The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of January

Chris Schluep on January 18, 2017

B1It has been cold in Seattle. East Coast cold. The upside is that 1. there's snow on the mountains, and 2. it's great reading weather.

Here are some of our favorite mysteries & thrillers of January:


The Girl Before by JP Delaney - Girls sell books. So what's the story with this one? Jane finds the rental opportunity of a lifetime when she gets a great deal on a minimalist house, only to find that something bad happened there before. Lee Child calls it “dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense."


The Dry by Jane Harper - This book made our overall top ten. Amazon's Penny Mann had this to say: "Federal Agent, Aaron Faulk, returns to his hometown in Australia to mourn, and inevitably investigate, his best friend's apparent suicide. What comes next is a series of twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way until the end. I repeatedly found myself shocked and pulled in by Harper's fast paced and engrossing writing."


Human Acts by Han Kang - Han Kang is an author to pay attention to. Her debut novel The Vegetarian, which was published last year, went on to win the Man Booker Prize. This new novel is composed of interconnected chapters featuring a series of characters related to a young boy, Dong-ho, who was killed in a South Korean student uprising. While it's not a mystery in the familiar sense, it's a compellingly different kind of mystery. Amazon's Al Woodworth calls write that the book is "as poetic as it is disturbing, profound as it is intimate, brave as it is brilliant."


The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian - Here's a story about a mother with a sleep walking problem. One night, while her husband is out of town, she disappears. Her daughters fear the worst, and clues seem to point toward their mother's death, but a detective stays on the case. As the mystery spirals, many more questions will be asked before the question behind the sleepwalker's disappearance is answered.


=>> See all of our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of January.


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