Christopher Greyson The Girl Who Lived

Last updated date: June 18, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0

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We looked at the top 1 Thriller Novels and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Good Reads, Kirkus Reviews, Christopher Greyson, Fantastic Fiction, Bookmyopia, Readers' Favorite, Liezels Book Blog and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Thriller Novel you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Christopher Greyson Christopher Greyson The Girl Who Lived placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Thriller Novel for a detailed review of all the top thriller novels.

Expert Summarized Score
7.8
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,201 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Sharp characters enmeshed in a mystery that, particularly in its final lap, is a gleefully dizzy ride.
- Kirkus Reviews
November 20, 2017 | Full review
A story with twists and turns that take the reader to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.
- Christopher Greyson
June 19, 2018 | Full review
Gold Medal Winner for Best Mystery/Thriller ebook of the Year -- 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards
- Fantastic Fiction
It was pretty well-plotted murder-mystery, with enough smokescreen and red-herrings for you to be invested in… And even if you guess the WHO in the whodunit early on (like I did), the WHY is still enough for you to keep flipping the pages.
- Bookmyopia
November 18, 2017 | Full review
It feels good to read a book that lives up to the promise of its cover, the accuracy of the genre in which one finds it, and delivers what the jacket blurb describes. The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson does all that.
- Readers' Favorite
What experts didn't like
I would have liked it if the support groups and therapy sessions were shown in better light.
- Bookmyopia
November 18, 2017 | Full review
I think one character was unnecessary and once you read it you’ll understand or maybe you won’t. Some of the issues were glossed over and I really hope that readers who think books are “real” don’t take some of them by heart.
- Liezels Book Blog

From The Manufacturer

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor's guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister's killer—only to discover that she's the one being hunted. How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone's a suspect—including herself? From the mind of Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson comes a story with twists and turns that take the reader to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. Not since Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has a psychological thriller kept readers so addicted—and guessing right until the last page. "Christopher Greyson has created a thriller on par with The Girl on the Train, only with more suspects, more danger, and more agony for the young heroine." — Killer Nashville "The plot turns come fast and furious... Sharp characters enmeshed in a mystery that, particularly in its final lap, is a gleefully dizzy ride." — Kirkus Reviews "Greyson is a master of weaving suspense and keeping the reader guessing..." — NetGalley Review Christopher Greyson's novels have been read by over a million readers and counting. Look for other standalone novels by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author. These books can be read in any order:

Overall Product Rankings

1. Robert Dugoni My Sister’s Grave
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Robert Bryndza The Girl In the Ice
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Mike Omer A Killer’s Mind
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Michael Connelly The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Dustin Stevens The Boat Man
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
6. L.T. Vargus Dead End Girl
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Allen Eskens The Life We Bury
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Jeff Carson Foreign Deceit
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Christopher Greyson The Girl Who Lived
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Michael Crichton A Case of Need
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Thriller Novels

  • The thriller genre includes a wide range of subgenres, so it’s important to consider the type of thriller you like. Robert Dugoni’s “My Sister’s Grave” is a combination mystery, police procedural and legal thriller, with a strong emphasis on the crime and legal elements. Robert Bryndza’s “The Girl In the Ice” isn’t the right fit for police procedural lovers. It’s more of a suspenseful thriller, following a detective as she attempts to track down a serial killer. With Mike Omer’s “A Killer’s Mind,” you get another chase after a serial killer, with a mystery element that will catch even the most seasoned reader off guard. If you’re familiar with Michael Connelly’s Bosch series, you likely already know he writes mystery thrillers with a strong emphasis on the characters.
  • The goal of any thriller reader is to find a book they can’t quite put down. Robert Dugoni’s “My Sister’s Grave” is one of those books. You’ll get smooth writing that pulls you in from the start. Even though the book does feature some flashbacks, they don’t overwhelm the story. Robert Dugoni, a New York Times bestselling author, introduces us to Tracy Crosswhite, a homicide detective with the Seattle Police Department, who is motivated to track down serial killers due to her sister’s disappearance 20 years prior.
  • Robert Bryndza’s “The Girl In the Ice” features not only an attention-grabbing title and cover, but it also hooks you from page one. You’ll enter the world of Erika Foster, a detective who lost her husband during her last investigation. She’s on the trail of a serial killer possibly responsible for a series of murders in London. There are a few clichés, but you’ll probably be too caught up in the compelling storyline to notice.
  • With Mike Omer’s “A Killer’s Mind,” you get a plot full of twists as it follows Zoe Bentley, a forensic psychologist chasing down a serial killer. Three women have been found embalmed and posed and Zoe has to track down the culprit before he tracks her down.
  • The name Harry Bosch is no stranger to thriller fans, and Michael Connelly’s “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” introduces readers to the 19th book in the series. In this book, Bosch is hired to find the former lover of a dying reclusive billionaire. This book comes across as fresh, even though it’s part of a long-running series.
  • When a thriller fails, it’s often because it simply isn’t “thrilling” enough. That has a great deal to do with pacing. Robert Bryndza’s “The Girl In the Ice” features a relentless pace that keeps you turning the pages. Mike Omer’s “A Killer’s Mind” maintains a steady pace throughout, tossing in some humor where necessary to ease the tension. With Robert Dugoni’s “My Sister’s Grave,” the pace can tend to lag at various points. Be prepared to be patient at first, as the pace gradually builds, drawing you in more slowly than with other thrillers.
  • When it comes down to it, though, the most memorable books are those with characters you truly love. This is no more evident than with the success of the Harry Bosch series, which showcases a hero who is fearless but still very likable. In Robert Dugoni’s “My Sister’s Grave,” Tracy Crosswhite is a well-developed lead, and the secondary characters jump off the page as well. However, the antagonist is a bit one-dimensional, which takes away from the story. On the other hand, Mike Omer’s “A Killer’s Mind” excels with its bad guys, painting them as truly human, which adds to the believability of the plot.
  • Although you don’t want any spoilers, it is helpful to know if an ending is worth the hours you’re about to put into reading a book. You’ll find Robert Dugoni’s “My Sister’s Grave” has a very satisfying conclusion, as does Robert Bryndza’s “The Girl In the Ice.”

DYWM Fun Fact

Thrillers have a long history, dating all the way back to Homer’s “Odyssey,” which features a protagonist overcoming numerous obstacles to find his way home. You’ll also see thriller elements in fairy tales like “Little Red Robin Hood,” which has a young girl dealing with a stalker in the form of a “big, bad wolf.” Although contemporary experts often consider Alfred Hitchcock the master of thrillers, today’s authors often look to books like Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity” and Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” for inspiration. The popularity of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” created a new trend of twist-filled mystery-thrillers with unreliable protagonists, many written by women.

The Thriller Novel Buying Guide

There’s nothing like a thriller that pulls you in from the start and won’t let you go. But finding that book you just can’t put down can be difficult, especially with the unlimited number of books available today. It can help to start with a New York Times bestseller, but even those can be hit or miss.

Before you choose a thriller novel, it can help to narrow down exactly the type of book that interests you. Do you prefer a book that goes in-depth into police work, or do you like a story told from the criminal’s perspective? There are crime thrillers, disaster thrillers, legal thrillers, medical thrillers, spy thrillers and more. As you begin to narrow the list of subgenres you enjoy most, the list of books to add to your to-read pile will shrink considerably.

Then there are the known names. Authors like Michael Connelly have become fan favorites due to their consistent delivery of compelling stories. Readers know exactly what they’re getting when they pick up a favorite author’s book, and unless the author lets them down, they’ll stay loyal. It also helps when an author’s books land a movie or TV deal, further helping readers know exactly what to expect.

But as with any genre of fiction, it’s all about the writing itself. It’s especially important for thriller novels to maintain a fast pace, prompting readers to turn the page to see what happens next. Many of today’s thrillers also pack in plenty of twists, thanks to the large group of readers who like to try to solve a mystery. But as valuable as those twists are, it won’t help if the reader is left disappointed at the end, so the payoff of those twists is essential.

In many cases, though, it all comes down to characters. If you look back at some of your favorite novels, chances are you think of the characters first. The ability to make the fictional people in a story jump off the page is what makes some authors more successful than others. When you’re reading book reviews, pay close attention to mention of characters since you’ll likely toss the book in the trash if they’re too unredeemable.