The Top 3 Thrillers That Have Disappointed Me

Hey, bookworms! For today’s blog post I thought it would be fun to bitch about some of my most disappointing thriller reads! I’m going to discuss three different books that I either heard amazing things from or saw good reviews about, that didn’t live up to the hype for me! I’m going to section each book’s complaints into 2 categories: Characters and Plot! Let’s get started!

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I had this book on my TBR for literally a year and a half, and unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations! My Lovely Wife is a story about a husband and wife who, on the outside, live a middle-class, basic life with their two teenage kids! When you dive into this couple’s relationship, however, you find that they’re both more sinister than expected. They decide to mimic a serial killer who used to live in their town to throw off the scent; the husband finds their victim and the wife does the murdering. While this sounds interesting… I have a few thoughts lol 😂

My Lovely Wife : Downing, Samantha: Books

Characters – I was severely disappointed with the character development and personalities of our main characters. The husband (who remains nameless), also the only point of view we receive, was a pretty dull character who couldn’t seem to make his own decisions. He kept changing his mind a lot about who their victims should be, and he constantly walked on eggshells around his wife which was pretty pathetic. I also wasn’t a huge fan of his wife, Millicent. She was very precise with her choices and seemed to restrict their children a lot (ie., they aren’t allowed to have sugar often). She was always very vague when describing things to her husband about their murder plans, which was annoying as a reader because I would have liked to have known where what, and how she was doing things to their victims earlier on in the book.

Plot – As for the actual story, like I just mentioned above, there weren’t many details given about what Millicent was doing and where she was bringing their victims until the very end. We were in the point of view of the husband the entire time that it was disappointing to not dive into the brain of his twisted wife to see why she treats their victims the way she does. I also wasn’t very scared or shocked by anything going on in the story, so it fell flat for me at a 3/5 star rating.


The Girls are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

This was a book I just so happened to come across in a free little library, and I noticed it was new so I picked it up! I used to be such a huge fan of the Pretty Little Liars series, so I thought this would be a more mature, scary version of that. In this book we follow a woman named Ambrosia who has received an invitation to go back to her college for a reunion 10 years later. She hesitates to go and doesn’t want to bring her husband because of all the secrets her and her ex-best friend, Sully, have together. Throughout the story its revealed exactly what went down at their college 10 years ago, and why she regrets going back.

The Girls Are All So Nice Here | Book by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | Official  Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster Canada

Characters – The three main characters in this book are Ambrosia, Sully, and Flora. Ambrosia was such an unlikable character, and while I know this author tends to write unlikeable characters, she was just too much for me. She was constantly influenced by Sully 10 years ago, and for some reason, even at the reunion she feels influenced by Sully and wants to impress her. Sully is altogether a horrible person; she’s meant to be the main bully throughout this story, but Ambrosia aspires to be just like her: strong-willed, confident, and gets all the guys she wants. Flora, on the other hand, was such a lovely character to me and her storyline was quite sad. Ambrosia and Sully bullied her and left her out so much and overall I just felt like this book was too young for me, even though it’s an adult thriller.

Plot – While I definitely didn’t expect all of the twists and turns in this book, the situations that occurred were either caused by Ambrosia to impress Sully, or to impress/steal a guy from another girl. It definitely scares me to think that women are truly like this in real life! Ambrosia and Flora definitely had some sort of friendship in the book, but it was disappointing that she would pretend to not like Flora in front of Sully only because Flora was “too nice”. The messed-up things that happened to Flora were essential to the story, and the mean girls definitely got what was coming for them, even 10 years later! So once again, I felt like this thriller was too young for me. I’d recommend anyone from the ages of 16-21 who enjoyed PLL read this! Once again, I rated this a 3/5 star.


The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

While I really enjoyed Alex Michaelides’ debut novel, The Silent Patient, The Maidens didn’t hold up for me! This story is about a therapist named Mariana who receives a phone call from her niece, Zoe, saying that her friend was murdered on campus. Obviously she decides to visit Zoe to make sure she’s okay, and her niece tells her she suspects a professor by the name of Edward Fosca. This information intrigues and worries Mariana, so she decides to stay on campus and investigate as much as she can to help get justice for Zoe’s friend. As things progress, Mariana learns about a group of girls who are in a society run by Fosca and she worries for their safety, but the police are not concerned.


Characters – One thing I will say I enjoyed about this book was getting to know Mariana as a character and the psychological aspect of her thoughts, asking different suspects questions, etc. I definitely wish we got more in-depth information about each of The Maidens, and about Zoe, but unfortunately, this story stuck to primarily Mariana’s point of view. I also wasn’t very convinced from the very beginning that Fosca was guilty, just because the murderer isn’t typically your first guess!

Plot – Once again, I found it odd that this book is titled “The Maidens” because while we learn that Fosca runs a society full of young women called The Maidens, we don’t learn much else. It just simply seems that these girls are in the society because they’re obsessed with Fosca and his good looks, but that doesn’t really interest me, or have much to do with the story. I will say there is a plot twist at the end that makes The Maidens make a little bit more sense, but regardless it seemed like this story was more so about Mariana’s journey to solve the case. While I did enjoy the ominous setting around campus at times, I also didn’t get the dark academia vibe that Michaelides was going for! I believe I rated this book 3.5/5 stars, but only because his writing is easy to follow and I enjoyed Mariana as a character!

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So, there are my top three thrillers that disappointed me, and why! I will leave a photo below showing the spectrum of which one disappointed me the least to the most! Comment down below if these books disappointed you at all! Thank you so much for reading and I hope y’all have a wonderfully bookish day! ❤

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