Books That Thrill

Think books are just for relaxation? Think again—thrillers are just the genre for anyone who likes a little excitement between the pages.

We’ve got a few recommendations that are sure to get your heart pounding this spring break:


books-dantes-woodDante’s Wood
Lynne Raimondo
Seventh Street Books, $11

From one of the North Shore’s own—get in on the ground floor of the Mark Angelotti series. You won’t be able to put it down.



books-caravan-of-thievesCaravan of Thieves
David Rich
Dutton, $10

The latest from a former Chicagoan, this book serves up thrills on par with a Baldacci or Clancy. Rich’s Rollie Waters knows how to work it from all sides—but does he get away with the money?


 Tbooks-the-shininghe Shining
Stephen King
Knopf Doubleday, $8

King=classic thrillers. If you believe in the adage that books are always better than the movie, then why haven’t you read this yet?



Dan Brown
Knopf Doubleday, $18

For your summer reading list: Brown’s latest adventure with Robert Langdon is due in May. This time, the professor is taking on the Dante masterpiece.



books-killing-floorKilling Floor
Lee Child
Penguin, $10

The first in the famous Jack Reacher series—gruesome and gritty, you’ll be hooked after just one book.



books-killing-in-the-hillsA Killing in the Hills
Julia Keller
St. Martin’s Press, $15

This Pulitzer-winning journalist is flexing her fiction muscle with her debut novel about killings in a small West Virginia town and the mother-daughter duo that set out to solve the crime.



books-dark-placesDark Places
Gillian Flynn
Crown, $11

If you liked last summer’s “Gone Girl,” then you shouldn’t miss Flynn’s sophomore effort. Libby Day’s family was massacred and her brother was blamed—but did he really do it?



books-before-i-go-to-sleepBefore I Go To Sleep
S.J. Watson
Harper Collins, $10

Woman loses memory. Husband says he still loves her. Woman doesn’t know husband. Is he out to hurt or help? This isn’t “The Vow,” people.




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