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Thrillers That Will Keep You on the Edge

By: Hidden Gems on May 7, 2024

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By: Hidden Gems on May 7, 2024


Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of twists, bone-chilling scenes, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Hidden Gems ARC readers have had the privilege of diving into a plethora of suspenseful tales in recent months. Here’s a roundup of the most beloved and highly praised page-turners.

Shadow in the Ward

Shadow in the Ward by Ari Gray

In a future where AI threatens to replace the human touch in medicine, Dr. Seth Kelley faces burnout in his high-stress job. Joining a hospital trial using AI, disaster strikes when the system malfunctions. Seth, a programmer and medical student, must outsmart the AI during a lockdown, exploring human resilience and the limits of machine care.

“This novel takes place in the future, where AI is a big presence in hospitals. Robots do a lot of the work, but as machine learning evolves, robots take on a new and more important role, not always for the best. What I liked about the book was the inside look at the life of an ER Doc, the stresses and rewards that medical professionals face. We also learn about the merging of technology and medicine. The story is told through the voice of a compassionate doctor who is under some personal stress. He shares his medical insight with the reader, which I found to be fascinating. The story moves along at an exciting pace, writes Barbara P. in their 5-star review. “Highly recommended!”

“If you are in the medical field and have even the slightest interest in sci-fi…then this book is for you. If you are in the medical field, and have an irrational fear of A.I turning the entire field up side down.. then this book is definitely for you,” writes Anonymous in their 5-star review. “Very relatable characters and a plot that may not be too far off from future’s reality.”

A Mother's Love

A Mother’s Love by Hazel Eggleton

In a Cornish village, secrets rival the depths of the ocean. Meryan’s admission of her husband’s murder rattles the community and fractures her family. Yet, appearances deceive. Following her sentence, driven by a quest for justice and burdened by guilt, Meryan embarks on a treacherous journey to uncover the truth.

As she probes her husband’s past, she unravels a sinister tapestry of crime. When her life is endangered, her daughter becomes her beacon of hope, refusing to let her mother’s sacrifice be in vain. Can they navigate the darkest currents, or will they succumb to the abyss?

“WOW!!! An amazing read! The story is captivating, suspenseful, and a thrilling read,” wrote Anonymous in their 5-star review. “Warning, once you start reading the first page you won’t be able to put it down.”

“Hazel Eggleton’s thriller is very cleverly written and had me riveted from the beginning to the end. It is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while. It explores the depths of human emotion with skillful character development and there are lots of unexpected twists and turns. The pacing was perfect and the story was well-balanced and intriguing,” writes Ruth S. in their 5-star review. “I loved it and I really hope there will be more to come from Hazel – she is a very talented writer!”

A Portion of Malice

A Portion of Malice by Lloyd Jeffries

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Emery Merrick contemplates ending it all with a pistol to his temple when an unexpected knock interrupts him. Billionaire Thaddeus Drake offers Emery a job—to pen his biography. However, Drake harbors a sinister secret: he leads an ancient, clandestine society with a chilling agenda—to fulfill prophecy by sacrificing the Earth to a bloodthirsty deity. As Emery delves deeper, he uncovers a web of darkness that threatens to consume everything he knows.

“The narrative grips readers with its relentless pacing and intricate storytelling. The characters leap off the page, each with their own demons to confront and destinies to fulfill. Emery Merrick, our reluctant hero, undergoes a transformation that is as profound as it is harrowing,” writes Bethuel K. in their 5-star review. “His journey from a disillusioned journalist to a reluctant participant in a cosmic struggle for survival is nothing short of captivating.”

“I found A Portion of Malice: Ages of Malice Book I by Lloyd Jeffries very interesting, entertaining, and educative,” writes Charles M. in their 5-star review. “The story is immersive and suspenseful that I couldn’t stop reading and kept turning pages eager to find out what unfolds next.”


Firefax by Amelia Vergara

For centuries, the Firefax family has held the title of the world’s oldest and most notorious clan of assassins, carrying out high-profile hits for large sums. However, the patriarch’s death and the return of the cunning and ruthless prodigal son, Murdoch, throw the family into disarray. With their father gone, Murdoch holds the key to the Firefax wealth hidden on a secret island. Yet, amid the chaos, two rival intelligence networks emerged during the American Revolution, both determined to uncover the legendary treasure and tip the scales of war in their favor, no matter the cost. Little do they know, they’re up against a formidable adversary in the form of this cunning and dysfunctional family of killers.

“This book is such an exhilarating read! Imagine being transported back to the American Revolution, where you follow the daring exploits of the Firefax family,” Hamid C. writes in their 5-star review. “They’re infamous assassins with a secret treasure map, and the whole story revolves around their quest and the competition between two spy groups to find this treasure.”

“I found myself really engaged with this book. The characters are the standout for me in the book. Very Intriguing story,” writes Brant R. in their 5-star review.

Stolen Lives

Stolen Lives by Joyce Yarrow

Journalist Alienor Crespo investigates a riveting story involving tons of gold sent to the Soviet Union during the Spanish Civil War and the plight of endangered children who shared the same journey. Utilizing her unique insight, Alienor uncovers links between historical events and her current probe into Spain’s ‘stolen babies,’ risking her life in the process.

“Suspense, thrills, vivid descriptions, and excellent dialogue await you. The well-developed characters kept me on my toes through every chapter. This book’s international suspense and deep historical background were brilliant! I cannot even describe how intense the plot was, and the twists and turns were amazing,” writes Anonymous in their 5-star review. “I absolutely loved this book’s highly imaginative dual timeframes!”

“The story reveals historical truths and roots through the heroine, thrills, twists and turns, and excellent writing,” writes Sharon F. in their 5-star review. “It is a must-read.”

Hidden Gems readers get to read these thriller novels first, so if you want more stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat, 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 once they’re done.

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