SEX is SO LAST YEAR – THRILLERS are back say the Amazon bestseller charts

Sex is so last year – or at least it is  according to Amazon’s annual list of bestselling books.

A year after the S&M-themed Fifty Shades  Of Grey by EL James licked and screamed it’s way up every best-seller list, book buyers have been seeking  different kinds of thrills.

In 2013 major hits on Amazon.com included The Cuckoo’s  Calling, a crime story JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and whose sales only soared after it was revealed that JK Rowling was the in fact the author.  John Grisham’s Sycamore Row was well received but perhaps only because of his famous name rather than the quality of the book.

Here are the bestseller lists, but what do readers really think?

TOP TEN ADULT BEST SELLERS 2013

1. Inferno: Dan Brown
2.  And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini
3.  The Cuckoo’s Calling: Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
4.  The Husband’s Secret: Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; Sheryl  Sandberg
6. The Hit: David  Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row: John  Grisham
8. Entwined with You: Sylvia  Day
9. Never Go Back: Lee  Child
10. The Storyteller: Jodi  Picoult

Do readers love these books or do they merely buy them due to the hype, the accessibility and the comforting sound of a name you know and once loved or at least heard ad nauseam about?

Clive Miller said, “The villain in Inferno was thoroughly anaemic and yet we were lead to believe he was really diabolical even if he looked like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.”

Tommy Shaw said, “Every Dan Brown plot is the same: choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.”

Emily Smyth said, “I’m sure there are numerous other novels of different titles over the last few  decades with the same formulaic pattern and banal quality of characters that  goes to make the modern ‘thriller’. The only 2013 moderately original ‘thriller’ was  Lauren Beukes, ‘The Shining Girls’.”

Alison Kendal, “You don’t need sex to sell!” or any literary talent judging by Dan Brown’s  efforts. A good publicist is all that is needed these days to become a best  seller.”

CJ in Oxford, “I just never understood the 50 Shades thing. Definitely seems a “frustrated  housewife” thing to me. For goodness’ sake, if you’re that interested, people,  stop reading about it and go have a bit of fun.”

As far as The Cukoo’s Calling goes, Meredith Pinnock said, “This tome was packed with boring, inconsequential trivia that did not help the plot at all, and the different accents, all painstakingly written out, became more than tedious.”

Even die hard Grisham fan’s felt pained by his latest effort, “Sorry, this was so far the Grisham’s poorest effort, and I have ever been his die-hard fan. Dull, boring, dragging for eternity, with a helluva legal and trial hotchpotch and tens of messy characters who grew in numbers with each new page turning… An absolute and inconsistent mess.”

Of course all of these books also received rave reviews, we could put it all down to a matter of taste, but then again we cannot discount the tide of brutal criticism from readers and fans?

Does cream really rise to the top?  A bad egg also floats to the surface you know.

If you are also in the camp that has the morbsville with dull, contrived plots, plastic predictable characters and wishy-washy dialogue give an up and coming Indie Author a try.

DARK SIDE CROSSING by CULE HINDER

Did you ever look in the mirror and wonder where it all went
wrong?

Emerson knows just where it all went wrong and the career he has
carved out as a restorer of Churches is symbolic of his desire to seek
redemption and a path back to the light side.

The author focus on three phases of Emerson’s life. His childhood growing up in a
gritty Northern Town where his love of literature, poetry and the finer things
in life mark him out as rather bourgeoisie for the gangs he finds himself hooked
up with, is poignantly told. Emerson is the type of character in life who tags
along on the periphery and always ends up slap bang in the centre of the fracas.
The author’s tone and use of the vernacular capture the era and the spirit of
boyish youth which will chime with many.

The second ‘lane’ is Emerson in his early adulthood as a student revolutionary with the Baader Meinhof
Group.

The ‘fast lane’ in terms of the thriller aspect of the story kicks off when a thirty something and more mellow Emerson returns to the town he grew up in and meets by chance an old flame of his, Chemey. Cupid seems to have hope
for Emerson and Chemey who make a promising start romance-wise; however a female detective friend of Chemey has immediate suspicions about Emerson and he retreats back to Kent. With his new romance seemingly doomed, Emerson sets about finding out what happened to his first love Diane. Diane seems to have disappeared and when Emerson finds a corpse hidden in the fireplace/cellar of Diane’s childhood home, he fears the worst. Emerson’s investigations into
Diane’s death lead him to discover a bizarre Christian sect with only a handful of elderly members and yet seemingly vast resources. How is this Christian cult linked with Diane’s death? Are they linked to a string more recent of murders in
England? What really happened when several hundred of the cult members ‘ascended’ a decade previously. What does Emerson’s old comrade and now MP know about it and will he tell? Emerson’s investigations lead him full circle: back
to Chemey and back to where it all began in that Lancashire town.

Completing the circle will bring him redemption; but will he live
to enjoy life with a clean conscience?

NEXT OF SIN by LISA GORDON

A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Two teenagers fooling about on a  camping holiday; a young woman marries surrounded by her loving family; an
idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm – the image of perfection and yet evil
lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in
the Mediterranean – what is the link?

The vital clue lies locked in away in a
memory – a memory that now wants to be remembered.

A desire to explain a
recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a horrifying discovery which
throws into question everything she thought she knew about her past, her family
and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the wrong side of the law in world
where the scales of justice are rigged in favour of her eminent and respectable
adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies from across the social strata
she digs into her past, knowing that it will change her future forever. Gaby’s
hunt for the truth will cost her everything; it may even cost her her life.

 

SCORPIO RISING by ALAN ANNAND

A criminal profiler investigates the killing of a New York City heiress and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

————

Criminal
profiler Axel Crowe investigates the killing of a New York heiress, and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

A finder of wayward people and stolen
possessions, the enigmatic Crowe profiles subjects in a distinctly unique manner
– using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

Facts
are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to say. And although the
truth behind this three-way conspiracy lies buried in the past, Crowe is
relentless until he uncovers it.

————

In the space of
one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a
dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team
leader of a government counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An
assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her
own pepper spray down her throat.

In all three cases, investigators
reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their
beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the
victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a
lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike…? The
police are stymied and the FBI is worried.

Axel Crowe, criminal
psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was
murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation.
Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a
finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling
from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using
astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

His
investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one
suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all
three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or
conspiracy?

Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used
to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless
until he uncovers it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW THRILLERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

NEXT of SIN

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