It was a good first half of the year for Mysteries & Thrillers, including big names like
Jane Harper, and even
a former president. It was also a big six months in terms of variety. Spy thrillers, unreliable narrators, and detective novels are all in there--but you should also take a look at the list if you're searching for something a little different. Here are some of the books we chose for the
Best Mysteries & Thrillers of the Year So Far.
The Oracle Year: A Novel by Charles Soule - Amazon's Seira Wilson wrote of the book, "If you woke up with 108 predictions in your head, what would you do? Sell the information to the highest bidder? Give it away? An ordinary man named Will Dando answers this very question in the pages of The Oracle Year, the first novel from popular comic book author Charles Soule. When Dando anonymously posts a few predictions on a site he dubs The Oracle, it’s flooded with queries, all of them variations of three themes: “Will I get what I want? How can I get what I want? Why can’t I get what I want.” What a self-absorbed society we live in, and Soule’s novel prompts us to ask a few pointed questions about our own naval gazing and the lure of fate versus free will. As for Will Dando, his life is turned upside down by knowledge he didn’t ask for but can’t un-know and everyone, from everyday citizens to hellfire preachers, all the way up to the President of the United States, wants a piece of him. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Soule throws a curveball and that’s part of what makes his characters and storyline believable and provocative. Life is unpredictable, after all."