Thriller Challenge

I spotted this challenge on Crime by the Book’s Instagram page and I thought I’d give it a go in a blog post. The challenge is this, show a thriller with:

  1. Your favourite detective
  2. Your favourite villan
  3. Your favourite plot twist
  4. A creepy setting
  5. An unreliable narrator
  6. A cover your obsessed with
  7. An ending you never saw coming

My favourite detective:

Someone Else’s Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1) by [Sarah Hilary]

I love Detective Inspector Marnie Rome in Sarah Hilary’s police procedural series. I go back to these book so often and I loved seeing her develop over the course of six books. I’m hoping she is going to return in a new book soon.

My favourite villan:

Evil Games: A gripping, heart-stopping thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 2) by [Angela Marsons]

I love Dr Alexandra Thorn in the Kim Stone books by Angela Marsons. She made her first appearance in book two in the series, Evil Games and I always get really excited whenever she has appeared in the series since.

My favourite plot twist:

I Let You Go: The Richard & Judy Bestseller by [Clare Mackintosh]

The twist in I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh really blew my mind. I read it a good few years ago now and I still haven’t forgot about. It remains one of my all time favourite reads.

A creepy setting:

The Lingering by [SJI Holliday]

The Lingering by SJI Holliday has a really creepy setting. It really gave me chills as I was reading it. It’s the perfect ghost story.

An unreliable narrator:

Behind Her Eyes: The No. 1 Sunday Times best selling thriller with a shocking twist, now a major Netflix series! by [Sarah Pinborough]

The characters in this book really held my attention and they are definitely unreliable. Behind Her Eyes was recently adapted for Netflix and I thought they did a really good job with it.

A cover your obsessed with:

The Sanatorium: The spine-tingling breakout Sunday Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick by [Sarah Pearse]

I really like this cover for The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. I think it really draws you into the setting.

An ending you never saw coming:

When They Find Her: An unputdownable thriller with a twist that will take your breath away by [Lia Middleton]

The ending in When They Find Her by Lia Middleton really took me by surprise.

What would your answers be? Let me know.

Spell the Month in Books

I spotted this challenge on Bookworm Blogger’s site on Friday and I thought I’d give it a go. I did share my stack on Instagram and Twitter but I thought I’d share it on my blog as well.


N – Now You See by Max Manning

Now You See: A thriller that's impossible to put down by [Max Manning]

O – Our House by Louise Candlish

V – Vigilante by Kerry Wilkinson

Vigilante (Jessica Daniel Series Book 2) by [Kerry Wilkinson]

E – Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds by [Lee Child, A.K. Benedict, Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane]

M – Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

B – Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes: The Sunday Times #1 best selling psychological thriller by [Sarah Pinborough]

E – Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

R – Red Snow by Will Dean


Out of all the books I have in the house I only found two titles beginning with V but I enjoyed the challenge. Have you read any of the books featured here?