Tag Archives: Thrillers

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lygra

I Hunt Killers begins: ” It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field. Except for the body”. This is the first book in the Jasper Dent series and is a thriller about the battle between good and evil. Book two continues with Game and the last book in the series is Blood of my Blood.
Seventeen-year-old Jasper “Jazz” has learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad,” but believes that he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs. Can we change what we were born with?

Hear what Barry Lyga says about his novel as he chats with Libba Bray.

Find out more about Barry Lyga here.

Read reviews on I Hunt Killers here.

Books in the library by Barry Lyga include:

  1. The astonishing adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl: a novel
  2. Boy toy
  3. I hunt Killers
  4. Game
  5. Blood of my Blood
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Shift by Em Bailey

Beach at night - Photo by Rina

Beach at night – Photo by Rina

Shift is a psychological thriller and I couldn’t put it down. It is the story about Olive, and when the book begins we know that there has been some sort of incident (we are not sure what)  and she is trying to get back to some sort of normal routine at school by staying well away from “the queen bee” in class. But then strange and dangerous things start to happen. Are they real, or is Olive imaging them? As one character says:

“Some things aren’t straightforward. Not everything is true or false, real or imaginary, black or white. It’s not that simple.”

Get it from the library in print form, or download it, like I did, as an eBook at http://kingscollege.wheelers.co

And if you are intrigued to know more about the author Em Bailey then you can read her answers to Ten Terrifying Questions here on the Booktopia blog.

Mrs H.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road

Blood – Life and death; Blood relatives

Red – Danger

Road – Journeys

This is a gripping story about Saba on a dangerous journey in search of her brother. A journey which involves many life and death situations; the title sums it up well.

It is amazing to think that this is  Moira Young’s first book and that she also won the 2011 Costa Children’s Book Prize. The author is a Canadian, but now lives in Bath, England and some of her landscape descriptions could well be the open spaces of Canada.

This is another book  written as the writer speaks, so if you you’ve read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and this style didn’t bother you, then you will also enjoy this book. I must admit that I didn’t even notice that there were no speech marks around any of the conversations, and that I find this style of writing adds to the characterisation, and helps the reader get straight into the story.

For example:

I keep runnin after ’em.

I’ll find you! I scream.

They disappear into the red haze.

Lugh! I scream. Lugh! Come back!

My legs go out from unner me. I fall to my knees.

It wont take you long to read because you wont be able to put it down. There are nine sections but each one is broken down into many short sequences headed by a crow. The crow is a character in the book called Nero and “he does what he always does, which is perch on my shoulder an caw real loud, right in my ear, to tell me what he’s thinin.”

The writing is fast paced, there are a lot of surprises, it is a thriller and a love story.

If you need any further reason to check it out, let me just say that Ridley Scott‘s production company has bought up the film rights (although the project is only in the “in development” stage.) Ridley Scott is known for Blade Runner, Alien, and Black Hawk Down.

Enjoy this trailer…..

Operation Napoleon – by Arnaldur Indridason

This latest offering from popular Icelandic crime writer, Arnaldur Indridason, is certainly a fast-moving and very readable thriller. It involves a search for a missing German Junkers bomber which crash-landed on, then disappeared into the enormous Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland in 1945 during the last days of World War II. Upon its reappearance many years later it becomes the focus for top-secret and ruthless American military forces attempts to recover and remove it before its hidden secrets become public. For me, it was not the most impressive Indridason novel I’ve read, but there is certainly plenty of action for thriller lovers here.

Roslund and Hellstrom website

Have just discovered the informative website of the authors of “Three Seconds”. It appears this is their 5th book, but I have not previously come across their work. Obviously I will need to add some others to the collection for all our thriller readers.

Have a look at their website and let me know your opinion.

What next after the Stieg Larsson books?

If you have read and enjoyed “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series, you could well be interested in reading the exciting Swedish thriller, “Three Seconds”, by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, which won the prize for Best Crime Fiction novel in Sweden in 2009.

The website for the book is certainly impressive too.

The three YouTube trailers for it follow:


And here is another YouTube promotion video for it, where the authors give their own comments to promote it.

Give it a go! We have it in our library for you.