We all have our likes and dislikes in books, be it themes, settings, or tropes. Recently, I’ve caught myself rolling my eyes at cliche phrases that appear in a lot of blurbs for mystery thriller books. I never, ever pick these books up because I find the synopses infuriating!
Here are a few examples of what I’ve been avoiding recently…
“How far would you go to save… [your child / your family / yourself]”
“But [insert name of detective] has a secret/traumatic past that they’re trying to escape. Can they catch the killer before their secrets are revealed and threaten to destroy everything?”
“What if [insert family / friend relation] wasn’t who you thought they were?”
So there we have it, those are the types of book I’ve found myself avoiding recently. I tend to find the main culprits of these cliche blurbs comes from Bookouture… although I have read a few books of theirs in this past, including some of the Erika Foster series, which I’ve featured above!
What cliche phrases do you hate seeing in blurbs?