Dear Librarian: Thrillers, sci-fi for audiobook fans
I only get audiobooks, so that can be quite limiting as to what’s available. I prefer teen, young adult and adult fiction, especially adventure, classic, horror, mysteries, science fiction and suspense/thrillers. For nonfiction, I enjoy cookbooks, art, gardening, hobbies and crafts. My recent favorite authors are Henning Mankell, Michael Koryta, Ransom Riggs, Nele Neuhaus, Blake Crouch, Terry Pratchett and Orson Scott Card. I don’t like the writing style of David Baldacci or Clive Cussler.
Here are some suggestions for you with descriptions gathered from reading review websites and publishers’ descriptions.
Laura Lippman’s “And When She Was Good” is the powerfully gripping, intensely emotional story of a suburban madam, a convicted murderer whose sentence is about to be overturned and the child they will both do anything to keep.
The main character’s life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl and must save a strange, underworld kingdom from destruction in Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere.”
“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is the first book in a trilogy by Stieg Larsson. A journalist and hacker try to figure out what happened to a young member of a wealthy Swedish family who disappeared decades ago.
Paralyzed by a bullet in her spine, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen must investigate murders at a hotel where she and others are trapped by a blizzard in “1222” by Anne Holt, another Scandinavian mystery.
“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater is part of a series about boys at a private school. A girl with powers to see the soon-to-be-dead falls for a boy who seems doomed to die.
In Harlan Coben’s “The Innocent,” a man tries to break up a fight and ends up a killer. After his release from prison, people begin turning up dead. The man and his pregnant wife are forced to act outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.
In a world with no disease or death, two teens are chosen to apprentice as people who kill to keep the population under control. Neither wants to take on the role in Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe.”
Most of a family is wiped out, except for a boy who suffered multiple stab wounds. Desperate for information, a detective resorts to hypnotism in an attempt to elicit information from the boy — unleashing a terrifying series of events in “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler.
A police officer whose job is to investigate other cops learns there’s more to dirty cop Jamie Breck than anyone imagined in “The Complaints” by Ian Rankin.
— Evelyn Lorence, on-call children’s/reference librarian
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