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Thriller Books to Keep You Up At Night

By: Hidden Gems on September 21, 2021

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By: Hidden Gems on September 21, 2021


Captivating, thought provoking and at times downright bone chilling, a great thriller can often take our mind to the land of “what if?” Hidden Gems readers have been fortunate to have plenty of thrillers 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.


Run For the Hills

Run For The Hills by Jodi Burnett

A psychotic client stalks therapist Joscelyn Turner and flips her life upside down. When his threats become violent, she must run from her home to save her life and the lives of her horses and dog. If you like roller-coaster whirls of emotions and thriller novels with gripping tension, you will love Run For The Hills, from Hidden Gems reader favorite, Jodi Burnett.

Judith T. raves in her 5-star review, “If I could give this more than a 5 star rating, I would! It’s a heartfelt story, a thriller, a love story and educational in learning about horse therapy. There is even humor. It is well written with a well developed plot and characters. I was glued to this story from the very begging throughout to the very end. It is a captivating story. I loved Joscelyn and Cade. My heart went out to both of them and Cade’s daughter. This book is well worth reading. I’d also advise having a box of tissues within reach. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! I can’t wait to read more of this author’s books.”

“I really enjoyed this novel,” writes RavenCorbie in their 5-star review.. “Normally, I don’t read a lot of romance, but the inclusion of the equine therapy and the suspense made me pick it up. The pacing was particularly great, with moments coming in both the romantic and suspense plots, as well as keeping up with the equine therapy, which were my favorite scenes. I was also happy that the thread started in the beginning with the adolescents that was not dropped or forgotten, which happens in books with subplots of that nature. So all in all, it was a great read and I’m looking forward to the next installment!”

Dark Vet - Thriller book cover

Dark Vet by CJ Hannon

From People’s Book Prize finalist CJ Hannon, Dark Vet is a twisty detective murder mystery, perfect for fans of Peter James, Angela Marsons and Melinda Leigh.

“Riveting, exciting and suspenseful are just the first words that come to mind when I think of Dark Vet,” writes Anna, Vine Voice in her 5-star review. “Never have I thought this story will end like this. What we have here is your usual story. Husband – Martin Kitteridge- found dead by wife -Melody. The first person who the police think to suspect is the wife. But the wife has an airtight alibi. So who killed him then? I said it was your usual story but nothing is usual about it. Starting with the circumstances of Martin’s death. I absolutely loved this book. It is fast-paced and has twists I didn’t see coming. And the ending? I felt satisfied because this ending brings a certain sense of justice with it but also leaves you thinking.”

DB explains in their 5-star review, “This is a compelling drama that draws you in from the opening chapter. You are quickly brought to the scene of what could be an accident or a crime! and then introduced to a cast of interesting – and in some cases very suspicious – characters. The main character, though, is the aspiring detective, Astrid Van Doren. With the possibility of promotion and her future police career in mind, she sets out to prove her worth and, although she doesn’t always get it right, Van Doren leads us to a satisfying conclusion. She will obviously be back to share the solving of more mysteries with CJ Hannon’s readers, of which I will definitely be one.”

Nickel City Crossfire

Nickel City Crossfire by Gary Earl Ross

From Edgar Award-winning playwright, novelist, public radio essayist, and popular culture scholar, Gary Earl Ross, Nickel City Crossfire is a non-stop thriller with an impressive 4.7 average star rating on Amazon.

“One of the best reads in a while for me,” raves Alan J. in his 5-star review. “We’ve all read murder mysteries. We like them and if we’re fans we find most of them good reads. But this one is different. It starts out looking like a simple murder, looking like an overdose with one murder and one survivor. But soon enough we find out it’s much more than that. The main character, Gideon Rimes utilizes all his resources to solve this one as he turns into a target himself. The author explains every situation in a way that makes you feel like you are right there, I mean right there and almost a part of it. This book takes you down a road that makes you think about what’s happening and then what is about to happen. The best part of this mystery is that all the answers don’t just pop up at the end of the book like most. Everything kind of falls into place. You are surprised, but then you say, “oh yeah!” I read this book much faster than most. Why? Because I couldn’t put it down. “

“I love when I find a new author that blows me away!” says Nora. H in her 5-star review. “Gideon Rimes reminded of Alex Cross. He knows everyone and his mind is constantly working to solve the mystery. He’s a PI that’s been hired to find a missing young woman. The earliest accounts of what happened to her become so far from the facts of what’s really going on it’s mind boggling! There’s a plethora of amazing characters that just make the story more exciting. The author writes about real life issues in this story and does it such a way that had me thinking about my reaction to these issues. This is an author I will continue to read and will be waiting not so patiently for the next in this series. A must read!!”

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows by Karen Dodd

Everybody Knows is the first book in the unrelenting Nicoló Moretti crime thriller series. If you like tenacious heroes, vivid international settings, and high-octane adventure, then you’ll love Karen Dodd’s nail-biting story.

“Move over, 007!” says Rae K. in their 5-star review. “I’ve been following author Karen Dodd for some time now and this is one of her best crime thriller yet! Immerse yourself deep into Malta and Italy. Stroll around quaint villages, smell the sea, feel the sun on your face, but please, please, look over your shoulder. Ruthless killers may be on your trail, bombs may be set under your restaurant table, the mafia may be listening to your calls…Karen Dodd has set a thrilling plot when Special Prosecutor Nicoló Moretti’s son goes missing and nothing will stop him from finding this boy he has never met. This tender connection contrasts with the violent crimes perpetrated by power hungry forces that Nicoló must now face. The author has done a splendid job going behind the scenes of rampant corruption in all levels of society, from local police to world leaders. She has cast a fine web of international crime which Nicoló must bring out in the open if he is to find his son.”

“If you like reading about organized crime, international terrorism, money laundering schemes, fraud and government corruption Everyone Knows by Karen Dodd is for you,” writes B. Mills in their 5-star review. “The story centers on Nicolo Moretti a Special Prosecutor from Tropea, Italy who is entrusted to rid Italy of corruption. The author skillfully takes the reader through a web of complex international connections, breathtaking events related to the Mafia as well as foreign terrorists, and explores the human side of Moretti’s personal life. Complex, layered plots will keep you focused on each page and asking for more in the end.”

Amber Storm - Thriller Boxset

Amber Storm Boxset by Jack Stroke

If you enjoy the high-octane tropical thrillers of Tripp Ellis, Wayne Stinnett and Cap Daniels with a splash of Jack Reacher, you will love Jack Stroke’s exciting 4.8 average star rated Amber Storm boxset which includes Amber Storm, Storm Warning and Jealous Storm.

Kim writes in her 5-star review, “This more-than-cozy mystery, less-than-thriller read is simply delightful and easy to read. The main character is likeable. The themes running through the set are interesting. I found some of the dialogue simplistic, but it was easy to overlook. I read all 3 books, one right after the other and enjoyed doing so. I would recommend doing it this way. Great easy read.”

“OMG I had so much fun reading these books,” explains JoBear in their 5-star review. “The story is fresh and a little different which is nice. The characters are outstanding. A bit of action lots of suspense. I read this as fast as I could I just had to know what happened next. It has some humor lots of heart. As far as I’m concerned this is a must read for anyone looking for a fantastic book. I highly recommend it.”

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