Making lists with favorite books is, as any reader has experienced it, one of the most stressful situations a book lover is prone to place himself/herself into. However uneasy this experience may be for me, today I have decided to share with you my top three thriller and mystery books from all time. In my `selection process` I took into consideration those novels that changed the way in which I regard this type of literature. And, because thrillers and mysteries usually intertwine as genres, I tried to pick the books that could easily fall in both of these categories. As a disclaimer note, I should mention that, because I feel like you all should enjoy my selection; I refrained from making any spoilers. So, without further ado, here is my oldies but goldies selection!
If you usually enjoy a mystery book, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown should have a familiar ring and, if you by any chance by now have skipped reading it, I suggest you don’t waste any more time. This book, to me, falls into that line of tradition that mixes mystery with crime and detective stories, a combination that I believe was made in book heaven. In short, The Da Vinci Code will not only keep you on the edge of your (reading) seat but will also make you think about historical and religious concepts such as the Holy Grail or the history of Christianity, while still providing enough action to keep you hooked. So, in case you want to escape a boring and mundane Sunday afternoon, give Robert Langdon, the main character, a chance to make your day a bit more exciting.
Secondly, I recommend another highly appreciated thriller novel called The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, there is also a movie made after it, but I advise you to read the book before watching it. Also, you should know that this is only a book in a series written by Thomas Harris, a series whose subject matter will most certainly send chills down your spine. The story walks you through the life of serial killer and psychopath Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic cannibalistic killer hiding, you guessed it, in plain eyesight. The story is, of course, more captivating and complex and is sure to stir your interest.
I couldn’t end this top without mentioning the queen of thriller and mystery stories, Agatha Christie. My recommendation to you is to read Murder on the Orient Express, a classic of the genre and inherently a page turner. If you are a fan of smart detectives and époque settings, this story will blow your mind as Hercule Poirot is prone to fascinate and captivate any reader due to his witty judgments and genius solutions.
I hope my short top was able to stir your interest and I am looking forward to hearing your reading impressions.