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Best Suspense Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Suspense books.

1. The Girl Who Lived: A Thrilling Suspense Novel (2017)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouNo one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. They’re all right—but did she see the killer?  — Independent Publisher Book Awards 2018  — National Indie Excellence Awards 2018  — Silver Falchion Award 2018  — Indie Book Awards 2018  — Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2018  — NetGalley Readers As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of…
Author(s): Christopher Greyson

2. The Hott Touch: Book Four of The Touch Series (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouEveryone adores ex-SEAL Maverick Hott, especially the ladies. That’s the way it’s always been. But he keeps things casual, so no one captures his heart. And no one gets hurt.Most of all, him.Then, there’s beautiful Carly Stone. His bestie since they were kids. The girl who breathed life back into him when tragedy struck. The same one who runs him ragged on the racquetball court and sees into his soul with those piercing hazel eyes. Yeah, that best friend.Returning home after a near fatal hostage rescue mission, the fearless and cocky CEO…
Author(s): Stoni Alexander

3. Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller-Book #1) (2017)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook You“Thriller writing at its best. Thriller enthusiasts who relish the precise execution of an international thriller, but who seek the psychological depth and believability of a protagonist who simultaneously fields professional and personal life challenges, will find this a gripping story that’s hard to put down.” –Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Any Means Necessary) “One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are…
Author(s): Jack Mars

4. Secrets of de Schoenwinkel (Once Upon A Time of War – The Netherlands) (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouWhat happens when a favorite nursery rhyme gets dropped into Europe during World War 2? The Netherlands, May 1940: German bombs devastated her neighborhood on the outskirts of Rotterdam. Many people had already left, but Letty left her leaving too late, it seems. After some difficulty, she finds shelter on the high street in an old stone tower that used to be a medieval fortress near the river—strangely, both the tower and shop within remained mostly intact after the German Blitzkrieg. But the business has been abandoned, it seems, as the owner was Jewish. Letty hoped he…
Author(s): Violet Millhouse

5. A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery–Book #1) (2017)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook You“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn’t let go.” –Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone) From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense. Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles. A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be…
Author(s): Blake Pierce

6. Katarina: A suspense & thriller romance novel of a long forgotten mystery (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouKate left her house in the morning, not knowing that everything was about to change. At the end of a routine day at medical school, she finds herself unconscious, crammed into the trunk of a yellow car and taken to an isolated cabin in the heart of a desolate forest.Andrew had been searching his whole life for the one who disappeared. He was only a young boy at the time, but clearly understood what love was. He knows that his conscience won’t be clear until he reminds her all that she has forgotten, and for that, he needs two weeks.Mr. Briggs is close to losing his mind….
Author(s): Alona Jarden

7. Winds of Danger (Lantern Beach Romantic Suspense) (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouWes O’Neill is perfectly content to hang with his friends and enjoy island life on Lantern Beach. Something begins to change inside him when Paige Henderson sweeps into his life. But the beautiful newcomer is hiding painful secrets beneath her cheerful facade.Police dispatcher Paige Henderson came to Lantern Beach riddled with guilt and uncertainties after the fallout of a bad relationship. When she meets Wes, she begins to open up to the possibility of love again. But there’s something Wes isn’t telling her—something that could change everything.As the winds shift, doubts seep into Paige’s mind. Can Paige…
Author(s): Christy Barritt

8. Reunion on the Run (Love Inspired Suspense) (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouNobody believes she’s innocent…Except her child’s secret fatherFramed for her new husband’s murder and on the run from both the killer and the police, Claire Mitchell needs help. But her ex-fiancé is the last person she expects to rescue her. Alex Vasquez just found out he’s the father of Claire’s daughter, and he knows they will have to face their rocky past…if they can survive long enough to clear her name….
Author(s): Amity Steffen

9. Edge Of Truth (Law Enforcement Heroes) (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouTwo DEA agents. One undercover mission. Lives changed forever. The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected.A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them? Or will they die trying?Edge of Truth is the first book in the Law Enforcement Heroes series. A romantic suspense series with…
Author(s): Kimberly Rose Johnson

10. Black and White (The Dismal, Florida Suspense Series) (2019)

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook YouJuly, 1973. Secretariat has just won the Triple Crown; “Shambala” is dominating AM radio, and Jennifer Sheehan has come home to Dismal, FL to reclaim her life and find out who murdered her family.Eleven years ago, a racially-charged, deadly attack forever changed the lives of Jennifer’s carefree group of high-school friends. Soon after, her mother, a Civil Rights activist, was strangled to death in her car. Police knew the crimes were connected, but they remain unsolved. Now, with a new job as Dismal’s first female police officer, Jennifer must confront the life she left behind when she fled her hometown: the best…
Author(s): Dawn Lee McKenna

Best Suspense Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some suspense books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Language of Suspense in Crime Fiction: A Linguistic Stylistic Approach

Author(s): Reshmi Dutta-Flanders
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1701149

They Came With The Snow: A Suspenseful Horror Story

Author(s): Christopher Coleman
Publisher: , Year: 2017, Size: 227 Kb, Download: azw3
ID: 2161470

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

Author(s): Cleland, Jane K
Publisher: F W Media;Writer's Digest Books, Year: 2016, Size: 414 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2071478

Partners in Suspense: Critical Essays on Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock

Author(s): Steven Rawle (Editor), K.J. Donnelly (Editor)
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2295459

G 8. A Suspense Thriller

Author(s): Mike Brogan
Publisher: BookMasters;Lighthouse Publishing, Year: 2014, Size: 642 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1348809

Cult horror movies : discover the 33 best scary, suspenseful, gory, and monstrous cinema classics

Author(s): Peary, Danny
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Year: 2014, Size: 28 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2085687

Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense

Author(s): James Scott Bell
Publisher: Writers Digest Books, Year: 2012, Size: 534 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 806245

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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