The Thumping Good Read Award Shortlist is Thumping Good

The bookseller WH Smith is the promoter of the Thumping Good Read award and yes your library has all of the shortlist for your reading enjoyment.  This award is for a book that grips the reader from the first page, that spellbinds a reader to the end and leaves you feeling bereft to have left the fictional world you have been lost in and hungry for more from that author.  Looking forward to reading all that have made this shortlist.


Punchy, ridiculously gripping, fast-paced, clever are the words readers have used to describe Steve Cavanagh’s standalone thriller. This is the 2019 winner of the Thumping Good Read award and is definitely going in my TBR list.  Hope it makes it to yours.

The Lido

This debut novel is a story of unlikely friendships and of community.  Described as the most uplifting, joyous read of the year so far this is a very different experience than the winning title, Twisted.  But if you want a feel-good experience then this is definitely one for you.  My TBR list just keeps getting longer.

The Passengers

From the author of The One which is soon to be made into a Netflix series, comes a fast paced thriller of the future.  Eight self-driving cars are hacked and on a collision course – who lives, who dies and how do the public choose?  Are the passengers all that they seem? A fascinating story given self-driving cars are a definite possibility.  Do you dare to read?  Who would you choose to live or die?    


Disturbingly current the latest Joseph Finder thriller could be all too true. This novel is about a Boston judge being blackmailed into settling a sexual harassment case with the current US Administration as the villains.  If legal thrillers are your thing then this is the read for you. 

Social Creature

Another debut author makes the list.  This novel is compared with Gone Girl and described as dark, disturbing and totally compelling.  An unlikely friendship from a poor, desperate would-be writer and a rich friend and how murder, jealousy and want can create a friendship that turns lethal. 


Powerful, evocative and tingling with tension is how this debut novel is described.  Great to get some new authors to explore which have a guaranteed thumping good read tick.  Wrecker is set in the early 19th century in Cornwall and is a gripping tale of love, superstition, faith, jealousy and betrayal.  For readers who loved Daphne du Maurier’s goth Cornish novels this is definitely one for you.

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