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Highly Rated Thrillers That Will Captivate Readers

By: Hidden Gems on April 5, 2022

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By: Hidden Gems on April 5, 2022


Heart-pounding, adrenaline pumping…those are just some of the feelings an excellent thriller can invoke. Thrillers make us wonder “what if?” Hidden Gems readers have been able to choose from a variety of highly rated thrillers over the past few months, and this is a round-up of some of the most popular and well reviewed page turners.


Desert Rose

Desert Rose by K. Moore

If you like captivating and emotionally-driven domestic thrillers, then you’ll love K. Moore’s novel. Desert Rose was named ‘Most Promising Manuscript’ at the 2018 Alaskan Writers Guild Conference.

“I first have to say, this is phenomenally written,” raves Dustin in their 5-star review. “I felt such a connection to Jen, her fear, her heartache were shared so beautifully, I felt as if they were my own. As a parent, Jen’s situation is one of my biggest fears in life. Walking through this experience with her, helped me face that fear in a unique way. I would highly recommend this story to everyone.”

The Bookery Review writes in their 5-star review, “AMAZING BOOK!!! I absolutely loved this story! K. Moore’s debut novel is an outstanding and gripping story set in Dubai, where laws and culture are so different from the Occident. It’s amazing how K. Moore’s words can drag you into the story as if you were the character living it and when that happens, you know you are reading a book from a great author! In this book, so well written, you can feel the despair of a mother that suddenly loses her ten year old daughter and her journey to find her back. I’m not going to lie. I shiver just thinking about the possibility of losing my son, that’s something I don’t even want to imagine, but losing him in a foreign country, with laws and culture so different from mine, that is plainly terrifying!”

High Risk

High Risk by T.S. Maynard and W.J. McNally

Ever feel like your job is killing you? For Jim Sloane, it’s not just a feeling, it’s his reality when he finds himself trapped in his 50th story office over the long Christmas holiday. And it was no accident. This short and highly rated thriller is the perfect Friday night read.

“Well written quick read,” explains Kim in her 5-star review. “Love the plot. Perfect read for this time of year. I couldn’t put it down. Characters came alive on the page. Love ’em or hate ’em, you really get to know ’em. Highly recommend this book.”

Joanne explains in her 5-star review, “With each page, I had to know what was going to happen next. Terrifying at times, actually most of the time, I kept rooting for him, and couldn’t imagine, didn’t want to imagine, how it would end. Very well written. Very intense! Read it, you’ll be glad you did!”

The City of Lies

The City of Lies by Barry Lees

In this series starter, Kerrigan Book 1, we are introduced to a city of liars, and the question arises… who—the paying client, the inscrutable femme fatale, the potentially corrupt authorities—can you trust?

Lindell L., Top 1000 reviewer, writes in their 5-star review, “Kidnapping, murder, infidelity, blackmail, pseudonyms are all a part of the mystery that a private detective has been paid to unravel. The more he investigates, the more complicated and unusual the case becomes. Add a few surprise dead bodies and you have a mystery that keeps growing page by page.”

“I was really excited to read this book and was not disappointed,” explains Renee H. in her 5-star review. “The City of Lies was an intriguing and thrilling crime mystery with fascinating characters and many plot twists. A relatively quick read makes it a perfect selection when you need a quick fix. The storytelling is excellent and the plot moves effortlessly. I look forward to reading more from this exceptional author.”

Finding Marius

Finding Marius by Helen Yeomans

The 2020 pandemic sweeps across America, hitting rural areas hardest. When the virus kills a single mother deep in the country…Her son makes a phone call that changes his world forever…With a phenomenal 4.9 average star rating on Amazon, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR list.

Jaymee Y. writes in their 5-star review, “I loved the non-stop action that this book had, it had me turning the pages in anticipation for more. Overall, it was a great read, and I would definitely reread this again sometime in the future. The only complaint that I have is that this book isn’t long enough! I loved the writing style that the author has, and keep up the great work!”

Brenda D. raves in her 5-star review, “I have read all books written by this author and I have to say this is her best work. It was suspenseful and keeps the reader engaged. I had a tough time putting the book down… I wanted to keep reading to find out what was next for the main character.”

Liberty Justice

Liberty Justice by Brett McKay

Liberty Justice is a heart-pounding, gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of a mother and daughter whose only hope of survival is to rely on the love they have for each other.

“This is the best book I have read in a long time,” raves Kayak J. in their 5-star review. “The characters are realistic and detailed. The problems are dangerous and suspenseful. The writing style makes the action come alive, and the reader is engrossed. We see Liberty as young, older, and the young woman who is caring for her mother. The book adds items as the suspense of the killer and the police takes extreme action. I enjoy the writing style, the diverse characters, and the surprise for the plot.”

“What a thrilling read that takes you on a roller coaster ride and keeps you glued to the pages,” writes buzymomof2 in her 5-star review. “Suspense, mystery and intrigue have you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. The characters are well detailed and realistic making them easy to get to know. It’s well written and flows smoothly making it hard to put down once you start.”

Hidden Gems readers got to read these books for free, so if you want more captivating 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. Authors send these out in the hopes that the readers will write an honest review on Amazon once they’re done.

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