6 Thrillers You NEED to Read this Spring

Nothing like green grass and fresh blooming flowers to put me in the mood to read a good ‘ole murder story. I kid, I kid! Green grass and blooming flowers puts me in the mood to make my husband take cheesy pics of me casually looking away while holding flowers and standing in front of a brick wall.

But seriously, I really have been reading an insane amount of thrillers lately. I’ve become much more calculated about the books I choose to read, and it just so happens most of what catches my eye is books that keep me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed all of these books and they’re all relatively new so if you haven’t put them on your “to-read” list, get them there now!!

5 Thrillers You NEED to Read This Spring

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry 

Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night. The only one who was there to see it happen was her younger sister. Years have passed and her family remains devastated, until one night when a young woman who appears to be Julie shows up at their door. The family is ecstatic, but Julie’s mother, Anna, is sure it’s too good to be true.

Typically I do not wander the library shelves aimlessly. Mostly because I end up taking home 2948957398 books. I’ve gotten into the habit of putting books on hold so I can walk right to the desk, get my books, and walk out. But every once in a while I have a moment of weakness and I swing by the “new books” section (that just so happens to be placed right by the front desk!) Good As Gone was on the “new books” shelf and I was drawn in by it’s bright and colorful cover (PSA: book covers matter! we are all superficial and are immediately drawn to a good cover!) This book exceeded my expectations. In facts, I gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads. It was thrilling and suspenseful, but more so, it was very emotionally deep for a thriller.

Buy it: HERE

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. After a failed raid leaves half her team dead, and her severely injured she’s desperate to seek revenge. Upon her recovery, Kendra goes rogue and travels to England to kill the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates. Her search takes her to a historic Castle where she stumbles in to a secret stairwell. When she makes her way out of the stairwell she’s in the same place, but in a different time: in the year 1815. Adjusting to the year change is hard enough, but when a young girl’s body is found just outside of the castle, Kendra springs into action to try and find the murderer.

This book was my first 5 star read of 2017. I wrote an entire post about it HERE. It’s longer than I typically like read (just under 500 pages) but it was fast-paced and interesting enough that I didn’t notice the length. I’m excited to hear that there is a sequel to this book coming out this year!

Buy it: HERE 

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris  

Jack and Grace are the perfect couple. Wealthy, good-looking, smart, and charming — they seem to be crazy in love with one another. But everything is not as it seems on the surface. Grace’s “perfect life” turns out to be nothing more than a perfect lie.

This book was different then your typical thriller. You find out what’s going on early in the book, so the entire book is basically about what the main character, Grace, plans to do about it. The author did a good job of still making it suspenseful even after learning the “big twist” early on. I wish the character development would have been a little deeper, especially when it came to Jack. Other then that, it was a solid thriller.

PS – B.A. Paris’ newest book, The Breakdown, is scheduled to be released this July. I just got an ARC copy via Netgally so be on the look out for my review soon!

Buy it: HERE

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

The story’s main character, Nic Farrell, left her small hometown for life in Philadelphia, desperate to forget about her previous life and the tragic and mysterious death of her best friend, Corinne, years ago. When her father’s health starts to decline she’s forced to return to her hometown to help care for him. Soon after her arrival back to town, her high school ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend goes missing. Suddenly her entire family is at the center of the investigation.

This book is actually told backwards in time. I knew that from the get go, but the first 50 pages were still a little confusing to me. By the end of the book my confusion was gone and I thought it really made the book unique.

Buy it: HERE

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia 

Hattie Hoffman is a good student, good daughter, and good girlfriend; but none of that is really her. In fact, Hattie has spent her entire life being who everyone else wants her to be, and she’s certain that no one the real her at all. Until she meets the perfect man in an online chatroom one night. By the time she realizes who he really is she’s fallen for him and it’s too late to turn the clock back. When Hattie is found brutally stabbed to death all of her secrets suddenly start to become exposed. 

This book started a little slow for me, but it did pick up about half way through. I found Hattie to be really manipulating, and I didn’t really like or dislike her. She was just kind of “meh”. I wish she would have came off more likable because it would have made this book a home run for me. But as it is now it was still a good thriller worthy of a read!

Buy it: HERE

Who’s got a good thriller I should read? 

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  • So I pretty much have all of these books on my list to read soon except for Good As Gone! It sounds really good and I’m definitely adding it to my list! I feel like I’ve heard so much about Behind Closed Doors and A Murder In Time that I need to hop on the bandwagon and read them as soon as I can!

    • Yes! let me know what you think! Murder in Time’s sequel just came out so i’m excited to see where the story goes!

  • Try Megan Miranda’s second book – I actually liked it better than the first.

    • Just got my hands on her second book! going to start reading it later today, looking forward to it!

  • I haven’t had much luck with thrillers lately, but I have a few coming up in May that I’m super excited about! Based on a True Story and The Fact of a Body. I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out!

    • I love thrillers, but I’m a little bit thriller’ed out right now. lol. i’ve actually been craving some good historical fiction lately!

      • I feel like they get formulaic when you read a ton of them close together…that’s what happened to me.

        Historical fiction – if you like WWII books, I have one for you. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. Fiction but based on the true story of what happened to her family.

  • Adding Good as Gone to my list!

  • thrillers aren’t my go-to, but i do like to sprinkle them in between romances and chick lit 😉 i’ve read a murder in time – the sequel was just so-so for me, but i’m really hoping she writes a 3rd!! added the rest to my list.

    • haha! I’m the opposite of you! I read thrillers and dramas and then sprinkle in the chick-lit, when those get to heavy. but i do go in phases. sometimes thrillers just are too much, and i only want to read light memoirs for a month straight.

  • Good as Gone was such an amazing read!!! There were a few on this list I haven’t read yet that I’m going to have to give a try!