Updated: Aug 30, 2020
Hi everyone! Welcome to Part 2 of my Favorite Mystery and Thriller Authors blog series. If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here. This blog post will focus on a few more of my favorite mystery and thriller authors, since the first blog post was getting too long.
1. Gillian Flynn.
Gone Girl was the first mystery I had read in a while, so I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to read it and flew through it. This was at a point when every book I was reading felt the same, with all the familiar tropes and nothing original. However, Gone Girl is nothing like that. (In fact, even the movie is fantastic!) I won’t give away the shocking twist, but anyone who reads this book will most likely be guessing what is going on nearly until the end of the book. The characters are so well-developed and even though most of them are completely unlikable, you might find yourself rooting for a certain unlikable character after the plot twist is revealed. The ending of Gone Girl, however, is disappointing because it wasn’t the ending I expected or wanted. The book is written so well that I didn’t mind too much though.
2. Paula Hawkins.
I read The Girl on the Train shortly after reading Gone Girl. I think I was on a mystery/thriller binge shortly after graduating from college and needed an escape from reality at the time. The Girl on the Train is another fantastic book in the mystery/thriller genre written by a female author. Again, I won’t give away any spoilers. But this book was creepy in a completely different way because you begin doubting if the main character is reliable and are forced to re-think everything she has said and everything she thinks she knows. I love a well-written mystery that keeps the reader guessing but makes sense after everything is revealed.
3. Agatha Christie.
I don’t think any list of mystery authors would be complete without including Agatha Christie. Although I’m ashamed to admit I have only read one of her novels so far, I do own several others that are in my pile of books to read. Murder on the Orient Express was an intriguing mystery. I wanted to read it before the movie came out several years ago and was immediately excited by the premise of the story. Murder on the Orient Express was written in 1934, so the world has changed a lot since then, but I consider this a book that stands the test of time. I think it’s difficult to write stories that will still resonate with readers 80+ years after they are written, but Agatha Christie manages to accomplish this and so much more. The greatest part of Murder on the Orient Express is being so unsure of who the murderer is when everyone on the train seems to have a motive. I plan on reading many more of Agatha Christie’s novels and hope to enjoy trying to solve the mystery as much as I did for this one!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me and which mystery and thriller authors I admire. If you have future blog post ideas, please feel free to comment below or message me. Thanks for reading!