Summer is upon us and the heat is rising! Make sure you are ready for this year’s beach season with this list of amazing Summer Thriller Books! Here are 12 suspenseful thriller books to read for the 12 weeks of summer. I am so excited to work my way through this list. Do you prefer paper book, kindle or audible?…
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My youngest two kids are in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and they both love reading at bedtime. In fact, they bug me about reading and often do not want to stop at two books! I love that they are so excited about reading and hearing stories. Most of the time I enjoy reading to them. Most of the time. Sometimes, though, we get into a book rut and need some inspiration for books to read. These 10 kindergarten books to read were found on a few editor’s picks listings in different places for some variety. …
So Punxsutawney Phil says there are six more weeks of winter – isn’t that always the case? Especially here in New England, winter can sometimes feel like it extends into May. So why not embrace it and settle down with some of the best books to read this winter? I don’t know about you but I am always looking for good books to read and add to my list. Now you can even print out your own bookmark with these recommended books!…
My littlest and I went to the library yesterday to gather kids holiday books to read like squirrels and their acorns. At least that’s how I felt. During the holidays it’s important to sit down with kids and read to them so they can understand why we celebrate. The root of all of these holidays is a celebration of life, our family and friends, and extending kindness to others….
There is already three-quarters of the way over with – I know it’s so hard to believe! But this also means that the list of top fiction books has emerged by this time. If you are looking for some good books to read now that the kids are in school and the weather is turning cooler, you’ve come to the right place.
As the summer continues on and the kids are asking for more and more beach time, I am looking for books to read that will allow me to escape. Even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time, I long for that other world that quickens my heartrate and makes me turn each page with hunger, anticipation and sometimes fear. Here is a list of some of the best thriller books for your summer reading!
10 Best Thriller Books for Your Summer Vacation
Did you read and enjoy Gone Girl? Then check out this list of books that are just as amazing, will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you forget the world!
#1 – The Fever / Megan Abbott
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott’s reputation as “one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation.” – Laura Lippman
#2 – The Weight of Blood / Laura McHugh
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The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane’s mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy’s family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family’s influence, Lucy—darkly beautiful as her mother was—is always thought of by those around her as her mother’s daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls—the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t save—and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri’s death.
What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier.
The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.
#3 – Moonlight Weeps (Dick Moonlight Thriller Book 8) / Vincent Zandri
Dick Moonlight can’t help himself. Moonlight, the private detective known as the head case with a bullet lodged in his brain, should be grateful for his current job. But when it becomes clear the cash-starved brain surgeon he’s been hired to drive around is protecting his son from a rape conviction, Moonlight is disgusted.
Worse, when the charges turn into a case of “reckless murder,” Moonlight’s the only one trying to keep the kid from the electric chair though the girl—a state senator’s daughter—clearly committed suicide. Then Moonlight and his unwilling assistant, a fat Elvis impersonator owing him money, stumble into a much bigger plot and are soon dodging Hollywood obsessed drug-running Russian thugs, corrupt government officials, and the specter of Moonlight’s recently diseased girlfriend.
New York Times bestselling author Vincent Zandri delivers another fast-paced, grizzly thriller in the Dick Moonlight series, offering readers plenty of wry humor, bullets, car chases, and Scarface references.
#4 – The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
#5 – The Silent Wife / A. S. A. Harrison
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.
#6 – The Kind Worth Killing / Peter Swanson
A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. Fans of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train will love this modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—which the Washington Post said “should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014.”
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.
But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .
Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.
Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
#7 – The Long and Faraway Gone / Lou Berney
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With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives.
In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.
Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.
Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.
As Wyatt’s case becomes more complicated and dangerous, and Julianna seeks answers from a ghost, their obsessive quests not only stir memories of youth and first love, but also begin to illuminate dark secrets of the past. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?
#8 – Descent / Tim Johnston
The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom as the ultimate test of her runner’s heart, while her parents hope that so much beauty, so much grandeur, will somehow repair a damaged marriage. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic, as suddenly this family find themselves living the kind of nightmare they’ve only read about in headlines or seen on TV.
As their world comes undone, the Courtlands are drawn into a vortex of dread and recrimination. Why weren’t they more careful? What has happened to their daughter? Is she alive? Will they ever know? Caitlin’s disappearance, all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths until all that continues to bind them together are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point will a girl stop fighting for her life?
Written with a precision that captures every emotion, every moment of fear, as each member of the family searches for answers, Descent is a perfectly crafted thriller that races like an avalanche toward its heart-pounding conclusion, and heralds the arrival of a master storyteller.
#9 – The Life We Bury / Allen Eskens
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.
Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?
#10 – Dark Places / Gillian Flynn
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Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.
Which of these Best Thriller Books will you read first?
When my mother was sick last year with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, it was easy to explain to my kids, who were all under 7 years old at the time, that Nana had a boo boo on her head and was sick. Then she passed away and it was really hard to explain what happened. I’ve been looking for books to read to my kids for months now to help them understand what happened to Nana.
Books to Read: I Miss You
For awhile, my youngest asked almost daily, “Where’s Nana? I want to see Nana!” I just didn’t know how to explain what happened in a way that a 2 year old would understand. Toddlers generally don’t know what “angels” are or who “God” is. I suppose some do, but mine does not. They need tangible things and ideas that they can visualize. I even have a hard time understanding God, especially after losing my mother, that I can’t begin to explain it to a toddler!
That’s where this book comes in. When I picked it up from the library, I stood there and read it before I even left the building. I was both crying and feeling happy at the same time. Crying for having to experience death and having to explain it to innocent kids, but also happy that hopefully this will help them understand it a bit more.
Helping Children Grieve
When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one’s death. Titles in this sensitively presented series explore the dynamics of various relationships experienced by children of preschool through early school age. Kids are encouraged to understand personal feelings and social problems as a first step in dealing with them. Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The story lines are simple and direct–easily accessible to younger children. There are full-color illustrations on every page.
About the Author
Pat Thomas is a psychotherapist, journalist and mother. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of women’s health and child development and writes for publications such as The Guardian Company Magazine and Practical Parenting. Her book ‘MY Bees: My Family’s Changing’ was the winner of The English 4-11 Awards.
There are good books to read that will help children grieve. This is just one that I found I needed to share. What are some others that have helped you?
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A few weeks ago I came down with the flu, which at that time I thought was just a nasty stomach virus. I was up sick all night and in the morning I could not even lift my head, let along get my child down to the bus stop! Of course, that was the one day my husband had back-to-back meetings at the office and couldn’t stay home to help. So my kids were left on their own. I suppose it was a blessing in disguise that I couldn’t get my first-grader to school because she helped me with the younger kids.
Ok, so when I say “helped” I mean she “helped” her siblings get into the nutella jar and have a feast of chocolate on bread. But, she did make sure they didn’t cut themselves, fall down the stairs, or otherwise physically harm themselves. There is something to be said about just keeping the kids safe. And away from mommy!
In the meantime, my cat was so confused because lately I’ve been shacking up in my preschooler’s room trying to help ease him into sleeping in there by himself. It’s not going so well.
So when I turned the corner to go into my room with the big comfy bed and electric blanket, my cat meowed at me because he knew I needed to be in bed and where in the world was I headed?
When my mother-in-law arrived that night, I proceeded to use up all of my available energy cleaning up and organizing the house, which of course left me worse off than before. The stomach pains were so painful I thought I might need a trip to the emergency room! I think it was my body’s way of saying, “What were you thinking about, woman?”
I just don’t know how to sit still.
Thank goodness for my kitty. I was ordered to stay in bed the entire weekend and my cat made sure of it. He sat on my chest for hours on end, not even bugging me for his fave tuna, Fancy Feast. Pets are so intuitive and really know when something is up and Buddy is no different. Ever since my mother passed four months ago, he has always been around me. I was afraid of him becoming the substitute for my beloved kitty who passed away in the summer, so I didn’t really give him much attention.
But Buddy grew on me. He started coming to me seeking attention, sitting on my lap as a reminder to sit still for a bit of time each day, reminding me to stop and grieve. He started doing things only with me – kneading my legs, nipping my fingers, and sleeping in the crook of my arm. This kind of gentle affection is what I needed in those months after my mother passed. Something that would bring me back to sanity after a crazy day with kids amidst all of my sadness.
Buddy does this quite often – get comfortable on or next to me and refuses to move. He is a good reminder for me to simmer down.
So I was only too happy to stock up on Fancy Feast, which he’s been eating for years. Right now at Target they have a great offer to buy two big packs of tuna cans and get a FREE jumbo bag of treats or a toy! Fancy Feast is by far his favorite tuna and he does not miss a meal. Thanks to Fancy Feast, when Buddy is outside for too long in the evenings and the sun is setting, we just go outside and click the tab on the top of the can. He almost always comes running like a racehorse!
I love giving him this tuna because every delicious Fancy Feast selection is made with high-quality protein sources and ingredients. In our house, we have a chore calendar to keep track of which child is giving the cats their tuna, only because the kids fight over the job! They all WANT to do it because Buddy is so happy when he gets his tuna.
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Once in awhile my toddler gets to give Buddy treats. He doesn’t always love them, even though we purchase Fancy Feast exclusively. That is, before we tried the Party Mix! We’ve never tried this one before and not only did Buddy LOVE it, but the fat siamese who NEVER eats treats, actually came to check out the treat party and get in on things.
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