Top Ten Tuesday: books I wish had more excitement in them


This week, we got to choose what we wanted books to have more or less of. I have chosen excitement. What I mean by this, is, books that were advertised as being exciting, thrilling, shocking etc, but weren’t!

This, I guess, is kind of like a “disappointment” list, but I don’t read books with things like “kissing” or “dragons” in them so couldn’t use those type of things for this week’s list.


1. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – ugggh, this book totally sucked in comparison to Swanson’s last hit novel, The Kind Worth Killing! All the secrets were given away at the start of the novel, so the rest of the story played out exactly how you knew it would… that’s not a mystery!

2. The Secret by Katerina Diamond – Diamond let me down with this one. The Teacher was pretty good, a bit silly and over the top, but fun and exciting to read, this, on the other hand, was cringe worthy. The plot was all over the place and none of it got me even a little bit excited.

3. The Hummingbird’s Cage by Tamara Dietrich – this sounded like it was going to be a fast paced novel about an abused wife escaping the clutches of her evil husband, but it had much more meaning than that, and so, in the end, fell short at being exciting and thrilling. This is a pretty unknown novel, which I still think is worth reading, but don’t take it to be a thriller if you do.

4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – I’m sorry that I talk about this so much but I hated this book! I was so up for reading something that everyone was really enjoying and saying was fantastically creepy and shocking but this turned out to be the most cliché, predictable and silly novel I’ve read in years!

5. Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – this isn’t a bad book, it’s just not everything it could have been. With a really intriguing and unique plot, I was hoping this was going to blow me out of the water but smack bang in the middle of the novel we got our “twist” which was executed pretty poorly and damaged the rest of the novel, making it very a lot less exciting than it should have been.

6. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton – another novel I absolutely hated, and still seethe when I see it being advertised. This is not a mystery or a thriller. This is the story of the aftermath of a kidnapping and its different effects on various people. Nothing about this book was exciting, it was much more a slow family drama than anything else.

7. The Lake House by Kate Morton – probably the most exciting on this list, but still nowhere near as exciting as I’d hoped. What ruined this book was how cheesy it was. All the (predictable) shocks at the end had me creasing, it couldn’t have ended anymore sickly sweet if it had tried. Other than the ending, the rest of the novel was pretty thrilling and fun to read.

8. Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel – this book even has an exciting title, so how the hell did this end up as such a mediocre read? Another novel that ended up being completely family drama and nothing as exciting as the title may imply. PLUS this might have one of the worst plot twist motives of all time.

9. Apartment 255 by Bunty Avieson – another book that seems pretty unknown, when, really, there are a lot of things out there that are worse but are getting attention, but I digress. I actually enjoyed this novel quite a lot but I found it a bit far fetched and a lot less shocking and thrilling than it seems to be advertising.

10. The Good Neighbor by A J Banner – certainly one of the worst reads of last year. This was so over-the-top ridiculous and had a really terrible plot twist, I wasn’t expecting great things but I was expecting way more than what I got.

So, have I been a little harsh this week? Probably, but these reads had so much potential to be really exciting novels but completely fell flat on their face when it came to the thrilling department. Do you guys disagree with any of these?

Credit to: The Broke and The Bookish

3 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: books I wish had more excitement in them”

  1. It definitely makes me want to throw a book at the wall whenever it fails to deliver what it promised… There’s usually a lot of great potential, too, which only makes it worse. I suppose once you read all the good ones it’s hard to be surprised anymore.

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