It’s the last day of 2016 and it’s only right to end the year gushing about the five books that completed me (as a lover of psychological thrillers, that is). I’ll save the big intros, the descriptions of what you can expect and from who, I’ll just get right to it!
1. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
I will never, ever, get over how amazing this book was. I’ve also never loved a character as much as I loved Lily. My moral compass was completely off but I couldn’t help it. The Kind Worth Killing was a game changer for me and the book that I now compare others to.
Rating: 5/5 | See my full review of The Kind Worth Killing
2. Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
I loved the illusion of simplicity within Daisy in Chains which turned into something wonderfully complex. I thought I had it sussed. I stupidly thought, ‘well it’s obvious that so and so is behind it all,’ and I was so wrong. Bolton’s writing entangled me, entertained me and surprised me.
Rating: 5/5 | See my full review of Daisy in Chains
3. I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Despite taking a while to get into, I See You turned out to be a very clever and original psychological thriller. This novel takes stalking to the next level and I couldn’t contain my excitement when I started piecing things together. BUT, just when you thought you knew who did it, the ending hits you. This was bloody fantastic!
Rating: 5/5 | See my full review of I See You
4. Darktown by Thomas Mullen
It’s a far cry from my normal read but I couldn’t put it down. Darktown is full of tension, racism, betrayal and lies but it’s so good. Again, my moral compass went out the window as I found myself wishing certain characters would be taken care of (and I think you know what I mean by that), and to my delight, they were. I recommend it and I also suggest you watch out for the TV show that’s coming.
Rating: 4/5 | See my full review of Darktown
5. The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Last but certainly not least is The Bird Tribunal! Words sort of fail me with this book because it’s oozing with tension, mystery and creepiness. With every chapter there’s the teeny tiniest hint that something’s off but you have no idea what it is. There’s romance in it but even that makes your skin crawl somehow. And then you get to the last page and it’s…well, that would be telling. By far the best and shortest crime book of 2016!
Rating: all the stars! | See my full review of The Bird Tribunal