Recently, I found myself in a momentary literary lull and without a book to read. I decided that I wanted to find a good thriller novel. I knew what I was looking for when I started out to make the list, suspense, the build-up of tension, the adrenaline! I wanted a little of everything on MY list: the psychological thriller, the crime thriller and the mystery thriller. So, I researched Amazon and Readers Digest to find what people are recommending.
11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King (2011)
11/22/63 is a recent novel by Stephen King that is about time travel, but instead of ancient history, it is more recent . . . the 1960s. An English school teacher is given the power to go back and change the course of history. What would have happened if the JFK murder never took place? Let's find out.
Avenger by Frederick Forsyth (2003)Credit: http://enjoy-books.blogspot.com/2009/10/avenger-frederick-forsyth-2003.html
This is a thriller about an attorney, Calvin Dexter, who specializes in going after people who have gotten away with murder. An American aid worker is killed in Serbia, but the killer escapes. The book seems to mix fact and fiction to create a memorable story.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2004)
Okay, so technically I've already read this book, but I still put it on the list to reread. I loved it! It's full of plot twists and a scavenger hunt-like race based on thousands of years of history. The two protagonists are a cryptographer Sophie Neveu and a symbologist Robert Langdon. They are thrown into a plot involving secret societies and a thousand-year-old secret and conspiracy when Sophie's grandfather, the curator of the Louvre Museum is found murdered. It has also been made into a blockbuster movie.
Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule (2004)
This book is based on the true crimes of the Green River Killer who stalked women in the Seattle area over decades. Ann Rule looks into the lives of both the victims and the convicted killer, Gary Ridgeway.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (2004)
The Secret History is an exploration of the human psyche. It is set at a posh New England college and documents what happens after two murders. The main protagonist is Richard Papen, a newcomer to the school. The group he joins keeps a secret, which will affect the entire community.
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988)
This psychological thriller has also been made into a blockbuster movie. Clarice Starling is a FBI trainee on the trail of a serial killer called Buffalo Bill. She consults with Dr. Hannibal Lector, a psychologist and serial killer that is already in jail.
Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton (2011)
This is a classic crime thriller where Beatrice, who is living in New York, finds out her sister is missing. She returns to London to find her, but she is soon discovered dead. Everyone else believes it was a suicide, but Beatrice is determined to prove that it was murder.
The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen
Dr. Catherine Cordell is a trauma surgeon who was attacked in the past, but was able to kill the assailant. Now, there is a new wave of murders that are strikingly similar to Dr. Cordell's attack. This is a medical thriller about a serial killer that seems to have a background in medicine
Timeline by Michael Crichton (2003)
This book seems like an interesting sci-fi thriller involving time travel. There is a mysterious death and seeming cover-up at the beginning of the book. A group of people make a discovery at a medieval site halfway around the world. How could these things be related? Well, I plan to find out.
Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King (2010)Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_the_Dome
Stephen King is a wonderful writer who deserves two spots on the list. He has written over 50 books and I can't wait to sink my teeth into this one, so to speak. Under the Dome: A Novel is about a small town that is suddenly cut off from the world as a huge invisible dome suddenly, and inexplicably, appears. Stephen King explores human nature as people try to take power and try to fight the dome.