Horror, Thriller

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

A creepy novel about roommates not being who they present themselves. Usually I can figure the conclusion out before the last page. Not so with this ending. The story is a weave of 2 women who are roommates just out of college, there is a 8 year gap where they don’t see one another and then just happen to meet again . They move to a remote small town in eastern Penna and are roommates once again . Add one of them disappearing, 2 murders, and stalking in an aah so creepy cabin.
It keeps your attention till the end.

~Louise

Fantasy, Thriller

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Like all of Stephen King’s books—with the possible exception of “Carrie”—“The Green Mile” would have been improved by cutting one or two hundred pages. I’ll allow King a bit of slack on this one, however, since the book first appeared in serialized form. This explains some of the repetition, including using the exact same words, phrases, and paragraphs from chapter to chapter. It’s a good story, nevertheless, with supernatural elements laid over the harsh reality of capital punishment. But c’mon: we know that the other-worldly John Coffey is going to heal the warden’s wife, so the endless (bogus) suspense got tiresome. I haven’t revealed anything here that a reader able to add 2 + 2 can’t figure out in short order. Still, there are are little mysteries strewn here and there to keep the reader going. And so I did.

~Rebecca

Thriller, Young Adult

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

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We’ve come a long way from Beverly Cleary, and even Judy Blume, in YA fiction. Written by Ewell when she was seventeen, this book describes the life and thoughts of a teenage serial killer. Kit, who recalls making her first kill (with her mother’s assistance) when she was nine, is the “Perfect Killer” in contemporary London. She performs anonymous hits on individuals who have been singled out by their friends (or enemies, as it turns out). She leaves no clues. . . until she makes a mistake. This is a good thriller, very creepy—especially the relationship between the teenager and the young police officer—that held my attention. Indeed, I don’t recommend reading at bedtime, as you will spend the rest of the night with it to see what happens.

~Rebecca

Thriller, Young Adult

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

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She hasn’t even graduated from high school yet, and already, she has killed more than 50 people, all without leaving a trace of evidence behind. It’s a craft the Perfect Killer has learned from her mother, who preceded the daughter with multiple kills of her own. Most of the victims are anonymous, but what is the young assassin going to do when she is obliged to kill one of her friends? Once you can get past the preposterous premise of this YA thriller, it’s a pretty thoughtful introspection of nihilistic morality and teenage angst.

~Fielding

Thriller

The Wife Between Us by Sarah Pekkanen

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Two women have been in love with the same man, and the combination of jealously, respect, concern, and devilish intentions they show towards each other form the narrative of this book. Saying much more than that might threaten some of the surprises and twists the book takes. Indeed, if I have a criticism of this page-turning thriller, it is that the book many be *too* tight: everything is so intricately plotted and self-referential – and had to be so from the first page to the last – that the characters sometimes have a hard time taking an independent breath on their own. Still, it’s a good summer read.

~Fielding