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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Mind Blowing Mystery/ Thrillers

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For the second time in the month of April I have been tasked with selecting a Top 5 of a genre that I don’t usually read. The first was ‘Romantic Reads‘ and now Shanah has asked for our Top 5 Mystery/ Thrillers.


I haven’t read all five on my list because, as mentioned, mystery/ thrillers aren’t a genre that I am widely read in. That doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed the ones I’ve read because I truly have, I just don’t tend to read a lot.

The below are either mystery/ thrillers that I have read (and enjoyed) or ones that I think I would enjoy.

So, um…. enjoy!

Can I say enjoy that many times in an intro?

I guess I have.




gone girl

Gone Girl is a book that I have read and loved.

I’m sure the world and their mother knows the story of this by now but I can tell you, on first reading when the twist occurs midway through the book it was like Gillian Flynn took her fist and punched my face through the page.

Is there any character so interesting and complex as Amy Dunne? Well, yes. There are loads but jeez Amy is something of a special kind of person.

Aside from one or two characters every single person in this story is an A-class nightmare. I mean that with deep and sincere adoration though because this story wouldn’t be as great as it is without its cast of characters.





Not to be confused with the other Evelyn, The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle reads like Agatha Christie and Quantum Leap got together one crazy weekend and had a lovechild. And that they were smocking meth. And that the lovechild was smoking meth.

Everyone that weekend was smoking meth. Especially Stuart Turton. I mean this kindly.

This book is not for everyone because it is truly one of the weirdest books I have ever read. I loved it though, despite the need for red string and a board to work out what the heck was going on.


Five Little Pigs

I couldn’t have a post about mystery/ thrillers without having my gal Agatha in it. I could have gone for the more obvious books – And Then There Were None (my favourite), Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express but I thought I would go for one of the least mentioned but also one of my favourites.

In Five Little Pigs the murder has already happened and it happened years ago. An artist was poisoned and his wife was convicted and hanged for the crime. She never denied the murder and accepted full blame, that is until her daughter reveals a letter where her mother stated her innocence.

So why has the murderess taken the blame for a crime that she supposedly now didn’t commit? And if she didn’t murder her husband, who did?

Enter Hercule Poirot and the Rashomon effect.




The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I think I may be one of the few people left alive who hasn’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo despite all the praise that’s been heaped upon it. I briefly watched fifteen minutes of the movie and turned it off because I thought it was dark and gritty and wasn’t in the mood at the time for dark and gritty.

I quite like my murders and my mysteries popping with prosecco and strawberries or over lawn games and tea so this bitter arsenic of a story may take me some getting used to.

However I have heard that it is a work of sheer brilliance and I feel like I’m missing out. I don’t like missing out.




The Thirteenth Tale

Apparently The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic historical fiction mystery.

Oh boy oh boy. It had me at gothic.

I don’t know much about this book or even if it truly fits under ‘mystery’ despite being categorised as such (sometimes I think Goodreads categories are slightly dubious) but I read and loved Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River so I’d like to give another book of hers a go!


So what do you think of the list this week my friends? Am I venturing off the beaten track with a few or are there some diamonds in the rough?

Tell me, those who have read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, how dark and gritty is it? On a scale of ‘one’ being tea with your Nan on a Sunday and ‘ten’ being headless torso floating down the river towards a drug riddled orgy.

See you next week for the Top 5 Sequels I Need to Get to!


25 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Mind Blowing Mystery/ Thrillers

    1. Gone Girl was a great read, I have yet to watch the film but think I should at some point! Evelyn Hardcastle is such an oddity that seems to be pulling people into two directions – either that it’s a work of genius or that it’s far too convoluted for its own good. I very much enjoyed it though and hope you do to when you come to it!

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  1. I loved these books! (Except Evelyn Hardcastle – haven’t read that one yet).
    Thirteenth Tale was such a unique and captivating story, and Gone Girl… ah… i think that was the first book i’ve ever read where i didn’t like either of the characters but was fascinated by them so much.

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    1. Evelyn Hardcastle is a mind trip that people either love or hate so if you read it, it would be interesting to see what you think!

      Gone Girl is just filled to the brim with horrible people but I think that’s what made it so much more interesting and unique in a way. I haven’t read The Girl on the Train or anything because I get put off books that are seemingly ‘cashing’ in although it could be marvellous for all I know!


      1. I just started reading Evelyn H yesterday and I’m totally addicted 😁

        Girl on the Train was quite good, but to me it wasn’t as wow as they made it out to be. There were nice twists but i found the main lady super annoying

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  2. On your list, I’ve only read Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. BUT I read it as a young teen, and I wasn’t a big fan of the dark and gritty at the time (like, there’s rape in there), so don’t take my word for it; I don’t trust my feelings on it will be the same now.

    Ooh, Gone Girl has piqued my interest now! I’ve heard great things about it, but I just refused to believe in the hype (what’s new lol). Have you watched the movie btw? Maybe I might start with it before diving into the book.

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    1. I think that’s why I don’t want to read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I don’t love dark and gritty and I am extremely uncomfortable with depictions of rape and I’m worried that it’s going to be gratuitous. I’ve watched bits of the movie and understand that it’s part of the main characters backstory and motivations but I guess I’m just nervous at how its handled. I don’t mind dark but I think I like dark things in fantasy or sci-fi because then I feel I can put some distance between myself and those depictions.

      Gone Girl was a great book and I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I think there’s a lot of books that have jumped on the ‘Gone Girl’ bandwagon but actually it was very original. I haven’t seen the movie but do want to watch it because I’ve heard lots of praise!

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      1. Ah yes, I get you. To be fair, I don’t think the rape or grittiness in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was too gratuitous – like it wasn’t played out for shock factor (cough Game of Thrones!) – but I too tend to stay in my fantasy/scifi lane for dark and gritty; much more palatable for escapism I think. 🙂

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  3. I am laughing so hard at your comments about Evelyn Hardcastle because theory boards are a definite MUST! I loved that book so much and am planning on re-reading it very soon to see what I can pick up on during my second read-thru.

    Also I haven’t read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo either, and at this point I probably won’t because I am bound to be disappointed.

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    1. I think a second read through of Evelyn Hardcastle is definitely needed! I don’t know how much I’d be able to pick up on second go though, it fried my noodle first time around!

      I don’t know if I have any interest in reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it just seems really intense.


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