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Beachy reads and women’s fiction tend to be the books most readers reach for while soaking up the sun on the beach or by the pool in the summer. I have nothing against the books in these categories; but this collection of titles is for readers who are looking for a little more edge to go with their poolside margarita.
In these next few weeks leading up to the start of summer in June, I am releasing a different installment of one huge “Summer is for Thrillers” reading list. Paired with each category is a fun summer snack recipe, matching that particular brand of thriller. The categories are:
Week 1: Edge of Your Seat, Truffled Popcorn
Week 2: Slow Burn
Week 3: Downright Scary
Week 4: Dark and Twisty
Week 5: Tried and True Classic
I am in the second week of my “Summer is for Thrillers” series and this time I am focusing on “slow burn” thrillers or mysteries. These titles are slow but not boring. Creepy but not too scary. There will likely be some kind of twist at the end that you won’t expect, but the morsels of information will be leaked out slowly, keeping you fully nourished through to the end.
These slower atmospheric books call for a snack that oozes and drips, with finger-licking-good awesomeness.
Dig in to Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs with Honey and Pistachios while you are savoring these moseying mysteries.
The Lost Man is one of my favorite books of 2019 (so far) and Harper’s first book, The Dry was one of my favorites of 2017. It is atmospheric, well-written and the characters are flawed but completely magnetic. I don’t have many “automatic purchase” authors in my life. That is – authors whose books I will buy no matter what – but Jane Harper is one of those for me.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the newest from Ruth Ware who some have called the “Agatha Christie of our time.” I have only read Woman in Cabin 10 and while I enjoyed it, I found the story to be somewhat lacking. Still, she is a strong writer with a gift for suspenseful story-telling, so I plan on reaching for this one soon.
I posted a photo of The Mother-in-Law on Instagram recently writing about it in the context of being a thriller and several of my book buddies corrected me. They said it is less of a thriller and more of a whodunnit or domestic drama. I am most of my way through it, and they are definitely correct, but I am enjoying it so far and still think it fits well on this list. Update: I finished this one and while I enjoyed it, the story fell a little flat for me. The writing was good and I did love the exploration of the MIL-DIL relationship, but in the end, I think I just don’t really like domestic suspense.
An Unwanted Guest might be considered more of a “cozy mystery” than a thriller, but I am adding a few of those here. A group of people snowed in at a small hotel in the Catskills with a killer on the loose – sign me up! (This title was put on my radar by C.J. at the Well-Read Tart. Read her review.)
Kingdom of the Blind is #14 in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series and also falls more under the cozy murder mystery rather than the thriller genre. If you have not read any in this series, do yourself a favor and get started immediately. Be sure to start with the first book, Still Life. You won’t be disappointed!
(Updated) When the Lights Go Out is the latest from Mary Kubica (it came out Fall 2018), and I realized after I initially published this post that I forgot to add this one in. I only recently read The Good Girl (listened to it, actually) and absolutely loved it. Kubica has a knack for the slow, suspenseful build and then delivering some interesting twists as well.