#BestBooksof2018 Day 5: Best dark/thriller/suspense Blogmas

Hi dear friends!


Today is the fifth day already in our #BestBooksof2018 and the topic is: dark and/or thirller and/or suspense.


As a teenager and young adult I used to read lots of thrillers or suspense as my dad loved that genre! Being broke as a student I often picked my reads on his shelves hence reading lots of crime, spy, thrillers etc. No romance for daddy LOL

Now my main “genre” is romance but as you may know *or not* romance is wide! It can go from YA/NA/Adult, Contemporary/PNR/historical/fantasy/scifi etc etc.

The book I am featuring today has some romantic aspect in it but romance is certainly not the main focus! Its main focus is rather suspense/horror. Gasp! Horror? You Sophie? Yes yes Laura *she is an absolute fan of horror right alongside Norie 😀 *

So my winner of the day is





Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

This book has what you can really call an “atmosphere”. It is creepy, weird and reading it was like walking in a forest at night with a deep fog surrounding you. You know you would be alert and imagine every sound to be a monster lurking in the shadows.

Well that’s how I felt reading the book!

When you read the synopsis below you already get a taste of the spookiness of this book!

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.


You want to uncover the mystery and then you pray to ward off the evil that is being unleashed! Creepy and suspenseful!

Now it’s your turn! What is your favorite dark/thriller/suspense book read in 2018?

Thanks for reading!


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29 Replies to “#BestBooksof2018 Day 5: Best dark/thriller/suspense Blogmas”

  1. Thrillers are always a bit hit and miss with me and for a few years I haven’t read any. But I’ve been buying some this year, read a few good ones and hope to read more next year!

  2. I haven’t read this yet but it’s on my TBR list! I’m glad it’s one of your favorite read! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll get to read it Raven!

  3. OMG, I am sooooo soooo glad you picked this one! I have it waiting to be read. It will be my next read in three more books and I can’t wait to read it! I am excited for this one!

    My Day 5 – https://stackingmybookshelves.blogspot.com/2018/12/day-5-blogmas-best-thriller.html?showComment=1544051018415#c2839961836297668633

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      And I can’t wait to read your review Mary!

  4. Not a big reader of thriller or suspense. That said, two of the Sawkill girls interest me. Maybe I’ve discovered a new genre to read! Will go investigate, maybe I can get my writing partner to buddy read with me… Thanks Sophie! ❤️❤️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are most welcome Dani!!

  5. LOL honestly romance would have been awkward for your dad probably. Better to go with thrillers and suspense! 😉 I’ve heard so much about the Sawkill Girls but never read it myself. I don’t think I read a thriller this year yet? Maybe I have, but it’s not memorable – they were definitely a few that I didn’t like at all.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahahaha yes Sophia the romance would have been weird for my dad!

  6. Ahh I’m all for a good atmosphere in books 🙂 I’m glad to hear you loved that one so much, I’ve heard great things about it from everyone so far 😀
    Lovely post!! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Marie!

  7. Haven’t read this one but you’ve sold me. Books that are mysterious, thrilling and have the perfect moody setting are a rarity but I don’t have to worry since you’ve such a good recommendation 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thanks for the praise Fanna!

  8. I need to get my hands on this book. Maybe I will buy it for myself for Christmas. That’s allowed, right? Thank for sharing!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      yes yes that is totally allowed Alicia 😉

  9. Oh it definitely sounds creepy! Great choice, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It really is unique Trisy!

  10. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I’m usually not a fan of thriller but lately I’ve been thinking to try one. Thanks for sharing Sophie, adding it to my TBR!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are most welcome Carolina!

  11. I read a lot of suspense when I was younger too, my dad had a ton of Clive Cussler and I devoured those but they also had a bit of romantic elements so I had fun with them.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I loved Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt from the NUMA agency Lydia!

  12. I haven’t read this one yet, but I am more interested in it now that you enjoyed it so much. I have enjoyed the author’s other novels, so I am pretty excited. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are so welcome!

  13. I have not read this book. I actually didn’t have too many books to choose from for today’s topic, because I am more of light and fluffy reader, but I do love Legrande.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      She is a fantastic writer Sam!

  14. Ooo yes I definitely want to read this one! So great to hear you liked this atmospheric read so much.. great that you picked this one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Inge!

  15. Lovely post! I’m so excited to read this one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you will love it Aurora!

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