The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last – Oscar Wilde
I posted a snapshot into my to be read pile a few months ago when I shared five books that are waiting to be read. Today I thought I would revisit that idea and share some of the books on my shelf that fit the season. As it is October and Halloween draws ever closer, I wanted to share some of the crime/thriller/murder books that grace my shelves waiting to be read and some I have read already!
Talking with Serial Killers – Christopher Berry-Dee
As you can see from the spine, this is a very well loved book. I find serial killers so fascinating and I love to watch documentaries based on them. This book was such an interesting read and one I would recommend to anyone interested in serial killers. This is the only non-fiction book in this pile however, I do have many more like this on my bookshelf!
”There was nothing they could have said or done. They were dead as soon as I saw them. I used them. I abused them, then I killed them. I treated them like so much garbage. What more do you want me to say? – Serial killer Michael Ross
Christopher Berry-Dee is the man who talks to serial killers. A world-renowned investigative criminologist, he has gained the trust of monsters across the world, entered their prison lairs, where many before him have been turned away, and discussed in detail their horrific crimes.”
Disclaimer – Renee Knight
I love a thriller, I truly love them. I’ve read so many over the years (most recently Into the Water – Paula Hawkins) and I just can’t get enough. Disclaimer is a book I have yet to read but it is next on my list. The previous two books I’ve read had quite hard hitting themes so I’m going for something a little more lighthearted before delving back into another thriller.
”When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages, she is horrified to realise she is a key character, a main player. This story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knew…”
Hell’s Horizon – D.B. Shan
I’ve actually only just realised that this is book two of a series so I’ll have to find book one before I can read this! I picked this up on sale in Waterstones for £3 a few years ago and it’s been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read since then. I must not have ever read the back of it and picked it up based solely on the cover (which I know you’re not supposed to do). How can you say no to a book for £3 though? You can’t!
”In the City, The Cardinal rules, and Al Jeery is a loyal member of his personal guard. But when Al is seconded from his duties at Party Central to investigate a murder, an unexpected discovery leads him in a new direction, where his loyalties and beliefs will be severely tested.
Soon he is involved in a terrifying mystery that draws in the dead, the city’s Incan forefathers, the imposing figure of The Cardinal, and the near-mythical assassin Paucar Wami.”
Severed – Simon Kernick
This is a book I have had on my shelf for years and I mean years. It was first published in 2007 and I think I bought it not long after! I have read this book and I loved it. The story is so gripping, I think I read it in less than a day. I’ve kept it so long because a) why would you get rid of a book and b) I know that I’m going to want to reread this one one day!
”When soldier Dan Tyler wakes up in a strange room on a bed covered in blood, he thinks he’s stepped into someone else’s nightmare. But he’s wrong. This is reality. The corpse beside him is Leah, a girl he’s just met. And it gets worse. As he staggers from the bed the phone rings, and a voice tells him to press play on the room’s DVD machine. The films shows Tyler killing Leah. Then he’s told to go to an address in East London where he’s to deliver a briefcase and await further instructions.
Tyler is heading into terrible danger. If he’s to survive the next twelve hours, he must find out who really murdered Leah. And why. The clocks ticking….”
Triptych – Karin Slaughter
Again this is another book that I have had for years. I think I must have bought it at the same time as Severed. If I’m honest I think it was the size of the books that drew me in. After I read the blurb I knew it would be a book I would enjoy. And it definitely was! I’ve kept it for the same reasons as above, I want to get around to reading it again. This is a story that has stuck with me for years and I would love to see made into a film. Karin Slaughter has such a good writing style that I really need to add more to my shelves!
”When Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called out to a murder scene at the notorious Grady Homes, he finds himself faced with one of the most brutal killings of his career; Aleesha Monroe is found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated.
As a one off killing it’s shocking, but when it becomes clear that it’s just the latest in a series of similar attacks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is called in, and Michael is forced into working with Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team – a man he instinctively dislikes.
But then, only twenty four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And it seems the mystery behind Monroe’s death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried…”
Have you read any of these books? Do any pique your interest? I’d love to know!
Love Laura xx