Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest addition to my “an introduction to” series. In this series, I’ll be focusing on a specific genre (or sub-genre) and giving you a few recommendations of books to read in that genre – whether you’re completely new to the genre or wish to expand your horizons, hopefully these posts will be helpful in some way! If you wish to view my other posts in the series, click the “book series” button at the top of my site, and they are situated under the “An introduction to…” heading. In this post I’ll be focusing on Action Thrillers – Thrillers containing plenty of action-packed scenes! Here goes…
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.
‘Do I know you?’
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
This book definitely fits into the Crime thriller genre (specifically murder!) and it also contains lots of action pretty much throughout the entirety of the book. Check out my full review here. I love this book so much!
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Average Goodreads rating: 4.03
My rating: .5
Critical quotes: “Smart and addictive” (Guardian), “Seriously impressive…It made me fall in love with plot twists again” (Big Issue).
My verdict: A sensational, gripping, and extremely clever Action Thriller!
Author’s other works: ‘The Girl With A Clock For A Heart’ (2014), ‘Her Every Fear’ (2017).
YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten.
But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences …
This book is by far my favourite example of “stalker fiction”. Joe’s narration is so creepy and dark, and the novel is crammed full of action and suspense. Highly recommend this book – check out my full review here.
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Average Goodreads rating: 4.03
My rating: .5
Critical quotes: “This debut is creepy indeed – and extremely entertaining” (Sunday Mirror), “If you only read one new thriller this year, make it this one” (Daily Mirror).
My verdict: I highly recommend this novel to those of you who like much darker Action Thrillers, particularly if you enjoy being inside the head of the perpetrator.
Author’s other works: ‘Hidden Bodies’ (June 2016).
Girl Unknown by Karen Perry.
‘I think you might be my father . . .’
When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family – particularly his wife Caroline – which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.
A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?
Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.
A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .
Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .
This book is SO dark! There are scenes containing action dotted throughout the book, but in particular there’s a really shocking, action-packed final scene. You can read my full review here.
Release Date: December 2016
Average Goodreads rating: 3.61
Critical quotes: “One of the most richly satisfying psychological thrillers of 2016” (The Irish Independent), “This story of psychological attrition builds to an incredibly tense finale – before delivering an amazing final twist” (Sunday Mirror).
My verdict: The finale of this book was just exceptional – I physically couldn’t put it down!
Author’s other works: ‘The Boy That Never Was’ (2014), ‘Only We Know’ (2015) and ‘Can You Keep A Secret?’ (2017).
THE ACCIDENT by C.L. Taylor.
KEEPING THIS SECRET WAS KILLING HER…
Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.
Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.
Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?
This book contains so many twists and turns – and in particular, there’s a really dramatic end scene full of action and tension. C.L. Taylor is definitely one of my favourite authors. You can find my full review here.
Release Date: April 2014
Average Goodreads rating: 3.76
Critical quotes: “An enjoyable rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists” (Daily Mail), ‘This dark and creepy book is a must read’ (The Sun).
My verdict: The final scene was absolutely astounding – one of the best finales I’ve ever read.
Author’s other works: ‘THE LIE’ (2015), ‘THE MISSING’ (2016), ‘THE TREATMENT’ (September 2017).
How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst.
My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan.
I have no memory of what happened but you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police are telling you, don’t you?
But if you can’t remember what happened, how can you be sure that they are telling the truth?
And if there was the smallest chance your son was alive, wouldn’t you do anything to get him back?
If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?
This book is very troubling and dark, and is also jam-packed full of action – particularly the ending! I highly recommend this as a must-read of the genre. My full review can be found here.
Release Date: October 2014
Average Goodreads rating: 3.9
Critical quotes: “A thrill” (Shropshire Star).
My verdict: It’s full of mystery and suspense, fantastic characters, and a truly excellent ending!
Author’s other works: ‘Before I Let You In’ (2016), ‘The Foster Child’ (2017).
Happy reading 🙂