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Seven Thrillers To Read This Monsoon

Sheena Joseph | Jul 03 2019
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Monsoon is a blessing for bookworms. They don’t have to make up excuses to friends for cancelling plans and not wanting to dress up. You can always say it is raining and snuggle up under the blanket with a book. Put on a kettle to brew coffee and you have got a perfect rainy day. But you can do better than perfect if you pick up a book that is full of mystery or horror. Thrillers have a way of pairing well with cold and gloom of monsoon. But if you are new to the genre and absolutely clueless about picking up a good book, we have got you covered. Here are the seven thrillers to read on a rainy day.

1. The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

If you are not afraid of getting into the mind of an alcoholic woman, ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a perfect choice. The novel was on the number one spot in The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list for 13 consecutive weeks. The novel sold over one million copies in less than two months of its release. 

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The plot begins with the narratives of three different women. Rachel takes the train to work every day, and she watches her old home from the train. Her ex-husband lives there with his new family. She also watches a couple she doesn’t know. She is fond of them as Rachel see her could-have-been life in them. One day, the woman she admires goes missing, and Rachel needs answers.

Author Paula Hawkins has successfully painted a grim and realistic picture of an alcoholic woman who has hit rock bottom in her life. Yet readers are rooting for Rachel to recall her memories and find who killed Megan.

2. The Haunting Of Hill House By Shirley Jackson

It is considered to be one of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century. This gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson is known for the terror it invokes in the reader. Like many ghost stories seen in the popular culture, a bunch of characters moves into a mysterious mansion in the hills and start experiencing events that they cannot explain. 

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Readers might be conflicted in deciding whether Eleanor Vance, one of the main characters is simply mentally ill or she is possessed. However, this gripping tale will scare you and empathise with the characters. The Wall Street Journal wrote that the book is "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written.”

3. 1Q84 By Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami is known for writing long narratives with complex storylines. ‘1Q84’ is no different. The novel guarantees to keep you awake and on your toes. The main character Aomame is an assassin who targets men who abuse women. On a seemingly normal day she carries out her assignment in a hotel room, and when she steps out to the street, she finds herself in an alternate reality. And if that is not enough, another character is introduced with his own alternate reality. They both are in search of getting back to where they came from. But, if it is any solace, their worlds intertwine. It is one of the best books for a rainy day.

4. And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie is known for her 66 detective novels. 'And Then There Were None' is her best selling novel which has sold over 100 million copies to date. Christie herself described the book as the most difficult one to write. The mystery novel features eight people who have no relation to each other arriving in an isolated island off the Devon coast of England. And every one of them is killed by the end of the plot. Agatha Christie has done an excellent job in hiding the killer from the readers till the last moment. If you are looking for a book that you will be compelled to read in one go, 'And Then There Were None' is your answer.

5. The Other Half Lives By Sophie Hannah

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'The Other Half Lives' put Sophie Hannah as one of the unmissable of the thriller genre. Sunday Times wrote that the novel is "a masterclass in plotting, with twist after twist". The story is about two people whose past catches up to them right when they have settled into a new life. The plot maintains the suspense and mystery until the end. The protagonist Ruth Bussey is rebuilding her life with the love of her life Aidan Seed. He confides in her one day saying that he once killed someone named Mary Trelease. But Ruth is confused because the Mary Trelease she knows is very much alive.

6. Tell Me Your Dreams By Sidney Sheldon

Who wouldn’t love to get into the mind of a woman who has not one but three personalities? Sidney Sheldon is known for his suspense thrillers. He is one of the best selling fiction writers of all time. Sheldon admired the feminine mind. No wonder that he was successful in portraying a fractured female psyche with all its intricacies.

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‘Tell Me Your Dreams’ follows the story of Ashley Patterson, an introverted workaholic who has two alternate personalities Toni Prescott, an outgoing singer and Alette Peters, a calm artist. The novel follows a string of murders committed by Toni. But she is hard to find because Ashley is the one investigators see.

7. The Weight Of Blood By Laura McHugh

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Laura McHugh's debut novel has a small town, mountains, missing women, murder, and secrets that tie them all together. You will get two parallel stories set two decades apart in this thriller that would make a perfect read on a rainy day. ‘The Weight Of Blood’ is a clever narration that will keep you on your toes. Rural poverty and small-town weirdness are also major themes in the novel. Enchanting landscapes of Ozark mountains in Missouri alone will make the book worthwhile. If you are a fan of ‘Outlander’ by  Diana Gabaldon or ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, you will enjoy Laura McHugh’s ‘The Weight of Blood’ too.