My Top British Thrillers

I sometimes get specific requests at the library- and this is one of my favourites to find. Someone came in looking for audiobook thrillers for their elderly father… who only wants British authors. And since I was thinking about this topic, I wanted to share some of my favourites with you! (I will admit they all happen to be written by female authors- this was not intentional, it just worked out that way!)

His and Hers– I love everything Alice Feeney writes, but this is a great place to start. Twisty and tense, this small-town thriller hides a lot more than meets the eye.

The Death of Mrs Westaway- I always enjoy Ruth Ware’s books as well, yet I had to shine the light on this modern take on the gothic classic Rebecca. I not only love the atmosphere, but how it captures the British coastal setting. And it’s got everything I look for in a thriller: dark secrets, an intriguing narrator and a dramatic finale.

I Found You– Lisa Jewell is one of my newest favourite thriller writers. Her books are often wonderfully weird, dark and simultaneously empathetic. There is a lot of depth and deep character work that I often don’t find in this genre. I think it has something to do with the fact she’s written a lot of contemporaries as well. I chose this one because not only is it the most moving example, but it bridges the divide between contemporary and thriller especially well. It may not be the kind of book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it may make you shed a few tears for the characters.

The Guest List– this location wedding takes a very unexpected and murderous turn- which just makes it a helluva a lot more fun than your average wedding! The two main reasons I love this and can’t stop recommending it is: a) the setting and b) it’s just a lot of fun!

Exquisite– this exquisitely executed thriller has one of my favourite motifs: it’s a book about writing! Plus, it has a crazy stalker- which certainly spices things up!

Ice Twins– I adore this book- it is the perfect spooky and atmospheric thriller to get wrapped up in as the temperature cools. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the stunning Scottish setting takes centre stage and acts as a character in its own right.  

The Weekend Away– finishing off with a transatlantic choice, this LA-based author knocked it out of the park with this thriller. It’ll just take you a weekend to whizz through this pulpy and entertaining story- where not everything turns out for the best!

And that’s all for now! Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions? The reader will be very happy indeed if you give me more suggestions! Let me know in the comments!

19 thoughts on “My Top British Thrillers

  1. I really enjoyed The Death of Mrs. Westaway. I’ve liked most of Ruth Ware’s other books too, but I think that one is my favorite so far.
    I recently read The Guest List and it made me want to check out some of Lucy Foley’s other work.
    Lisa Jewel’s The Family Upstairs is another recent read that made me want to seek out more of the author’s work. I’ll have to add I found you to the TBR.

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    1. Same! It was the first one I read as well- and it’s hard to beat!
      I’ve only read the hunting party, but it was also entertaining!
      Oh the family upstairs is so good- probably technically better as a thriller than I found you- but I just loved the emotional heart of that book!!

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  2. Alas, I am not an expert on contemporary British thrillers. Though, of course, I loved Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson, which I actually found because I had first picked up One Good Turn by her, which was also terrific. And by terrific I mean brutally and realistically misanthropic.

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  3. You have excellent taste! Most of these are on my Tbr already but I’ll need to check out Exquisite and The Ice Twins, they sound fantastic!
    Great post and thanks so much for sharing!


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