Have you heard about The Great American Read on PBS? It’s aimed at finding—you guessed it—the great American read out of a list of 100 titles voted for by readers across the country.
Here are just 8 of the best mysteries and thrillers on the list—but if you want even more, we’ve got a list of 9 more fantastic reads on The Great American Read list.
Susie Salmon is not your average teen girl. For starters, she's dead. And in her own version of heaven, which is a lot like her school's playground. In Alice Sebold's heartbreakingly lovely novel, Susie recounts the horrible events that led to her murder, as she watches over her family as they carry on with their lives, and follows the case as they search for her killer.
A mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.
A supernatural thriller about faith, The Shack is the story of a murdered girl and her grieving father. Four years after Mack's daughter, Missy, was murdered, a note claiming to be from God arrives, inviting Mack back to the shack where the murder possibly took place. What Mack finds at the shack will test his beliefs and change everything he knows about the world and his place in it.
The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. It is a spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England.
Daphne du Maurier
A newlywed realizes how large a shadow her husband's late wife will cast over their lives—presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Nine-year-old Swan’s visions tell of a coming malevolent force. It’s a shape-shifting embodiment of the apocalypse, and of all that is evil and despairing. And it’s hell-bent on destroying the last hope of goodness and purity in the world. Swan is that hope. Now, she must fight not only for her own survival but for that of all mankind.
A prayerful pastor and a skeptical reporter compare notes and find themselves fighting a plot to subjugate the human race. A gripping look into the invisible spiritual warfare around us and the power of prayer.
Travis has been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation...