I haven't read any thrillers--it's one of the most popular fiction genres, but it never seemed like these were books for me. But, since becoming an adult, I've started enjoying Law & Order, mystery books, and some thrillers on film, at the same time that I started reading more pop fiction, so I figured it is past time to give them a go.
Also, in my efforts to understand appeal, I think it is smarter to focus on a genre rather than jumping around as I've been doing. I was going to try to make up a Thriller 101 list, but I also found the Thriller & Suspense Challenge 2010 for some communal motivation. It requires reading 12 thrillers in 2010. Here are the sources I've compiled to get book suggestions for where to start.
- Wake County Public Library's list of recommended suspenseful thrillers
- Huffington Post's "State of the Crime Novel" asks critics to list the best veteran and up-and-coming crime novelists
- Library Journal's list of Best Thrillers of 2009
- The Reader's Advisor Blog "Under the Radar: Best Thrillers of 2009"
Seems like Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor and Michael Connelly's The Scarecrow are on almost all these lists.