The Top 6 Summer Mystery-Thriller Reads For College Students
Start writing a post
Books Lit

The Top 6 Summer Mystery-Thriller Reads For College Students

Some people would say they're all the same, but really, there are so many different stories to be told!

2798
The Top 6 Summer Mystery-Thriller Reads For College Students

Boredom can run rampant during the summertime for college students, which makes it easy to fall into the trap of sleeping all day and watching Netflix all night, or being so busy with work that you feel that you have no time to yourself. I know I don't get a lot of time during the school year to read for pleasure, so I try and read as much as possible during the summer! But don't worry, you can find all these novels as audiobooks to listen to as you're driving, working, or relaxing poolside.

Bottom line — if you're looking to change up your routine and you enjoy mysteries and detective stories, you're in luck! Here are my six favorite detective novels I've read this summer.

1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

Wow. I had heard of this book and picked it up on a whim and I loved it! I was so shocked, even after reading tons of murder mysteries and books of the same nature. This book is also a movie starring Ben Affleck. Read the summary of this book here.

2. "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty

This is possibly my new favorite book. I didn't realize that it was going to be a mystery story, but I found out as I listened, and this book satisfied my need for drama, romance, reality, and crime all in one! The way Liane Moriarty structures this book (and some of her others) is to start with vague details about the end of the story and lead up to the reveal by inserting "interviews" with other characters about what has happened to lead up to the crime that was committed. This book has also been adapted into an HBO series. Read the summary of this book here.

3. "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold

I won't lie, this book is very graphically written at the beginning, but don't let that scare you off. This story is about a girl speaking from beyond the grave, and her family's search to find her murderer. This book has a unique perspective in that we get to see the point of view of the murder victim, instead of a detective or a family member. Read the summary of this book here.

4. "Into The Water" by Paula Hawkins

This was an interesting one. It's rather dark, and the mystery aspect is more surrounding the circumstances of the book than the murder that occurs in it. There is much to be said about Paula Hawkins' use of symbolism in this thriller. Read the summary of this book here.

5. "Truly Madly Guilty" by Liane Moriarty

Another one of Liane Moriarty's books, this one reads like a trashy beach read, but is so exciting and mind-boggling. You'll think you know what happened and then you find out that you're totally wrong! Read the summary of this book here.

6. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly

This is one of many books in the murder mystery genre by Michael Connelly. This particular book is in the series of Harry Bosch novels. You don't necessarily have to read them in order, so don't be daunted by the 20 book series. This one was one of the first I read and I got hooked on Bosch novels, and Michael Connelly's work in general. Read the summary of this book here.

So if you're bored this summer, pick up a mystery/thriller! It will be worth your time. (P.S. many libraries have digital collections where you can find hundreds of e-books and audiobooks and download them to your phone, tablet, or Kindle. Mine uses Overdrive, but other apps exist. Check it out with your local library to save costs!)

Note: As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

20 Traditional Hispanic Recipes To Feast On In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month

... in case you needed another excuse to eat empanadas and churros.

20586
20 Traditional Hispanic Recipes To Feast On In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month

Like many of my wanderlust-ridden friends and family, I'll travel anywhere for the promise of good food. I once went to Thailand in pursuit of traditional massaman curry and Spain for authentic patatas bravas — neither of which let me down.

What usually ends up being the biggest letdown is coming home to miss the traditional, local cuisine. It may not have quite the same ambiance, but trying to cook authentic dishes at home can increase appreciation for the craft and culture behind them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Google Images

Launched by Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad in 2014, My Stealthy Freedom is a commendable campaign that shows women going against the strict hijab restrictions in Iran. This movement has recently gained a lot of momentum on their Facebook page and is currently even gaining support from tourists in Iran. Ms. Alinejad shares photos of men in hijabs and women inside Iran who have taken part in a moment of 'stealthy freedom' by removing their hijabs to the outside world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Sinning in Las Vegas

Be careful what you do and post

1863

Going to Las Vegas for the weekend is practically a sacramental right of passage in college. It’s so crucial to our early adulthood development that Snapchat even made a filter that says “Vegas for the Weekend.” Damn Snapchat, you really do get it. 

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

10 Reasons Coffee Is The Best In Honor Of National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to remember why it's so amazing?

1935
10 Reasons Coffee Is The Best In Honor Of National Coffee Day
https://www.pexels.com/photo/six-white-ceramic-mugs-1251175/

National Coffee Day falls on September 29, a fact that I don't think I'll ever forget, even though I didn't even know it was a "holiday" until just recently. Maybe that's because my love for coffee is still a recent development, or maybe I just don't keep up enough with the times, but either way, I can't think of any better time to recount why we all probably love it so much.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Hispanic Heritage Month

A lil history and a few thoughts.

4501
Dianeliz Gonzalez

Hispanic Heritage month is here, and we are ready to celebrate!

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments