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Thriller Book Haul: July 2019

Really excited to share my first Thriller Book Haul…well, my first online at least. If you took a look at my home library, you’d know that this isn’t the first time I’ve purchased a bunch of great new-to-me thriller books to read.

My family and I recently went away to the ocean on summer vacation. While we spent a good deal of time on the beach and walking around the little town in Hampton Beach, I also talked them into a single day trip north to Portland, Maine. There were two reasons:

  • I was really looking forward to visiting the International Cryptozoology Museum and it did not disappoint! (I’ll do a separate post of our visit there.)
  • I love Portland and wanted to visit some bookstores and vintage shops.

On this Book Haul, I found five new-to-me books and/or authors. Do you tend to gravitate toward the same authors again and again? Sometimes that’s a treat, because you love their books and are never disappointed. Other times it’s fun to step outside your comfort zone and try some new writers’ work.

First up: three titles that I found at a local Goodwill store just outside of Hampton, NH. I had fun poking around the aisles while my husband and son visited a nearby fireworks store and salivated over the enormously huge fireworks there.

First Thriller Book in This Haul…

Part of July 2019 Thriller Book Haul
“No Turning Back,” by Tracy Buchanan

This was the first of the three I found at Goodwill, No Turning Back, by Tracy Buchanan. The storyline of this one intrigued me immediately: New mother, Anna Graves, has just returned to work as a radio announcer and is dealing with her ex-husband. When she’s attacked on the beach while walking with her infant daughter, Anna is terrified and fights off her attacker.

The autopsy of the boy, however, reveals some suspicious information…and Anna is contacted by someone claiming to be a serial killer…whose murders ended the same time that Anna’s father died, twenty years before. Is Anna the victim or a killer herself?

More Thriller Books in This Haul…

Next, I found two thrillers by V.C. Andrews. When I posted a picture (that I’ve subsequently deleted–sorry about that!) of these two titles, a lot of readers mentioned enjoying this author’s books in high school. I never read them then but am looking forward to soon…though it appears that both Dark Angel and Garden of Shadows are part of two different series (I think?!), so I may need to hold off until I get the earlier books so I’m not completely confused.

Have you read any V.C. Andrews books? If so, what are your thoughts on her style and the books themselves?

Last Two Thriller Books in This Haul…

Lastly, we visited a funky and full used book store called, Yes Books, which I loved. While there, I found this classic by Ann Rice, Servant of the Bones along with a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for months: Dracula, The Un-Dead, by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt.

I started reading, Ramses the Damned by Ann Rice weeks ago…but then got sidetracked by a few other books while partway through. I’m still planning to finish it though, and really enjoy Ann Rice’s writing style. Plus, we have the Christian-writing-horror thing in common.

Though Dracula, the Un-Dead didn’t get great reviews over on Goodreads, I’m not going to let that discourage me from reading it. I absolutely positively loved the original Dracula and if this sequel is even half as good I’m sure I’ll enjoy it as well.

The storyline for Dracula, the Un-Dead is this: in 1912, Quincey Harker (son of Jonathan and Mina) gives up his career in law to go into the theater. However, when Bram Stoker creates a troubled production of the real-life account of Dracula, Quincey finds himself drawn unwittingly into the production.

Quincey is forced to learn his parents awful secrets as the original heroes who defeated Dracula are stalked and begin to die.

Thoughts? Which of these would you pick up first? Which have you already read? Please let me know in the comments.

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Published by jpchoquette

I am an author and lover of Gothic books and movies. I enjoy reading, spending time in old cemeteries, visiting junk shops and drinking hot beverages...just not all at the same time.

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