Top 10 Fast Paced Thriller Books

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Whether you are a crime thriller aficionado or don’t usually read, these books are sure to entertain absolutely everyone. The fun thing about crime thrillers is that the good ones will draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat until the earth-shattering conclusion. So put your daily activities aside for the next while, because these books are sure to interfere with that thing we call life. Here are top ten fast paced thriller books.

1. Sea Change by James Powlick

Sea Change by James Powlick Best Thriller BooksLike the movie, Jaws, this book is sure to make you think twice next time you are at the beach. A series of murders in the sea and along the shoreline alert officials to something sinister going on. People, as well as marine animals are dying with no probable cause. Things get really exciting and the race is on when the killer has to be stopped before decimating the entire population in the Seattle area. Throw in a mean approaching storm to stir things up and you have a thriller that is a cross between Godzilla and Jaws and no less terrifying.


2. Now You See Me by James Patterson

Now You See Me by James Patterson Best Thriller Books

When it comes to fast-paced thrillers then James Patterson is master of the game and this book is no exception. Nina seems to have the perfect life in NY with her beautiful teenage daughter, but 18 years before a terrible secret caused her to run for her life, while pregnant and change her identity. She thought she had escaped the evil she left behind, but when an innocent man is framed for murder, Nina knows she has to expose the real killer even if it means returning to the horror she escaped from.



3. Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham Best Thriller Books

This book is eerie and disturbing, because it makes us question whether we really know the people we are closest too. Three couple meet on holiday in Florida and become fast friends. Tragedy strikes, however, when the daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing and her body is found in the mangroves. When the three couples return home they remain in contact and learn things about each other over three increasingly tense dinner parties, unpleasant things that make some question whether one of them is burying a secret far more sinister. Then a second girl goes missing…


4. Awakening by S.J Bolton

Awakening by S.J Bolton Best Thriller Books

This lady’s books just seem to get more and more exciting. This book has snakes and lots of them, even if you hate snakes you won’t be able to look away and the pages will just keep on turning. Clara Benning, a Veterinary Surgeon, is a recluse and shies away from human contact due to a childhood accident that left her with a severe disfigurement. However, her skills are called in to play when a man is found dead from a snake bite, but with far more venom than a single snake bite alone could achieve.



5. The Crush by Sandra Brown

The Crush by Sandra Brown Best Thriller Books

Dr. Rennie Newton is on the jury of a contract killer, Ricky Lozada. After delivering a verdict of not guilty, Rennie seems to have gained an admirer in Ricky Lozado. When Rennie’s professional rival turns up dead, Lozada is the key suspect. He begins to stalk her and Rennie realizes her verdict might not have been so true after all. Teaming up with rogue detective, Rick Threadgill, the race is on to confront the hitman, before it’s too late.




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6. Guilt by Association by Marcia Clarke

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clarke Best Thriller Books

Marcia Clarke was the lead prosecutor on the O.J Simpson case and is the author of the book about the trial called Without a Doubt. Guilt by Association is her first fiction novel and has had great success! District Attorney, Rachel Knight is a wisecracking, extremely intelligent prosecutor in the most elite division in the city. Rachel is shocked by the tragic death of her colleague, Jake, who is found at a terrible crime scene. Jake’s case is handed over to Rachel, but she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death and discovers that she must risk her life to find the truth.


7. Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark Best Thriller Books

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are usually more low-key mysteries, but this one will you have you on the edge of your seat to find out who the killer is. This killer uses personal ads to lure his victims. Best friends, Darcy and Erin move to the city to pursue exciting careers. Darcy persuades Erin to help a TV producer friend research the kind of people that place personal ads. It all seems like good fun until Erin goes missing. Erin’s body is found on an abandoned Manhattan Pier with a dancing slipper on one foot and Darcy soon realizes that they are dealing with a deranged killer who has his eye on her as his next victim.


8. King Tut by James Patterson

King Tut by James Patterson Top Thriller Books

James Patterson loves to surprise his readers and definitely doesn’t fail in this non-fiction thriller. Get ready for a wild ride to try and unearth one of Egypt’s oldest mysteries, the death of King Tut, the teenage boy King.






9. The Murder Stone by Louise Penny

The Murder Stone by Louise Penny Best Thriller Books

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has another case on his hands in this fantastic thriller. Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie, go to the lakeside manor to celebrate their anniversary, but when a dead body turns up it is up to Gamache to find the killer.






10. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown Top Thriller Books

When Bellamy is only 12 years old a horrific tornado kills her older sister and her whole life changes. Now an adult, Bellamy has to confront some demons from her past. We start to wonder if the tornado on that fateful day was really responsible for the death of an innocent girl.






Grab a cup of your favourite comfort drink, and curl up in a comfortable spot, you’re about to go on one heck of a ride with these fast paced thriller books.

Did we miss any of your favorite thriller books? Let us know who your favorite thriller writer is in the comments below!



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Written by L.J Melville

L.J is a twenty-something writer and aspiring social entrepreneur. She has never-ending wanderlust and loves jazz, red wine, and the outdoors.

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