Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Mind-blowing Mysteries/Thrillers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a different topic to explore. This week is the topic is top 5 mind-blowing mysteries/thrillers. These are mine!

First You Fall by Scott Sherman. This book follows the adventures of Kevin Connor. When a good friend of his is found dead and that death ruled as a suicide, Kevin, a hustler, decides to investigate. This book is suspenseful, funny, sad, and compelling all at once. It was also one of the first books I ever read on Kindle, although I guess that doesn’t really matter. But it was a great introduction to a wonderful series.

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry is one of my favorite books period. It’s about a man named Joe Ledger, who is about to enter the FBI when he’s taken in by a mysterious organization for questioning. Once there, he’s attacked and forced to kill a man. Problem is, he’d already killed that man earlier that week in the line of duty. He’s then introduced to the world of the Department of Military Sciences and a weaponized zombie virus. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I read this. It not only has a remarkable protagonist, but the villains were nicely fleshed out. This is another first in a series, and while I love the other books, this one has a special place in my heart.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz. This was a recent read for me, and while it took me about halfway to get into, once I was in, I was hooked. The book is about Jane Hawk, who, after her husband commits suicide, starts investigating the steady rise of suicides in the US. This leads to her being contacted by a shadowy organization that threatens her and her young son. She goes on the run, hiding her son away with people that can’t be traced back to her, and starts her own investigation into this conspiracy. The answers you get in this book have horrifying implications. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next.

Bitch Factor by Chris Rogers was one of the first contemporary adult mysteries I remember reading. The main character, Dixie Flannigan, is a bounty hunter who goes after Parker Dann. Dann is accused of killing a child in a dunk driving accident. But he claims he didn’t do it, and Flannigan finds herself drawn into the case, trying to find out what really happened. I remember being super engrossed in this book. I had a hard time putting it down, but it was late and I wasn’t understanding what I was reading anymore, so I went to bed. Then, in the middle of the night, I woke up with the realization of who the murder was, immediately picked up the book and finished it. It was that engrossing.

The Anatomists Wife by Anna Lee Huber maybe isn’t the most exciting of mysteries, but it was powerful. It’s the first in her Lady Darby series and it introduced me to a wonderful world of characters whom I love. Lady Kiera Darby is a widow and an artist living in disgrace with her sister and brother-in-law. Her husband had been an anatomists and forced her to draw pictures of the dissections he did in order to get an accurate anatomy book. However, he did not always procure his bodies through approved means and when that came out on his death, scandal came out and tainted Kiera. In this book, her sister is having a house party and there’s a murder. Sebastian Gage is the son of a noted gentleman investigator and is asked to investigate, as is Kiera, because of her past. It’s amazing and interesting and romantic and just one of my favorite mysteries ever.

Those are my top 5 mysteries/thrillers. Thanks again to Shanah for hosting this meme.

What are some of your favorite mysteries/thrillers? Have you read any of the books I listed? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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