intensity

By Dean Koontz,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Intensity as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

If you delight in the suspense of Stephen King and Harlan Coben, you'll love Intensity - a classic thriller by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Edgler Vess is a sociopath intent on murder. He lives for one purpose only: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, seeking ever more outrageous experience. To live with intensity.

When he attacks her friend, Laura, Chyna Shepherd is saved by the instincts developed during a dark and turbulent childhood. Not knowing Laura is already dead, Chyna follows, hoping to save her friend, as Vess carries her body to his…


Mallory's Oracle

By Carol O'Connell,

Book cover of Mallory's Oracle

Why this book?

Kathy Mallory is a character unlike any other. Kathy was a child of the streets who had the good fortune of being adopted into the loving home of a police officer who saw her brilliance and resourcefulness even at a young age. Years later, Kathy has become an NYPD officer who brings justice to victims through her own sense of right and wrong. She is a street-hardened, lone wolf who doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants. I love the complexity of this tough-as-nails female officer who bends all the rules in her pursuit of justice. This book is so well written I immediately read every book I could find by this author.

Mallory's Oracle

By Carol O'Connell,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Mallory's Oracle as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Jonathan Kellerman says Mallory's Oracle is "a joy." Nelson DeMille and other advance readers have called it "truly amazing, " "a classic" with "immense appeal." It is all of that, and more: a stunning debut novel about a web of unsolved murders in New York's Gramercy Park and the singular woman who makes them her obsession.

At its center is Kathleen Mallory, an extraordinary wild child turned New York City policewoman. Adopted off the streets as a little girl by a police inspector and his wife, she is still not altogether civilized now that she is a sergeant in the…


Victim Six

By Gregg Olsen,

Book cover of Victim Six

Why this book?

This book about a sadistic serial killer hunting women near Puget Sound, Washington made me check in the closet and under the bed. It was graphic and terrifying, and I simply couldn't stop reading it. An oddly paired detective duo, the easy, natural banter makes Kendall Stark and Josh Anderson believable right from the start. I fell in love with this book the more Kendall came to life through great descriptions of her caring but humanly flawed character. The addition of Pathologist Birdy Waterman as a second strong female character left me feeling that together these women meant business. This book frightened me enough to look over my shoulder when I think I’m alone.

Victim Six

By Gregg Olsen,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Victim Six as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The bodies are found in towns and cities around Puget Sound. The young women who are the victims had nothing in common-except the agony of their final moments. But somebody carefully chose them to stalk, capture, and torture...a depraved killer whose cunning is matched only by the depth of his bloodlust. But the dying has only just begun. And next victim will be the most shocking of all...

Praise for Gregg Olsen's Novels:

"Grabs you by the throat." -Kay Hooper.

"Wickedly clever! Genuinely twisted." -Lisa Gardner.

"An Irresistible Page-Turner." -Kevin O'Brien


Ashes to Ashes

By Tami Hoag,

Book cover of Ashes to Ashes

Why this book?

I recommend this book because it is a page-turner from the very beginning with a sick plot thanks to the warped mind of its featured killer. With no time to lose, veteran homicide detectives Sam Kovack and Nikki Liska aided by the FBI race to stop a serial killer who is brutalizing women. I love the strong relationships between partners, Kovack and Liska but also the level of tension between Kate Conlan and FBI Profiler, John Quinn. The characters are well-written and come to life before your eyes. I am personally drawn to the strength of the female crime fighters in this book. The gruesome crimes are thankfully overshadowed by the developed and relatable characters. 

Ashes to Ashes

By Tami Hoag,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Ashes to Ashes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Kate Conlan, an ex-FBI agent turned advocate, finds herself protecting a teenage runaway who has witnessed the latest murder by the "Cremator" - a serial killer who burns women alive.


1st to Die

By James Patterson,

Book cover of 1st to Die

Why this book?

I always enjoy a warped plot with lots of twists and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. It was riveting and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The fast pace of the story continually left me thirsty for what was to come next. I absolutely love the four strong female characters in this book. They are so unique and individual yet complement each other perfectly, making them a very believable and dynamic force of leading ladies. As the book progressed, I could see and feel the growth and development of each of the characters which made them not only believable, but relatable. This fast-paced page-turner had my heart pounding more than once and diving into the rest of the series without hesitation.

1st to Die

By James Patterson,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked 1st to Die as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing she has seen prepares her for the horror of the honeymoon murders, when a brutal maniac begins viciously slaughtering newly wed couples on their wedding nights. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by her own personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire, a leading coroner, Cindy, a journalist and Jill, a top attorney, for help with both her crises, and the Women's Murder Club is born.


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