The best thriller and mystery books that grab you and don’t let go

Who am I?

I love to write thriller/mystery books and the more twists I can come up with, the happier I am. I want the reader to be drawn in, and become a part of the stories. That’s why I picked these five books. I like the way they pull you into the stories, and keep you guessing, sometimes even to the end. I have always been fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind. I worked in Law Enforcement for over 25 years and received my Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology/Latent evidence, helping me to spin stories, keeping people guessing, and yearning to find out what’s happening next!


I wrote...

Marked Targets

By J.J. McGraw,

Book cover of Marked Targets

What is my book about?

When a winter storm blows through one early December morning, it carries with it more than the cold. Something dark and sinister is about to touch the lives of familiar friends, that thought they were free of a terror from the past.
Murder has found a home, and one by one, those friends may fall. They can’t turn their back, and must always be on guard. If not...then they will become... Marked Targets… 

The books I picked & why

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Along Came a Spider

By James Patterson,

Book cover of Along Came a Spider

Why this book?

I was hooked by James Patterson’s first book of the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. A predator that enjoys playing mind games with Detective Cross, and a kidnapping that sends one of those thoughts through your mind, “No, they didn’t do that, did they?” One of the things I enjoyed are the short chapters. It’s filled with psychological suspense, a real thriller that I didn’t want to put down. This is something that I crave in books. For it to grab my attention, hold it, and surprise me at the end. And Patterson delivers.

Along Came a Spider

By James Patterson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Along Came a Spider as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The legendary thriller that launched the Alex Cross phenomenon

Adapted into a major Hollywood movie starring Morgan Freeman
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Two children have been kidnapped from an elite private school in Washington DC, and Detective Alex Cross is charged with finding them.

The kidnapper's identity is quickly determined as one of the children's teachers. But capturing him is the true challenge.

As Cross gets pulled deeper into the strange world of the kidnapper, it becomes clear he is far more dangerous than anyone could have anticipated.
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'No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what…


Postmortem

By Patricia Cornwell,

Book cover of Postmortem

Why this book?

I’m the type of reader that loves a series, and Cornwell does it perfectly. Her writing pulls you into the pages of her thrillers, and the everyday life of forensic pathologist, Kay Scarpetta. Almost, as if you are a part of the Scarpetta family, or at the least, following along beside her in her work. The intrigue and suspense kept me turning the pages, falling down that rabbit hole, and whispering to myself, “I didn’t see that coming!”

Postmortem

By Patricia Cornwell,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

The first book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times

A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedroom. There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random - but always early on Saturday mornings.

So when Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, is awakened at 2.33 am, she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim. And she fears now for those that will follow unless she can dig…


Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn,

Book cover of Gone Girl

Why this book?

What can I say about Gone Girl? Just Wow! This thriller had so many twists and turns, I felt a little seasick while reading it. But in a good way, if there is a good way to be seasick. The storyline follows a strained marriage, a lonely wife, and a husband that begins to look like the suspect when that same wife goes missing. The story kept my attention throughout the book, trying to figure out, why did that happen, or this happens, what’s coming next, and in shock when the answers were finally revealed! I can tell you, by the end you’re going to be hating someone. I certainly did!

Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn,

Why should I read it?

16 authors picked Gone Girl as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER AND INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON
OVER 20 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE
THE BOOK THAT DEFINES PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on…


The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

By Tess Gerritsen,

Book cover of The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

Why this book?

I am always interested in reading serial killer stories, and this one was fantastic. The way Gerritsen pulls you into the fictional story is truly captivating. You develop a mixture of emotions, empathy, at what happens to the victims, anger, at the killer for what he/she puts the victims through, anxiety, wondering if the killer will ever be stopped, and shock at the fact one victim survived a previous attack, and is going through the same nightmare again! A true psychological thriller!

The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

By Tess Gerritsen,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax.”—People (Page-turner of the week)

This ebook edition contains a special preview of Tess Gerritsen’s I Know a Secret.

He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. The precision of his methods suggests that he is a deranged man of medicine, prompting the Boston newspapers to dub him “The Surgeon.” Led by Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, the cops must consult the victim of a nearly…


Darkly Dreaming Dexter

By Jeff Lindsay,

Book cover of Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Why this book?

I absolutely love the Dexter books, and this was the first in the series. It rolls out the background of who Dexter is, and why he does what he does. He’s like a vigilante killer, going after serial killers, child molesters, and the like. He targets those that deserve their comeuppance. I know the books have been made into a tv series, myself, I prefer to read the books, feel the pages between my fingers, and build the scenes in my head. If you want something different, with a twist, but a “you go boy!” then Dexter is your man!

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

By Jeff Lindsay,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Darkly Dreaming Dexter as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. • The Killer Character That Inspired the Hit Showtime Series Dexter

And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught…


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