Saturday, June 9

Summer Recs #1: Thrillers and Mysteries To Get Your Heart Racing


Hello friends! Knowing that the summer is that part of the year when many readers have ample time to read - either because of being on break, or because of going on a vacation - I've decided to bring you something special this June. Drumrolls, please!


A three part series where I'll share a variety of book recommendations with you!

To make navigating this list - it ain't that long, don't worry - easier & more comfortable for you, I included some bullet-points about the books. In these, you'll find the age-group these are aimed at, the sub-genres and basic information about the novels. Moreover, the book covers lead to the books' Goodreads page, so you can flood your TBR list pretty fast. 

I really hope you'll enjoy this little snippet into the land of my favorite novels! 


PART 1: 
THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES


Historical Mysteries

   

LADY DARBY MYSTERIES: 
  • adult mystery novels (5 so far!) that are more on the cozy side
  • a 20-something heroine who is finding her voice and discovering who she is after her horrendous marriage
  • supportive, albeit protective as heck family
  • ship-worthy, slow-burn romance
CHARLOTTE SAYS: 
  • YA mystery-thriller with paranormal elements
  • so darn sinister and dark
  • morally gray heroine with a tragic and intriguing past
  • showcases how evil humans can be
  • full review here
LADY JULIA GREY MYSTERIES: 
  • adult mystery novels with a headstrong, smart as heck heroine
  • the heroine's sister is lesbian, in relationship with a woman 
  • fantastic family dynamics
  • one of the most well-written series I've ever read
  • amazing romance
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER: 
  • YA mystery series with a new crime to solve in each book 
  • feminist as fuck! 
  • such an adorable, shippy romance that starts as hate-to-love
  • honestly, the clues are VERY EASY to put together way ahead of the characters, but that doesn't take away much from the overall reading experience

Mystery-Thrillers

   

THEN SHE WAS GONE: 
  • dark, suspenseful adult mystery-thriller
  • besides that, it is a story of a woman who starts to live again after her daughter's disappearance
  • family is SO IMPORTANT in this one
  • intense as hell
THE GIRL IN 6E: 
  • dark as hell adult thriller
  • Deanna literally has to be locked up at night to stop herself from killing people
  • she is a cam girl, AND IT IS NOT BELITTLED AT ALL + the author did her research
  • the whole story is so unique and weird and wow, just really outstanding
THE NATURALS: 
  • YA version of Criminal Minds
  • the most wholesome group of characters ever
  • the cases get more and more intense as the series progresses
  • pay attention to little details, they might be hella important in later books
  • spoiler free review of the series here
FINAL GIRLS: 
  • adult mystery thriller packed with tension
  • survivors, aka "the final girls", of three separate crimes are seemingly targeted by a killer
  • complex, layered characters who surprised me various times
  • unreliable narrator
  • slasher movie-like flashbacks
Fantasy and Paranormal Mysteries

   

THE ACCIDENT SEASON: 
  • paranormal elements meet with mystery and suspense in this YA standalone
  • when magic + real life events form an intriguing and beautiful mix
  • get ready for heart-wrenching discoveries at the end
  • lovely romance 
  • F/F pairing between the supporting characters
CURSE WORKERS: 
  • YA fantasy novel where "curse workers" exist & everyone knows it
  • Holly Black wrote it, so it is obviously a masterpiece
  • A+ portrayal of betrayal, family, friendship and love
  • one of the most binge-worthy series
THE DEAD HOUSE: 
  • YA standalone where you cannot be sure if it is paranormal, or just the imagination of the characters
  • creepy, dark and sinister as hell, with some gory scenes (one in particular was... no words)
  • such complex and well-portrayed characters
  • super well-written
THE HAZEL WOOD: 
  • YA fantasy with dark fairy-tales at its center 
  • after Alice's mother is kidnapped, Alice starts investigating, her only clue is a book of fairy-tales her grandmother wrote
  • atmospheric, shocking at parts and well-written
Mysteries That Involve Ghosts

   

THE BROKEN GIRLS: 
  • adult contemporary mystery with various scenes from the past
  • so suspenseful and mysterious (the atmosphere is.... *shivers*)
  • creepy as fuck ghost 
  • #girlpower (can't say more, sorry)
  • that small town vibe is poisonous here
  • side note: legit all of St. James's novels are fantastic, so do check her out
THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL: 
  • YA paranormal thriller where the main character is a ghost
  • the setting is an old asylum, and wow, it is dark as hell
  • so many interesting and misunderstood characters
  • A+ character development
ASYLUM: 
  • YA ghost story, mystery
  • students participating in a college's summer program are housed in an old asylum where... weird things happen
  • highly unrealistic, but so fun to read
  • the pictures make it even creepier
  • I'll admit, the writing is not the best, nor are the characters
ODD & TRUE: 
  • YA historical fiction about two sisters who become monster hunters
  • is the paranormal even real, though? you can never know in this one
  • A+++ sister relationship, all the girl power
  • Tru is disabled - she had polio when she was tiny, and now she uses a leg brace + canes or a wheelchair

Classic Mysteries

   

REBECCA: 
  • suspenseful adult Ghotic novel
  • the heroine marries a man, moves to his estate... only to feel alone and unwanted there
  • the man's dead wife, Rebecca's presence is seemingly everywhere 
  • gorgeous description 
MY COUSIN RACHEL: 
  • adult Gothic suspense
  • Philip's older cousin, Ambrose dies of mysterious circumstances... Philip suspects it may have been Ambrose's wife who caused his demise :O 
  • so much mystery!! 
  • not everyone is what they seem like
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: 
  • adult suspense, mystery
  • a bunch of strangers are stranded on an island and killed off one by one
  • I was honestly SHOCKED by the ending, very cleverly written
  • short, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat
THE WESTING GAME: 
  • middle grade mystery
  • 16 strangers have to work in pairs, putting their clues together to inherit a shit ton of money
  • fast-paced and fun to read
  • surprising as hell ending

Some Other Incredible Novels

   
   
   

Have y'all read any of these? Did you like them? Do you have any thriller or mystery recommendations? What is your favorite genre?

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendations, Veronika! I am actually in desperate need of some new books and have been on a serious mystery kick recently! I just finished an Agatha Christie book today!

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    1. You're welcome, I'm super-pleased you found them helpful. :)

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  2. I haven't thought about The Westing Game in years! It was one of my favorite books.

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    1. I've just recently read it for the first time, and found it rather different than what I was expecting, but still great. :D

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  3. Charlotte Says and The Naturals are two I hope to read this year. I have heard a ton of great buzz for those books. Broken Girls also intrigues me, because of all the fab reviews I have read for it. I am a Fowley-Doyle fan and am glad to see one of her books on your list. That woman can write atmosphere like nobody's business. I really loved Vanishing Girls, Last Seen Leaving, and The Truth That's In Me. Glad to see they got a mention on your list.

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    1. That makes me so happy, Sam!! Charlotte Says was really creepy, while The Naturals is such a great series, 1000% binge-worthy if you like to do that. :D The Broken Girls is fantastic for adult-mystery fans. Fowley-Doyle writes SO WELL, I cannot wait to read more by her.

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  4. Asylum sounds good. I've been meaning to check out that series for a while. I also read The Naturals a few years ago for review when it came out. IT's a great read!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. It is good - not the best, tbh, but the atmosphere was very on-point. The whole Naturals series was FANTASTIC, loved binge-reading it. :)

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  5. This series is exactly what I need!! (I mean, it's probably really unhealthy for my TBR because now there are like 10 books I want to add now but really, it's kind of a great problem to have if you ask me). I second A Madness So Discreet! SUCH a quality book. I'm looking forward to the next two parts of this series, Vera!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. YES, I AM SO HAPPY YOU SAID THAT. And, yes, A Madness So Discreet is INCREDIBLE, I'm so bummed it never received tons of hype. Hope you'll enjoy the other parts, as well! :)

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  6. I don't read many mystery/thriller so I've only read the Dead House and I totally agree with your description! I can't decide whether it's all in their head or really happened, and it creeps me out...

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. Yes, The Dead House was so freaking creepy - I'm not usually scared while reading books, much less after I put them down, but that one made me AFRAID haha.

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  7. Thrillers are so iffy for me. I did enjoy Last Seen Leaving and hope to try a few more this summer.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed that!! It was one of my favorite reads last year. :D

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  8. Omg I've actually read a ton of these AND LOVED THEM TOO!! I recently read Odd & True and sort of absolutely lvoed it?! Like sisters and it felt like Supernatural AND you can never know if it was or not by the end! Masterful. 😍And soo much love for The Accident Season and White Cat and The Naturals and Last Seen Leaving ahh!! Such an epic list!

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    1. Yay, that makes me happy!! Cat Winters is MY FAVORITE, and Odd & True was SO GOOD. Hope you'll read more by her. Thank you! :)

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