My Summer 2017 Crime/Thriller Books

I have about 10/15 Books to read this year already but for some reason whenever I go past Waterstones I can’t help but go in and have peruse of the books… and then inevitably walking out with some.

I am off to Rome next week & I love reading Crime/Thriller books on holiday, because I can’t put them down & I therefore sit in the sun for hours not realising it and by the end I have a great tan as well as finishing a book. WOHO!

This trip to Waterstones I picked up the following books…


Stalker by Lars Kepler 

10 Million Copies Sold

A film arrives at Stockholm’s National Crime Investigation Department showing a woman in her own home, plainly unaware she is being watched. The police don’t take it seriously …until she is found murdered.  

When the next video arrives, Detective Margot Silverman frantically attempts to identify the victim.

But it’s already too late. Because at the time the video was sent, the killer was already inside their house.

Soon Stockholm is in the grip of terror. Who will the Stalker target next?

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances 

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented.

Then Daniel meets Cherry.

Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life. Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she’s not all that she seems.

When tragedy strikes, an unforgiveable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller

Who goes to a dinner party next door and leaves her baby alone in the house? What kind of mother does such a thing? She feels the familiar agony set in – she is not a good mother.

People are capable of almost anything.

You never know

what’s happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last.

But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

The Sunday Times Bestseller

Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.

But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening.

How alone are they? Why does she feel watched? Because someone knows her secret. What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what he did.

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead.

Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives.

Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here, or her life before it.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.

Someone is watching Kitty and Alison. Someone who wants revenge for what happened that day. And only another life will do…

The Dry by Jane Harper 

Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate. To them there was little difference between a carcass and a corpse.

Who really killed the Hadler family?

In the small town of Kiewarra, it hasn’t rained for two years. Swept up in the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, the town crackles with seething malice and unvoiced grudges. Tensions in the community are at breaking point when three members of the Hadler family are suddenly brutally murdered.

Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty, but is he just an easy scapegoat? Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation.

As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.

The Dry is a descent into a flyblown, small-town Australia with the plot escalating in an ever more dizzying series of twists and revelations


I will of course do reviews after I have read them all and I have already read Blood Sisters, so I will do that one shortly

Has anyone read any of these? Do you think they sound good? Do you have any Crime/Thriller  recommendations for me?


12 thoughts on “My Summer 2017 Crime/Thriller Books

  1. I haven’t read any of these and I’m not sure that I’ve even read anything in that genre, but it sounds super intriguing. Definitely putting a few of these on my “to read” list! Thanks so much for sharing (:

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  2. I’ve recently red Last Seen Alive & it was SO good. Highly enjoyed every page. I have got The Girlfriend which I am going to start soon & I really want to read The Couple Next Door also. I have a post on my blog about my recent reads – check it out if you’d like! Xx

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    1. Ah amazing – it’s my next book to read! The problem is I just keep buying more and more haha! If you like a thriller then read Behind Her Eyes – best book I’ve read all year!
      I will check the post out 😊 thank you for reading this xx

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      1. I have the same problem!! I’ve started buying my books from second hand book stores. Thanks – I hope you enjoy it 🙂 x


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