Amazon: 2014 Best Books of the Year: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

I wonder, after checking the Amazon list with the Best Books of 2014: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense here, whether I know anything about this subject. And the answer is that I know nothing about it. 
I’ve only read one but I didn’t like it. I have about three, or maybe four, on my wish list and I don’t know if some day I’ll get there to read them. Probably I’m a freak.


16 thoughts on “Amazon: 2014 Best Books of the Year: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

  1. If you are then me too Jose Ignacio – the only one of them I’ve tried to read is Tom Rob Smith’s The Farm and it was so dreadful I left it unfinished on the bus. Of the rest there are only two I’d like to read and one I’d read if a copy falls across my path. I wonder if that list is based on Amazon sales or customer ratings or a combination?

    1. Thanks for your comment Bernadette. I understand this list refers only to Amazon US. Somewhere it’s called editor’s pick whatever that means. It’s curious to note that some books have 200 or below customer reviews while others have over 3000. It seems to me there is no criteria at all.

  2. Isn’t it too soon to say what the best are? – there’s still books being published. It’s a ridiculous list, it reads like one chosen by a committee and a sales computer – ‘oh we’d better have one of the big-hitters here, and a woman, and a spy thriller.’ It has nothing to do with actual readers and their enthusiasms.

    1. It’s definitely too soon, Moira. There’s no question about that. And I fully agree it has nothing to do with actual readers and their enthusiasm.

  3. José ignacio – I think I must be a very strange person too. I just don’t see where they get those titles from! Certainly they lists don’t make sense to me…

  4. I felt the same way. The only ones I’m much interested in there are the French, the Harris and the Nesbo — although, of course, there may be gems there of which I’m simply ignorant.

    But there’s one truly astonishing omission that persuades me the list was indeed drawn up by a committee or sales-tracking computer: Joel Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, which came out in translation here in (according to Amazon’s own listing, cuz I just checked) April 2014.

  5. If it’s any consolation – I’ve only read two on this list – loved the Louise Penny, found the I Am Pilgrim OK-ish (but not my style of book). I have my eye on about 2-3 of the others on the list and no wish at all to read the remaining. Life is too short to follow a list slavishly!

  6. Oh I’m in the dark as well. Read a couple and interested in a couple more but like you am doubting the veracity of an ‘Amazon editor’s’ opinion, and there’s more books being published…

  7. Jose Ignacio: I have read three of them – Louise Penny, Terry Hayes and Robert Harris. I thought each was a good book. Will any reach Bill’s Best of Fiction in 2014? It is too early to tell. My list will be released at the end of December.

    1. Thanks for your comment Bill. Probably the Robert Harris and the Louse Penny are the two books I’m more interested in, together with the Tana French. The Terry Hayes was the only one I read and it wasn’t my cup of tea.

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