I make no secret of the fact that Emma Newman is one of my favourite authors. I absolutely loved the first two books in her Planetfall series, Planetfall and After Atlas, so I had faith in the fact that I’d also love Before Mars. Each Planetfall book is a little different, and Before Mars is no exception with its gripping psychological thriller plot. I ended up absolutely adoring this book and falling back in love with the sci-fi genre, which I have been neglecting for a long time.
I’ve been on the hunt for a great thriller ever since finishing up The Girl on the Train back in 2015. I don’t read thrillers to often, but the ones I’ve read lately have felt like a letdown. Enter The Hunting Party, a twisted tale of murder amongst friends in the Scottish highlands. I was hooked on this book from the first page and was completely blown away. It is easily the best thriller I’ve read in ages.
I feel like I rarely read thrillers, and this is something I’d like to change. Having devoured Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train just before the height of popularity, I figured that The Woman in the Window would be the perfect thriller for me. It is so often compared to those two books that I was so sure I’d love it.
So to get this out of the way: yes, this book is written by the marvelous Krysten Ritter. I really like her as an actress and am a huge fan of Jessica Jones. I will be very honest, I was very curious about this book based on who she is -- I'm not sure it's one I would have picked up on my own in a bookstore. However, while I don’t read a lot of thrillers, it’s a genre I’d love to get into and this seemed like a great fit.