Looking forward to stocking my TBR pile with new and interesting books coming out this summer but here are the mystery and thrillers that I read and enjoyed this spring.
Win by Harlan Coben
The first thriller from Coben to feature Myron’s long-time sidekick Win this thriller is pure Coben: family and long buried secrets returning to wreak havoc in the present. Plus, cliffhangers, nice action set pieces, goofy humor, and a pulpy, twisting plot.
The Breaker by Nick Petrie
I think this is the best new thriller series in the last five years. In the sixth outing for Peter Ash, Petrie again finds interesting topics and character traits to mine for both internal and external conflicts for his hero and his likable cast of supporting characters.
Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson
This is another in a growing sub-genre of isolated places thrillers. Much of the suspense in this genre comes from the author’s ability to keep you guessing and your sympathies shifting. Swanson does a great job of this in the first three quarters. I wanted a little more pop from the ending.
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
I’m not sure the plot totally made sense, but with Chandler that doesn’t seem to be the point. You read for the vivid language and the memorable scenes and to be reminded that LA was once just a small town with growing aspirations. There’s a reason these books have stuck around for more than fifty years. The Robert Altman adaptation is pretty funky and fun, too, as companion viewing.
I continue to catch up on Penny’s Gamache series on audio. How the Light Gets In was the highlight of the series for me so far. I’m sort of in awe of Penny’s ability to tie threads and hints and conspiracies from the previous nine books into a cohesive and compelling story that truly pays off.
The Sentinel by Andrew & Lee Child
Okay, yes, it’s not exactly the same, but it’s not quite as bad as some of the reviews suggest. It still feels mostly like a Reacher book (small town, mystery, bone-crunching fights). I enjoyed it enough to pick up the next one and see how Andrew Child settles in. Yes, it felt slightly overwritten in parts, especially the descriptions, and Reacher does seem more chatty in parts, but casual fans may not notice.