I got inspired by our recent book club themes to reunite the books that I’ve read the past few years by the tropes and concepts that are relevant to the genre. Hope you find this list useful!
SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME AND I’M COMPLETELY LOST AKA AMNESIA
I have to be honest with you here, this trope is my least favourite trope in all history of tropes and somehow all the contemporary thrillers overuse it. But there’s one book where I really appreciate that concept : The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It was done quite creatively. Evelyn Hardcastle attends a party throws for her gets suspiciously murdered. Aiden re-lives this day through the perspectives of the different guests to be able to save Evelyn.
THE LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY
My forever favourite is Le Mystère de La Chambre Jaune (Mystery of The Yellow Room) by Gaston Leroux, published in 1908. It is so intricate and detailed in every single way and still my favourite memory of Murder Mystery genre. But for a more contemporary read, I would suggest The Murder in The Crooked House by Soji Shimada, an author I’ve discovered during our book club moment 😉
LET’S GATHER AROUND THE ROOM
What’s the first book you think about when I say a bunch of people are stuck together somewhere on an island, or a train..? Yes Agatha Christie has definitely perfected this trope haha. From And Then There Were None to Murder on the Orient Express. But if you need a more varied suggestion, look for The Invisible Circle by Paul Halter!