Thriller Thoughts…


The Thriller genre isn’t where you’d typically find me but this year has already started off oddly and we’re just going with it at the moment. I have found Thrillers to be easier to digest as audiobooks while I’m multi-tasking indoors and outdoors. Funny observation, I run faster on the treadmill when I think someone is chasing me while listening to ANY thriller smh. No idea how this looks but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s possible my Pheobe Buffay style of running keeps anyone from coming up behind me ๐Ÿ˜‚ย  it’s a work in progress. I listened to the audiobook for each of the thrillers down below, and they’re listed in order of enjoyment.

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (5 STARS) Did I stay up until 2am finishing this book? Yesโ€ฆyes I did and although I payed for it dearly the next morning, I had zero regrets while living in the moment. Hands down a compulsive read that is equal parts character and plot driven, this is one you canโ€™t put down for long. Some reviewers say this has Riverdale Vibes and Iโ€™d have to agree. We have an academic setting with seven characters whoโ€™ve gravitated towards each other and have a complex friend group. Itโ€™s told in past and present timelines from mostly Jessicaโ€™s point of view, she is an unreliable character with one hell of a narcissistic personality and fits the bill as far as unlikeable characters go. We get to slip into some of the other characters points of view as they recount their version of events. Ten years ago, one of the friends was murdered on campus and most walked away ready to leave that all behind. Someone decides to make Homecoming the time to lure out the killer to carry out overdue justice which triggers the unraveling of secrets, lies and betrayals within their friend circle. This was fast paced with the first half reading a bit lighthearted (when compared to the latter half this almost seemed like the โ€œgood timesโ€) as we see these characters living their best college lives, dating, and dealing with baggage that stems from unhealthy/toxic relationships with their parents. The second half was like watching the domino effect set off, at which point there is no turning away. Dark & filled with obsession, greed, vanity, violence and narcissismโ€ฆI donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever read something so wrong yet also satisfying that I couldn’t stop thinking about the way it ended.ย  Also, other than Coop I canโ€™t really say I liked any of these characters but I found myself 100% invested in all of their lives. In any case, this author is now on my radar for future reads.

A Flicker In The Dark (4.5 STARS) – Iโ€™m not well read with thrillers like I am with Fantasy but as Iโ€™ve been reading more from this genre, Iโ€™m beginning to spot the red herrings. We follow Chloe who is a psychologist in a small Louisiana town where her father is serving time for having killed 6 young girls twenty years ago. Like many children of killers in small towns, your last name haunts and shames you. Sheโ€™s trying to create a new life detached from her dad but when girls begin to go missing again, sheโ€™s thrust back in time to the days leading up to his arrest. This doesnโ€™t read like a debut at all, the writing is engrossing and almost plays out like a movie. I say this while also acknowledging the fact that it wasn’t too difficult to piece together certain things. I still ate it up and appreciated the whole cinematic vibes it was giving as we flash back and forth between Chloe’s childhood and present timelines. Our MC is addicted to prescription medication and with her easy access to them, it makes for moments where you start feeling as paranoid as she’s acting half the time. I lost count of the times I thought to myself “but what if” or “but then that can’t be” safe to say there was an abundance of plot twists. I also wasnโ€™t surprised at all to see that it has already been picked up by HBOMAX, my true joy kicked in when I saw Emma Stone tapped in for the lead ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ we Stan Emma in this corner ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

The Collective (4 STARS) – โ€œ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐„๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ฅ๐ญ-๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž. ๐๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ.โ€

Ever find yourself reading a book where youโ€™re just as conflicted as the protagonist? The premise of this book lured me in possibly because as a mom myself, the thought of a group of anonymous women (whoโ€™ve all lost a child) working together to deliver justice is hard NOT to get behind.ย The MC Camille has been grieving the death of her 15 year old for the past 5 years and there isnโ€™t a day that goes by that she isnโ€™t angry and obsessed with the killer. Her marriage has come to an end and sheโ€™s left to live in this big colonial style house where the memories of her daughter haunt her. Camille follows the life of her daughterโ€™s killer via social media and ends up showing up at an event where her actions grab the attention of this secret group of women. This is a trip down the dark side of justice that had me back & forth with my feelings but I believe that to be the intent here. Camille at some point finds herself trying to figure out whether the group is strictly operating in the name of avenging these children or if they too are like the monsters they seek to eliminate in the name of justice. Iโ€™m very curious to see how this all ends, in many ways the MC disregards logic and comes more from an emotional headspace. I canโ€™t say I blame her for it but things snowball rather quickly once she acts upon her darkest fantasy. If you can read from the POV of someone who in an obsessive cycle and very angry, this is worth a go.


Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

9 thoughts on “Thriller Thoughts…”

  1. Iโ€™m also picky with the genres I listen to on audiobook – mostly I go for nonfiction, but thrillers sound like they could be a good fit. I love the idea of them making you run faster too, ha ha! These look like some really addictive reads which Iโ€™ll definitely be checking out ๐Ÿ“šโค๏ธ X x x

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    1. Thrillers and memoirs are my go-to for audiobooks, they just are easier to digest in that format. Ha! Yea some of these thriller have me catching second hand paranoia ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope you enjoy if you give any of these a go ๐Ÿ’œ

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  2. Happy to hear that you enjoyed these! I need to check them out. I like listening to thrillers versus reading them myself. It seems easier for me to listen to them than to read them. I need to try out listening to audiobooks while I walk on the treadmill. I’ve been watching TV on my phone while walking on the treadmill instead because I feel like that makes the time go by faster than staring at a blank wall lol.

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    1. Lmao! I was nodding in agreement all along cause same. I tried watching tv while on the treadmill cause it is a boring exercise but my wifi sucks in the gym. Even when I downloaded episodes from HBOMAX I got interference. So, now my time at the gym is 50% audiobooks & 50% club music to get me hyped up and out faster ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Thank you! And yea Iโ€™m just realizing this now, OR a book with a full cast production. Itโ€™s why I probably have a few credits stocked up on Libro.fm, takes me a bit to pick one I think Iโ€™m going to enjoy. I hope you enjoy those when you get to them ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

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  3. I don’t usually reads many thrillers, but I noticed I tend to go for the more academic ones, I think that’s why In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is on my tbr. I’ve actually never listened to audiobooks when I read thrillers but I may have to give it a try! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“š Loved reading your thoughts on these Lilly!

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