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!

(Claustrophobic) Thrillers to Help you Escape!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m lapping all the lists about *distracting books* to read right now- so I thought I’d throw (another) one into the mix! Today, I’m going for some claustrophobic thrillers to help you escape- let’s get stuck in!

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The Guest List– this was pure escapism and I loved it! A bunch of people (most of whom have beef with each other) stuck on an island together at a wedding- that’s an unmissable event! 😉 And speaking of feeling trapped…

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Lock Every Door– just about anything by Sager will do! But for some reason, being cooped up, I find my mind drawn to this claustrophobic gothic (maybe it’s a case of schadenfreude- no matter how bad quarantine is- at least it’s not as bad as staying at the Bartholomew!)

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Death of Mrs Westaway– if you’re looking for something else with a gothic atmosphere, then look no further! I personally love this for how it takes inspiration from Rebecca, while not being a direct retelling. And it’s got some killer twists and turns to boot!

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Turn of the Screw– of course, if you want to go more of the classic route, then this is one of my favourites and the best scary story I’ve ever read (incidentally, Ware’s Turn of the Key is an excellent take on this, it just happens to have a trope for the final twist that I don’t like- but I still recommend it!)

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The Woman in Black– likewise, this may be an older read, but it never fails to shock and chill readers to the core!

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Dark Places– and if you can deal with going to a very dark place right now, then this is worth a look. Plus, it’s written by Flynn, so the writing’s top notch!

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Sometimes I Lie– get tangled up in this for a few hours and I guarantee you’ll be transported to a very different kind of dark place. You’ll go on a journey through the dark recesses of the mind, until you won’t be able to trust your own interpretations. You’ll be stuck in someone else’s brain- and that person is likewise trapped in their own mind. I’m still not sure what to entirely make of it- but I know that it took me out of my own head for a bit and that’s always a good thing!

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Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle- this one will transport you much further you think- into something of a supernatural realm (you’ll see once you get started!). This is a bit of a head spinner, so it’s not going to be for everyone and you’ll have to figure out for yourself what you make of this groundhog day murder mystery- but one’s thing for sure, you won’t be able to think about the real world until you get to the end of it.

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The Martian– for more of an out of this world experience, you can’t go wrong with this surprisingly funny stuck-on-mars story. Now’s the perfect moment to lose yourself in this race against time!

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Big Little Lies– closer to home, this murder mystery will take you to a (seemingly) quiet seaside town. Utterly absorbing, this was more than a simple thriller to me. I felt like I bonded with the characters and really entered their world.

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The Godfather– I may be one of the few people on the planet who happens to like the book as much as the movies, but there’s a reason for it! It’s a delightfully distracting read and completely took me out of my comfort zone.

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Nemesis– this YA series combines a whole bunch of different thrills- amnesia, small towns, crime, a great BIG mystery… it’s got it all! If you’re looking for sheer entertainment, this’ll hit the spot!

So, have you read any of these? And what thrillers help you escape? I could definitely do with some recommendations right now! Let me know in the comments!

Spine-Tingling Thrillers for Spooktober!

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Well, I don’t know about you, but this time of year definitely makes me drawn to creepier reads. Now, I don’t tend to gravitate towards horror, but a good thriller is right up my street. And having stalked a few lately, I figured I’d share a fast and fun list… before the authorities catch up with me 😉

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Lock Every Door– in the last couple of months, I’ve quickly become a fan of Riley Sager (as you’ll notice from this list)- and for good reason! I was locked in place with this modern gothic novel. Prepare yourself for a creepilicious, entertaining and addicting read!

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The Death of Mrs Westaway- in a similar vein, if you’re looking for a thriller with a claustrophobic feel, look no further! This modern take on Rebecca will lead you to familiar and unfamiliar territory. Expect the unexpected from Ruth Ware’s masterful retelling.

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Ice Twins– moving north now, this excellent atmospheric read will get you in the mood for winter. Warning: may cause a shiver to run down your spine.

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The Last Time I Lied– I read a lot of thrillers last month and this slightly-summery mystery was my favourite! Set after the disappearance of three teenage girls, with an unreliable narrator trying to piece together what happened to them, this will take you down a dangerous path to a killer plot twist!

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Gone Girl– speaking of twists, if you haven’t read this already, seriously why not?! This husband vs wife drama is the perfect book for *Spooktober* if you haven’t read it yet!

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Suitable Lie– looking for a good domestic noir? Then I have the book for you- this moving and melancholic read will show you dark secrets that can lurk behind closed doors. Rather than taking you a million miles away, this one hits close to home.

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Mountain in my shoe– another book filled with realism, this wonderfully written thriller will draw you in and persistently nudge away at you until you turn the last page.

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Nemesis– for something a little different, there are some strong YA thrillers. This series is by far one of the more memorable books I read as a teen. Pacey and brilliantly executed, this story does not relent from the awakening of the first page!

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Dark Matter– another book that’s more action-based, this is a blend of sci fi and thrillers. With a sprinkling of interesting themes along the way. Provoking some fascinating discussions, this time-bending book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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You– of course, if you are looking for a different kind of terror, then this horrifying reflection on social media is GUARANTEED to freak you out. You’ve been warned 😉

So have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!