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Thrilling Suspense Books to Keep You Turning Pages

By: Hidden Gems on August 22, 2023

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By: Hidden Gems on August 22, 2023


It can be almost impossible to put down a book filled with twists, turns, and adrenaline pumping action. Thrilling suspense books are very popular amongst Hidden Gems readers, so we’ve gathered a list of five favorites that will keep you turning pages all night long.

Body Count

Body Count by SM Thomas

Taking place after the tribulations of The Diseased, Paige is finding herself in a situation that seems even more impossible than before. The President is dying, and she can save him. But she won’t.

“This isn’t the end of [Paige’s] story, and the cliffhanger is brutal! You will feel an array of emotions as you read through this thriller. The twists and turns were phenomenal, and I really loved finding out some of my theories were correct!” writes Rae in their 5-star review. “Some of the plot twists still got me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We have some LGBTQ+ representation in this book along with some little romances.”

“The author doesn’t care about who gets killed and no-one is safe. The politics are intense and you really have to take account of who is in league with who and at what time,” says Linda R. in their 5-star review. “The book ended on a cliff hanger and so I can’t wait for the next book in the series.”

Her Perfect Murder

Her Perfect Murder by AJ Faris

Lexi could have had it all, if it weren’t for a night 10 years ago when she was charged with murder. She has returned to her hometown, hoping to move from her past and begin a new future. But now that a private investigator is in town, her plan for moving on is taking a different course.

“Wow, what a ride!” writes T. Ross in their 5 star review. “Even after 10 years in prison for murder, Lexi is still having nightmares of the night her best friend, Alexa, died. When Zac moves in next door so he can be in town to look into a missing person case, Lexi finds out that Alexa isn’t who she claimed to be.”

“This was love at the 1st page I was captured from the start. The storytelling is just amazing,” wrote Dave in their 5 star review. “It’s absolutely absorbing and incredibly hard to put down…”


Unbalanced by Jason Parent

Something haunts Detective Asante Royo at an apparent suicide scene in an apartment complex notorious for shady business. Jaden Sanders lives across the hall from the crime scene. When three men break into his apartment, Jaden kills two of his attackers and stabs the third in the back. He is soon arrested for murder. But is Jaden a victim himself, or a murderer capable of killing again?

Unbalanced by Jason Parent is a ‘must read’ that quickly pulls you in and takes you on an incredible journey that is impossible to put down once you begin,” wrote Cindy S. in their 5-star review. “ I was hooked in the first several pages and found myself immediately empathizing with the protagonist’s struggles in anger and sadness while giggling through his inner monologue. All the while, on the edge of my seat as the mystery continued to unfold.”

“This book had me hooked from the beginning! I really enjoyed the characters, especially Jaden and Detective Royo. Royo is clearly a great detective who is very thorough and looks well beyond any initial clues. Jaden’s character is very well developed, and I appreciate the author giving so much detail of his life and his mental illness. The mystery unfolds well, and the inner dialogue of Jaden is at times comical, which was a nice change of pace. The dialogue within the courtroom scenes were very realistic and believable, which I really enjoyed,” wrote Angie H. in their 5-star review. “I really didn’t see the ending coming, but appreciated how well the loose ends were tied up.”

Shore Lodge

Shore Lodge by Susan Oram

Jacklyn is struggling after her husband’s death. When her son and daughter suggest a brief vacation to help her healing, Jacklyn heads to a remote retreat…but she can’t check out. This psychological thriller has heroines with grit, tense stakes, and shocking treacherous moments.

It’s been awhile since a book kept me as enthralled as this one. You can’t help but become so enmeshed with the main character in the book that it becomes hard to breathe,” wrote Nicole in their 5-star review. “Oh, how I wanted to go and sit with this character and have a good cry with her.”

“I felt that I was the one experiencing everything in the book! Very good insight on subject matter and I think it is one of the fastest books I have read as I just couldn’t put it down!” wrote Amazon reviewer in their 5-star review.

Reign of Fear

Reign of Fear by Gledé Browne Kabongo

Two women, Abbie, a prominent doctor, and Kristina, one a bitter rival out for revenge, are head to head in jealousy, obsession and murder. Old wounds are opened, and Kristina will stop at nothing to finally achieve the happy ending she was denied years ago.

“This story will take you through a roller coaster of suspense, and emotions! This author did not disappoint with this book! I was not able to put it down for one minute. The author does an amazing job transporting the reader into the crazy lives of the characters,” wrote Kiki A. in their 5-star review. “Perfect pacing, flawless transitions.”

“Very twisty,” wrote Taryn S. in their 5-star review. “This story started with a bang and didn’t let go and was very surprising at the end.”

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