14 Heart-Pounding Thriller Novels
If you need a little more excitement in your life, a riveting book is a great antidote to the mundane. We've collected some of the best thrillers around, full of action, mystery, and suspense. Just don't blame us when you can't get to sleep because you've just got to know what happens in the next chapter. If Earth is becoming a little boring to you, it might be time to check out this list of the best science fiction books.
14 Heart-Pounding Thriller Novels
- "Two Kinds of Truth" by Michael Connelly
- "The Lucky Ones" by Mark Edwards
- "Parting Shot" by Linwood Barclay
- "Lie to Me" by J.T. Ellison
- "The Gate Keeper" by Charles Todd
- "Agent in Place" by Mark Greaney
- "Speaking in Bones" by Kathy Reichs
- "Sandstorm" by James Rollins
- "The Kremlin Conspiracy" by Joel C. Rosenberg
- "The Chalk Pit" by Elly Griffiths
- "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh
- "Operator Down" by Brad Taylor
- "The Trespasser" by Tana French
- "G-Man" by Stephen Hunter
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Fans of thrillers love to be captivated by unpredictable events, plot twists, and cliffhangers. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie looking for excitement or merely want an imaginative mystery to solve, these thriller novels will take you on a heart-pounding journey. In no particular order, here are 14 intense thrillers that will have you gripping your chair tightly in suspense.
Starting us off at #1 is "Two Kinds of Truth." Written by Michael Connelly, this novel was released in 2017, and is the 20th installment of the Harry Bosch series. The narrative begins with detective Harry Bosch going undercover to expose the corrupt world of prescription drug abuse. With an unexpected conclusion, the novel shows a deep understanding of the complex issues involved.
At #2 is "The Lucky Ones," by Mark Edwards, which tells the stories of a man who returns to his hometown and an inspector hunting a serial killer. Edwards even presents the point of view of the antagonist, who kills his victims in what seems to be a state of bliss due to their opened eyes and frozen smiles. With disturbing descriptions and suspicious characters, the novel is aimed at fans of twisted and creepy scenarios.
Coming in at #3 is "Parting Shot." Although it is a follow-up to Linwood Barclay's Promise Falls trilogy, this novel is a stand-alone thriller that is a spin-off from the events of the original series. Detective Duckworth and Inspector Weaver follow what appear to be two unrelated cases, but which turn out to be much more when the storylines converge.
At #4 is "Lie to Me." J.T. Ellison provides her audience with detailed descriptions of a troubled marriage. This fast-paced psychological thriller will keep readers guessing through every chapter, as they turn page after page begging for answers.
At #5 is "The Gate Keeper." Charles Todd gives us the 20th book in the Ian Rutledge series, a story set in post-World War One England. The narrative follows the life of a war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and finds himself consumed by painful memories.
At #6 is "Agent in Place." Written by Mark Greaney, this novel is the 7th installment of the Gray Man series. The narrative begins with a freelance CIA operative accepting a mission to the chaotic war zone in Syria. With an action-packed plot, this novel presents current issues in an exciting way.
Coming in at #7 is "Speaking in Bones." The 18th installment of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series, it features Reichs' forensic anthropologist dissecting crime scenes and trailing religious cults, keeping readers guessing throughout.
The #8 title on our list is "Sandstorm" by James Rollins, the first installment of the Sigma Force series. The story follows agent Painter Crowe and British Museum curator Safia Al-Maaz as they search for a lost city buried in the desert. Rollins uses accurate archaeological facts to go with a romantic love story.
At #9 is "The Kremlin Conspiracy." Written by Christian author Joel C. Rosenberg, this novel depicts the Bible's end-time prophecy in a geopolitical thriller. The story unravels a conspiracy between America and Russia, and features a frightening glimpse of what the future might look like.
At #10 we have "The Chalk Pit." The 9th installment of the Ruth Galloway series is based on Norwich's famous chalk pits. Elly Griffiths refers to these unstable tunnels, and archaeologist Ruth Galloway must solve a mystery that involves the discovery of modern-day bones. The novel engages readers with compelling characters and a tension-filled plot.
At #11 is "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh. The narrative follows the life of a mother who is mourning the tragic and untimely death of her five-year-old son. As Bristol police investigate the mystery behind little Jacob's death, shocking revelations emerge from a seemingly ordinary hit-and-run case. Mackintosh provides readers with several points of view and incorporates an unforeseen twist at the end.
Coming in at #12 is "Operator Down," the 12th book of the Pike Logan series. The narrative delves into the mysterious world of Israel's diamond industry, and tests agent Pike Logan's loyalty to the Task Force. Author Brad Taylor provides readers with firsthand military knowledge woven into a fictional thriller full of humor and action.
At #13 is "The Trespasser," the 6th installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series. After a woman is found dead in her home, detective Antoinette Conway finds herself confronted by conflicting stories. This police procedural examines the psychological damage that results from the abandonment of a father. Tana French gives readers a number of plot twists that may have you rereading this one to piece it all together.
Finally, at #14, is "G-Man," the 10th book of the Bob Lee Swagger series. As the protagonist settles into retirement, a metal box that contains several questionable items is found buried on his Arkansas property. Written by Stephen Hunter, this thriller presents Bob Lee's investigation into his grandfather's past. With detailed descriptions, specifically of Swagger's firearms, the novel gives readers an apprenticeship in gunsmithing.