What are the best must-read thriller novels?

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    #1Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.

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    Vincent Reid
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "You might have seen this movie; I did, and was captivated. Then I went back to the book, and found the novel even more compelling than the film! It's definitely a must-read. "
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    #2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Donald Howell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander. Story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family."
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    #3The Client

    The Client
    Mark Sway knows a secret of a terrible murder that not even the adults should know. A US Senator is dead and Mark is the only person who knows where the body is hidden. Police want to know the truth, and the murder wants his silence. 
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    Ruth Dean
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book puts you in the drivers seat of a faced paced thriller. It's an excellent read that moves at break-neck speed and makes you anticipate the next turn of events. A highly enjoyable read that everyone interested in the genre should consume."
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    #4Mystic River

    Mystic River

    Mystic River is a crime mystery suspense fiction written by Dennis Lehane. This thriller novel is first published in 2001 by William Morrow Paperbacks.

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    Terry Woods
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If mystery/thriller novels are your thing, you will most certainly love this one. A great example of the genre."
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    #5The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal
    The Day of the Jackal is a historical mystery suspense thriller fiction written by Frederick Forsyth. It is first published in 1971 and about an assassin named Jackal. 
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    Jack Wallace
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "from Frederick Forsyth. sounds very enjoyable."
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    #6The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller wherein Rachel, the protagonist, takes the same train on her everyday commute. She always catches a glimpse of a couple from the window of the train, and one day when she witnesses something terrible.


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    Jordan Silva
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is good but can get slow at times. Rachel's story is interesting but does get dull at times. "
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    #7The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)

    The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)
    The Hunt for Red October is the fourth book in Jack Ryan Universe series written by Tom Clancy. It is a military fiction first published in October 1984 by Berkley Trade. 
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    David Castro
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Fantastic book ! Would read again if given the opportunity. Not too pricey and just as good as the movie. "
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    #8The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme)

    The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme)
    The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver is a crime fiction novel first published in 1997. This book tells the gripping story of Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic and criminalist of NYPD, pursuing a serial killer called "Bone Collector".
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    Jacob Alexander
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you like Thillers, you'll love the Bone Collector. Not only was this a great movie, the book is even better. You feel and follow the forensic investigation of NYPD officer Lincoln Rhyme as he pursues the serial killer by the name of the "Bone Collector""
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    #9Red Dragon

    Red Dragon

    Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is a bestselling horror fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in October 1981 by the G.P. Putnam's Sons and Dell Publishing House. It was followed by The Silence of the Lambs in 1988.

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    Arjun Rodrigues
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book has inspired movies and tv shows. It is one of the greatest thrillers ever written. "
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    #10The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity is a mystery suspense thriller book written by Robert Ludlum. It is about a Jason Bourne who woke up on an island without any memory and first published in 1980. 

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    Sandra Olivares
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Jason Bourne series are definitely a must-read for thriller fans. Robert Ludlum created such an interesting character and back story. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish!"
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    #11Misery

    Misery
    Misery is a horror book written by Stephen King. It's the story of a famous novelist held hostage by his fan as he suffers a frightening case of writer's block which could end with him dead at the hands of his twisted fan.
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    Hannah Howard
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I almost regret seeing the film Misery before reading this book, but both are stunning and impactful in their own ways. I was frequently frightened reading the book, which was a surprise to me since I knew the story. A great read and a true classic of the thriller genre."
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    #12The Year of the Intern

    The Year of the Intern
    The Year of the Intern by Robin Cook is a thriller novel published in 1972. Unlike other books by Cook, this novel follows the story of an intern - Dr. Peters - through the fall and peak of his career and identity.
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    Ann Larson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This isn't your run of the mill thriller novel - but the most thrilling part of it is the truth behind the darkness. The darkness of becoming a doctor, and the stress that may break you down once and for all. Do not dive in if you're not ready for the ride. "
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    #13The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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    Raymond Peters
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I recently found the book "The Shining" in a flea market, and, having seen the movie more than once, I decided to buy it. I got so caught in that I finished reading the book in two days: better than the movie! I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #14Just One Look

    Just One Look

    Just One Look by Harlan Coben is crime fiction novel published in 2004. This book follows a woman who took home a set of family pictures and finding out that one of them does not belong to her. This twist suddenly opens a door to her past.

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    Mary Wallace
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book was just ok. It did not keep me on the edge of my seat at all though. I like books that make me want to turn the page."
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    #15The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 

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    Moisés Luna
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Hugely popular and well received, this is the book to read. It's on it's way to becoming a classic and worth the read. Great reviews and can be found for cheap."
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    #16The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the third and final book in the Millennium series. This international best-selling fiction thriller book is written by Stieg Larsson, and it was first published in 2007.

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    Ruth Armstrong
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Hospitalized Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) awaits her murder trial, while Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) tries to establish her innocence. I appreciate there not being a paywall: it is more democratic for the media to be available for all and not a commodity to be purchased by a few. I’m happy to make a contribution so others with less means still have access to information. "
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    #17The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)
    The Girl Who Played with Fire is a novel about a computer hacker named Lisbeth. She is escaping an accusation of murders and she will only prove innocent if the journalist Mikael will help him.
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    Esteban Osorio
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "While The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was pretty good, and had the wonderful and romantic rape scenes being traded back and forth, it doesn't have the thrilling depth of its sequel. Lisbeth is riveting, as always, far better drawn than the shallow American ripoff Mr. Robot years later. This is a must read! I read it last when I had an insurmountable toothache, and forgot the pain completely."
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    #18Tell No One

    Tell No One

    Tell No One by Harlan Coben is a mystery, thriller novel published in 2001. This book follows the story of Dr. David Beck after he lost his wife and a haunting message he received that could possibly mean she is alive. 

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    Vibhore Pillai
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Tell No One by Harlan Coben is a mystery, thriller novel published in 2001,its so much fun to read you wont be able to put it down, This book follows the story of Dr. David Beck after he lost his wife and a haunting message he received that could possibly mean she is alive. "
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    #19Caught

    Caught

    Caught by Harlan Coben is a mystery, thriller novel published in 2010. This book tells the story of a missing 17-year old girl named Haley McWaid and the attempt of her family to find her through Wendy Tynes' perspective.

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    Patricia Barnes
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Harlan Coben can certainly tell the heck out of a story. I couldn't put this book down! It kept me up past my bedtime until I finished reading it."
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    #20Stay Close

    Stay Close

    Stay Close by Harlan Coben is a mystery, suspense novel published in 2012. This book tells the story of three people living a life they never wanted and the secrets they keep that even the people closest to them do not know.

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    Mary Martinez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I need a book for a long road trip and nothing sounds better than a thriller novel. So I bought Stay Close by Harlan Coben and absolutely loved it. I am a fan of thriller and suspense genre books and this novel did not disappoint me at all. "
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    #21Unthinkable Consequences

    Unthinkable Consequences

    Unthinkable Consequences is a book by Bob Rector that tells a story of an ex-mercenary who will face a struggle in choosing between money and the woman he loved.

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    Bruce Vasquez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I picked up Bob Rector's thriller, Unthinkable Consequences, while waiting at the airport. The cover with the palm tree caught my eye. Reading the book, I regret I did. The focus is on diamonds and a woman, and it treats them both equally, as possessions to obtain. The writing was tedious and uninspired, and I ended up sleeping on my flight instead of finishing it."
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    #22Gone for Good

    Gone for Good
    Gone for Good by Harlan Coben is a mystery, thriller novel published in 2002. This book tells the story of a young woman murdered in Will Klein's basement and the prime suspect is his older brother, Ken.
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    Miriam Espinosa
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The book is good and the thriller is nice and I think that all around I would recommend this to other people "
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    #23Six Years

    Six Years

    Six Years by Harlan Coben is a suspense, fiction novel originally published in 2013. This book follows Jake Fisher's journey to finding the truth behind the love of his life, Natalie, who disappeared and his attempt at finding her.

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    Agustina Zepeda
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "this is an interesting novel. it talks of Jake Fisher's journey to finding the truth behind the love of his life, Natalie, who disappeared and his attempt at finding her. it is fun"
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    #24The Woods

    The Woods

    The Woods by Harlan Coben is a mystery, fiction-thriller book published in 2007. This novel follows the story of Paul Copeland and his ties to a murder investigation that he believes is related to his sister's death.

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    Kathleen Reed
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The woods is a great thriller that I enjoyed reading because it has twists that had me excited. I really liked the character of Paul Copeland and felt bad about the angst of having to relive his sisters death 20 years later after another murder pops up. I couldn't put the book down and it got me to thinking, what if all murders are really unsolved or a person is just set up?"
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    #25No Second Chance

    No Second Chance

    No Second Chance by Harlan Coben is a mystery thriller book published in 2003. This novel follows the story of Dr. Marc Seidman and his unwavering resolute to save his daughter from his enemies even if it may cost his life.

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    Brittany Simmons
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I LOVED this book. I simply couldn't put it down! There were twist and turns all throughout and it really kept my interest. I'm really glad I gave this author a try!"
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    #26The Damnation Game

    The Damnation Game

    The Damnation Game by Clive Barker is a horror fiction novel published in 1985. This book follows the story of a gambling convict named Marty Strauss hired to be a personal bodyguard of a wealthy man involved in supernatural events.

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    Julie Hicks
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I will say that this book took awhile for me to get into. HOWEVER, once I did, it was one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. I read it every night before bed, and new that every night I would likely have a hard time falling asleep after reading it haha! It was great!"
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    #27Seizure

    Seizure
    Seizure by Robin Cook is a medical thriller novel first published in 2003. This book follows the issue of advanced therapeutic cloning. Seizure is at Number 6 for The New York Times Best Seller List in 2003.
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    Zachary Stewart
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Seizure is a thriller novel but with a very interesting twist that many may find unique. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but it involves some cloning and some odd sciences that will get you so involved in this book your significant others may be worried about you. Definitely a must read for those who love thrillers."
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    #28Altar of Eden

    Altar of Eden

    Altar of Eden is a standalone science thriller by New York Times bestselling author James Rollins featuring a Louisiana veterinarian Lorna Polk and some very odd captured animals.

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    Brian Moore
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "i like this novel, it good for all book readers , i recommend it"
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    #29Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp)

    Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp)

    Act of Treason by Vince Flynn is a suspense thriller and political fiction novel originally published in 2006. This seventh book features CIA superagent - Mitch Rapp. It is preceded by Consent to Kill and followed by Protect and Defend.

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    Austin Cunningham
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "He's on to his seventh outing, but Mitch Rapp is still bringing on the hits! Surprise and peril lie behind nearly every paragraph in this book... I had a hard time putting it down, finished the whole thing in just a couple of days. I can't wait to dive into this world again!"
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    #30Mariposa

    Mariposa
    Mariposa is a science fiction thriller book written by Greg Bear that was published on November 1, 2009 by Vanguard Press. The story is set in an American society driven to fall financially with crushing debt.
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    Ling Su
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A very entertaining read. The main characters had some real issues but tried to pull through them. It was interesting to see how each one either crumbled or withstood the pressure. "
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    #31Killer

    Killer
    Killer is the 29th book in Jonathan Kellerman's bestselling psychological thriller series for adults, the Alex Delaware series. It was published in 2014. It became a New York Times bestseller. It is about a police consultant trying to save a little girl.
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    Alice Bradley
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The fact this is a "must read" clearly must be a joke. it's terribly predictable and honestly seems like a rip off of a Stephen King Novel. I knew i'd read this before but my friend told me i had to read it. Sh must have bad taste, Never again!"
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    #32The Insiders

    The Insiders
    The Insiders is a financial thriller mystery fiction written by Craig Hickman. This tells the story of Wilson, son of Charles Fielder, a rich CEO. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Booksurge Publishing.
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    Phillip Thomas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Good book if you like thrillers. The book is too long at 500 pages though. The story could have been told with less pages."
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    #33The Royal Game and Other Stories

    The Royal Game and Other Stories

    The Royal Game & Other Stories is a psychological thriller written by Stefan Zweig. This collection of short stories is translated by Jill Sutcliffe. First published in 1941, this book is published in 2001 by Holes & Meier Publishers.

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    Roger Williamson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This does contain thriller stories. This seems like a good collection of short stories, and I have not heard of this author before, so I am sure to find something new to read and enjoy here. User reviews are also very positive. I might prefer a singular novel instead of a collection of short stories, but this is still very appealing."
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    #34Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp)

    Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp)

    Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn is a thriller fiction novel originally published in 2005. This is the seventh book by Flynn and it is preceded by Memorial Day. It follows the story of Mitch Rapp - a CIA super agent.

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    Martha Sandoval
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Good, solid Mitch Rapp story. It wasn't the best in the series, but it's still good. I felt like maybe it was a bit over the top compared to other novels, but honestly that's kind of Rapp's m.o. isn't it? If you're looking for a book to get into the series, go with something from the first 2-3 books in the series."
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    #35White Fire (Pendergast)

    White Fire (Pendergast)
    White Fire is the thirteenth book in the collaborative, thrilling, crime, and mystery series for adults by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It was released in late 2013. It is about a woman who is accused of killing a number of people in a spa resort.
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    Jessica Murphy
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love thriller novels. My favorite must-read one right now is White Fire (Pendergast). It's the 13th book in the thriller and mystery series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It's about a woman accused of killing a bunch of people in a spa resort. Everything gets all mixed up and things get scary. I love the story and the characters. It's my favorite book right now. Check it out!"
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    #36Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler is an action-adventure and thriller novel originally published in 1999. This is the fifteenth book in Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Flood Tide and followed by Valhalla Rising.

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    Lawrence Alvarado
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Another great entry from Clive Cussler, his Dirk Pitt books are fascinating and exciting and this one is a great example of his work. Plenty of fun and adventure is found within this novel and I stayed up half the night to finish it in about a day. "
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    #37Innocence

    Innocence

    Innocence is a thrilling suspense novel by award-winning and bestselling author Dean Koontz. It was published in late December and became a New York Times bestseller. It is about a man and a woman trying to hide from the civil world.

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    Grace Thompson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Dean Koontz is an excellent author. I love to read thrillers in my spare time and I definitely would check out this book."
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    #38Term Limits

    Term Limits

    Term Limits by Vince Flynn is a political thriller novel originally published in August 1997. This is the first political fiction book ever written by Flynn. Term Limits is followed by Transfer of Power.

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    Heather Rose
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "What a combination. To have a book that is a political thriller can definitely elude to being inspired by real life events."
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    #39In the Dark of the Night

    In the Dark of the Night

    In the Dark of the Night is a standalone horror fiction written by John Saul which centers on a family staying in a haunted summer house where teenager Jack discovers a classic room with questionable contents on the property. 

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    Magdalena Garduño
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is written by the same author of Suffer the Children, but doesn't have many other similarities. The book centers around teenagers and much of the story is embellishment of their drama. The actual novel wasn't much what I expected and is probably my least favorite by this author. There's a few twists and turns but it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like the others."
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    #40Natchez Burning (Penn Cage)

    Natchez Burning (Penn Cage)

    Natchez Burning is the fourth book in bestseller Greg Iles' thrilling crime and suspense series, the Penn Cage series. It is also the first book in the Natchez Burning trilogy. It was originally published in April 2014.

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    Austin Morales
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I remember reading this book and other books of Greg Iles in the Penn Cage series. If you are interested in murder&fiction books, give it a try to this series and the Natchez Burning. You will be surprised a lot while reading the book."
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    #41Time to Hunt (Bob Lee Swagger)

    Time to Hunt (Bob Lee Swagger)

    Time to Hunt is a mystery action thriller fiction and the third book in Bob Lee Swagger series written by Stephen Hunter. This suspense fiction novel is first publsihed in 1998. 

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    Helen Ray
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Absolutely outstanding! The plot is intricate and wonderfully complex. I was truly impressed. The story revolves around the attempted killing of 4 people. Mr. Hunter does a masterful job of drawing the reader in. Mr. Hunter delivers the goods in this book. A must read! "
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    #42Penpal

    Penpal
    Penpal is a horror mystery thriller fiction book written by Dathan Auerbach. This horror fiction novel is first published in 2012 by 1000Vultures. 
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    Philip Little
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This solution needs more information about the plot and intended audience (teens? mature?). A quick logline would better inform the potential reader. "
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    #43Clean Kill (Kyle Swanson Sniper)

    Clean Kill (Kyle Swanson Sniper)
    Clean Kill (Kyle Swanson Sniper) is a military thriller fiction written by Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis. It is first published in 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Dorothy Austin
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is an interesting murder thriller book. The story is one that will make your mind work over time. If you like engaging thrillers than this is it."
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    #44Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler is an adventure-fiction and techno-thriller novel originally published in 1976. This book belongs to Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Iceberg and followed by Vixen 03.

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    Tiffany Nguyen
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Clive Cussler is a great author. He has a way of painting scenes with words that is unmatched."
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    #45Coral Hare

    Coral Hare
    Coral Hare: Atomic Agent is a historical fiction thriller written by Clive Lee. This espionage novel is first published in 2014 by Amazon Digital Services. 
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    Ishan Sen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I am definitely a big fan of this book. There are quiet a few plot twists that caught me off guard as I was reading it. The suspense the book built was great. I like the writing style as it really helped me connect with the main character. Overall, a very good book. "
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    #46Snowball in Hell (Doyle & Spain)

    Snowball in Hell (Doyle & Spain)

    Snowball in Hell is a historical mystery book with gay romance elements written by Josh Lanyon. Snowball in Hell was published on April 4, 2011 by Carina Press.

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    Jose Day
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Snowball in Hell (Doyle & Spain) is a must read thriller for everyone."
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    #47Separation of Power

    Separation of Power

    Separation of Power by Vince Flynn is a political thriller novel originally published in 2001. This is Flynn's fourth novel featuring CIA superagent - Mitch Rapp. It is preceded by The Third Option and followed by Executive Power.

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    Raymond Hunt
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Separation of Power is 17 years old but still one of the best political thrillers on the market. It's another now in the series featuring CIA superagent Mitch Rapp. The book has almost a perfect reading on Amazon and Vince Flynn fans certainly won't be disappointed."
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    #48Deep Six (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Deep Six (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Deep Six by Clive Cussler is an adventure-fiction and techno-thriller novel originally published in 1984. This book belongs to Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Night Probe! and followed by Cyclops.

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    Kelly Vasquez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Deep Six is a must-read. I am a fan of this Dirk Pitt Adventures Series and know that others will be as well. It's a fun, quick but exciting read. "
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    #49Transfer of Power

    Transfer of Power

    Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn is a political thriller book orginally published in 1999. This book is the second published book of Flynn followed by The Third Option. It tells the story of Mitch Rapp - a CIA super agent.

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    Carl Cunningham
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Amazing!! Such a great reviews everywhere! A great way to entertain yourself! "
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    #50The Veritas Conflict

    The Veritas Conflict

    The Veritas Conflict is an adult Christian thriller fiction novel written by Shaunti Feldhahn. It is first published in 2000 by Multnomah Books. 

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    Teresa Barnett
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I absolutely love these types of books. By "types" I mean the hidden realm of angels and demons going to war for the human soul. This is right up there with This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness IMHO. The story does bog down some, but it isn't very long until the pace picks up again and we see how prayer unleashes God's hand in motion."
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    #51Belka, Why Don't You Bark?

    Belka, Why Don't You Bark?

    Belka, Why Don't You Bark? is a mystery-filled thriller and suspense novel written by Hideo Furukawa. It was published October 16, 2012 Haikasoru.

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    Howard Washington
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Belka book is such a great novel and you will want to read this if you like the scary ones. The book was stolen from me and so I loved it so much that I bought myself another copy plus a backup copy. So now I will always have this to read and haven't even opened the backup one yet!"
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    #52Moonraker (James Bond)

    Moonraker (James Bond)

    Moonraker is a mystery espionage thriller fiction and the third book in James Bond series written by Ian Fleming. This classic adventure fiction novel is first published in 1955. 

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    May Deng
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Moonraker has been made into a movie, but don't let that deter you from reading the book. It's the third of fourteen James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and has been said to be the best of the lot. It has iconic "Bond" scenes as well as a look at his regular life, something that hasn't appeared in movies. It's a standalone story that would resonate outside of the Bond universe."
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    #53The Priest's Graveyard

    The Priest's Graveyard
    The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker is a suspense-thriller and mystery fiction novel originally published in 2011. This book tells the story of a former drug addict - Renee Gilmore - and her lover who suddenly disappeared.
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    Jacqueline Morales
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Great solution. Book seems to have very good reviews and a great summary"
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    #54The Dark Horse (Walt Longmire)

    The Dark Horse (Walt Longmire)

    The Dark Horse is a mystery thriller fiction and the fifth book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It is first published in 2009 by Viking Adult. 

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    Nicholas Lewis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A must-read thriller novel I recommend is the Dark Horse is a mystery thriller fiction because it shows mysteries in a fresh new way with unexpected twists."
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    #55Showdown (The Paradise Novels)

    Showdown (The Paradise Novels)

    Showdown by Ted Dekker is a psychological fiction and mystery suspense-thriller novel originally published in 2005. This is the first book in Dekker's The Paradise Novels series. It is followed by Saint.

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    Ridhi Patel
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Showdown (The Paradise Novels) is on the top of my best must-read thriller novel list. Stunning action, the reading pace moves along and sweeps the reader along with it. I was up until 3 am turning pages. Wonderful book series."
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    #56The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller)

    The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller)

    The Gods of Guilt is the fifth book in Michael Connelly's thrilling crime and legal mystery series, Mickey Haller series. It was released in May 2014. It is about a murder case involving a prostitute who was once helped by the main character.

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    Eric Stewart
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love a good crime story and this novel fits the bill! A terrific read that has all of the mystery and suspense anyone could ask for. I guarantee that once you pick it up and start reading, you will not be able to put it down."
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    #57The Unloved

    The Unloved

    The Unloved is a standalone horror fiction written by John Saul which centers on Deveraux family's return to a mansion where Kevin grew up to visit his frightening and ill mother. 

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    Stephen Washington
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is such a creepy but sexy thriller. I found myself literally hooked from cover to cover. "
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    #58As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire)

    As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire)

    As the Crow Flies is a Western mystery fiction and the eighth book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It is first published in 2012 by Viking.

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    #59Medusa (The NUMA Files)

    Medusa (The NUMA Files)

    Medusa by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos is an action-adventure and thriller novel originally published in 2009. This book belongs to the author's The NUMA Files series. It is preceded by The Navigator and followed by Devil's Gate.

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    Rosa María Soto
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I read Medusa in one night, it was so good! It might even be the best in the whole series. Clive and Paul really know what they're doing with this one."
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    #60Proof

    Proof

    Proof is a mystery thriller crime fiction written by Dick Francis. This British murder suspense mystery novel is first published in 1984. It tells the story of Tony Beach's involvement in some investigations.

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    Katherine Pena
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A very good mystery, with an endearing wine merchant hero. 1984, a good vintage Francis.Would count as a must read thriller."
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    #61Harmful Intent

    Harmful Intent

    Harmful Intent is a fiction novel written by Robin Cook. This medical thriller novel was originally published in 1990. It tells the story of an anesthesiologist who is found guilty of disregarding a human life.

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    Alexander Jacobs
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "About what I expected from this author, but a very good read. Had me on the edge of my seat in many spots."
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    #62Saint (The Paradise Novels)

    Saint (The Paradise Novels)

    Saint by Ted Dekker is a suspense-thriller and mystery fiction novel originally published in 2006. This is the second book in Dekker's The Paradise Novels series. It is preceded by Showdown and followed by Sinner.

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    Aditya Rodrigues
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book. It has some super-hero stuff mixed in with your normal spy world assassin run amok kind of thrills. A good read. "
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    #63Kill Shot

    Kill Shot

    Kill Shot by Vince Flynn is a mystery thriller and political fiction novel orginally published in 2012. This book is preceded by American Assassin and followed by Transfer of Power. It follows the story of Mitch Rapp - a CIA super agent.

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    Miguel Córdova
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "It's a new york times best seller, and although I don't usually read mystery novels the premise seems rather interesting from the synopsis."
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    #64Why Kings Confess (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

    Why Kings Confess (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

    Why Kings Confess is the ninth book in C.S. Harris' historical thrilling fiction series for adults, the Sebastian St. Cry Mystery series. It was released in March 2014. It is about a sensational murder with links to French leader, Napoleon Bonaparte.

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    Nathan Rodriguez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Why Kings Confess (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) is the first book I've read by author C. S. Harris. This is a fast-paced mystery novel, that kept me engaged in the storyline. I will definitely be reading more books by this author in the future."
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    #65Plague Ship (The Oregon Files)

    Plague Ship (The Oregon Files)

    Plague Ship by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul is a science fiction and thriller novel originally published in 2008. This book belongs to the author's The Oregon Files series. It is preceded by Skeleton Coast and followed by Corsair.

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    James Wells
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Plague Ship is a book of the Oregon Files series that follows Captain Juan Cabrillo and his crew. The story is about how the crew discovers a plot against the human race from an organized cult. It's a great book and definitely worth a pickup for those interested in thrillers."
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    #66Caching In: A Geocaching Love Story

    Caching In: A Geocaching Love Story

    Caching In: A Geocaching Love Story (Pastime Pursuits Book 1) is a contemporary romance fiction written by Tracy Krimmer. Originally published in 2014, Caching In is the first book in the Past Time Pursuits series.

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    Emily Gutierrez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Broken-hearted Ally Couper has had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent. Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part. Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find"
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    #67The Heist (Gabriel Allon)

    The Heist (Gabriel Allon)

    The Heist is the fourteenth book in bestselling author Daniel Silva's thrilling mystery series for adults, the Gabriel Allon series. It was released in July 2014. It is about an art restorer and spy who is searching for a Caravaggio masterpiece.

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    Lawrence Martin
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "One of the most known thriller novels out there with amazing reviews and a solid price tag. It's a must read for anyone interesting in this genre."
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    #68The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone)

    The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone)

    The Lincoln Myth is the ninth book in Steve Berry's action and mystery thriller series for young adults and adults, the Cotton Malone series. It was released in November 2014. It became a New York Times Bestseller.

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    Vishal Patil
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "good choice, but better is out there"
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    #69Turn of Mind

    Turn of Mind

    Turn of Mind is a mystery thriller fiction written by Alice LaPlante. This tells the story of a surgeon Dr. White being considered as the prime suspect in the death of her friend. This novel is published in 2011 by Bond Street Books.
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    Betty Payne
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book is a great suspense, keep you up all night novel! The main character, Dr. White, is in early stages of Alzheimer's, so maybe she just doesn't remember murdering her friend? While it is a great thriller, it also delves into how Alzheimer's affects the life and relationships of the person. It's an interesting and unique book in the thriller genre. "
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    #70The Simple Art of Murder

    The Simple Art of Murder

    The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler is a classic thriller on the author's eight classic detective stories. This book is narrated seamlessly in a bite-sized essay format. 

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    Helen Elliott
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Raymond Chandler is always good. A nicely written story like always with this author. The characters are refreshing."
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    #71Executive Power

    Executive Power

    Executive Power by Vince Flynn is a suspense thriller and political fiction novel originally published in 2003. This is Flynn's fifth book featuring CIA superagent - Mitch Rapp. It is preceded by Separation of Power.

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    Kimberly Stanley
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This book is a best seller and very interesting to read. Talks about the post 9-11 events and about a CIA superagent. I think that this book is a must read."
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    #72Blink

    Blink

    A Saudi Arabian princess flees a painful forced marriage for the promise of America, and teams up with graduate student Seth, who possesses the ability to see multiple possible futures, in a dangerous struggle for power.

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    Parakram Sengupta
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "good thriller book by a competent author"
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    #73Nine Feet Under

    Nine Feet Under
    Nine Feet Under is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Morgan C. Talbot. Originally published in 2013 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC, it is the third book in the Caching Out series.
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    Jason Payne
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Nine Feet Under was recommended to me by a friend and I decided to get it since it spark my curiosity about the novel. I have to say I was hook in the beginning since this novel does something I also enjoy called geocaching. The novel focus on two protagonist and their adventure of geocaching only to come upon a murder. Filled with lots of mystery and puzzle that won't leave you disappointed. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy suspense and thriller novels."
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    #74Second Child

    Second Child

    Second Child is a standalone horror fiction written by John Saul which centers in Secret Cove where on the night of the annual August Moon Ball, a shy servant girl committed an unspeakable act of violence 100 years ago and now Melissa Holloway will about it. 

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    Jerry Lucas
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love John Saul but this wasn't one of his best. The story telling was a bit patchy at times which ruined the flow. Other than that, it was a page turner, albeit a little predictable. I still recommend it because it's a John Saul."
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    #75Playback

    Playback

    Playback by Raymond Chandler tells another classic thriller as one of the protagonists is a redhead woman. The story unfolds as Marlowe and the redhead lead their way into solving a tale of big money which eventually involves murder.

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    Kenneth Evans
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The best must-read thriller novel is Playback by Raymond Chandler. Private Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a lawyer to follow a gorgeous redhead. The redhead was acquitted of her husband's murder but her father-in-law doesn't buy it. Marlowe must choose between being loyal to his client or following his instinct to help the lady."
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    #76The Last Man

    The Last Man

    The Last Man by Vince Flynn is a mystery thriller and political fiction novel originally published in 2012. This book is preceded by Pursuit of Honor and followed by The Survivor. It follows the story of Mitch Rapp - a CIA super agent.

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    Eric Rios
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "At this point, it is difficult to review any Mitch Rapp novel differently than the ones which came before. Vince Flynn has created an excellent and believable character, one dedicated to the safety of our nation, and over-all justice for those who would bring down the US"
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    #77A Parallel Trust

    A Parallel Trust

    A Parallel Trust is a mystery novel written by James Stoddah. First published in 2015 by 2QT Publishing, it focuses on the adventures of seventeen-year-old Aril Ousby who embarks on a geocache investigation in Britain.

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    Aaron Matthews
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I strongly disagree that A Parallel Trust is a must read thriller novel. At best, it is just an OK book with a decent story but the characters will make you get bored while reading book. There are many great thrillers books out there, even classics, but this book is not one of them."
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    #78You

    You

    You is a contemporary mystery thriller fiction written by Caroline Kepnes. This adult fiction novel is first published in  2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books.

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    Willie Barrett
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "the novel offers a decent amount of thrills. it shows the skills of Caroline Kepnes."
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    #79The Little Sister

    The Little Sister

    The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler is the author's 5th novel with the same protagonist as Marlowe. The antagonists in this book lured Marlowe into an American dream which would put him in danger.

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    Tiffany Dixon
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Not one of the authors best books, but still on a must-read list if you like any of his other books. This mystery book throws many twists and turns, a few of them seem rushed and a little lackluster, hence it not being the best. The storyline in its whole is solid though, a real page turner that you can't wait to finish. The book is slightly more grim than his previous ones, but it didn't bother me in the slightest"
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    #80Fatal Dose

    Fatal Dose

    Fatal Dose is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Russell Atkinson. Originally published in 2013, it is the third book in the Cliff Knowles series.

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    Patrick Grant
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is definitely interesting and a good crime Thriller if you're into that genre. I definitely enjoyed it even though I didn't choose it out, it was a gift from family. I spent about a week reading it while I was out of work sick and it kept me very entertained. The book is a real page-turner and will keep you glued to every chapter you finish. I highly recommend this book to fictional enthusiasts."
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    #81Holding the Zero

    Holding the Zero

    Holding the Zero is a thriller fiction novel written by Gerald Seymour. This book is about Gus Peake who went to Northern Iraq and it is first published in 2000. 

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    Peter Bennett
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is really cool!"

Summary

Best What are the best must-read thriller novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Gone GirlBooks 59 Paid
2The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 53 Paid
3The ClientBooks 50 Paid
4Mystic RiverBooks 48 Paid
5The Day of the JackalBooks 47 Paid
6The Girl on the TrainBooks 46 Paid
7The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)Books 44 Paid
8The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme) Books 41 Paid
9Red DragonBooks 41 Paid
10The Bourne IdentityBooks 38 Paid
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