Let’s chat about the Thriller/Suspense book genre. Do you have any favorites to share?
I don’t read too much in this genre, but there are a few I’ve loved over the years. I tore through a bunch of the Dan Brownbooks, with the Robert Langdon series (The DaVinci Code being the most popular and my personal favorite) as well as his other stand-alones. They are definitely thrilling and suspenseful, but after a while you start to see a formula in this type of writing and it gets less exciting. I tend to shy away from political thrillers but enjoy a good searching for the magical special item type of book.
I agree with Julie on the Dan Brown books. I have also enjoyed books by Stieg Larson, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and Michael Crichton. Though, I think my favorite author in this genre is Ken Follett.
I like thrillers for the adventure, the suspense. The heart rate rises. I’m turning the pages as fast as possible, hoping that the hero (or heroine!) survives. And that the bad guys (or girls) get justice.
I can understand Julie’s issues with the rote plot lines. Though, I see the same problem with most genres. I think this is why I tend to switch genres a lot while reading. Low boredom threshold. But personally, I’m all for thrillers.