Ok, so you may or may not know that the thriller genre is probably my favourite of all the genres. If I was told I could only read one genre for the rest of my life, I would choose Thrillers. So it seems churlish to not participate in a readathon dedicated to the genre that is Thrillers!
#ThrillerAThon runs from 15 to 23 February 2020 and is hosted by the lovely Harriet Rosie and Emma at Drinking By My Shelf (which, by the way, is the best name for a YouTube channel ever!). This year Harriet has devised a game of Cluedo (one of the best (and most underrated?) board games in the history of board games) and it is just fabulous! There are challenges that you can follow, you can double up on challenges if you wish, or you can simply read a book that falls within the thriller genre.
My TBR is pretty ambitious. There is no chance I will get through all these books in 9 days, but I like to give myself options. I have doubled up on a few of the challenges and I can’t wait to get started!
Doctor Peacock: Oldest Thriller on your TBR and Dagger: Author You’ve Read Before
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson has been on my TBR shelf since 7 November 2008 according to my Goodreads – pretty shameful that I haven’t read it yet! This is the second instalment in the Jackson Brodie series, the first of which is Case Histories which I read in 2011 and enjoyed, so I really don’t know why I haven’t read further into the series!
Sergeant Mustard: Thriller with the creepiest cover
For this one I have chosen The Woman Next Door by Cass Green. The cover is super creepy – it looks like a woman is trapped under ice, or at least under water, and there’s weird things floating about … not really sure what’s going there to be honest! This sounds like a story about a woman who becomes obsessed with her neighbour and it has been blurbed by Ruth Ware, who I love, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
Professor Scarlet: Shortest thriller on your TBR and The Library: A New to You Author
At 139 pages long, with pretty big font, The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin is the shortest thriller on my shelf. I’m not entirely sure what this is about … something about clones maybe/possibly/I’m totally guessing … but I know it’s a classic, and supposedly pretty creepy, so bring it on!
The Kitchen: A Trope You Love and Dagger: Author You’ve Read Before
Dorothy Koomson is one of my oldest favourite authors. Back before book blogging, bookstagram or booktube was a thing (yes, I am that old), I fell in love with her writing. Her books have become more and more thriller-esque throughout the years, and I am really looking forward to reading her latest offering, Tell Me Your Secret. A woman has survived a weekend in the grips of a sadistic serial killer … but it’s now 10 years later, and he’s back to hunt her down! A killer coming back to finish off the one that got away is one of my favourite tropes, so this was an easy choice! Dorothy is a Black author, so this one counts for #BlackHistoryMonth and #Blackathon, run by Bowties & Books.
The Study: A Recommended Thriller, The Library, A New to You Author and Candlestick: Newest Thriller on your TBR
I bought Long Bright River by Liz Moore just this week, when I visited my daughter who is at Uni in Bath. We popped in to Mr B’s Emporium of Bookish Delights (the most amazingly magical book shop I’ve visited) and I picked this up because I had seen Mercedes of Mercy’s Bookish Musings raving about it in a recent video. Plus I love a story about drugs. The dude at the till was very excited that I was buying this book and raved about it as well, so a double recommendation.
Dagger: Author You’ve Read Before
I read Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke last year and enjoyed it, so I’ve added Black Water Rising to my #Thrillerathon TBR too. This is a more literary thriller – I don’t think it’s a fast paced action packed heart racing read, but I’m intrigued by the premise and this comes highly recommended, and also counts for #BlackHistoryMonth and #Blackathon.
I won’t be reading the group read unfortunately, as I am trying to not buy anything specifically for a readathon this year – all part of that #unreadshelfproject!