“She was reflecting back on a truth she had learned over the years: that people heard what they wanted to hear, saw what they wanted, believed what they wanted.”

-Jeffery Deaver, The Bodies Left Behind

The October List by Jeffery Deaver

Wow!

A thriller novel written in reverse: Reading this, I was initially sceptical on how this could be done. How can you keep the plot twists and intrigues that are so important to thrillers, if you begin by revealing the end?

I was curious to find out, and I have to say I fell in love with this book.

Knowing only what was going on in the present, but without the how and why, was intriguing, and going further back in time chapter by chapter created new plot twists.

When I had almost reached the end (or beginning in this case), I couldn’t imagine how Jeffery Deaver could possibly pull this off to tie up all those loose ends. But he did. He tied up all the loose points with a massive plot twist, creating an amazing story that was very well thought through.

This novel ranks among the 6 out of 5 star books and I 100% would recommend it to anyone!

-Fia

“To answer that I have to describe what I think is my responsibility as a thriller writer: To give my readers the most exciting roller coaster ride of a suspense story I can possibly think of.”

-Jeffery Deaver

“That’s the past for you. Not only does it come back at the most unexpected, and inconvenient, times but it’s set in stone.” 

-Jeffery Deaver, Edge

Top Psychological Suspense Thriller Writers

Hey my dear readers!

I have decided to compile a list of psychological suspense writers that I absolutely LOVE and that I want to recommend to you.

So here goes:

 

Starting off as my very favourite writer, we have Lisa Gardner.

510jmfkskol-_sx329_bo1204203200_I cannot emphasise enough how her plot twists still surprise me, even though I have read so many of her books. Crash and Burn had me on the edge of my seat, constantly thinking I knew what was going on, just to find out that I was completely wrong. I also love how complex the main characters are. Though Lisa Gardner writes series featuring specific detectives, they take on a less significant role than the protagonists.

My two favourites so far were her last two books Crash and Burn and Find Her. Here’s just a small taste of Crash and Burn (taken from Amazon):

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have survived the car accident, much less the crawl up the steep ravine. One thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help—she must save Vero.
usacburn-e1405519531684If the girl even exists. 

Arriving at the scene, Sergeant Wyatt Foster joins the desperate hunt for a missing child, only to learn that Nicky suffers from a rare brain injury that causes delusions. According to her husband, there is no child. Never has been. And yet Nicky remains adamant. She must save Vero. Please, help save Vero.

For Wyatt and investigator Tessa Leoni, nothing about this case is simple. It turns out, Nicky has recently suffered more than one close accident. Is she indeed delusional, as her husband claims, or perhaps she knows more than she thinks? Because clearly someone out there won’t rest till Nicky crashes and burns….

Now, if that hasn’t gotten you itching to read some psychological suspense, the next author on my list is Lisa Jackson.

Similar to Lisa Gardner, Lisa Jackson is also a master of suspense and plot twists, usually throwing in a bit of romance as well.shivermmp200

Currently, I am reading Shiver and I recently finished After She’s GoneIf Only She Knew and Cold-Blooded. Though I would love to tell you about what just happened in Shiver, I hate to steal the element of surprise away from any potential readers. All I’m going to say now is, I didn’t see it coming who would be murdered!

Of course I haven’t just compiled a list of only two writers – I have put the other ones in a list however, since there are so many great ones out there!

The following are must-reads for psychological suspense and thriller fans:

  • Tess Gerritsen
  • Tami Hoag
  • Harlan Coben
  • Karin Slaughter
  • David Baldacci
  • Lee Child
  • Jo Nesbø
  • Iris Johansen
  • Linda Fairstein
  • Michael Connelly
  • Mary Higgins Clark
  • Raymond Khoury
  • Joseph Finder
  • Jeffery Deaver
  • John Sandford
  • Dennis Lehane

 

Though I haven’t read all of these yet, because I only recently found them, I also want to highly recommend the anthologies by International Thriller Writers.

22609153I finished reading Face Off a couple of days ago and I must say, the short stories were amazing! Each author was paired off with another to write a short thriller story featuring both their main characters. It’s not only a way to read about your favourite characters finally meeting one another, but also to get o know new authors. I certainly got to know a lot of new ones!

A sequel to Face Off will be published on June 13th, 2017, called Match Up. I’m already super excited!

Similar anthology concepts by ITW include Thriller, Thriller 2 and First Thrills. Other publications are listed here.

 

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoy the recommendations! If anyone has any others, please comment below. I would be more than happy to learn about more great writers out there I haven’t heard of yet!

Toodles!

-Fia