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The 100 best thrillers of all time? You be the judge.

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message 1: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Another list that will add more books to your tbr pile:

https://www.signature-reads.com/2018/...


message 2: by Skye (new)

Skye | 2105 comments UH OH!


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 435 comments Why do these lists always disappoint?


message 4: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "Why do these lists always disappoint?"

When I saw Emma Cline's The Girls on this list I almost choked.


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 435 comments I stopped at Dan Brown


message 6: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "I stopped at Dan Brown"

:)


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Matt Patterson | 1 comments I am going to date myself, but I still like Frederick Forsyth and Jeffrey Archer.


message 8: by Jannelies (last edited Aug 15, 2018 02:21AM) (new)

Jannelies | 309 comments Stieg Larsson is on it... am I the only one that doesn't like this utterly boring book? Likewise Donna Tartt...
On the other hand: reading a list like this is fun because next year it could be a completely different one.
I was, however, happy to see that The Dinner by Herman Koch is on the list. He is Dutch ;-). And I was happy to see The Highrise by Ballard, because that is one of my all time favorite SF-books (it is as much SF as a thriller).


message 9: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
The only comment made to the article was interesting. Among other things, she notes that Ruth Rendell's A Dark-Adapted Eye wasn't on the list, which she calls a "glaring omission." I have to agree with that (and I'll also add Adam and Eve and Pinch Me to the list of "glaring omissions"), and they didn't add a single book written by Rendell as Barbara Vine. How those got missed and Girl on the Train made it, well...hmm. Rendell ran rings around Paula Hawkins.


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Gisela Hafezparast | 368 comments Lucky for publishers we all like different books. I don't think there is such a thing as the 100 best books, but I like looking through them to see what I might have missed. And I like a good moan about why some have made it when I didn't like it. Somehow nobody ever asks me :)


message 11: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Gisela wrote: "Lucky for publishers we all like different books. I don't think there is such a thing as the 100 best books, but I like looking through them to see what I might have missed. And I like a good moan ..."

I look forward to the good moan. :)


message 12: by Gisela (new)

Gisela Hafezparast | 368 comments Nancy wrote: "Gisela wrote: "Lucky for publishers we all like different books. I don't think there is such a thing as the 100 best books, but I like looking through them to see what I might have missed. And I li..."

Well let's start with, what is Gone Girl doing there??? I admit I am one of the very few who didn't like it, but I REALLY didn't like it. So why is it on the list, nobody asked me!!!
However, just looked through it and there are some really good ones on there, which are now on my to read soon list.


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Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
I should subtitle this topic "The Big Moan." I'm sure we all have at least one.


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 435 comments Matt wrote: "I am going to date myself, but I still like Frederick Forsyth and Jeffrey Archer."

I started the Clifton Chronicles this year, and then ended up buying Kane and Abel when it was on offer. I would like to finish the Chronicles, but not paying full kindle price for the next 4 books.


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J.R. | 79 comments Interesting. But a bit of a stretch for me to consider some of these as thrillers.


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J.R. | 79 comments Nancy wrote: "The only comment made to the article was interesting. Among other things, she notes that Ruth Rendell's A Dark-Adapted Eye wasn't on the list, which she calls a "glaring omission." I h..."

Agreed.


message 17: by RJ - Slayer of Trolls (last edited Aug 16, 2018 11:43AM) (new)

RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 584 comments I found a few books on this list that I added to my TBR pile.

I'm not sure I would describe One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as a thriller. That bothers me a lot, in fact.

Red Dragon is notably missing from this list.

I wouldn't even call The Girl on the Train one of the best 100 books I've read in the last year or so.

Tell No One is kind of bland and predictable, and also the author seems to have repeated himself several times after with a similar story.

I've only read one James Patterson book (London Bridges) and it was so bad I'll never read another.

Pattern Recognition was really boring and the other books in the series just got worse.

The Eight is the worst example I've ever seen of an author writing herself into her own book. Also it was sort of pretentious and dull.


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Sera (seracatty) | 1 comments The girl on the train is one the worst books I've read in recent years. I hated it so much that I never even bothered with gone girl (because they kept being compared).
There are some on the list I still want to read but forgot about, so it's a good reminder 😊.


message 19: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Sera ~ Catty Reader wrote: "The girl on the train is one the worst books I've read in recent years. I hated it so much that I never even bothered with gone girl (because they kept being compared).
There are some on the list ..."


I couldn't stand Girl on The Train, and after that book, never went near another so-called domestic noir novel. I'm sure that many people enjoy that sort of thing, but it's just not for me.


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Kathy Sales (ksales) | 63 comments Nancy wrote: "The only comment made to the article was interesting. Among other things, she notes that Ruth Rendell's A Dark-Adapted Eye wasn't on the list, which she calls a "glaring omission." I h..."

"Rendell ran rings around Paula Hawkins." Amen to that!


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Gisela Hafezparast | 368 comments Boy are we good moaners. Agree with lots of you though :)


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 584 comments Jannelies wrote: "Stieg Larsson is on it... am I the only one that doesn't like this utterly boring book?..."

I enjoyed the first one after I got past the initial 100 pages or so which are really boring. The ending was an eye-roller though. And the sequels are awful. The author had a terrible obsession with describing every meal his characters ate, and they all ate the same thing: black coffee, burned toast, microwave pizzas. Good grief!


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Gisela Hafezparast | 368 comments Randy wrote: "Jannelies wrote: "Stieg Larsson is on it... am I the only one that doesn't like this utterly boring book?..."

I enjoyed the first one after I got past the initial 100 pages or so which are really ..."

Again, this shows how you can't have a 100 best books, as everything you just described, especially the description of the foods (for reasons which are too long to write) I really liked. I loved Stieg Larsson's books.


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Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Gisela wrote: "Randy wrote: "Jannelies wrote: "Stieg Larsson is on it... am I the only one that doesn't like this utterly boring book?..."

I enjoyed the first one after I got past the initial 100 pages or so whi..."


Someone in one of my other groups posted a list of NPR's best 100 horror stories of all time, and I had to laugh. The big moan goes on, no matter which genre you read.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 584 comments Gisela wrote: "Again, this shows how you can't have a 100 best books, as everything you just described, especially the description of the foods (for reasons which are too long to write) I really liked. I loved Stieg Larsson's books. "

Vive la difference! :-)


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Skye | 2105 comments Nice list; give or take!


message 27: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
"vive la difference!"


Oui! D'accord.


message 28: by Bill (new)

Bill I've read a few of the books and enjoyed. I'll have to check it out in more detail. Like I can always use more books.. :0)... What the heck is a domestic thriller? Murders in the kitchen?


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Patty | 3136 comments The butler did it.


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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 8594 comments I've read a good many of these books. Most of them were pretty good. "The best" of anything is such a subjective thing....

We'd all probably come up with a different list.


message 31: by Sally (new)

Sally | 7 comments Barbara wrote: "I've read a good many of these books. Most of them were pretty good. "The best" of anything is such a subjective thing....

We'd all probably come up with a different list."


I agree!


message 32: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Willis (stephenjwillis) | 63 comments What a list. I so agree with you guys, we would each make our own lists and it is hard to judge...but saying that it does seem like some fad books made the list than I would have liked!


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Richard F (richard_fox) | 9 comments Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "Why do these lists always disappoint?"

I suppose because tastes are so darn varied. I agree that the "Top 100 Whatever" lists are quite often not suited to my preferences. There was a "Top 10 Burgers in DC" list that came out in the Washington Post last year though, and I don't know if they were the best but they were good! The Prez Obama burger at Good Stuff Eatery was my fave. Oops, I've gone off-topic!


message 34: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (last edited Sep 13, 2018 02:17PM) (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Richard wrote: "Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "Why do these lists always disappoint?"

To know if burgers or books are the best "of all time" requires that you have tried them all. With books it's okay to have read a ton. Not so much with burgers. :)


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 584 comments I'm getting hungry...


message 36: by CBRetriever (new)

CBRetriever | 1572 comments No Pierre Lemaitre? His Blood Wedding was a very interesting and uneasy read as you couldn't tell if the main character was imagining everything or not and the twist was incredible. The Camille Verhœven Series was full of twists and Peter Dinklage is a shoe-in to play the detective if this is ever made into a series or a movie. The author also won the Prix Goncourt (main literary prize in France) for The Great Swindle which is a thriller. The writing and the translation of his books just makes an impact.


message 37: by Georgia (new)

Georgia | 537 comments A lot of good books out there. Hard to pick one! Love anything by Michael Connelly or Lee Child! Bravo👏


message 38: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Lathrop (lesleylathrop) | 1 comments The list compiler(s) seem to have had trouble coming up with 100 to flesh out their list. Thus, Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door, one of the worst books I've ever read, made the cut. Popularity seems to have factored into their calculations. I've never read any Dan Brown, but I've read enough about his work that I'm shocked to see him included on a "Best of" list.


message 39: by Nancy, Co-Moderator (new)

Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 9466 comments Mod
Not to mention the fact that there are 2 Japanese novels and one by a Korean writer representing the non-"western" world on this list, when they produce some of the best crime out there.


message 40: by Georgia (new)

Georgia | 537 comments This is about all time. When I was very young I saw the movie, Dorian Grey,s picture. The book is written by Oscar Wilde. I have never forgotten it!


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Georgia | 537 comments R The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings by Oscar Wilde


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Kevin (kevingchapman) | 25 comments A Time to Kill was far from Grisham's best. Interesting how the list maker broke things down into different sub-genres, which makes it easier to quibble about specific books left off the list within that sub-category. How is Michael Connelly not on the list somewhere? And why "IT" instead of "Carrie?" Well, reasonable minds may differ.


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Autumn (autumnmemory80) | 374 comments I stopped at Gone Girl.


message 44: by Saeed (new)

Saeed lisbeth salander is my favourite fictional character. but One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey seriously?


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 584 comments Saeed wrote: "lisbeth salander is my favourite fictional character. but One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey seriously?"

My favorite book. But probably not a "thriller."


message 46: by M.L. (new)

M.L. | 365 comments I think it's a well-rounded list. I enjoyed the accompanying paragraphs which give the reasoning behind their choices. Maybe I'll see the film sequel to "It." :)


message 47: by Gretchen (new)

Gretchen This is what I call a Whackadoodle list. Many of the books I would not consider mystery in any way. I still like Amazon's 100 Thrillers/Mysteries to read in a lifetime even though they only list 96. Also like goodreads list from earlier this year.


message 48: by Pisces51 (new)

Pisces51 The First Deadly Sin (The Edward X. Delaney Series Book 1) by Lawrence Sanders by Lawrence Sanders
is one of the most unforgettable, disturbing, and overall best mystery/thrillers that I have ever read. I discovered the book decades ago and reread it when I purchased a Kindle back in 2014. The sequels that he wrote (Second, Third, and Fourth Deadly Sins) are exceptional in their own right. But aside from Sanders, there are any number of exceptional, complex and tightly plotted, "unputdownable" mystery thrillers out there to dwell exclusively on more recent novels that should not even be in the same library.


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paul togher | 9 comments I would add "LA Requiem" by Robert Crais, replace "The Hunt for Red October" with "Without Remorse" for Clancy and put "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas. I'd strongly argue that both are thrillers, within their time.
Since "Frankenstein" is here, I'd also propose "Dracula", which is a better book.
Have to agree with "Killing Floor" by Lee Child. Though his later novels featured more inventive plots and polished writing, the raw brutality of this first book is hard to match


message 50: by Pisces51 (new)

Pisces51 Mortal Fear (1997) by Greg ILes should be a contender. I read this novel in paperback in the late '90s. It is certainly one of the most intense, "unputdownable" chilling tales of suspense I have ever encountered. Readers today may be "put off" by the technology in the novel being "dated", but that fact should be irrelevant given the sheer power of this book to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. I like the last entry on this topic. I too would place The Killing Floor in a prominent position. It is perhaps the most chilling suspense that I have encountered in all of Reacher's escapades (and I've read them all).


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