Compelling Reads


I thought I would begin with a post about the different types of books that I enjoy, with recommendations for your reading pile.

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My favourite genre is crime and psychological thrillers. I absolutely love it when you get completely engrossed into the storyline and can’t wait to get back to the book to discover what will happen next. I’ve read many books like that recently, namely Bloq by Alan Jones, The Teacher by Katerina Diamond, Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge and Tenacity by J.S. Law, to name just a few.

I occasionally like to indulge in the odd chick-lit here and there and I have come across some pretty great books. A couple of my favourites are The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele and Peanuts and Eggcups by Sara Mendes da Costa. Full of laughter, tears, romance and friendship, if you read any of these you definitely won’t be disappointed.

I do have a list of some of my favourite thriller authors and these are always my ‘go to’ authors when I need a really good crime or psychological thriller to read. Here is a list of my recommendations.

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M.J. Arlidge – If you have never read any of his books before, take it from me, they are fantastic. There are currently five D.I. Helen Grace books in the series, with a sixth out in September, they are: Eeny MeenyMay 2014, Pop Goes the Weasel September 2014, The Doll’s HouseFebruary 2015, Liar LiarSeptember 2015, Little Boy BlueMarch 2016 and Hide and Seek to be published September 2016.

Mark Edwards – Another great author to keep you on the edge of your seat. Mark Edwards has co-written many books with Louise Voss, which have all been brilliant. Some of my favourites are: Killing CupidJanuary 2012, Catch Your DeathJanuary 2012 and All Fall DownDecember 2012. He has also written books on his own, these are all equally fantastic. Some of my favourites include: The MagpiesSeptember 2013, What You Wish ForJune 2014 and Follow You HomeJune 2015. His new book, The Devil’s Work, is due out September 2016.

James Patterson – For me, James Patterson is the ‘Daddy’ of the thriller world. I have read quite a few of his books and you know exactly what you’re getting with this talented author. Some of my favourites are: Now You See Her, Guilty Wives, NYPD Red, Honeymoon and Sail, to name just a few.

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Sophie McKenzie – One of my favourite books of Sophie McKenzie’s is Close My Eyes-May 2013. This is an engrossing thriller, full of mystery and suspense, twists and turns, definitely one to read.

Rachel Abbott – My recommendations for Rachel Abbott are: Sleep Tight-February 2014, Stranger Child-February 2015 and Kill Me Again-February 2016, all equally great reads.

C.L. Taylor – I have read all the psychological thrillers by C.L Taylor and can recommend every one: The Accident-April 2014, The Lie-April 2015 and The Missing-April 2016. Which ever book you choose from this author, you’ll be gripped from the start and be left wanting more.

Robert Bryndza – This author has delivered two amazing killer thriller reads in the Detective Erika Foster series so far: The Girl in the IceFebruary 2016 and The Night Stalker-June 2016. I can’t wait for the next thrilling instalment.

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I have just finished reading The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes. First published in 1913, The Lodger is based on the Jack The Ripper murders of 1888. It’s a brilliantly written thriller, with an eerie atmosphere. This is a definite read for crime thriller addicts.

So that’s my book recommendations all wrapped up. Let me know if you have a compelling book to recommend, I’m always on the look out for exciting new reads. 

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