Throw a thriller at me any time, especially one by CJ Tudor

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Throw a thriller at me any time, especially one by CJ Tudor

In just a few years, the author looks set to knock master-of-suspense Stephen King off his perch

Sunday Times Book Editor

I always feel guilty when I toss a book — actually, throw one with force across the room so it’s far away from me. Like many other people (I hope), I do this because I hate the ending. The last book I remember flinging with burning anger was Gone Girl, but now I appreciate and understand why Gillian Flynn ended it that way. 

We have different expectations from different genres. Thrillers need a good, twisty ending. Not guessing the killer/motive is such a pleasure. Unreliable narrators, red herrings, sinister acts and unexpected deaths are crucial. Throw in a bit of horror or a touch of the supernatural for sheer creepiness and I’m a happy camper. 

Normally, if I can’t figure things out, I put my trust in the author. Thriller writers need to be diabolically clever, more than just capable, extremely sneaky, manipulative and have readers’ best interests at heart. If I know the author and love what they have written before, then I am satisfied the time reading their book will be well spent. I like thrillers to be tied up neatly, but with enough room for some conjecture. ..

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