Read a Thriller or Suspense Novel!

Suspense and thrillers are two of the most popular genres for readers because of their fast pace, plot twists, and emotional appeal. These genres involve pursuit and escape. A character in jeopardy dominates these stories and the setting is integral to the plot. The distinctions between the two genres are blurring as writers use elements from both genres and the mystery genre in their books.

In suspense novels, danger may not be apparent right away. As the story builds, so does the danger. Suspense stories tend to be focused on what’s going to happen next. Suspense gets the reader both thinking and feeling. Suspense stories are appealing because we like being scared and on edge, but in a safe way. Suspense makes the reader use his imagination.

Thrillers are fast-paced, complex stories and keep readers on edge, anticipating the next event. They use a specific setting such as the courtroom, medical laboratory, or government agency and emphasize the defeat of the villain and his conspirators. Thrillers are all about what might happen and what can be done to prevent a catastrophe. Thrillers make readers feel anxious and allow us to test our responses to danger.

Here are a few authors to get you started. For more suggestions, pick up a book map at any BCPL location or ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!

Interested in serving on the Boone County Public Library Board of Trustees?

Boone County Public Library’s Board of Trustees is accepting applications for board positions that begin in July 2017. The Library is seeking to identify dedicated individuals who have a passion for libraries and the ability to effectively advocate for them. The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing policy, approving the budget and ensuring that adequate funds are available to finance the budget. The Board oversees the library’s finances and the library director and is responsible for understanding the library’s mission, programs and services delivered to the community. This is a volunteer position.

     After completing an application, interested individuals will need to attend an informational session on Monday, February 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington. 

Applications are available at all library locations or online at and must be submitted by February 15, 2017. They can be emailed to the Director at, dropped off at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington (Board Member Search c/o Carrie Herrmann, Director) or mailed to:

Board Member Search
c/o Carrie Herrmann, Director
Boone County Public Library
1786 Burlington Pike
Burlington, KY  41005