Pun most definitely intended.
While I’m a big fan of all things romance, my first love (heh) was mysteries and thrillers. I suppose it’s not really a big surprise that I ended up wanting to write romantic suspense.
Last time I talked about the books I’ve been reading, it was to spotlight some truly fantastic romantic suspense. Now I’ve got a couple mystery recommendations for you.
Adult mystery: Karin Slaughter
Oh my word, Karin Slaughter. I discovered her six or so years ago, and have been a fan ever since. Heartbreaking and terrifying mysteries combined with tragically flawed (and utterly compelling) characters make Karin Slaughter’s books a must.
Her most recent release is The Kept Woman. But if you want to start from the beginning (and I suggest you should, for the full impact), start with book 1 of the Grant County series, Blindsighted, before moving onto the Will Trent series. For reasons.
The Kept Woman dug up the past on one of the recurring characters in the Will Trent series, and it was explosive. Not literally. Karin Slaughter doesn’t pull her punches, and I’m already looking forward to whatever she writes next.
YA mystery: The Jasper Dent series
The Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga is fascinating and thrilling and a wild ride. All three books have been released, and it’s best you have all three ready to go when you pick up the first book, I Hunt Killers.
(Book 2 ends on a cliffhanger, so be sure to have book 3, FYI.)
Jasper Dent is the son of a notorious serial killer. While Jazz, as he prefers to be called, struggles with his upbringing and whether he, too, might turn into a killer, he commits himself to hunting (and bringing to justice) killers. After all, he knows exactly how they think.
And Blood of My Blood? Epic conclusion. It had me gasping with all the twists and turns, and oddly satisfied with the ending.