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5 Popular Page Turning Thrillers

By: Hidden Gems on March 9, 2021

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By: Hidden Gems on March 9, 2021


Twist and turns, bone chilling imagery, nail biting suspense… all the things that make a fantastic thriller. Hidden Gems readers have been fortunate to have plenty of suspenseful books to choose from over the past few months, and this is a round-up of some of the most popular and well liked page turners.


Her Last Summer

Her Last Summer by Melinda Woodhall

A celebrity author’s body is found floating in the bathtub of a luxury hotel suite. Can investigative reporter Veronica Lee uncover the terrifying truth behind the mysterious death before a cunning killer takes his next victim? With over 150 reviews, this fast paced mystery thriller is full of turns you won’t see coming.

Roxx T., Vine Voice writes in their 5-star review, “Woodall has an intriguing premise here, and crafts her story well. Suspense runs rampant.  What’s next?   Who’s next?   Her characters are interesting and engaging – even those who are only around for a chapter or two.   The villain too has your curiosity piqued; there’s more to their story!  The tale is filled with road blocks and twists, you’ll be hanging on to the edge of your chair with one hand while you flip pages with the other.”

“This one has it all,” says BookLover in their 5-star review. “Well-written ….. bodies dropping like flies …. jam-packed action on every page …. twists and turns that lead to an explosive conclusion … characters that are memorable …. and several different story lines that bear watching. This is the beginning of a brand new series and I can hardly wait to get my hands on Book 2! There are no cliffhangers … just a little segue into the beginning of the next book.”

Every Dying Hour

Every Dying Hour by Justin Rishel

With nearly 100 reviews and an average 4.5 star rating on Amazon, Every Dying Hour is the first book in the Martin Aubrey Series. People are dying. Kids are sick. Everyone is a target. Join the hunt today and discover how deep the rabbit hole goes in this technothriller.

Many Books Editorial Review writes in their 5-star review, “Martin Aubrey is the kind of character that readers love from the outset, he’s a man who knows his flaws and wants to do the right thing – even if the right thing is sometimes hard to determine. On every level of this plot, there are complexities and twists – but Rishel has managed the pace and exposition well enough to weave it all together into a great book. Every Dying Hour hits every mark – the plot is interesting and complex, the characters are fantastically created, and the writing itself is fun and easy to read. This fast-paced action thriller sucks the reader in and won’t let them go until the last page, boasting a complex plot and deep characters Every Dying Hour is a great read.”

“I am a lifelong reader and this is the first time I have gushed about a book to everyone I know,” writes Amazon Customer in their 5-star review. “This book is like that recipe that wasn’t supposed to work because obviously the ingredients don’t go together and yet somehow, inexplicably, it’s freaking delicious. Mix some futurism with a detective story and a splash of social commentary and you have a book you simply cannot put down. A literary delight. You just gotta read it.”

Virtually Gone

Virtually Gone by Jacquie Biggar

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Jacquie Biggar, comes a gripping techno-thriller, part of a multi-author series tied together by an interlocking cast of characters. It all centers around the fantastic new promise of high technology and the endless possibilities for crime that technology offers, in a world where getting away with murder can be not only plausible, but easy… if you just know how.

“A thrilling book to read,” says Laura F. in her 5-star review. “It pulled me in from the start and didn’t let me go until the final page. It is a story that has mystery, suspense, and danger. I loved reading about the characters of Julie Crenshaw and Matthew Roy. Julie is an investigative reporter who when on a story is determined to follow it to its conclusion. The one that she is on now could be the case of a lifetime. Matthew is a detective who is frustrated by the fact that he hasn’t been able to bring a rapist to justice. When the suspect escalates his crime to murder, Matthew knows that he has to bring him in. The one question is how? Read this book to see if Matthew solves the case. This is a story that had me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next. I loved the way that the author writes about the technology used in the investigation. I also enjoyed the interactions and bantering back and forth between the characters. This is a fast-paced book that will keep you guessing. I highly recommend reading it.”

Colorado Cowgirl writes in her 5-star review, “A good, tight mystery that is well-paced. It kept me involved from the first page to the last. I especially loved the use of high-tech police procedure like DNA profiling and tracking cell phone information. The bad guy was bad and I did not figure out the plot until the end. The good guys were very interesting and there were back stories of a romance between a detective (Connor) and a reporter – which is always dicey. Julie, the reporter, had a lot of past issues to work through so it gave the story a nice depth. Matt, Connor’s partner also had issues with anger and unresolved problems with the unsolved murder of his half-sister years before. That made the characters seem real. The story was based in Victoria, British Columbia, which I truly love. But even the best cities can have evil people lurking in the shadows. I was a little confused in the beginning with all the characters and back-stories but they soon sorted themselves out. All in all this is a taut, suspenseful and believable murder/rape mystery that you will love.”

Death Count

Death Count by SL Beaumont

With an average 4.5 star rating on Amazon, fast-paced and entertaining, Death Count takes a deadly dip into the world of financial crime. If you love Robert Galbraith, LJ Ross, and Lisa Jewell, you’ll enjoy this one.

Claudete T. writes in her 5-star review, “A very interesting read that keeps the reader glued to the book’s pages from beginning to the end. A plot that has been similarly used by other authors, but that has been very well developed by the author and with a distinctive vocabulary. There is mystery, funny family interactions, a bit of romance, lots of crime, and lots of action. What really got my attention is the peculiar situation of the main character – she is physically disabled and although she has internal problems with her situation – she is able to live a normal life and also tries to help people with the same conditions to do the same. The story also calls attention to friendships and the importance of having goals in life.”

“It’s action-packed, page-turning suspense from the vert first page,” writes Booklover in their 5-star review. “This is the world of financial crime …. money laundering, Ponzie schemes, insurance fraud, identity theft, lottery scams. This is where Forensic Accountants earn their pay … and Kat is one of the best around. It’s also highly dangerous as it always is when someone takes large amounts of money illegally and has no wish to give it up.

The suspense is heightened throughout until the final explosive conclusion. There are twists and turns throughout. The characters are solidly written and I loved the relationship between Kat and Adam. Maybe a developing romance? Before becoming an author, she worked in banking in London and New York. Given her background, I expected a certain amount of credibility ..and I was not disappointed.”

Soul Stealer

Soulstealer by Shane Boulware

This coming-of-age urban fantasy bleeds with action and suspense in a fast-paced, supernatural thrill-ride that will keep you turning pages. Nythan was looking forward to college— Florida beaches, girls, maybe even a class or two. Now, he’ll be happy just to survive…

“Boulware fleshes out even the most minor of characters, employing dialogue that’s natural and believable,” writes BlueInk Review in their review.

Angela N. writes in her 5-star review, “It’s so hard to try to write a review for this book without giving away spoilers. I will just say that it makes you wonder who really is the antagonist and explores the human mind and how we rationalize our actions. It makes you think about the long time question of ‘Does the ends justify the means?’ I love sci-fi and adventure, this book delivered on both. I like the litter humor included here and there as well. I also have the audiobook and the Narrator, Daniel Wisniewski, did a great job with the story and dialogue amongst the characters.”

Hidden Gems readers got to read these books for free, so if you want more bone chilling thrillers to lose sleep over, sign up today! Subscribers to Hidden Gems receive invitations to read books like these – plus other titles from any of up to 15 other genres – for free. Hopefully after each one you’ll consider leaving the book an honest review on Amazon, thereby helping others discover these great reads!

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