Summer Reading Suggestions – Thrillers

It’s summer, which usually means a bit more free time and a chance to catch up on your reading. If you don’t have a reading list, I’ve got a couple of suggestions that might strike your fancy as you’re headed to the beach or the backyard. I would consider all of these books to be thrillers, so they’ll keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Click on the cover to be taken to the Amazon page to buy the book (and thanks for supporting my blog!). If you click on the title, you’ll be taken to my original review of the book.

If you’re looking for something new, try Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. This is a current best-seller, so you’ll definitely be in the cool crowd if anyone catches you reading this book. The story starts out with a disaster (a plane crash, so perhaps something to read once you get to your location, not on the plane trip there), and you slowly find out details about the passengers on the private jet and potential reasons the plane went down.

Prefer your thriller with a post-apocalyptic flair? You might want to try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If you played video games or D&D as a kid in the 80s, this book is definitely for you. The world isn’t a great place so most people spend a lot of time in the virtual world of OASIS. The creator hid an egg in the world that will grant the finder control of OASIS. We follow a brilliant but poor searcher as he tries to find the egg before the evil corporation hoping to monetize OASIS find the egg.

My next suggestion, Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez, is more of a techno-thriller. It’s set in a plausible near future where an unnamed organization has taken research on ant swarms to create lethal, autonomous swarms of drones. The scientist in charge of the ant research joins a special forces agent to stop the drones. This book had me seriously questioning my online activities (once again) and wondering if I need to add another level of security to my online presence.

And finally, a psychological thriller: Just One Look by Harlan Coben. This book is based around the disappearance of Jack and the search for him by his wife, Grace. Jack has some secrets he’s been hiding, and the thread of his and Grace’s life unravels as Grace tries to find Jack. All the pieces come together by the end, so you want to pay attention while you’re reading (no matter how fast you want to skim).

Hopefully one of these will strike your fancy if you’re looking for a page-turner to read. Any other thrillers you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments!



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