Thursday, February 7, 2013

Reading Ahead: March 2013, part 2

 Ah, thriller and suspense novel.  What is it about them that we love so much?  The crazy plot twists?  The sharp wits of the characters?  The element of danger and the relief of escape?  Maybe it's a combination of all of these, and maybe there's something else altogether, but whatever the reason, thrillers are one of the most popular genres among readers these days.  Should you be looking for a pulse-pounding read this spring, look no further.

Six Years, by Harlan Coben

Breaking Point, by C.J. Box

Striker, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott

Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman

Ice Cold Kill, by Dana Haynes

The Boyfriend, by Thomas Perry

So, the new Harlan Coben should be a given for most thriller readers--if the one person you loved more than life chose to marry someone else, what do you do with yourself?  For Jack, he spends six years immersed in his career until he runs across the other man's obituary, only to find out that his lost love didn't marry the man after all.  What happened to his love, why don't their mutual friends remember him, and why is it suddenly seeming that he's not who he thought he was?  Seriously, do not miss this one.

If you haven't discovered C.J. Box, I'm going to repeat--you really need to check him out.  This latest book is the most recent in the Joe Pickett series--if you haven't read them before, go back and start with the first novel, Open Season

There's a debut novel on next month's list of thrillers, and I didn't want to let it's presence go unremarked.  Brigid Quinn is not your average protagonist.  She's a fifty-nine year-old retired FBI agent, with a career full of hunting sexual predators behind her.  She's trying to enjoy the retirement that was pushed on her, until a man confesses to the worst unsolved case of her career--the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protegee, Jessica.  Except Brigid's replacement believes the confession is a fake, so what is Brigid to do?  There is an awful lot of buzz about this one, and it's got a priority spot on my to-read list.

See anything that intrigues you?  I'd love to hear it!

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