Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Q: What Are You Reading? A: Adult Thriller

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


So you want to write adult thrillers? It’s time to read some! But what stories are considered thriller? According to StoryGrid, thriller has a protagonist “negotiating a complex world, struggling at the limits of human experience, and triumphing (usually) over seemingly overwhelming forces of antagonism?” Check StoryGrid for more information. The plot combines the genres of action, horror, and grim. The excitement of death, damnation, injustice, and justice is common.

Some examples are Gone Girl by Gillian Fly, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Check out a list of more adult thriller titles here.

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This blog post is part of a series called Q: What Are You Reading? by Suzanna Anderson on Operation Awesome. Please note that this book list is not comprehensive. This list is a starting point, an introduction to Adult Thriller titles. Suzanna reads a book and usually finds at least ten more books to read. Use this list as inspiration to check out titles at your local library, support your local bookstores with purchases, or wherever you get your books. Please do read, share, and write reviews (if you want to). Comment below what you’ve read and what you’re excited to read next!

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