Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is Favorite Tropes. So many tropes to choose from! I’m listing ten tropes I enjoy in mysteries and thrillers.

1. Unreliable narrator

Beautiful Bad by Annie WardThe Wife by Alafair BurkeThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

2. Everything is perfect on the outside

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. ParisThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv ConstantineLies by T.M. Logan

3. Girl goes back to hometown after years away

All the Missing Girls by Megan MirandaGirls Like Us by Cristina AlgerBefore We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

4. The whole neighborhood is involved

Watching You by Lisa JewellThose People by Louise CandlishSomeone We Know by Shari Lapena

5. Memory loss

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsUnder My Skin by Lisa UngerClose To Me by Amanda Reynolds

6. Buried secrets

The Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerForget Me Not by Kierney ScottThe Lying Game by Ruth Ware

7. Closed circle/Locked room

The Escape Room by Megan GoldinAn Unwanted Guest by Shari LapenaNo Exit by Taylor Adams

8. Missing spouse or child

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnDear Wife by Kimberly BelleThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

9. Last girl left alive

Final Girls by Riley SagerDisturbed by Jennifer JaynesBlack-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

10. Revenge

The Line That Held Us by David JoyJane Doe by Victoria Helen StoneThe Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tropes

  1. Unreliable narrators are sincerely my favourite! I can’t get enough of them, when they’re done right. It makes the tone so much bleaker and can be more chilling in the case of many. Also, yes! I love the use of “girl goes back to hometown after years away” and I’m stoked that you used All the Missing Girls as an example because that’s on my TBR and it just made me so much more excited to get to it.

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