Thrillers are the biggest sellers in the publishing industry. The latest “hot” title is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; a few years ago it was Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Not all thrillers are equally thrilling, however. I’ve found that thrillers that are parts of a series — think most of James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Michael Connolly, Lee Child — lack that “anything can happen” feel because you know the main character at least will survive.
The scariest thrillers are the stand-alone titles. You have no idea who will survive until the end (Girl on the Train) or who is the bad guy and who just appears to be (Before I Go to Sleep.) John Grisham is good at this. I recently listened to The Firm for a legal thriller discussion; I had no idea who would survive.
I’ve created a book list of some of the recent Stand-Alone Thrillers and the May book display at the library will be thrillers.
Let us know which ones gave you the chills!