Top Ten Tuesday: “easy read” mystery & thriller books for your summer holiday


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a “summer freebie” meaning you could create your own list all around summer. So, for this week, I thought I would do a list of easy reads to take on holiday with you.

I’m not one to take “easy reads” only holiday, I just taken what I want to read at the time (I read Helter Skelter on holiday one year and Misery on another) but I know some people like to read books that won’t stress them out while they’re basking in the sun. If you’re one of those people, and you like mysteries and thrillers, this list is for you!

(This is in no particular order)

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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (5 stars) – while this is a complex mystery thriller, I still think it would be the perfect holiday read. You can totally lose yourself in this book, it’s enthralling. If you’re planning on spending a whole day round the pool, this is definitely the book to pick up, your day will fly by in excitement!

Arrowood by Laura McHugh (4 stars) – this is a gothic mystery novel full of family secrets. While it’s not the cleverest of plots, it’s definitely entertaining and can also be a little bit creepy at times.

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie (4 stars) – if you’re on a busy holiday, this one would be a great one to get your teeth into. This one doesn’t give up its secrets all at once, so there are several reveals throughout meaning you can read it one day and be shocked and satisfied to know something, and then pick it up again the next day and have the exact same feeling.

Pain Killer by N. J. Fountain (4 stars) – thinking about it, this one might be a little “deep” for a holiday read but it’s super-fast paced and twisty! If you’re looking for an exciting and shocking book for your holiday, this is definitely one I would recommend.

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (4 stars) – when is there a better time to get into your new favourite police procedural? Never. The great thing about police procedurals is that they’re kind of throwaway thrillers (in my opinion), so this one really takes no brain power to get through, perfect for your relaxed holiday head.


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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (4 stars) – this novel is non-stop action. If you’re wanting a read that’s going to take you on a wild ride from start to finish, this is perfect. The plot is easy to follow and the characters are enjoyable. It’s a no brainer with this one.

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (4 stars) – another police procedural to bring into the mix. This one is different because it’s also quite funny, so you’ve got that comedy aspect in their to brighten your mood, as well as feeling excited about the progression of the missing persons case.

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land (5 stars) – this is one of my favourite reads from last year. This isn’t particularly twisty, but it is shocking and exciting. If you’re into darker reads, like myself, this is a great mystery thriller to take on holiday with you.

Younger by Suzanne Munshower (4 stars) – this is probably the easiest and silliest thriller on the list. I loved this book because of how dramatic it was. It hasn’t got the best ratings, but if you’re looking to veg out with something that doesn’t require much though, this is the one.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (4 stars) – everyone and their mother has read this book by now, but if you’re one of the few who haven’t, definitely pick this up for a holiday! It’s filled with all kinds of shocks and twists, you’ll completely lose yourself in the story. If you’re looking to zone out and relax, this would be a great book to choose.

There we have it, these are my easy read mystery & thriller recommendations for your holiday this year!

Have you read any of these books and agree with me, that these are good holiday reads? I’d love to know!

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16 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: “easy read” mystery & thriller books for your summer holiday”

  1. I’m actually shocked I’ve read only two titles (The Girl In The Ice and All The Missing Girls) on this list, especially since it’s one of my favorite genres… Looks like I’ll have to step up my game! Good to hear you enjoyed Good Me, Bad Me; I have that one high on my list. Happy reading!

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