Thriller/ Crime/ Mystery Recommendations

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, I don’t read only romance and YA. I also read detective novels, crime, thrillers and mystery and I’m gonna recommend you some of my favorites. Only 5 and 4 star ratings!

  1. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Nothing you have ever read prepared you for what you’re about to go through. It has time travel, a very smart plot and I don’t think that any writer could have written this tangled book but still make the reader understand what is going on. GO READ IT NOW!
  2. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. There are no mystery/ crime book lists without at least one Agatha Christie book so I thought of skipping the most popular And Then There Were None and recommend you Murder at the Vicarage. This one has been one of my first Agatha Christie books and it just made me realize how awesome Agatha was. Also, it was my first encounter with Miss Marple and she is totally one of my favorite book characters of all time!
  3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. This is the book that will begin the Robert Langdon series, a must-read in my opinion. Angels & Demons so far has been the best book in this series (although I haven’t read The Lost Symbol and Origin yet). It’s a really good start and a pretty interesting concept behind it.
  4. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Should I even mention the Hannibal Lecter series?? It’s sooo good! Hannibal is one of my favorite villains ever. So smart and insane and unpredictable! If you like smart psychos, this one will be for you.
  5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I had to involve a non-fiction book in this list and In Cold Blood is the best option for me. I didn’t really know at first that this was based on a true story, I only found out by the end of it so you can imagine my shock! It’s moving, crazy and I can assure you that you won’t find any true crime book like this one. I actually searched for pictures of the family and the murder scene on crimearchives.net, don’t judge me. I had to see the real persons and that changed my perspective because I imagined them differently. I recommend you to search for them too! It’s a really interesting feeling that it gives you right after you finish it.
  6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. If I added Miss Marple to this list, I have to add Hercule Poirot as well! You can’t have one without the other. I’m aware that this book got more popular since the movie came out and I kinda feel more attached to it after watching the movie, because the movie was perfect! The cinematography and the cast was sooo on point! And now back to the book, Hercule Poirot never ceases to impress and I barely put this book down. If you want a dash of andrenaline, go ahead and start reading this one.
  7. The Collector by John Fowles. This one’s that kind of book that gives you goosebumps. Frederick (the main character) is so sick minded, you can’t even comprehend it. Totally one of the creepiest books out there!
  8. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ( J K Rowling). I’ve posted the review for this one already but come on I have to mention again that you have to give it a try! Cormoran is one of the coolest detectives and Robin and him make one of the best combos in the literature I have read so far!
  9. Psycho by Robert Bloch. Ah, good ole’ Norman Bates. Cool in Hitchcock’s movie and he is just as cool in the book. Again, one of my favorite villains. After watching the movie I’ve read the book but Bloch’s writing is so good that I felt like I didn’t even know what the story is about and I can say that I was amazed again by the plot twist. You don’t find this happening with any book that inspires movies.
  10. The Green Mile by Stephen King. Ain’t no thriller without the King. This one might be one of my favorite books written by him because I did not find this much emotion in any of his other books that I have read. I was NOT ready for it. It’s really worth it!

I hope I helped some of you find something to read. I really enjoyed all of these so I hope you will enjoy them too!

Has any of you already read one of these? Which one? What is your opinion?

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One of the worst.

Wasp Factory.
Ew. I’m writing this review just because I avoid writing reviews about the books that I hate but you gotta do it sometimes, you know…
Don’t touch this one, don’t look at it, don’t smell the pages, don’t even consider it. That’s how weird it is. And gross.

Rating: 1/5.

I know I ask this a lot but WHAT WAS WRONG WITH IAIN BANKS??

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I just finished it cause I was bored and actually I was going through a time when I actually gave second chances and thought I could find the beauty in it. I didn’t. Thank God it was pretty short cause otherwise I would’ve abandoned it.

If you don’t have the stomach for animal torture and heavy stuff like murdering children, then you really shouldn’t read it (pretty much you shouldn’t read it if you’re a normal person I guess). It was difficult to read and I’ve read some weird creepy things but this is just disgusting. 16 year old murderer going through a phase and if by going through a phase means you murder your relatives, no thanks.

I don’t think I have to mention that I don’t recommend it to anyone. EVER. EVER EVER. EVER EVER EVER.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/567678.The_Wasp_Factory?ac=1&from_search=true

Miss Marple strikes again

A Murder is Announced.

I love me some Agatha Christie from time to time, she’s always been special and always will be. You can recognize her out of 1000. This wasn’t my favorite nor a book that I would read again but it was an Agatha Christie book so that gives it value.

Rating: 2/5.

If I would have to choose between miss Marple and Poirot, I would go with the lovely lady Marple. She’s unique and her understanding of human character does a great
job when finding the murderer.
Agatha always knows how to play with the reader. I think everyone that reads a “whodunit” type of book tries to guess who the murderer is or sometimes even who the victim actually is and you just can’t guess it. After a while when you learn that you know nothing you just give up and go with the flow. You can’t win. The same goes for
this book, of course.

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I didn’t really like it a lot but I have a second reading goal (besides the first one which is to read all the Stephen King books), and that is to read all the Agatha Christie books so eventually I had to read this one too. It seemed interesting at the beginning, something I haven’t seen before. A murder was actually announced in the papers. Let’s face it, you don’t see that a lot in crime books. So that’s something that caught me and pushed me into reading it but the thing that didn’t let me enjoy it so much is all the dizzying twists and turns and rabbits out of the hat and too much talking that just didn’t let me make sense of them anymore probably because I’ve read better like And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express, now those are favorites.

This one was just something to read because I was in the mood for a classic so I ran to Agatha cause I also want to complete my goal duh (tho I have a long long way to run).

I don’t really recommend this one, if you can read something else from her go for it but who knows, maybe you’ll like it. I’ve seen many people rating it a 5/5, it
depends on each and everyone’s taste.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16298.A_Murder_Is_Announced?ac=1&from_search=true

🎈You’ll float too🎈

Alright I guess I don’t need any special introduction for this after you’ve read the title since it’s been everywhere and suddenly everyone wants It. I’m looking at you, weird psychotic clown lovers.

Rating: 5/5.

If you’re in the mood for a long good read, try It. Hehe. No, seriously, I’ve read a long Stephen King book before (like 800 pages) and it was really good (11/22/63). This time, I really wanted to skip the movie and read the book before I actually watch it tho I was pretty scared to watch it so I wait for it to come on DVD.

Stephen King’s It is over 1000 pages long and every page is awesome. I recommended it to every friend I talked to about it.

I find horror a difficult genre. If I would have to write a horror book I don’t know if I could do it. It’s hard to write something to actually creep out the reader but I can vote this one as the first book that gave me the creeps. I was literally mouthing “man that’s creepy” when reading a few scenes so get ready for some crazy stuff. I question King’s sanity.

BUT THE KIDS MAN! THOSE KIDS ARE THE COOLEST KIDS IN LITERATURE. I loved them as a group and individually too but when they were together they just made me think of the gang in Stranger Things. I’m glad Finn Wolfhard actually plays in both of them. He fits perfectly.

I loved the turtle idea that protects them and I loved their ambition to get rid of Pennywise once and for all.

I really hope the movie is good because the one from the ’90s was extremely lame and I don’t wanna think about it again.

Anyways, if you think about reading it, I can only say YYYEEESSSSS. 100% recommended.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/644173.It

Jane Eyre… but gothic.

As a classic cinematography lover, I’ve watched the movie The Birds (and read the book), of course. It’s a combo when Alfred Hitcock is the director and the author of the novel is Daphne du Maurier. Same goes for Rebecca. 

Rating: 4/5.

Besides the fact that I’ve had the book in my kindle for a while now I’ve also heard the song “Rebecca” sung in its musical (yes there’s also a musical based on it). You have no idea how bad it got stuck in my mind.

So I gave the book a try.

At first there’s nothing very impressive about it. It kinda feels like nothing is happening so you might be tempted to abandon it but I went on with it for the sake of the song (don’t ask me what’s up with that because I don’t know, it just hit me).

Daphne du Maurier is building the mystery step by step basically. She doesn’t throw you in a complicated full of suspense action but she knows how to involve you with every chapter. She sprinkles the plot with some plot twists and from a story of 2 lovers becomes a serious act of desperation and murder.

If you’ve read Jane Eyre you might find some common elements: there’s an older rich man, a manor and 2 wives but the spirit of the deceased one is lurking around. The dark and sinister tone of it can surely grab your attention.

As for the characters, I don’t like any of them but the author knew how to build the characters to be disliked but at the same time you are interested in what happens to them.

Last night I also watched the movie. It’s a classic ’40s Hitchcock, how can I not?

I’m gonna say the typical thing that any book reader is saying: the book was better. It really was better. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies but since I’ve read the book my expectations were…higher than they should’ve been probably. Even though I’m saying this I’m not discouraging anyone to watch it. Do watch it cause it’s a pretty good one. I really liked the guy that played as Mr de Winter and also the role of Ms Danvers was awesome. She nailed it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca

 

“I’m a neat monster”.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

Rating: 3/5.

If you wanna watch the show, I warn you: you will have to go on a binge because one episode of Dexter is never enough.

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This first book was just like watching again the first season, with a few more details. I thought it’s awesome to be in this lovely sociopath’s mind. I always loved his character, thoughts and comebacks.

If you’re a fan of the show tho’, stick to the show. It’s better. But just for your curiosity and if you want to have more Dexter in your life, go for the book too. It has only 280 pages so you can finish it up pretty quick and continue watching the show.

“Another beautiful Miami day, mutilated corpses with a chance of afternoon showers”.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17231.Darkly_Dreaming_Dexter?ac=1&from_search=true