Summer tends to bring out the blockbusters, so it makes sense that a number of big mysteries and thrillers landed on our main Best Books of June list.
But it's not all blockbusters in our Best Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense. Here's a cross section of some of the books we chose:
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - This is one of the biggest books of the summer. A private jet crashes shortly after departing Martha’s Vineyard, leaving an artist and the four-year-old son of a media mogul floating in the water. They survive, but does anyone else? And who brought the plane down? The journey is as important in this book as the ultimate destination.
End of Watch by Stephen King - This is the third and final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy, and Stephen King manages to re-up the antes that he laid down in the first two books. A totally satisfying, propulsive ending, with some enjoyable King-weirdness wound throughout the storyline.
Security by Gina Wohlsdorf - Adrian Liang wrote in her Amazon review of Security, "With its jump cuts between a killer prowling the luxurious hallways of the Manderley Resort and the staff who is putting the final polish on the hotel before its grand opening, Security makes you feel like you are watching the action from a distance—but readers will soon learn that it is a deliberate and ultimately brilliant narrative choice." She calls it "Sometimes raw, sometimes gory, and always riveting."
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid - Amazon's Seira Wilson describes this debut this way: "In these days of fat, doorstop-sized tomes, I’m Thinking of Ending Things wastes no excess pages and every word, every line, feels necessary. The narrator is considering what to do about Jake, the man with whom she is driving for hours to and from his parents’ house in the country. We see glimpses of a horrible crime in the future, and with each successive chapter the suspense and psychological buzz gets more intense. It’s like a movie where you almost want to turn away, but of course you can’t. Because this is a story that stays."
Brighton by Michael Harvey - “You came back here to bury your past. . . . Thing is, you gotta kill it first.” Brighton is an excellent thriller about two friends growing up in a rapidly changing Boston, who must face the sins of their past in the midst of a series of brutal murders. Here's an enthusiastic-if-not-for-prime time review by a famous author:
“The f**king bomb! I loved it.” —Stephen King
See our full list of June's Best Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense.
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