Dear Mr M by Herman Koch

My New Year’s reading resolution was to select books more mindfully and stop settling for middling thrillers. It was precisely for this reason that I didn’t take Dear Mr M home the first time I laid eyes on it. I’d never heard of Herman Koch before, much less The Dinner (his previous work which has […]

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Yesterday by Felicia Yap

Yesterday is a high-concept thriller, set in a world where no one’s memory lasts more than two days. The majority of the population are “Monos”, who retain all memories before the age of 18, and just a single day’s worth of short term memories. “Duos” are luckier – they remember up to the age of […]

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 wasn’t what I was expecting. I’ve read in the past about people who disappear from cruises never to be seen again, with very little investigation due to the jurisdiction issues of international waters. Ware’s book does touch on that briefly, but the vessel here is more of a grand yacht […]

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

“Life had been a suit I’d only put on for special occasions. Most of the time I kept it in the back of my closet, forgetting it was there. We were meant to die when it was barely stitched anymore, when the elbows and knees were stained with grass and mud, shoulder pads uneven from […]

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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

I’ve been weaning myself off constant thrillers this year, but I really enjoyed He Said/She Said. It’s far more than the ‘did-he-didn’t-he?’ rape accusation that the title implies. Our heroine is Laura, who witnesses what she believes to be a rape taking place at an eclipse festival. The ramifications reverberate down the years, following through […]

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Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah

“If I ever get to rate this kidnapping on TripAdvisor, I’ll give it four stars instead of three.” Did You See Melody? is such a good thriller. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Sophie Hannah’s Culver Valley series – mostly because she can write a damn good plot, but her regular characters are frequently insufferable. […]

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