Last month, in honor of June Thriller Month, we had 3 prize draws. Thanks to everyone who took the time to mail in and answer our questions. Congratulations to all the winners, and we hope everyone’s answers (see below) will help you pick out your next favorite book. :-)
Win a FREE copy of Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King: Paula Imans
Q: In the original version of Misery, what material was to be used for the cover of the book Paul Sheldon has to write?.
A: Paul Sheldon’s skin. Annie originally wanted to sacrifice her pig Misery, and use the pig’s skin for the book, but by the end of the store the pig is still alive… and Paul Sheldon is nowhere to be seen!
This was the ending of the short story that was never published, but that became the Misery we all know and love (or fear). A really tricky question for the true King adept. :-)
Win a Pile of Thrillers: Alex Hoogendoorn, Saskia de Korte, Saartje Kuijs & Mandy Fischer
Q: What is your favorite thriller (or thriller series) and why?
“What is my favorite thriller (series)? That will be all the thrillers by Nicci French, but especially the Frieda Klein thriller series. Why? Those beautifully written stories with the well-known three or so plot-twists at the end who literally, every effin time, make my jaw drop, looking like a complete fool, those stories made me wanna be a psychologist in the future. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’m definitely going to be one, but every writer needs stuff to write about. They ought to be intelligent, wise, philosophical. That’s what I wanna be, WHO I wanna be.”
“I’ve never read a thriller in my life! I’d like to win these books, because it’s healthy to leave your comfort zone now and then.”
“I don’t know if you would classify the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon as a thriller series, but I experienced them as thrillers. I read them one after the other up through the seventh book and only stopped because I had lots of books on my shelves that I hadn’t read, yet. Maybe I’m waiting until there are a few in a row to read one after another – the way I like them!”
“I read my favourite thriller series while I was studying abroad in Rome. My dad had sent me a package of books and included the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Funnily, they didn’t grab my attention at first and it took me quite a while to get through the first few chapters. My father’s encouraging words: “It will pick up speed”, “It’s just a bit of essential information you need for the rest of the book” and “Believe me, you’ll love it” helped me to not lay it down and never pick it up again.
And he was so very right. I loved it! I spent days in class not being able to concentrate, trying to figure out what had happened to Harriet and asking my Swedish friends (I went to an international school) to help me pronounce the names of people and places. Within the span of two weeks I read all three books. Sitting in front of the Pantheon, on benches in little squares shadowed by trees and on the edges of fountains that not many tourists visited.
When I finished the books I called my dad and asked him if this amazing writer had written any more books and was saddened to find that Stieg Larsson had died in 2004. Now all that is left is to read those three books many more times and to watch the extended Swedish filmversion of Män som hatar kvinnor, Flickan som lekte med elden and Luftslottet som sprängdes.”
“My favourite crime thriller series are the Lily Pascale books by Scarlett Thomas. There are three of them: Dead Clever; In Your Face; Seaside.
I love them because they combine the British tweeness and comfort of Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie with genuine scares and gore, a cracking good mystery, a reluctant and obsessive heroine, exceptional writing, and unexpected twists and turns.”
“My favorite thriller book series are the Pendergast novels by Preston & Child. I really like the personalities (especially Pendergast and secretly his insane brother too), the interesting subjects and the ghoulish setting. I can’t put these books down when I start them!”
Ebooks available for Frieda Klein 1, Outlander 1, and Millennium Trilogy 1 (and further parts in all these series, too, but generally people start at the beginning!).
Win a SIGNED copy of After the Silence by Jake Woodhouse: Em Angevaare, Mandy Fisher and Enny Muin
Q: What crime fiction book are you reading right now?
“I’m currently reading Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths (for the second time), although I must say I prefer the earlier books in the series.”
“Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.”
“Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy. Cozy crime FTW!”
“At the moment I am reading Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes.”
“The crime fiction book I’m reading right now is Undone by Karin Slaughter. I’ve been re-reading all of her books before I’ll start the new ones.”
“The Anonymous Venetian by Donna Leon. Took me 20 years to get around to the Guido Brunetti series; glad I finally did.”
Ebooks available for Dying Fall, Gone Girl, and Mr. Mercedes.