Goodreads just listed their top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers based on popularity as of this month. What that translates into basically is how many people clicked a star rating for a particular book. The more ratings, the more popular the book. Not too scientific, but it gives readers a baseline comparison in the genre (unless some ratings are spammed…).
While getting the crowd’s opinion for gauging pop culture taste is a tried-and-true tradition, it bears examining fan faves here a little bit more closely.
I present an only *slightly* deeper look at popularity on Goodreads using number of reviews (rather than ratings) and avg. rating for a book. I think it’s a much better gauge of quality of a book (whether you love it or hate it) to give it a review. It’s hard to fake reading a book when there’s a review with it, but some fake reviews likely still exist.
So what do these picks say about our taste in thriller fiction? I’ll let you decide.
Goodreads’ full list can be found here.