I was looking back over my 2020 books and realized there were two categories that a lot of books fell into – thrillers and World War II historical fiction. Watch for another post about the WWII genre…but for now, here’s a recap of some of the best thrillers I read in 2020.
The best of the bunch for me was Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone – Laurel’s daughter Ellie goes missing as a teenager and years later, Laurel meets a man with a young daughter who looks exactly like Ellie. I listened to this one and it kept me fascinated from the very beginning. I sometimes find my mind wandering with audiobooks, but that was definitely not the case here.
The Collector by Nora Roberts was another good read – echoes of Rear Window as it begins with Lila Emerson witnessing a murder across the way. She gets involved with the victim’s brother as they attempt to track down the killer. I also listened to Divine Evil by Nora Roberts which involved a small town and a satanic cult. Super creepy!
Last Day by Luanne Rice and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris both struck me with the reminder that those perfect lives are not always as perfect as they seem. Last Day was another murder mystery that opens with the body of a pregnant woman abandoned in her air conditioned bedroom. And Behind Closed Doors told the story of a marriage that was not exactly what it appeared to be.
Anne Frasier’s Find Me begins with serial killer Benjamin Fisher volunteering to tell police where the bodies are buried – but only if his daughter (a former FBI profiler) will meet with him. As Reni begins to help the police, memories come back to her of the childhood “game” she played with her father. I read this one in bed on my Kindle and it kept me reading much later at night than I should have.
There were more, I’m sure, but these are the ones that stood out for me. As far as tea to go with them, I have to choose this Plum Deluxe Full Moon Chai (purchased as part of a set to commemorate the final season of Supernatural). I can’t say enough good about Plum Deluxe – they are my favorite tea company at the moment. I’m planning on making another purchase this month as they have Dessert Teas this month. I had a sample of their Red Velvet Puerh recently and will definitely be ordering some!
I’m always looking for a good thriller – have you read any good ones lately?