It is the 15th again – so it is time for reading. And time for sharing my favourite books with you. This month it is all about new thrillers – books that will send shivers up and down your spine. Guaranteed.
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Split (deutsch: Freiwild) – Tara Moss
Written by an Australian author and former model. For whatever reason I started with her second crime story, but it didn’t really matter. The characters are well developed and introduced for those who haven’t read ‘Fetish’ (“Der Fetisch-Moerder”) first. There are also more crimes to read about in ‘Covet’, ‘Hit’ and ‘ Siren’. Ah, I love serial writers ;-)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (deutsch: Verblendung) – Stieg Larsson
I cannot wait to read the remaining books of this trilogy ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ (deutsch “Verdammnis”) and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest’ (deutsch “Vergebung”). By the way I love the English titles so much more than the German ones. Who the hell has translated them into these banal, characterless terms.
Whispers of the Death (deutsch: Leichenblaesse) – Simon Beckett
By the same author like ‘The Chemistry of Death’ (“Die Chemie des Todes”) and ‘Written in Bone”(“Kalte Asche”). Very vivid again – you won’t eat the cookies you have prepared with your tea, it is just this type of book, in which you can almost smell the corpses and after which you cannot sleep too well. But you cannot stop reading either.
Dead Heat (deutsch: Abgebrüht) – Dick and Felix Francis
My all-time-favourite thriller author has worked with his son on his latest book. And it didn’t do any harm. Gripping and exciting till the very last page as always. And as always the thriller takes places in the world of horses and races, but this time the hero is well-known chef who has to fight first for his reputation and then for his life.
Shimura Trouble (deutsch: Brennender Hibiskus)- Suyata Massey
My favourite heroine Rei travels to Hawaii this time. But of course she cannot enjoy a relaxing holiday. Instead she gets caught up in a difficult family secret dating back to the days of WWII. A perfect combination of thriller and American-Japanese history.
Any other thriller recommendations for my Christmas wish list?