Book Genre: Thriller

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Gillian Flynn
Monica
3

"Gone Girl" shares the story of Nick and Amy, married for five years, when Amy disappears.  This story is fast paced and loaded with twists and turns.  While character-driven, I must say that I couldn't pick sides and that  I gravely disliked both main characters.  The story...

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James Patterson
Shanna
3

This installment of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club features an eccentric professor, who is convinced he is clairvoyant.  He has detailed dreams of murders; no one believes him until the first shooting happens exactly as he described in his dream.  At the same time, a celebrated...

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Veronica Roth
Georgia
4

In a dystopian Chicago, the inhabitants are split into five factions. All 16 year olds must make their choice of which faction they want to spend their lives. During her aptitude test, Beatrice’s results are mixed which makes her “Divergent.” She is told this can put her at danger so she must...

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Kieran Shields
Ken
3

Overall a very enjoyable book. One of the main characters who is supposed to be some amazing detective, and a master of disguise. The master of disguise bit serves no purpose in the story other than to show how awesome the character is.  The murders that are being solved are tied to the...

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Richard Phillips
Liz S
4

I actually listened to this as an audiobook, and I recommend this format if you are interested in Richard Phillips' story. I heard an interview with the author on Fresh Air a while ago, and then saw the Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie version of the story, Captain Phillips. It is a...

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Gillian Flynn
Georgia
4

The story centers on, Camille Preaker, a reporter who is sent back to her hometown on assignment after a young girl goes missing and another turns up dead. Returning to her hometown is less that pleasant for Camille who must face her mother and half sister.  Her relationship with her family...

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Thomas Harris
Rebecca
4

I have hinted at this in other reviews, but I will say it now directly: horror and I do not get along. When I was a kid, if I saw a horror movie by accident, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. Thankfully, as an adult,...

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Queenie Chan
lisab
2

Have been sampling a lot of graphic novels lately and I settled on the Odd Thomas graphic novels series reading– In Odd we trust and Odd is on our side. There’s something about Odd Thomas as a character – he just seems like a nice guy. I’ve read all of the Dean Koontz Odd Thomas books and while...

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Frederick Forsyth
lisab
3

I haven’t read a Frederick Forsyth since his early titles – Day of the Jackal, Fourth Protocol but I saw his newest title and thought I’d give it a go.  Forsyth doesn’t hold back and doesn’t try to make excuses for anyone. He just gives the reader an action packed thriller ripped from the...

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Louise Penny
lisab
4

I’ve enjoyed Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series not only because the characters are well-developed but you want to visit Three Pines and hang out by the hearth with them on a snowy Canadian evening. In this tale the mystery continues with Gamache, Inspector in the Montreal Sûreté...

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Patricia Highsmith
Charles
3

Ripley Under Ground is the second book in a five part series written by Patricia Highsmith.  That being said, it is not a requirement to have read the first one as the author quickly recaps the important events.  The main character, Thomas Ripley, is a dark, maniacal man who gets...

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Stephen King
Charlissa
4

Full Dark, No Stars is collection of four novellas: "1922," "Big Driver," "Fair Extension," and "A Good Marriage." The afterward begins, “The stories in this book are harsh. You may have found them hard to read in places.” Yup.

"1922" is a story about a man who kills his wife in...

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Marisha Pessl
Michelle
4

Not classified as a horror book, but this totally unnerved me. It's an intelligent, freaky, modern story.

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Joe Hill
Jennifer B.
3

Heart-Shaped Box gets off to a roaring start.  Protagonist Judas Coyne, a 54-year-old semi-retired leader of a metal band, buys a suit online that supposedly comes with the ghost of the man who wore it.  The suit's in his hands by page 15 and the ghost is already on the scene in...

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Scott Snyder
Michael
3

Batman: The Black Mirror is a storyline bound together in one collection, encompassing 11 individual comic books. This storyline features Dick Grayson as Batman (not Bruce Wayne), written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock and Francesco Francavilla.

This...

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Mariah Fredericks
Shanna
4

Rain and Wendy used to be best friends.  To Rain, Wendy was more than a party girl intent on sleeping with everyone's boyfriend.  She was the one with the huge heart and offbeat sense of humor, the girl who wasn't above faking a fainting spell in H&M and who didn't care what others...

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Daniel Silva
CarolE
2

Typically Silva is a great spy thriller writer with an incredibly competent Israeli hero who also happens to be an expert art restorer. We get pieces of that here, but the plot has holes in it to drive a truck through. None of the suspense happens and this reader saw from the first ten pages...

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Matt Fraction
Adelina
4

What do you do while you’re waiting for the next episode of Agents of SHIELD? The next Thor movie isn’t out yet? I have to wait till 2015 for the next Avengers movie? Read graphic novels of your favorite Superheroes while you wait from your local library.

The master archer, Hawkeye from...

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Joyce Carol Oates
Jennifer D
5

“Black Water” was my first journey into the world of Joyce Carol Oates, and a perfect autumn read. Lush descriptions of the day leading up to a car accident, vignettes of the main character’s life render descriptions of the accident and subsequent entrapment in the car underwater all the more...

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Stephen King
Rebecca
3

Of all of the scary, supernatural subject matter that Stephen King is (in)famous for--haunted hotels, psychic/telekinetic/pyrokinetic children, demonic clowns from the Macroverse, sinister aliens, rabid dogs, vampires, possessed cars--what scares me the most about his novels are the twisted,...

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Josh
3

  This young adult fiction book contains thirteen stories from writers such as R.L. Stine, Jennifer Allison and others.  Some of the stories deal with typical horror story material: vampires, people with strange powers and other weird creatures. Other stories deal with perfectly...

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Sandra Brown
mmcgowan
5

Bellamy was only twelve years old when her sister is killed on a stormy Memorial Day.  Eighteen years later she writes a book on her sisters death and it causes a lot of controversy.  Is the gentleman who was put behind bars the guilty personal who killed her sister?  She decided...

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C. J Box
Becker
3

This is an early entry into Box's popular Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, in this mystery/thriller, gets caught up in a war between environmental activists and extreme ranchers. I liked the shifting perspectives, and the descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, the plot...

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Marcus Sakey
Becker
5

Gifteds. Brilliants. Abnorms. Twists. Whatever you call them, they've changed the world. True genius used to come once in a generation. Now, 1 in 100 children are born extraordinarily gifted in various ways--reading body language, tactics, medicine, numbers. Though a small minority of the...