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Suspense-Thriller Challenge

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2009

J.Kaye is hosting this one – and although I feel stupid joining yet another challenge after admitting I’m already in over my head… I decided to do this because I have a towering stack of books in this genre which have sat on my TBR shelf for years. This seems like a good way for me to make a dent in the stacks. The challenge rules are to read a total of 12 different sub-categories in the suspense-thriller genre (J. Kaye gives a huge list of these sub-categories on the challenge blog). I have two whole years to read 12 books. Piece of cake, right?


Books Read

(with date completed, rating and link to review)

  1. The Secret Scroll, by Ronald CutlerReligious Thriller (Completed March 16, 2008; rated 2/5; read my review)
  2. The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef PenneyHistorical Thriller (Completed April 5, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  3. Takeover, by Lisa BlackCrime Thriller (Completed June 8, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  4. Down River, by John HartPsychological Thriller (Completed June 29, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  5. The Map Thief, by Heather TerrellConspiracy Thriller (Completed August 9, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  6. The Brass Verdict, by Michael ConnellyLegal Thriller (Completed October 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  7. Breathing Out the Ghost, by Kirk CurnuttNoir Thriller (Completed January 11, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  8. Bleeding Heart Square, by Andrew TaylorMurder Mystery/Whodunnit (Completed March 11, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  9. Christine Falls, by Benjamin BlackLiterary Thriller (Completed May 6, 2009, rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  10. In the Woods, by Tana FrenchPolice Procedural Thriller (Completed May 22, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  11. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate SummerscaleTrue Crime Thriller (Completed June 7, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  12. Malice, by Lisa JacksonErotic Thriller (Completed June 8, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 19, 2008    

    It’s absolutely hopeless, isn’t it? Don’t feel bad because I am the same way. I promise myself – no more ARCs, don’t buy anymore books, don’t sign up for more challenges.
    All in vain. I just ordered a book from BookMooch and bought two new books today. LOL.
    So don’t feel bad – as long as you’re having fun!
    =) Jill

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 22, 2008    

    I’m over my head too!!!!! But I kinda like it….Of course I’m adding books to my TBR pile from your list. Its never ending isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 22, 2008    

    Oh it is definitely hopeless 🙂 But I’m having fun even though I’m completely over my head *laughs* And I’m in good company, so I am just enjoying the ride!

  4. March 16, 2008    

    Good for you! I looked at this, but the sub categories freaked me out. I like those types of books, but maybe not all the sub categories, and once I get a series, I like to go with it for a while.
    Princess of Burundi would be, maybe, police procedural. Was that a category? I reviewed it last year, if you are interested.

    Is Q for Quarry true crime? I thought the Sue Grafton series was fiction. Just wonderin’.

  5. March 16, 2008    

    The challenge host doesn’t list police procedurals…but, maybe it falls under one of the other categories.

    I believe most of Grafton’s novels are fiction – but this one says on the back cover it is a story based on a true case and she is hoping that reconstructions of what the victim looked like (at the end of the book) might help trigger an ID on the victim. So I thought it fit with the true crime slot…

  6. March 16, 2008    

    Is it bad to join challenges because you like the button? 🙂 Suspense/Thriller is a genre I gladly steer clear of! Have fun.

  7. March 16, 2008    

    LOL Trish – I’ve been known to join challenges just for the button! I can only read from this genre when my husband is home…otherwise I scare the heck out of myself.

  8. 3m 3m
    March 17, 2008    

    Congrats on completing the PUB challenge–that was fast! I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t comment on that post.

    Anyway, I hope you continue to post your ’08 reviews on the pub challenge site.

  9. March 17, 2008    

    Thanks, Michelle – I think I forgot to turn on the comments for the PUB challenge! I’m not used to having to do that 🙂

    I will go ahead an continue to post reviews for the 2008 reviews on the challenge site – I guess I might as well continue logging them onto the challenge post here too!

  10. March 18, 2008    

    I read Whiteout by Ken Follett recently. It was pretty good.

  11. March 19, 2008    

    Twiga: I like Follett’s books, so I’m anticipating I’ll enjoy that one.

  12. July 3, 2008    

    You’ve got some great titles in your list here. I can see more than a few of them making their way onto my TBR pile this summer. (Just what I need… more books!) If you’re looking for a really good terrorist thriller to add to the mix, Death in Small Doses by Bernard Steele is turning out to be an excellent read. I’m about 3/4 of the way through and having a hard time putting it down to actually get some work done!

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