Monday, December 1, 2014

Best Domestic Suspense/Thrillers of 2014

At the beginning of 2014, I made a goal of reading only books I know I want to read.  I wanted to find books I loved or books I hated but avoid reading so many mediocre books.  My original goal was to avoid reviews, but obviously I didn't stick with that.  I did, however, let me reading tastes have their way with me.  I always read pretty diversely, but dark domestic fiction has become a particular love of mine.  So I've got a fairly hefty dose of that in this year's Best Thrillers of 2014.

To be fair, this is actually a 2013 read that was so late in the year that it was after my Best Thriller List posted.  It's an excellent example of deeply dark domestic suspense that has all my favorite elements of family secrets and twisted dynamics.

While I don't think the audio quality was enough to land these on my favorite audiobooks list, the suspense, particularly in A Good Marriage, rate it a spot here.  Both kept me on the edge of my seat.  They're each on the graphic side, with lots of violence (including sexual violence).  If you're a fan of good revenge stories, check these out.  They can both be found in King's collection Full Dark No Stars.

In addition to domestic suspense, I added Japanese horror/suspense to my oeuvre this year.  Kanae Minato has a whole selection of books, but this is the only one translated into English, so far.  I have high hopes for future translations because this story was gripping, terrifying, and fabulous.

This is the closest to what I'd consider a genuine crime thriller.  I've always liked Chelsea Cain and was excited to give her new series a try.  It was as much fun as I hoped it would be and definitely lived up to the hype.

I'm still anxiously waiting for someone, anyone to read this book and discuss it with me.  If you're looking for sympathetic or likable characters, this book is not for you.  Pretty much everyone in it is horrible, and it just becomes more and more twisted as you move through it.  Not the fastest pace, but deeply disturbing in a thrilling way.

Another one with a somewhat slower pace, this one involves a narrator who is either losing her mind or being gaslighted.  I love a good unreliable narrator story.

Megan Abbot is a must-read author for me.  Anything she releases, I'll pick up as soon as I can get my hands on it.  This one is a story of a sickness that overtakes high school girls in a small town.  Whether it's related to contaminated water, prescription medication, vaccinations, or mass hysteria is a mystery.

More creepy teenage girls!  Like Meg Abbott, Laura Kasischke is an author I have to read.  She's great at dark suspense, I can get chills just thinking about this one.  A mother and her adopted daughter are trapped alone at home during a Christmas snowstorm and the mother is becoming increasingly sure that something evil is with them in the house.


  1. I'm so bookmarking the list, because I'm in love with dark domestic fiction too, and I haven't read any of these yet! Awesome list :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  2. I already have all of these on my to-read-list for 2015 based off your earlier recommendations! I will discuss the Koch book with you once I've read it. Maybe I'll make that the first one for 2015. I love unsympathetic characters. They have the best storylines. :)

  3. I have to get through this list, I have a few already on my TBR pile. I recommend R.J. Hogarth, his book From Dust to DNA is a great read. is the book site. I better get off here and get to reading!