Editor: James Patterson
Contributors: Ted Bell, Raelynn Hillhouse, Gregg Hurwitz, Alex Kava , J.A. Konrath, John Lescroart , David Liss, Eric Van Lustbader, Dennis Lynds, Gayle Lynds, Steve Berry, Chris Mooney, David Morrell, Katherine Neville, Michael Palmer, Douglas Preston, Christopher Reich, James Rollins , M.J. Rose, James Siegel, Grant Blackwood, Brad Thor, M. Diane Vogt, F. Paul Wilson, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, David Dun, Heather Graham, James Grippando, Denise Hamilton, David Liparulo, Christopher Rice
Published: Mira Books, 2006
Summary: Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I find myself enjoying short story anthologies more and more these days so I was looking forward to reading this one.
I actually read this after reading the third anthology in the series and I found the commentary from James Patterson before each story to be so long and tedious. I much preferred Sandra Brown’s in Thriller. I read this book for the short stories and while I find a little bit of commentary interesting, I don’t need another short story telling me about the short story before I start the short story.
I felt after the first few stories the rest of them were really amazing. The first three were the kind of thrillers that I’m not that fond of. The rest however, were full of awesome twists and just kept me interested through them. Of course, I did come upon some that weren’t as good as the rest but that’s to be expected.
While almost all of these stories are related to series or books the authors have previously written about them it was quite easy to follow the stories without getting lost or anything like that. I certainly have not read every book by all of these authors so I don’t see how anyone else could have to be honest.
The collection has a wide range of thriller authors so I feel like there’s something for everyone. Before reading this book I hadn’t really noticed that there could be so many different types of thrillers but there are. I know now that I don’t really like the gritty thrillers that are highly reminiscent of action movies. I know that I’m more of a suspense thriller person.
Overall, Thriller: stories to keep you up all night is a good book if you like short story anthologies. I didn’t like every single story in the book but there were a lot that I thoroughly enjoyed.