Best of 2017: Crime & Thriller Books

by |December 27, 2017

Best of 2017 Crime & Thrillers

Crime fiction has dominated our fiction bestsellers right across the year with new releases from The Dry author Jane Harper, Michael Robotham, Paula Hawkins, Michael Connelly, and more dominating the shelves.

It’s the new Australian crime that’s been the most exciting, with Mark Brandi’s Wimmera taking out the Debut Dagger Award, and Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done delighting and frightening readers here and abroad.

We also couldn’t ignore David Lagercrantz, whose gripping novel, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, carries on the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and is absolutely brilliant.

This year’s winner is an author Booktopia has been proud to champion since her debut and is now an international sensation. This book has been touted by many as even better than her debut.

Read on for our shortlist of seven titles with one lucky winner. Be sure to subscribe to the Booktopian for more of this year’s best.


Crime & Thrillers: Winner


Force of Nature by Jane Harper. 9781743549094.Force of Nature
by Jane Harper

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with… Learn more.

Read reviews of Force of Nature from Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling and Kirsty Ward.


Crime & Thrillers: The Shortlist


Best of 2017 Crime & Thrillers

Best of 2017 Crime & Thrillers

The Shortlist: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, Wimmera by Mark Brandi, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham, Crimson Lake by Candice Fox.

Read staff reviews for The Dark Lake, See What I Have Done, and The Secrets She Keeps.

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Tanaya has been a lover of books for as long as she can remember. Now, her book collection is a little out of control, mostly consisting of YA fiction and pretty hardcovers. When she’s not reading, she spends a lot of her time taking photos of books for her bookstagram account, @prettypagesblog. She also has a love of Disneyland, bullet journaling and cats.

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