3 thrillers to distract you from all of the things

17 Nov

It’s a good time to read a gripping book: The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and it’ll be hard to maintain a decent library when climate change puts us all underwater. So here are a few page-turners that got me through the past week.

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3papercutsDESCENT
Tim Johnston

You know things are bleak when a book about a teenage girl kidnapped and held captive in the mountains is a welcome reprieve from the real world. Johnston’s novel is an exercise in suspense, and the last 100 pages will have you reading well into the night. It also has the added benefit of being beautifully written; the prose is accessible enough to let you fly through the pages, but sophisticated enough to eliminate any guilt in the guilty pleasure you feel doing it. [3 papercuts]

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3papercutsBIG LITTLE LIES
Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty’s books are fun to read, though moderately embarrassing to read on the subway (those covers), which is why I usually inhale them in a single sitting on a Sunday when I’m hung over enough to feel remorseless about spending the entire day immobilized on the couch. (If this sounds pathetic/in my defense: I’ve only read two Liane Moriarty books.) Big Little Lies—the HBO miniseries premieres in February—is about the goings-on at an upper-crust elementary school whose parents’ trivia night has ended in, gasp, murder. While this book is very much a sendup of helicopter parents and the over-serious rearing of 5-year-olds, it also has a surprising amount of depth. Moriarty does not shy from meshing humor with some serious shit, which makes it even more impressive that she’s also slipped in some great twists. I liked this book way more than I expected to. [3 papercuts]

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2papercutsTHE FEVER
Megan Abbott

If Mean Girls had a baby with The Crucible, that would be The Fever. It was perfectly distracting, and the second I finished I forgot everything about it. [2 papercuts]

One Response to “3 thrillers to distract you from all of the things”

  1. Lutheranliar November 18, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Kira Kira Kira! Thank you thank you thank you. I have NOT been able to concentrate enough on ANYTHING, much less dig into my copy of ‘Underground Railroad’, much as I adore Colson. Your suggestions are very welcome indeed. A thriller is just what I need right now.

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