It’s not really a secret that I’m a massive fan of crime thriller/psychological thriller books. I have two massive shelves full of them (on my IKEA Billy bookcase, obviously).
I find the more gruesome the book the better to be honest. I don’t seem to be able to visualise scenarios very well so I can read the words but it doesn’t conjure any of the images in my head so I stay pretty detached from it all. Just as well really as some of the books I own are pretty dark and vile!
I thought I’d give you the brief synopsis of the first book from each author, so you can get a glimpse of what the tone of the books are like 🙂
Here are my four favourite crime thriller authors:
1. Tim Weaver is an author I discovered at the beginning of last year and had to buy every book in the series! His books are written about David Raker, a missing persons investigator, and are all set primarily in London.
There are currently 9 books in the series, with a 10th coming out in May 2019. I’ve read 8 of them so far, having just picked up the 9th a couple of weeks ago (which is sat in my TBR pile).
The first book; Chasing The Dead follows the story of Mary, who hires David Raker to look into her son who disappeared six years ago. The thing is, he turned up five years as a fatal victim of a car crash, but his mother swears she saw him last month in town. David agrees to look for him, but he discovers that Alex, the son, isn’t as innocent as his mum would like to think!
2. Karen Rose is an American author I discovered a few years ago, thanks to my mum. Karen has 22 published books which are separated into 8 different series and set in various US cities.
I have two complete sets; the first of which (Die For Me, Scream For Me and Kill For Me) are all set in Philadelphia/Atlanta but follow different characters and the second (I Can See You and Silent Scream) are set in Minneapolis.
Die For Me (which isn’t her first book but I don’t own Don’t Tell) follows Detective Vito Ciccotelli as a body is found in a snow-covered field in Philadelphia. The ground is frozen so he asks Sophie Johannsen, an archaeologist, for help to determine exactly what else is in the field. Not only do they discover precisely dug graves filled with victims, they also discover empty graves. Because the killer isn’t finished yet.
3. Chris Carter is an author I discovered just before Christmas. His books follow Robert Hunter, a Special Homicide detective for the LAPD, who, together with his partner Carlos Garcia, deals with violent, gruesome and sadistic killings.
Chris has 10 books out to date, and although I’ve only read three of them (I’m currently reading the fourth at the moment), I’m absolutely addicted already and I can’t wait to complete my collection!!
The Crucifix Killer begins when a body of a woman is found in an abandoned cottage in the middle of the LA national forest. Not only was she bound naked to two parallel wooden posts, all the skin on her face had been ripped off. While she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is the unmistakable signature of the Crucifix Killer, which is impossible because two years ago, he was caught and executed. Now Robert Hunter and his partner, Carlos Garcia, have to work out if there’s a copycat killer or if the wrong man was sentenced to death.
4. I’ve been reading Karin Slaughter for years (I discovered her around the same time I discovered Karen Rose). I don’t seem to have as many books as I thought, but I think that’s because I was mostly reading my mum’s and not buying my own!
Whilst Triptych isn’t the first book in the series (Blindsighted is), it’s the first one I own. Triptych is the first in the Will Trent series and set in Atlanta where women are dying. A serial killer is killing them and mutilating them with his own special signature. He’s also leaving enough evidence at the crime scenes to spark a frenzied police hunt. When an ex-con accidentally stumbles across the killer’s trail, he could be the key to breaking the case open!
I also have a few other books on my shelves that I haven’t read in years and some I’m not sure I’ve ever read; I think I might have to settle down over a few weekends to binge read them to see if I can find more authors to love 🙂
Who are your favourite crime thriller authors? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x