I do love a good thriller. Unfortunately to find one you often have to wade through lots of rubbish beforehand, but I’m getting better at not bothering and just refusing to finish books that aren’t good.
This week I have a few thrillers for you, so without further ado…
He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly
Laura and Kit have spent much of their life together on the run. Not from the government, or some kind of huge criminal organisation, but from a single person: a woman called Beth, who came into their lives a few years earlier. When Laura saw Beth being attacked at a festival, she intervened and ended up being a witness at the trial. You’d think that’d be the end of it, but no: the consequences of that night at the fair have haunted Laura and Kit for years.
This was an interesting thriller with an excellent twist, which I didn’t see coming until right before it happened. A mélange of interpretations and intentions, He Said / She Said will keep you guessing all the way through, and leave your mind feeling nice and dark.
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
A family of five is struck by tragedy when four of them are murdered in their own home. Thankfully, the teenage daughter was out walking the dogs at the time… or was she? As Detective D.D. Warren and survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane search for answers, it seems increasingly likely that the girl might know more about the murders than they’d originally thought. And when they find the dogs tied to a nearby tree with no trace of their owner, the plot thickens…
I really want to read this one again, because I read it on the plane to the USA and I was exhausted at the time. I remember thinking it was excellent and that I wanted to write down several quotes from it, but I couldn’t be bothered to pull my bag out from under the seat in front of me. When I arrived at the hotel there was no time to flick through it again: I went straight to work and didn’t stop until I got back on a plane to come home, leaving the book at the hotel because there wasn’t room for it in my carry-on.
When I arrived home there was a package waiting for me: the book, which I’d apparently ordered from Amazon and then swiftly forgotten about. I know I wanted to keep it, and to re-read it, but I can’t currently remember exactly why.
Nonetheless it’s one I must recommend, unless I was so delirious from exhaustion on the plane that I thought it was good when it wasn’t. That’s doubtful though. So why don’t you read Look For Me, and I’ll read it again, and then we’ll reconvene and swap notes?
Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington
Another ‘is she a victim or was she the perpetrator’ style book, Saving Sophie follows the fraught investigation of the disappearance of a local girl, Amy. She was out with Sophie getting drunk one night, which was nothing unusual, except that Sophie returned home and Amy didn’t. Now nobody’s stories are matching up: did Sophie and Amy leave together, like their friends claim, or is Sophie telling the truth when she says she has no idea what happened to Amy?
A twisty-turny book which will keep you guessing, Saving Sophie is a light but fun read that looks at questions of responsibility and victimhood.
Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan
Sophia despairs of her mother Nina. A nervy woman who lives a quiet life running a garden centre & café with her husband, she frequently calls Sophia and expects her daughter to drop everything and be her emotional sounding board.
Well, Sophia’s had enough. She’s out enjoying life and getting drunk with the guys from work when her mother calls. Although Sophia is a little concerned at Nina’s tone, she decides it’s probably nothing, and she wouldn’t be able to get from London to their country home anyway, so she’ll deal with it in the morning.
Except by the morning, her mother is dead and her father in hospital, in what looks like an attempted murder-suicide. But quiet, timid Nina can’t possibly be guilty of such a crime, surely?
I read Everything Is Lies because I loved Dear Amy. This one was similarly twisty, but much less convincing, partly because the characters were quite annoying so I didn’t really care about them, but also because the twists and turns weren’t very realistic. I’m excited to see what Callaghan brings out next, but I hope it’s more like Dear Amy and less like Everything Is Lies.
What have you read recently? Recommend some thrillers to feed my obsession!