The summer holidays are knocking. Fun times with family and friends is guaranteed, but even so, taking a book or two or more during this period would add to the excitement. While self-help, biographies, and autobiographies are quite popular, spicing things up with a novel could be something. What of a thriller?
We highlight at five thrilling novels that we recommend:
“Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins
The storyline begins with the death of a single mother whose body is found at the bottom of a river that runs through a small town. This discovery comes hot on the heels of similar occurrence earlier that summer when the body of a teenage girl was discovered in the same river. According to the townspeople, these are not the first women to have been lost in the river’s dark waters. Who and/or what is behind these deaths? What dark secrets lay at the bottom of the river that could be dredged out?
“I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller” by Terry Hayes
An unknown young woman is brutally murdered in a run-down hotel. Her body is badly mutilated in a clear acid attack that has literally dissolved all identifying characteristics on her. Half a world away, a father is publicly beheaded in the sweltering desert heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. Across the Arabian desert, a notorious Syrian biotechnology guru is dead in a Damascus junkyard with both of his eyes gorged out.
On the other side of the region, smouldering human remains are found in a remote mountainside in the tribal lands of Afghanistan. This has the hallmarks of an effortless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
Only one path links them all, and only one man can make the journey to connect the dots. Who’s he?
“Dead Certain” by Adam Mitzner
Ella Broden is a successful attorney. By day, she argues out her cases at the local courthouse with so much passion. But as day turns into night, she shifts her passion from the corridors of justice to some of the darkest clubs in Manhattan where she sings her soul out.
Ella has been careful not to show her two lives to the outside world, not even her younger sister Charlotte knows this. But while Charlotte is oblivious of Ella’s double life, could Ella be oblivious of Charlotte’s double life?
Ella is ecstatic when Charlotte announces ger first novel, but Charlotte goes missing soon thereafter. NYPD’s Detective Gabriel Valsquez, is an old flame in Ella’s past life. He steps in to help investigate Charlotte’s sudden disappearance. But what they find shocks them.
“The Missing Ones” by Patricia Gibney
A man’s body is discovered hanging from a tree outside his home in an apparent case of a suicide. Hours earlier, a woman’s body had been discovered in a cathedral. Local detective Lottie Parker leads the investigations into the two deaths.
Initial investigations indicate the two bodies have the same distinctive tattoo inscribed on their legs. This tells detective Parker that the two people are connected. But it is still not clear how. Find the answers within the pages of this gripping, page-turning serial killer thriller.
“Silent Child” by Sarah A. Denzil
A mother painfully watches as her six-year-old son’s red coat is fished out of the River Ouse. The pain of losing a beloved son unbearably too much for the young mother. But becomes unfathomable when Aiden’s body was never recovered from the bottom of the river.
Like they say, time is a healer. Emma Price rediscovers the joy in her life and ten years after the death of her son Aiden, she finds love again and gets pregnant. Life feels and tastes good. But things change when Aiden returns…