365 Challenge: Day 245 – Thriller/Suspense (LIST: Fiction Genres )

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Thriller / Suspense: broad genre of literature characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of fear, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety


Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I will pick a favorite book genre and discuss all the reasons why I love it. In our third week, it’s all about books in the suspense and thriller genre. It runs the range from psychological to horror, serial killers to a slow and steady burn that pounces in the end. Let’s chat about why I adore this genre:

  • My life is calm and easy-going; reading about something opposite is always fun
  • I have no issues with hearing about or seeing blood and gore (not sure about reality… not been there, thank you!) in books, TV or film
  • They are always highly creative and imaginative
  • I am not easily scared, so I love the fear factor
  • When it’s psychological, I can really analyze the who/what/when/where/why
  • When a novel has me gripping the pages or the device, almost yelling about what’s about to happen, it is GOOD
  • Sometimes, and this is evil to say (please don’t judge), revenge scenarios in books are pretty cool. Although I try to ignore when anyone does something to hurt/harm me, picturing the person who harmed me as the person being killed in the book helps make it a little easier. (See… I am honest on here!)
  • It’s exciting to feel tension that you know you can put down when finished rather than live in reality afterwards
  • Sometimes it has elements of paranormal, science-fiction or fantasy, which make it just a bit more scary and interesting wondering “could this really happen?”

What are my favorite reads in the last few years?

P.S. These are just a few that I have reviews for, but they are not my only or my all-time faves. I do love Dan Brown, Steig Larson, Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King.

P.P.S. I read & reviewed 3 thriller / suspense novels last month; they are worth checking out and will appear as Author Alerts:  Cleaving Souls, The Author and Search for Maylee

What’s next on my list in this genre?

These are the 3 I’ve committed to reading before 12/31/17

How about you? Any favorites or recommendations? Do you not like this genre? Time to share!


Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.


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29 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 245 – Thriller/Suspense (LIST: Fiction Genres )

    Meher Gandhi said:
    November 12, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    I love Dan Brown’s books, too! Angels And Demons and Inferno are my favourites. Origin is still on my TBR list but, I hope to read it soon!

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    AJ said:
    November 12, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    This is one genre I will never explore!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 1:39 PM

      Haha. One day!!!!!

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        AJ said:
        November 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM

        Nope I’ve read Dan Brown the DaVinci code, but I’m a complete wimp when it comes to psychological thrillers!

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    November 12, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    So many books on here I’ve been planning to read for ages, but haven’t got round to- especially You and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Also, since you asked, I really like Gone Girl, Engleby and Ice Twins from this genre 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 2:19 PM

      Gone Girl is on my list. I’m not familiar with the other two. I will look them up. Thanks!

      Dragon Tattoo hits all my fave spots, as it’s family drama, genealogy and publishing, besides all the other thriller stuff. You was simply amazing in the POV and way the narrator talks. I fell in love with the psycho and wanted him to kill people (that’s the premise of the book, so I’m not spoiling anything!)

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    mistysbookspace said:
    November 12, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    I haven’t read any of he ones you mentioned but You is on my TBR for this month.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    November 12, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    This genre terrifies me! Seriously, I can read all the blood and gore in fantasy, even horror but thriller/suspense will give me nightmares. I think it’s because it can be so real. I’ve read some that cut really close to home and have had to stop reading. I only read maybe 2/3 of these a year out of the maybe 200 books I read so they aren’t a big part of my reading at all.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 3:48 PM

      Your reasons make sense. I can understand. It’s funny how we can read horror in one genre but not in other. That’s like me with some areas — as long as it’s just a little bit but not too far into the genre.


    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    November 12, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    I’ve read some awesome reviews for Lie To Me! I can’t wait to read yours too, it’s on my TBR 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM

      Probably a mid-December review. What’s more exciting and awesome is the upcoming AUTHOR ALERT on you — DIDI OVIATT – on 11/17… stay tuned everyone!!!

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    abbywd said:
    November 12, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    I loved the Marriage Pact! I hope someone options it for a movie. I am reading Lie To Me right now and I’m enjoying it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 8:20 PM

      They did for marriage pact. I heard it was optioned!!!

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        abbywd said:
        November 12, 2017 at 9:17 PM

        So exciting! Thanks for sharing!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 12, 2017 at 9:37 PM

        I haven’t heard any casting news yet. Have you read “You” by Caroline Kepnes. That will be a TV Series and it’s an amazing book.


        abbywd said:
        November 13, 2017 at 2:08 PM

        I will have to put that one on my TBR. I’ve heard that it’s really creepy! Thanks for the recommendation.

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    Cozynookbks said:
    November 12, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    I’m about done with one I’m reading now called Summit Lake. It is SO good so far. I’m loving the buildup and wondering how it’s all going to turn out in the end.
    I don’t like blood and gore. And I don’t do supernatural stuff in any form to tell you the truth. Nevertheless, I’ve read some truly excellent suspense novels. One of my favorite genres for sure.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 9:35 PM

      I do like books about lakes where bad stuff happens! 🙂 I look forward to reading your review.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    November 12, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Origin was very thought provoking. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    November 13, 2017 at 4:38 AM

    i love a good thriller. i do not like horror, but i love the suspense and the psychological aspect and it’s just so much fun reading those books. “you” was one of my favorites this year 🙂

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    hitam11 said:
    December 5, 2017 at 6:25 AM


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