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Top 5 Must Read thrillers.

Top 5 Must Read thrillers.


 Since I am an inspiring crime/thriller writer this is the genre I read the most. Don’t get me wrong, I read other genres but nothing beats a good suspenseful story where it keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next, who is the killer? Thrillers are page tuners. So here are my top 5 must read thrillers that I recommend to read if you are getting started in this genre or looking for your next read, either for on the beach or to relax with a glass of wine.


Killing me Softly by Nicci French


 Top 5 Must Read thrillers

This is one of my favourite books. I read this when I was 16 (long time ago) and a little too young to read a story with such themes of sex and violence. I keep going to it again and again, it inspired me to write thrillers in the first place. I describe this book with the three S’s; scary, suspenseful, and sexy. This heart-pounding thriller starts with one of the greatest opening lines I ever encountered


“He knew he was going to die”


Isn’t that a hook or what? It makes you wonder who’s going to die? Tell me! That’s the prologue, than the story jumps to Alice. She has seems to have everything; a comfortable, safe life, the loving, caring boyfriend, close friends, and a job as a research scientist. One morning, she locks eyes with a man so beautiful, he takes her breath away (it has romance in it.) She goes to work and forgets about him, until she goes out for her lunch break, and finds him standing on the pavement, waiting for her. Creepy right? She goes and has sex with him without knowing his name 0.o you might say hold on a second, how I’m going to relate this? You don’t have to. Driven by wild passion for Adam a mountaineer who was involved in a climbing disaster, she leaves everything behind and marries him without knowing anything about him. Stupid move but anyway.


That’s when things start to get spooky. Mysterious notes, phone calls, women knocking on her door claiming that she taken Adam away from them, so Alice goes to dig into his past and discovers disturbing secrets. The climbing disaster might have not been accidental at all. If you love steamy sex mixed with suspense this book is for you.


P.s The movie version of this book is horrendous does no justice to the book. Terrible.


The Collector by John Fowles


  Top 5 Must Read thrillers

  This book was a debut novel by John Fowles. One of his famous novels is “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” This is considered a classic among classics. I know some people roll their eyes when they hear those words but hear me out for a second. This book is mind blowing, chilling and creepy as AF.


   We have Fredrick an uneducated, unloved, and a collector of butterflies.    A beautiful, intelligent art student Miranda infuriates him. When he wins a large sum of money in the football pools, he quits his job, buys a remote house, and kidnaps her with a false hope that she will fall madly in love with him. The story is told through the captor’s point view and the victim’s point of view, that’s what makes it so brilliant.


   I recently watched a TV investigation show (research purposes) about two young men who kidnapped women, locked them in the cellar, raped and tortured and finally killed them. Cutting a long story short, when the police went to search the premises, in the cellar they found a copy of this book. As the investigation carried on the police found dozen bodies buried by the area of the house. One killer found the other was never caught. Scary Stuff.





Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


Top 5 Must Read thrillers

A must read thriller, the second of the series. “Red Dragon” was the first, this book tells a story of a Buffalo Bill a scary fucko who kidnaps and kills curvy women for their skin.  In silence of the Lambs we find Clarice, a trainee detective who is assigned to interview the brilliant but dangerous and now one of the most iconic villains Hannibal Lector, in an asylum. He is the one that can help in the case.


What makes this character so dangerous was that he was a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. Which makes everything much worse. Is it just me that found him charming? Read the book, no need to read the first one you’ll be fine.

Ps. The movie is also fantastic.








Misery by Stephen King.


Top 5 Must Read thrillers


More into the horror side of things but it’s also a thriller. Misery is about a famous historical romance author Paul. He is involved in car crash and saved by Annie Wilkes, his biggest fan. She is not just your average avid reader. She is his nurse, tending his shattered body, and his captor keeping him prisoner in her isolated home.


 When she finds out that, he killed off her favourite character Misery Chastain (he wanted to be known for books that are more serious.) Annie goes into angry fit. She burns the only copy he had of his unpublished manuscript and then forces him to bring Misery back to life by writing another novel she wants. This woman is just terrifying, definitely one of Stephen King’s best novels in my opinion.









And There Were None By Agatha Christie


Top 5 Must Read thrillers

Last and not least is the queen of mystery who got her ideas for her books whilst washing the dishes.  This is one of her most famous books, having sold 100 million copies, and is considered her masterpiece and it is. The story is so original a must read thriller.


We have 10 strangers summoned to a beautiful house in a private island in Devon by an erratic millionaire that never shows up. In their rooms, they all have a poem “Ten Little Indians” on the dinner table there are ten figurines. Those same ten people are accused of committing crimes in the past. One by one, they start to die according to the way the soldiers/Indians die in the poem. Every time someone dies; a figurine is removed from the dinner table until there were none.


   I love the simplicity in her writing no big fancy words, no 500-page novel with lots of back-story to cause confusion. It’s simple and to the point.


Happy reading and writing xx

Top five most overrated authors in fiction

Top 5: Overrated authors in fiction.

Overrated authors: Before I start off this list, I would like to add that I mean no disrespect to these authors. Their names seem to pop up in any given opportunity on Facebook groups, and other social media discussions, or articles.


 Over Rated Authors

James Patterson: His stories have short chapters that make a fast paced and an easy read. I’ve read the Honeymoon I thought it was great. I followed up with the Quickie, which I couldn’t finish, and You Been Warned which was Okay. I’m done reading his books for now, as they seem to follow the same pattern, but they sell like hot cakes, even though he doesn’t write his own books but contributes to them.






Overrated Authors

Nicholas Sparks: I’ve read the Notebook and The Choice and they bored me to death. When I finished the Notebook, I threw the book across the room. (I don’t have the tendency of throwing books mind you) Than I read The Choice because it came highly recommended. It was as if I was reading the same book. All of his books follow the same plot line, characters, and settings.









Overrated Author

 J.K Rowling: You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of her. I love Harry Potter and I love her Detective Cormoran Strike crime novels that she writes under the pen name of Robert Galbraith even more. I love her imagination. Not the first author to write about wizards, but she invented this new world with one of the most beloved characters and the most feared villain. She is to be respected for what she achieved, and I admire her for that but she is everywhere.











overrated author

Stephen King: I’ve only read On Writing since it’s a must have in every writer’s tool box, and Christine which has to be one of his underrated works when compared to Carrie or The Shining. I started listening to the audiobook version of Misery. He is a brilliant story teller, one of my favorite authors but does his name has to come up all the time?





overrated author
E.L James. The writer of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon I don’t get why people go nuts over this book/movie. I have endless battles with my friend who is crazy about them. He thinks it’s romantic, I tell him Mr. Grey should get a restraining order! This series invented a whole new level of creepy. How this comes across as good erotica, BDMS, or good writing is beyond me. This is the woman who wrote one of the most hilarious lines in literary works.


“My inner goddess jumps up and down with cheer-leading pom-poms”


Do you have an overrated author who I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below.


Happy Writing xxx

What’s a pantser?


What is a pantser? Who are the famous pantser authors?


What is a pantser? Who are the famous panster authors? A panster is a writer who doesn’t plot when writing their novels, I wrote a blog post about outlines, link over here: basic-outlines-methods I have tried both methods to experiment; I wrote my thriller novel by outlining, where wrote a basic summary of how the story will progress, including the ending. I didn’t write a ridiculous 100 page outline, that’s half my book maybe I’m lazy and want to get started right away. My outline was a modest 2 pages.

The thing that annoyed me was, that if I got a new idea, I had to add it to my outline. Some say it prevents the famous writers block. I still got writers block, but it wasn’t because I couldn’t write, but because I didn’t know how to write court scenes in my novel. I wanted those scenes to be real as possible so I had to do my research by watching movies, Google, and asking around.

What is a pantser?


I wrote the rest of pile of manuscripts that are gathering dust by pantsing. When I started writing, which was sixteen years ago I didn’t know what an outline was. This method is making stuff as you along. I don’t believe this though, because the story is already plotted in your head, it’s just not put on to pen and paper. The downside to this is the possibility that you leave something out.









One of the most famous pansters are Stephen King this what he had to say about plotting;


What is a pantser?




“Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters’ theses.”





Another famous Panster is Margret Atwood, she wrote the dystopian masterpiece “The Handmaids Tale.”


What is a pantser?


“When I’m writing a novel, what comes first is an image, scene, or voice. Something fairly small. Sometimes that seed is contained in a poem I’ve already written. The structure or design gets worked out in the course of the writing. I couldn’t write the other way round, with structure first. It would be too much like paint-by-numbers.”




There is no right or wrong. Jenna Moreci a sci/fi self-published author of Eve Awakening and you tuber swears by plotting and encourages writers to outline every inch of their lives. I think writers especially those who are just getting started, should see what works for them.


Keep in mind not of all readers are writers and the book goes in so many revisions before it’s published (this applies for self-published authors too) that not even writers would tell how the first draft was made. I would never have guessed that Margaret Atwood nor Stephen King pants their books. Its a matter of growing as a writer.


Happy Writing xx