Fast paced and edge of the seat kinds, mystery and thriller novels are a great way to break a monotony of sorts. They keep you engrossed in your reading, keep you guessing and pump up your heart beat. Here are a few of them that come with oodles of suspense and thrill.
Private Delhi By Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
The former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs an investigation agency called “Private”. With branches around the globe, the agency, investigates intriguing cases, with utmost discretion. They possess an incredible team of investigators, and boast of the latest technology and forensics to crack cases and get to the perpetrators. Continuing in this series is Private Delhi, by the popular crime fiction writer James Patterson, in collaboration with Ashwin Sanghi. There are a series of gruesome murders, brutal in every extent, in the capital city Delhi. As bodies pile up, the head honcho of “Private” in Delhi, Santosh Wagh is called in to investigate. Clearly for Santosh it is evident that there is a master serial killer at work. As Santosh and his team get cracking and open up the Pandora’s Box of clues, tumbling out are secrets, of some high profile individuals in society. These could implicate some of the highest members of the government- the Lieutenant General of the State or even the Chief Minister. How is the team going to crack the case, as the brutal murders continue to happen, along with the discovery of illegal organ harvesting? A fact paced thriller, Private Delhi boasts of a plot with murder, corruption and kidnapping.
Memory Man by David Baldacci
This is the first book in Baldacci’s Amos Decker series (there have been four so far in the series). Amos Decker is the detective at play, solving mysteries and murders. Having suffered a head injury that ended his football career, the trauma induced a condition called hyperthymesia and synesthesia. The result of this- is never being able to forget anything! Weird as the condition may sound, it is this ability that gets him to crack cases and get behind those involved in some heinous crimes. As Decker returns home one evening, he finds his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law, brutally murdered. His family destroyed, and the identity of the killer being a mystery, Decker’s world comes crumbling down. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the streets. But a little over a year later, all of a sudden, a man turns himself up to the police, confessing to the crime. It is around the same time, a high school shooting rocks the town, where innocent lives are snuffed out. Decker has to jump in, as he realizes that the school incident is related to the killing of his family. Plus, Decker is sure that the man who surrendered is not actually the one behind it all. There is someone else. Decker has to uncover this stunning truth before it is too late. In a constant chase of clues, Memory Man is a thriller that you would not want to put down. Fast-past and an edge-of-the-seat kind read, it will keep you hooked right till the end.
Murder in the Mews By Agatha Christie
There are murder mysteries and then there is Hercule Poirot! This Belgian detective is surely AGATHA Christie’s greatest creation. Charming and not so modest about it, Hercule Poirot is known for his eccentric mannerisms. But well! He sure does manage to solve each of his cases with a dramatic twist. No wonder he has been the centerpiece in many of Christie’s novels. And as the man himself says- “My name is Hercule Poirot, and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.” And we don’t doubt that, do we? Murder in the Mews is essentially a collection of novellas that are light-hearted British murder cases. Four whodunit cases, each with an unexpected ending. It is a book that you would simply not want to put down. The stories are set in the early 20th century, and give you a quick peek into British culture too. Señor Hercule Poirot with his razor sharp mind is all out to solve the four cases. The stories are short and crisp, yet loaded with with vigor and suspense. Brilliantly paced tales of murder and deceit. A must for all Agatha Christie’s fans!!
And Then There Were None
Another one for Agatha Christie fans. Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a remote island through a mystery letter. They find themselves stranded together, just to figure out that each have a connection- a grave and deep connection. None are aware of their mysterious host, yet all ten have received personal invitations to be on the island. Soon, each of the guests begins to succumb one by one, to fate- to the foulest murder. Each one of them is a victim, and amidst them is the killer too. Each has a secret of a murky past. Who wants them all killed? And who would be next? As you grapple for answers, you traverse through the brutal murders, vital clues, and a suspense that would blow your mind away. And then they were none is a “locked-room” mystery at its bet. It can’t get any better- strangers on a stranded island, ten murders, and no sign of the killer. For all those mystery fans, this is a master piece.
If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
Meet Tracy Whitney, the young woman, who is smart and independent. She is warm and compassionate too. An idealist in every way, yet when her whole life goes topsy- turvy, Tracy lets go of her idealism, and all that see seeks is vengeance. A successful banker in Philadelphia, she is engaged to a wealthy heir. When her mother commits a suicide, Tracy realizes there’s more to it, and that there is a big mafia nexus behind her mother’s death. Tracy tracks down Joe Romano the main person responsible, but he tries to rape her and is wounded in the struggle. A case is filed against her for a theft by Joe Romano. Her attorney convinces her that she will get a much shorter sentence if she pleads guilty, but the judge sentences her to fifteen years, and she realizes that the judge and the attorney are both working for Romano. As she goes to jail, her employer and her fiancé abandon her and the unborn child. However she miscarries the child. Filled with rage, Tracy now decides to seek revenge on all the men who have ruined her life. Framed for no valid reason, Tracy fights her way out of all turmoil, and gets behind each one of them. If tomorrow comes is a tale of betrayal and of revenge.
The Second Lady by Irving Wallace
Billie Bradford is the First Lady of the United States. She is the ever charming glamorous woman, intelligent and is loved by the people of her country. In a good will visit to the Soviet Union, Billie Bradford is kidnapped by the KGB and held captive. The First Lady is replicated with a con artist Vera Vavilova. Impersonating Billie Bradford, Vera has a task at hand- to enter the White House, live life as the First Lady and lay her hands on sensitive and classified information to be handed over to the Soviets. With their spy in American territories, the Russians think they have the perfect weapon against the Americans and all the info they seek is easy to obtain. Or so they think. For Vera Vavilova, despite being adequately trained as the First Lady, there still are areas, she is not prepared to deal with. She knows everything about the President and his wife, except for his sexual behavior. Time is ticking away for the Russians, and impatience growing to get the information that they require. The Second Lady is Irving Wallace at his best. It is a book with twists and turns, and an ending that could just throw you overboard. The book is a powerful story of vendetta and two intelligent women, served on one platter together.
The Girl On the Train By Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day it’s the same route, moving past cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to catch a glimpse of the same couple. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough for everything to change. Soon she is deeply entangled, in her own life as well as in the lives of many others. I wouldn’t want to divulge too much on the plot, but similar to other thrillers its best for readers to dive in on their own. The plot was cinematic indeed with vivid descriptions that played on my mind. None of the revelations in The Girl on the Train are straight forward. They keep you guessing, so as you read, the plot may seem to get murkier indeed.