Sometimes when I’m talking to someone who has just learned I’m a writer, they’ll ask me who I like to read. That’s a conversation that could last a long long time. When I’m on vacation I’ll read a book a day. That’s my idea of relaxation! I have way too many favorite authors to list here, and my reading tastes tend to be eclectic. But my current favorites are thrillers, romantic thrillers and psychological suspense. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed recently:
Anne recently won an International Thriller Award for her novel, The Body Reader, about a female detective who was kidnapped and tortured for three years before escaping her sadistic captor. When she resumes her role at homicide, the skills that helped her survive her ordeal make her the perfect cop to catch the killer she and her partner are tracking.
Joseph Finder is my most recent
glommed author. I love it when I try a new author and then want to go out and read their entire backlist. This story is about a man who learns more than he ever knew about his father’s past when he finds millions hidden away in his dad’s house. Once he starts asking questions, things turn deadly.
I think what I loved most about this book was the fact that the main characters are unconventional ‘detectives’. Joe is writing a paper about a convicted murderer’s life, and the deeper he digs into his subject’s crime, the higher the stakes become. And–weird note–the name of the villain in the story is the same as someone I know, and one scene takes place in the town where I grew up. That just made the story more fascinating for me.
If you haven’t read a book by Loreth Anne White, you should grab a copy of this title. Loreth writes richly textured, atmospheric romantic suspense stories. Tortured Detective Angie Pallarino is on the hunt for a sadistic killer, but the search is complicated by surfacing secrets from her past and her feelings for her new partner, James Maddocks.
Others of note: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger; Caught by Harlan Coban; The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle; All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda; the entire Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo; the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child; the Eve Dallas series by JD Robb; and anything Michael Connally or Robert Crais writes.
I told you I could on and on…! Can you name some favorite books or writers?