Suspense Thriller Books

The best suspense thriller book reviews. While all thrillers contain elements of anticipation, suspense thrillers spend ample time building a state of mental uncertainty and anxiety in the story’s core characters, often delaying acts of violence over long periods of time to maximize the effect of the ensuing climactic scene.

Mr. Simpson and Other Short Stories, a Deliciously Ruthless Collection by Stephen Maitland-Lewis

The Bottom Line: Deliciously ruthless predators rule in this collection of stories about deceit, deception, fraud and power. Highly recommended. Stephen Maitland-Lewis, author of the pulse-pounding financial thriller Duped, is back with a collection of suspenseful stories that succeed wildly in chronicling the relentless pursuit of success, status and survival. The book opens with a tale centered around Ernest Simpson, the American-born British shipbroker who …

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List of the best Stephen King Books

The Best Stephen King Audiobooks Ranked In Order (Updated for 2022!)

Newly updated to include King’s newest novel, Billy Summers! The reigning master of suspense is the author of more than 50 books and audiobooks, all of which have been international bestsellers, and many have been translated to the screen. The names are instantly recognizable:  It. Pet Cemetery. Misery. Thinner. All instant classics, and yet King’s craft seems to sweeten with age, with King still churning out some …

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The Best Female Detective Books, Ranked (Updated!)

The canon of great literary sleuths include those from a wide variety of countries, eras and ethnicities. However, thrillers featuring great female sleuths are still a little harder to find, which is why we decided to compile this list of truly great mysteries and thrillers featuring superstar female protagonists. In compiling this updated version of our female detective list, our definition of “detective” is wide-ranging. …

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Level Zero, a Chilling Horror Novel by Dan McDowell

The Bottom Line: The Shining meets Dante’s Inferno. Level Zero is brimming with sinister surprises sure to keep horror fans up at night. Hellish hospitality awaits two men at the infamous Oak Hollow Hotel. The opening chapters of Dan McDowell’s novel are a portrait of two broken relationships. In the first, radio station manager Chris Wilkerson attempts to console his wife at her mother’s funeral …

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The Girl in Cell 49B, a Wondrous Legal Thriller by Dorian Box

The Bottom Line: A groundbreaking, nail-biting and wondrous legal thriller. In Dorian Box’s The Hiding Girl, 12-year-old Emily Calby survived a home invasion and became an unlikely vigilante. The Girl in Cell 49B finds Emily on her 16th birthday. She’s on a bus in the Ozarks where she has been living for the past three years with her mentor, ex-gang member Lucas Jackson. Her birthday …

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Last Call, a Groundbreaking Thriller by Julie Clark

The Bottom Line: A daring, high-flying thriller about escape and reinvention that will surely inspire scores of copycats. Last Call opens as Claire Cook plots her intricate plan to disappear and start a new life. The driving force is abusive husband Rory, who hails from a famous political family and is himself about to launch a senate campaign.  But getting away from Rory won’t be …

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Fatal Decision, a Seductive Thriller by T.K. Wolf

The Bottom Line: A seductive, action-packed thriller that has a stiletto-clad foot on the gas for the entire ride. In T.K. Wolf’s debut novel, a career assassin gets recruited for one last job with the shadow organization she had escaped. After finally slipping free from Delphi, the multinational shadow organization that molded Harker into a highly skilled, one-woman killing machine as a young woman, Sam Harker …

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Dangerous Bureau, a Dark Psychological Thriller by Roger Williams

The Bottom Line: A highly original dark psychological thriller that will delight fans of serial killer fiction. In a small California town, where ten children have been molested and murdered in the past year, five-year-old Cindy Helms is abducted at a mall after her teenage babysitter leaves her alone for a few minutes to slip away and have sex with her boyfriend. The little girl …

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Dark Web of Dreams, a Spellbinding Thriller by Lyn Morgan and Debi King

The Bottom Line: A spellbinding medical thriller about love, betrayal and control. When college student Dana Delano decided to marry one of the world’s richest men, she never dreamed she would end up leaving him at age twenty-five. Dana’s husband, Max Boniface, is the owner of Edge Pharmaceuticals. And while he may be brilliant and wealthy, an emotionally turbulent upbringing tainted by mental illness has …

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The Order, One of the Year’s Best Thrillers

The Bottom Line: Just when you thought the world didn’t need another Vatican thriller, Danial Silva proves otherwise. One of the year’s best thrillers. It seems that legendary auteur Daniel Silva is only getting better as the decades roll past. How else can we explain that his new Vatican thriller, The Order, succeed wildly even on ground that he himself has trampled over before? As …

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