Bookouture Love Special: Favorite 2017 Thrillers @bookouture

Hello and welcome to the Bookouture Love Special I had promised in my list of 2017 favorites a few days ago. It’s easy to say I’m a huge mystery/thriller addict and tend to read more books belonging to that genre than any other genre… 2017 was no different, and I managed to read a whopping 72 thrillers. This is not all that surprising on its own, but what does stand out is that a LOT of these titles are published by what has easily become one of my favorite thriller publishers: Bookouture. And since no less than 22 titles have received a 4 or 4,5 star rating last year, I decided to set both Bookouture and my favorite authors and 2017 books in the spotlight.

The authors below are a mix of new discoveries and old favorites, and all stand out for their excellent, addicting, suspenseful and well written (psychological) thrillers. I can highly recommend each of these authors and their books to fans of the genre! And since I’m finding it impossible to rank them, they will appear in alphabetical order.

SHALINI BOLAND

This author has been on my radar for quite some time and I can highly recommend all her thrillers! I’ve devoured each and single one so far (The Girl From The Sea, The Best Friend and The Millionaire’s Wife). The Secret Mother is her first book published with Bookouture and another excellent read.

The Secret Mother – 4,5 stars – Published November 9th 2017 – REVIEW COMING SOON

ROBERT BRYNDZA

The Detective Erika Foster series is easily one of my favorite detective thrillers and I’m always over the moon whenever I find out a new book is coming out! Book number four and five were published in 2017, and it seems like the series is only getting better and better.

Last Breath – 4,5 stars – Published April 12th – REVIEW
Cold Blood – 4,5 stars – Published September 20th – REVIEW

BARBARA  COPPERTHWAITE

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, definitely try this author! The Darkest Lies had me trapped in a web of lies and secrets during the whole ride.

The Darkest Lies – 4 stars – Published May 12th – REVIEW

PATRICIA GIBNEY

This excellent detective series was only published last year, but already has three books! Another favorite of mine and Lottie Parker never fails to deliver another suspenseful and thrilling adventure. Book number four is already scheduled to be published this year so hurry if you haven’t tried this series yet!

The Missing Ones – 4,5 stars – Published March 16th – REVIEW
The Stolen Girls – 4,5 stars – Published July 6th – REVIEW
the lost child 4 stars oct 27th – REVIEW COMING SOON

VICTORIA JENKINS

Another new detective series I discovered last year… I somehow missed book number two due to the slump, but it is definitely a series I can recommend.

The Girls In The Water – 4 stars – Published August 3rd – REVIEW

LOUISE JENSEN

I became an instant fan of her work as soon as I finished The Sister back in 2016, and those feelings didn’t change at all with The Gift. And this newest titles didn’t change my feelings at all and only reconfirmed my love for her psychological thrillers. Highly recommended!

The Surrogate – 4,5 stars – Published September 27th – REVIEW

CAROLINE MITCHELL

I admit it wasn’t love at first sight with the main character of this series, but as soon as you warm up to her, you are hooked. These two sequels are both excellent to say the least. A highly addicting detective thriller series!

Sleep Tight – 4,5 stars – Published April 20th – REVIEW
Murder Game – 4,5 stars – Published October 31st – REVIEW

RICHARD PARKER

Fast-paced, intense, suspenseful… These crime thrillers are impossible to put down! If you are looking for intense thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, definitely try out his books. His newest thriller, Keep Her Safe, is out tomorrow and another big hit! Want to know why I enjoyed it that much? My review of that one will be posted tomorrow. 😉

Be My Killer (now called: ‘Follow You’) – 4 stars – Published May 26th –  REVIEW
Hide And Seek – 4,5 stars – Published August 31st – REVIEW

MEL SHERRATT

This one is actually a sequel and one I enjoyed significantly better than the first book! Very refreshing psychological thriller and can be read as a stand-alone as well.

Don’t Look Behind You – 4,5 stars – Published January 31st – REVIEW

K.L. SLATER

Every time I see a new K.L. Slater book announced it feels a bit like Christmas morning! Her psychological thrillers are highly addicting and unputdownable… Read them if you haven’t already!

Blink – 4,5 stars – Published February 16th – REVIEW
Liar – 4,5 stars – Published June 16th – REVIEW
The Mistake – 4 stars – Published October 4th – REVIEW

KERRY WILKINSON

This one is another new discovery for me and without doubt a very good psychological thriller I can recommend! And not just because of the creepy and gorgeous thriller. 😉

Two Sisters – 4 stars – Published June 23rd – REVIEW

CAROL WYER

I can’t believe this series had four books published in less than a year! WOW. The DI Robyn Carter series is another favorite of mine and each book promises another fast-paced, suspenseful and entertaining ride. I can definitely recommend it to fans of the genre!

Little Girl Lost – 4 stars – Published January 19th – REVIEW
Secrets Of The Dead – 4,5 stars – Published May 30th – REVIEW
The Missing Girls – 4,5 stars – Published September 14th – REVIEW
The Silent Children – 4 stars – Published December 7th – REVIEW COMING SOON


Have you read any of these titles? What were your favorite Bookouture thrillers published in 2017? Or your favorite thrillers in general? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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WWW Wednesdays #158 – January 10th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

It’s been a while since I last did one of these! Three months to be exact… Oops? This time around it’s all about the books I’ve been reading so far in 2018; next week will be back to normal. (Hopefully)

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m almost finished with The Ends Of The World by Maggie Hall, which will be the first series I will be able to finish this year. I loved the first two books of the series, but I’m kind of struggling with the final one… I’m just not feeling it, there is way too much politics involved and I can’t find the same magic of the first two books. It might just have been me, but definitely not the experience I was expecting. I’m dying to read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne though, which I’ve sampled already and sounds like a winner.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Keep Her Safe by Richard Parker (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 11/01
I already had a feeling this was going to be good, but I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better book to start the reading year with. Keep Her Safe was one heck of a thriller with so many intense moments I found it impossible to stop reading. I practically devoured this story and its many plot twists and the final part of Keep Her Safe definitely had some jaw droppingly fierce moments. A trigger warning for those if extreme and violent scenes aren’t your thing! Otherwise, I can highly recommend this thriller.

2. Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil (3/5 stars) REVIEW 18/01
I love my geeky/nerdy reads and I was so sure I was going to enjoy this one… But I guess it just wasn’t ment to be. Basically I feel this book is trying too hard. The geeky/nerdy elements felt forced and unnatural and I wasn’t a fan of the characters either… And there were a LOT of high school cliches involved.

3. Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany (3/5 stars) REVIEW
I had high hopes for Her Last Lie, but unfortunately I can say that only the last part of this story actually lived up to expectations. The writing is good, the premise is promising and the ending is surprisingly strong. There were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming either, and I loved the travel elements. That said, I found there was too much focus on the romantic relationships of the main character, I found the cheating/love triangle highly annoying and the main character itself very unlikeable. My feelings for this book are basically all over the place, because while I felt a strong dislike for the story during most of Her Last Lie, I absolutely loved the final part (starting with the Northern Lights scene). It’s hard to wrap my head around these feelings, but I do admit these positive feelings sure took their time making an appearance. Fans of slower paced psychological thrillers with a romantic focus might enjoy this one a lot better though. Just don’t expect a lot of suspense and excitement until the very end.

4. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (4/5 stars) REVIEW 18/01
I was intrigued as soon as I started reading The Bunker Diary and this is both an addictive, shocking, thought-provoking and emotional read. I sure wish I would have picked it up sooner! The writing is interesting and we learn about what is happening through the diary of the main character. Not only tells us about the events in the bunker, but it also shows the mental state of the character as well as how the things that happen have their effect. It’s hard to talk properly about this story without giving away too much, but The Bunker Diary will crush your heart, make you stare at the final page and at loss for words. A trigger warning for some graphic descriptions, but all in all I can really recommend reading this story. It definitely blew me away.

5. The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (4/5 stars) REVIEW 13/01
I have a weak spot for WWII historical fiction, so I just had to request a copy of this title as soon as I heard about it. This book is based on real events and the author has interviewed the main character of this story personally. It gives a remarkable insight in the life at Auschwitz and how the main character manages to survive by having given the task of tattooing the numbers on the arms of the prisoners of Auschwitz. You won’t keep your eyes dry with this one!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

As part of the whole finishing my series goal, I’m probably picking up The Last Star by Rick Yancey next. I’m not a big fan of the trilogy, but since I have already read the first two and have a copy of the last book on my kindle, I’ll give it a go anyway. I also need to read my last pending January ARC The Silent Girls by Dylan Young… And I want to read The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ASAP as well (although I might pick up another thriller first since it’s a ‘sort of’ ARC?) My newest TBR jar pick is still Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.


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