I think my favorite kind of thriller is a fast paced, cat and mouse game. A story of wits where the prey know they’re being tracked by the predator, or they at least know that something doesn’t feel right, and they’re trying desperately to outsmart them or figure out what is wrong with the situation. Terrifying and enough to give you heart palpitations. Here are a few of my favorites.
Cat and Mouse Thrillers
– KIM –
No Exit, Taylor Adams
Wow, wow! One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. There’s no dancing around in this one. The story gets right to the point from the get go and doesn’t stop the entire 336 pages. This one is bloody, it’s vicious, it’s fierce, and it’s a bitter fight to the end between predator and prey.
On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. She’s forced to wait out the storm at a rest stop with four other complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Which of the four strangers is the kidnapper and how can she outwit them to save this girl?
Final Girls, Riley Sager
I’ll admit I didn’t see the reveal of this one coming. In true Sager fashion, little details and hints are dropped throughout the book, slowly making you question what he’s not telling you about the characters. Then boom, sh*t hits the fan in a final off the wall ending.
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Now, years later, Quincy is doing well. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep.
The Guest List, Lucy Foley
When pettiness turns deadly. A fantastic whodunnit, The Guest List, unravels secret after secret until finally, someone is dead and everyone is pointing fingers. I almost didn’t finish this one after stumbling upon some spoilers in a Facebook group. I’m glad I did though.
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. It’s a wedding for a magazine. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. And then someone turns up dead.
Do you like cat and mouse style thrillers?