My Favorite Mystery/Thriller Protagonists

Hello my readers! I have decided to grace you with yet another post, in this one I’ll be talking about some of favorite characters from a few of the thrillers I have read. So without further ado, let’s begin.

Sebastian Rudd from Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham:

With Sebastian, the reason as to why I liked him so much was that I really enjoyed his personality. You see, I like people who are blunt and straight forward who don’t really care if the truth hurts. Now I know that sounds a little harsh but the truth is always harsh and I don’t really like it when people sugarcoat things too much. I can understand a little bit of sweetness here and there but I hate it when people aren’t straight with me. Sebastian is such a blunt and sarcastic ass, and I love him for it. He doesn’t beat around the bush and gives it to you straight, he’s not one for appearances and could care less about what people think of him. In fact, he knows that he’s not exactly everyone’s favourite person but that never stops him from getting what he wants.

I also admire his ambition; he takes on the hardest cases, ones no other criminal defense lawyer is willing to so much as look over and he gives them everything he’s got, regardless of whom he is defending or his personal feelings towards them. He’s crazy too, it amazing to see the lengths he’s willing to go to for his clients, I’m convinced he’s half mad and even he thinks so.

if you want to read about Sebastian’s adventures, check out of my review here.

John Wayne Cleaver from I’m not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells:

A guy named after a murderer and a weapon? Sign me up! John’s a fifteen year old sociopath who is obsessed with serial killers. He helps out with the family business and inevitably ends up killing the serial killer plaguing his home town.

I like John’s personality; he’s quiet and calculating. He plans out his every move and understands his target before attacking. He is manipulative and blunt and always gets his way or tries to at least. He prefers to watch his surroundings and observe the people around him.

There’s a fine line between love and hate and John fits smack dab in the middle of it. It’s up to you to decide which side he ends up on. Make that decision after reading the series and my review.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Why did I even bother to write that out?)

I Love John and Sherlock! From both the books and the BBC T.V series. I think they are the most wonderful pair of opposites. There’s John who is sweet, charming and polite and then comes Sherlock with his cold, calculating stare, powers of deduction and somewhat manic behaviour.

They make a wonderful pair that you just can’t get enough of! They bounce ideas off of each other and Sherlock actually likes having John around, surprising for a man who avoids human interaction like the plague.

I love these two, so much so that I can’t really find the words to describe them so just go read the books! Go! shoo! Start reading!

Kyochiro Kaga and Osamu Nonoguchi from Malice by Keigo Higashino (I hope I spelled that right…)

Malice is such a wonderful tale of manipulation and deceit, one could say it’s simply malicious (sorry I had to)

Anyways, Malice is a Japanese thriller about two writers. I’m  not going to disclose too much, so if you’re curious about the book go check out my review here.

The reason I like Nonoguchi is because of his manipulative personality. He is such a great actor, and his lies are so well thought out and compelling that you just can’t help but think of them as the truth. He really has a way of deceiving people, and he will go to extreme lengths to hide his true intentions. I appreciate his dedication since he is never willing to give in to pressure and sticks to his story. He is also a thinker and he plans out his every move and even goes as far as to create proof to back up his story. Nonoguchi plans his motive, fabricated his story, and then kills his target. That not only takes guts but a lot of damn work, this guy is one dedicated killer and that’s why I love him.

As for Kaga, I think the biggest thing I admire about him is his self-confidence. You see, he always had a gut feeling that Nonoguchi was lying and he trusted his gut feeling and kept digging despite having the evidence right in front of him. His self-confidence drove him to look deeper into Nonoguchi and that’s what led him to the true motive. I also liked his determination and his way of thinking. Kaga’s mind was constantly working to solve the case and he didn’t stop working until he got to the truth.

These two have their similarities, like with their determination and full-scale thinking, but their moral codes are drastically different from each other.

Lily Kintner from The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Lily, oh my dear sweet Lily. She is one of my favourite female heroines of all time. Lily is so amazing I can’t even….Oh, deep breath okay, let’s do this.

Lily is one of the most cunning and manipulative people I have ever met. She has a certain way with people, if they betray her she kills them. She killed a pervert from her childhood when he got a little too friendly, she killed her first boyfriend when he cheated on her and she’s going to help someone get their much deserved revenge. Lily has a questionable moral code where she believes that if someone does you wrong then you have a right to get back at them, however you want.

Lily is just such a critical thinker, she plans ahead and doesn’t let her emotions cloud her judgment. While she has a twisted moral code she is determined to get her way, and she’s damn smart because she’s been killing since she was twelve (I think it’s twelve but I’m not sure) and she’s never been caught. Lily is a genius and I love her personality, she’s an amazing character and I really love her, so please go read it and you can find my review here.

Amy Elliot Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone girl is perhaps one the most read mysteries of this decade. It’s an amazing book that will keep you guessing till the end.

Now before we start let me clarify, I HATED Amy as a character and it’s kind of ironic that she’s on this list in the first place but the reason she’s here is because I simply have to acknowledge her manipulative nature.

I liked Amy’s mind because she had been planning all of this since the beginning and you never really get to know the real Amy until the very end. She has an amazing and deceitful mind that you just can’t ignore. And that’s the only reason she’s on this list in the first place and if you wanna read about how much I hated her go check out my review.

Well that’s all I have for you today readers. As always I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll be back with another one real soon! Happy reading.

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