If you visit Amazon Charts, you will notice that there are descriptions beside the book titles: designations like "customer reviews," "unputdownable," "all ears," "most anticipated," and "highly quotable." Highly quotable, that last distinction, means that customers highlighted passages in a particular book more frequently than other books on the week's list. I have always enjoyed the feature on Kindle that shows popular highlights (which lines in a book were most frequently underlined by readers), so I thought it would be interesting to go back through 2019 to see what books in the mystery & thriller genre received the "highly quotable" distinction on Charts.
Here are the eleven mysteries & thrillers from Charts Most Read Fiction that were deemed highly quotable this year, along with one popular highlight from each book. I have tried to avoid any spoilers while still giving a sense of the story and/or language that characterizes each novel.
The Eighth Sister (Charles Jenkins Book 1) by Robert Dugoni
“We have reason to believe Putin verified the operation and activated a counteragent, what he refers to as an eighth sister.”
The Rescue (Ryan Decker Book 1) by Steven Konkoly
Deborah Payne, his lead operations coordinator, spoke without moving her eyes from the screen. “SPECTER reports no obvious movement in the house. All dark.”
Mission Critical (Gray Man Book 8) by Mark Greaney
All twelve men were sicarios of the Sinaloa cartel who lived and operated in Baltimore.
Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson
Catherine Grant had collapsed in the Oval Office and died at age forty-seven, leaving behind a husband, twin ten-year-old girls, and a stunned and grieving nation.
Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard Book 2) by Michael Connelly
He had always operated according to the axiom that everybody counts in this world or nobody counts.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
There was some sort of malfunction going on with how fast the earth was spinning. Decades went by as quick as years once did.
The 18th Abduction (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson
It was Slobodan Petrovic, a man seen in her night terror and, before that, in real life.
Redemption (Memory Man series 5) by David Baldacci
Something was about to happen. And you couldn’t ask more from life than that.
It by Stephen King
Their buckles made a jolly jingling as George Denbrough ran toward his strange death.
Quantum (Captain Chase Book 1) by Patricia Cornwell
Because the most treacherous enemy is the one you think you know and understand. The one you trust and love. The one whose darkness threatens your very light, the heart and soul of your very power, and you’re none the wiser. Your subjectivity, your bias has rendered you blind, deaf, and dumb. You see what you want to see instead of what’s there.
The Institute by Stephen King
He was only twelve, and understood that his experience of the world was limited, but one thing he was quite sure of: when someone said trust me, they were usually lying through their teeth.