Discussion Forums - Hidden Gems Hidden Gems

Topic: thrillers

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: thrillers
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 7:40 AM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2012
Posts: 593
Back To Top

I have recently listened to Fear The Worst by Linwood Barclay on audiobook. It was definitely not a first choice book, but the options for free (good) audiobooks are limited. I was really impressed. I had all but given up on mystery, suspense, thriller type books (and I know you know the ones I'm talking about) because I would always be thinking to myself that the characters were steriotypical, the plot improbable, and the ending predictable. This author is original in that even though the plot sounds similar to all the other books out there, the story is believable. You can imagine something like that happening, even if it is unlikely. I just finished reading Trust Your Eyes, and it was great too. I'm going to check out some of his other books now.

Date Posted: 11/15/2012 12:06 PM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
Posts: 6,550
Back To Top

Darcy,   check out The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.   I didn't know it was a mystery type book until I started reading it.  I couldn't put it down. 

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:44 AM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2012
Posts: 593
Back To Top

Thanks, I will!

Subject: thrillers
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 2:58 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2011
Posts: 11
Back To Top

An older but excellent thriller is Dead Calm by Charles Williams.  Williams wrote a number of noir novels in the fifties, which are being rediscovered today, but Dead Calm is the standout.  It was made into a (lousy) movie.  A newly married couple on a Pacific sailing cruise encounter a disabled boat with a man on board who claim to need help....As a non-sailor, I found his description of their plight and the way they dealt with it fascinating.  Well written and very exciting.

Date Posted: 11/19/2012 6:56 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2007
Posts: 12,808
Back To Top

If you want to read a thriller for the sake of appreciating a solid, old-fashioned, deliberately "classic" bit of writing, check out Michael Connelly's Blood Work. It was made into a bad Clint Eastwood movie which you may have seen, but as a piece of genre literature it's outstanding -- it does something that Cloud Atlas does: it tells you that there will be traps in the road, shows you where they are, and smiles as you fall into them anyway.

Date Posted: 12/13/2012 7:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2005
Posts: 1,734
Back To Top

It was made into a (lousy) movie. 

I actually liked that movie.  Had no idea it was based on a book.  Now off to look for it.

Date Posted: 12/14/2012 1:51 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2007
Posts: 12,808
Back To Top

this is a test post to check a forum error - please ignore