10 Thrillers That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

If you love enthralling mysteries, frightening criminals, and psychological thrills, then the titles gathered here belong on your bookshelf. These thrillers are full of surprising twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

10 Thrillers That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Title Author More by the Author
1. The Temp Michelle Frances The Girlfriend
2. Intrusion Mary McCluskey The Long Deception
3. An American Cage Ted Galdi Elixir
4. The Night Before Wendy Walker Emma in the Night
5. Dragonfish Vu Tran Preaching The Word
6. Lying in Wait Liz Nugent Skin Deep
7. A Harvest of Thorns Corban Addison The Tears of Dark Water
8. A Blood Thing James Hankins The Inside Dark
9. Rogue J.B. Turner Reckoning
10. Pushing Brilliance Tim Tigner The Lies of Spies

The History of the Thriller

Some of the world's oldest known stories used the same elements that make modern thrillers so enticing. Homer's famous epic poem The Odyssey is something of a prototype of the genre. The hero's life is in constant danger as he uses his cunning to overcome his enemies. But the genre isn't exclusive to Western culture. One of the stories in One Thousand and One Nights (commonly known as Arabian Nights) is considered to be the oldest known murder mystery. This tale, The Three Apples, is full of plot twists and revolves around a mysterious death. Centuries later, the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo popularized the action thriller with it's swashbuckling revenge plot. Eventually, of course, the genre made its way from the pages of books to the big screen. Some of the most famous of these movies were directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who worked on several classics throughout his career, including Psycho, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

10 Great Psychological Thriller Films

In Depth

The unpredictable nature of the thriller is what makes the genre exceptionally irresistible and gripping. If you are a reader seeking excitement, suspense, and mysterious plot twists, you've come to the right place. In no particular order, here are ten enthralling thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

First on the list at #1, is "The Temp" by Michelle Frances. Carrie, a TV producer, has the quintessential life with her successful career and gorgeous husband. When she gets pregnant, she decides to hire a temp to cover for her. Emma seems to be the perfect fit for the position, but when the temp starts winning over her colleagues, and getting too close to her spouse, Carrie suspects that she might want more than just a job.

Next at #2, is "Intrusion" by Mary McCluskey. Married couple Katt and Scott Hamilton are going through the loss of their only child. Coping with the grief and pain, Scott forces himself to focus on his law practice. Kat, on the other hand, is still in a state of shock and confusion. When the gorgeous and cunning Sarah Cherrington suddenly returns to their lives, her hidden agenda puts their marriage in jeopardy.

Coping with the grief and pain, Scott forces himself to focus on his law practice.

Next at #3, is "An American Cage" by Ted Galdi. This psychological suspense novel follows an unlikely protagonist named Danny, a good-natured person, who is also an escaped felon. Along with two of his fellow escapees, he must cross the border from Texas to Mexico, while evading authorities and breaking free from manipulation. The fugitives are confronted with their own issues involving betrayal, deceit, and questions about the gray area between good and evil.

Coming in at #4, is "The Night Before" by Wendy Walker. This novel presents readers with a tale about family loyalty and obsession. Sisters Rosie and Laura live very different lives, one has a stable and perfect family, while the other is struggling to emerge from a dark, disturbing past. When a blind date ends with Laura missing, Rosie is determined to find her and uncover the harrowing truth.

In at #5, is "Dragonfish" by Vru Tan. Oakland police officer Robert struggles to get over his ex-wife Suzy, who left him two years ago. When the mysterious Vietnamese woman suddenly disappears, her new husband, Sonny, a violent smuggler, blackmails Robert and forces him to track her down. As Robert searches throughout Las Vegas, he discovers Suzy's dark secrets, putting all of their lives in danger.

Oakland police officer Robert struggles to get over his ex-wife Suzy, who left him two years ago.

At #6, is "Lying in Wait" by Liz Nugent. Lydia lives a privileged life as a spouse of a noble judge, and a beloved mother living in a beautiful house in Dublin. Her home, however, holds a sinister secret that her son finds out about, leading to a string of tragic and disturbing events.

At #7, is "A Harvest of Thorns" by Corban Addison. A garment factory in Bangladesh that produces clothing for an American mega-retailer brand, catches fire. The video of the incident sparks controversy and public outrage. The company hires an attorney named Alexander to investigate, and he uncovers the massive level of corruption and labor trafficking in their records. Meanwhile, investigative journalist Griswold builds a case against them, in the hopes of raising awareness of the true human cost of cheap clothing.

Coming in at #8, is "A Blood Thing" by James Hankins. Andrew Kane, the governor of Vermont, is at a meet-and-greet when someone discreetly hands him a cell phone and whispers to keep it a secret, as he will need it after the arrest. Within a matter of hours, his brother Tyler gets framed and arrested for the murder of a young woman. The governor is left with no choice but to comply with the blackmailer's demands through the mysterious phone. He must quickly figure out a way to escape the threats and save his brother.

He must quickly figure out a way to escape the threats and save his brother.

Next at #9, is "Rogue" by J.B. Turner. Nathan Stone, a former CIA operative, fakes his death in order to obtain a new identity as a black-ops asset working for a covert government organization. His new operation is to assassinate rebels working against the state. The primary target is Senator Brad Crichton, who is gaining popularity and is a threat to the establishment. But just as Stone prepares to take him down, a journalist discovers the leaked kill list. The reporter is found dead soon after, and Stone must close in on the senator before the truth reaches him, and the hunter becomes the hunted.

And lastly at #10, is "Pushing Brilliance" by Kim Tigner. Kyle Achilles, a former Olympic biathlete, is on the run against two masterminds who want him assassinated for a framed murder. But Achilles is not alone, as a Russian mathematician, Katya, who happens to be his late brother's wife, is the other prime suspect. As the two work to uncover a conspiracy, they end up finding purpose and confronting forbidden love.