Netflix and Read: You

If you’ve been paying attention to the Netflix world these past few months, you might have heard of a little show called You starring Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, and Shay Mitchell. What you might not have realized (because I didn’t until after the fact) is that it is based off of the novel You by Caroline Kepnes. The novel is available to check out as a digital copy or as a physical copy; follow the link to reserve your spot!

What appears to be a chance meeting for Guinevere Beck in Brooklyn has actually been carefully orchestrated by East Village bookstore owner Joe Goldberg, who had Googled the name on her credit card when she visited his shop. Beck’s social media profiles are all public and tells Joe everything he needs to know without doing much besides scrolling through her posts. Joe begins obsessively taking over Beck’s life by choreographing event after event to make Beck fall into his waiting arms over and over again, and wedging himself so deeply into her life that he becomes her boyfriend. There is no limit to what Joe will do to remove any obstacle standing in his and Beck’s way, even if it means murder.

Reminiscent of Humbert Humbert of Lolita, You will have you darkly rooting for Joe while also being kind of terrified by how easy it is to stalk people (or be stalked!) in today’s world, where lots of your information is readily available with a simple Google search. The Netflix show is equally creepy, if not more so because Joe’s actions are placed directly in front of your eyeballs.

Psychological thriller fans (and anyone who uses social media) will love being creeped out by this duology by Caroline Kepnes. Be sure to look for the second book, Hidden Bodies, which continues Joe’s story.

Happy Reading (and Watching)!

Thriller/Suspense Fiction

Thriller/Suspense Fiction is a genre of fiction that causes the reader to have several overwhelming feelings of anxiety, suspense, and excitement. While you’re reading this genre, you’ll be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails the whole way through the book. Thriller/Suspense Fiction is often riddled with plot twists and cliffhangers, and it often overlaps with other genres, such as Mystery, Crime/Detective, and Horror Fiction. The Aurora Public Library District has tons of Thriller/Suspense Fiction on its shelves and also in digital format as downloads from the Indiana Digital Download Center.


If you’re looking for a Psychological Thriller, then Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Tana French are some great authors to start with. Psychological Thrillers play tricks with your mind as you read them; you might think you know how a story is going to end up, but the author will throw you through a loop right at the end. If you’re wanting to read a more Political or Spy Thriller, then some great authors to start with are Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, and John le CarrĂ©.


Lee Child is known for his complex writing with flawed protagonist Jack Reacher. His novels are often violent, but filled with every ounce of suspense that you could hope for. Start with Killing Floor.


Lisa Gardner writes fast-paced novels with realistic and natural characters. Her novels are often richly detailed with accurate forensic details and descriptions. Start with The Perfect Husband.


Jeffery Deaver is also known for his twisting plots and fast-paced writing, as well as his strong, believable characters. He also explores the antagonist’s (or the bad guy’s) side of the story. Start with The Bone Collector.


Mary Higgins Clark is considered to be the “benchmark” of the Thriller/Suspense genre. She writes fast-paced fiction, typically about women and children, but without the vulgarity that usually accompanies a Suspense novel. Start with The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories.


Stuart Woods captivates his readers immediately with complex twists and non-stop action. While his books are often political or legal, readers will enjoy the fast pacing and quick dialogue as they breathlessly turn the pages. Start with Under the Lake.


Tami Hoag is another Thriller/Suspense writer whose novels typically feature women in danger. Readers will get the perspectives of both the protagonist and the antagonist of the story, as well violence and an edgy atmosphere. Start with Ashes to Ashes.


Other notable Thriller/Suspense writers include James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown, Ruth Rendell, and Jo Nesbo. Do you have a favorite Thriller/Suspense writer? Maybe you know someone new that you think we should have on our shelves. Stop in and let us know!

Happy Reading!