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Definition of "Thriller Genre": The thriller genre is very broad and can be difficult to define.  However, the focus of a thriller ebook is typically on action, danger and suspense.  The genre can be broken into an almost infinite number of sub-genres, including action thrillers (think Clive Cussler ebooks), romance thrillers, psychological thrillers (think Psycho by Hitchcock), science fiction thrillers, and spy thrillers, just to name a few.  Common elements can include car chases, gun shoot outs, explosions, or in the case of psychological thrillers, the elements of danger can be related to the mental manipulation of characters by other characters.  It is an expansive genre, and one of the most popular at eBookHounds.


Some examples of the best thriller authors and ebooks of all time: Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), Robert Ludlum (The Bourne Identity), Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain), John Grisham (Time to Kill), John D. MacDonald (Cape Fear); James Patterson (Kiss the Girls).  As you can see, ebooks in the thriller category vary widely in their substance, and the sub-genres can almost be considered genres of their own!

What Lies Inside

by Iain Maitland

At last, Malcolm has found the perfect woman. Now he just has to keep her.

Malcolm Todd seems like an average older man – he lives a quiet life in an ordinary bungalow on a suburban street.

But Malcolm is hungry – he’s looking for love.

There was that young woman at work with the lovely hair. That didn't work out.

And the one who worked at a delicatessen. That ended quite badly.

But now someone very special has come to stay, right here in his own home. Josie is young, beautiful, spirited. And it’s clear to Malcolm that he and she have a very strong connection. A connection that could lead to a truly delicious future.

Josie might not immediately understand how happy they could be together. But Malcolm is sure he can find ways to persuade her…

What Lies Inside – the chilling psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Frieda McFadden, John Marrs, Kiersten Modglin


No Safe Place (A Detective Rebecca Ellis Thriller Book 1)

by Robin Mahle

What she discovered will be the death of her.

Detective Rebecca Ellis has some big shoes to fill. Her father was the legendary detective, Hank Ellis, now retired from the Bangor Police Department. Emerging from his shadow hasn’t been easy.

So when she’s assigned to work with new hire, Detective Euan McCallister, Ellis is determined to keep their investigation right on track.

The explosive fire in a church parking lot looks straightforward at first. Claire Allen, a volunteer at the church, burned to death in her car. But then Ellis discovers the seatbelt had been rigged, trapping Claire in the inferno. This was no accident. It was murder.

Why was Claire at the church that night? Who would want her dead? In the race to find the truth, Ellis unearths a horrifying secret that takes the investigation into very dangerous territory.

Soon, Ellis will learn that in the search for this particular killer, there is no safe place.

No Safe Place – the first in the thrilling series featuring Detective Rebecca Ellis.

What readers are saying about 
No Safe Place:

“Well written and beautifully constructed, this is a great read for fans of thrillers. I was 
hooked from start to finish.” -Booksprout Reviewer

“I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for next book. 
5 stars.” -Netgalley Reviewer

could not put it down. The storyline was so good that I had to find out what would happen. Filled with fast-paced scenes, well-developed characters, and a gripping storyline. A 5 out of 5 stars.” -Goodreads Reviewer

“…so fast paced I 
couldn’t seem to put it down till I found out what happened. Definitely a five star read for me…” -Netgalley Reviewer

“What an 
absolutely amazing book. Definitely enjoyed reading it.” -Netgalley Reviewer


Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide

by Rupert Holmes

New York Times bestseller! From Edgar Award–winning novelist, playwright, and story-songwriter Rupert Holmes comes a diabolical thriller with a killer concept: The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, “a fantasy academy laid out like a combination of Hogwarts, Downton Abbey, and a White Lotus–style resort” (Los Angeles Times) dedicated to the art of murder where students study how best to “delete” their most deserving victim.

Who hasn’t wondered for a split second what the world would be like if a person who is the object of your affliction ceased to exist? But then you’ve probably never heard of The McMasters Conservatory, dedicated to the consummate execution of the homicidal arts. To gain admission, a student must have an ethical reason for erasing someone who deeply deserves a fate no worse (nor better) than death. The campus of this “Poison Ivy League” college—its location unknown to even those who study there—is where you might find yourself the practice target of a classmate…and where one’s mandatory graduation thesis is getting away with the perfect murder of someone whose death will make the world a much better place to live.


The Unwelcomed: The Curious Case of Clara Fowler

by Ron Felber

“A hugely influential account that qualifies as jaw-dropping.” –William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

Is evil real? Is it a metaphor for the bad things people do or does it prowl the earth like a living, breathing entity that possesses the souls of vulnerable humans?

The Unwelcomed begins with the arrival of a young Radcliffe student at the office of renowned psychotherapist, Dr. Morton Prince. Pursued by a city marshal hellbent on solving the murder of two infants strangled by her father, Clara Fowler relives the nightmare that was her childhood—exalted by Visitations from Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin, cursed by the emergence of a demonic presence obsessed with her demise.

What did it all mean? And how did each of these murders link with the serial killings of Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes? The answer, the grizzled lawman discovers, is more shocking than he could ever imagine!



After That Night: A Will Trent Thriller

by Karin Slaughter

Don’t miss the next Will Trent thriller, This Is Why We Lied, coming this August! 


New York Times Bestseller

GBI investigator Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton are back in this electrifying thriller from bestselling author Karin Slaughter.

“Enter the world of Karin Slaughter. Just be forewarned, there’s no going back.” —Lisa Gardner

After that night, everything changed . . .

Fifteen years ago, Sara Linton’s life changed forever when a celebratory night out ended in a violent attack that tore her world apart. Since then, Sara has remade her life. A successful doctor, engaged to a man she loves, she has finally managed to leave the past behind her.

Until one evening, on call in the ER, everything changes. Sara battles to save a broken young woman who’s been brutally attacked. But as the investigation progresses, led by GBI Special Agent Will Trent, it becomes clear that Dani Cooper’s assault is uncannily linked to Sara’s.

And the past isn’t going to stay buried forever . . . 


One Last Bite: a delicious psychological thriller with a shocking twist

by Leah Cupps

Sadie’s dream job is about to become her nightmare.

Chef Sadie Jackson is ready to escape a troubled past, so she’s overjoyed when she’s offered the chance to work at Thistle, a new restaurant owned by her culinary heroes the legendary Devon and Norah Winthrop.

Even though she’s starting out as a dishwasher, Sadie’s willing to do whatever it takes to impress the golden couple.

But she soon discovers that something is off in the Winthrops’ seemingly perfect world. Sadie hears whispers of money troubles. Illegal activities. She sees the strange bruises on Norah’s arms.

And then there’s the mysterious cabin at the back of the property. Why is there always a light on at night? Who is staying there?

Sadie begins to understand that the Winthrops have a very dark secret. A secret which, if it’s ever revealed, will destroy their perfect lives. And that makes her wonder just how far they’ll go to protect their glowing reputation.

She’s about to find out….

One Last Bite - the gripping psychological thriller perfect for fans of Kiersten Modglin, Freida McFadden, John Marrs.


The Guilty Girl: a psychological thriller with a shocking twist

by Ruth Harrow

Chloe is serving a life sentence. In her own home.

Ever since the horrific day her mother died, Chloe's life has been anything but normal - more like a carefully constructed prison. Her father hasn’t let her go to school, have friends or leave the house alone.

As she grows up, Chloe begins to question the motives behind her dad's obsessive control. What would happen if she broke one of his many rules? And what exactly is he hiding under the overgrown grass in the back garden?

When new neighbors arrive next door, they trigger a chain of events that causes Chloe to suspect her father's motives are far darker than she knew.

Now she faces the terrifying consequences of defying the man who controls her every waking moment. Will she risk everything to win her freedom or will her father’s dark secrets keep her captive forever?

The Guilty Girl – the shocking psychological thriller perfect for fans of Freida McFadden, Kiersten Modglin and Daniel Hurst.


The St. Louis Enlows

by L. P. Arnold

The story of the Enlow family and their friends is about coming home, family, neighborhoods, and friends, each of which enrich the lives of the people involved. The still existing area of St. Louis, Missouri called Tower Grove is where the Enlow family members experience both defeat and triumph after the war. The loss of a son and the return of the son's best friend create an abyss between families and friends as they attempt to carry on with wounded lives. The returning veteran, Ricky, and the elegant and genteel, Myra, experience a sweet love affair, though restrained by the invisible wounds he brings home from the war.

Jane, the youngest Enlow, is the driving force behind this family story. She was the best tree climber in the neighborhood and 'better than the boys' at their own games. She relates how triumph for the Enlows rises out of tragedy. The author writes again about his favorite subject...COMING HOME.



Sisters of the Lost Nation

by Nick Medina

Named a Most Anticipated Book by 
Barnes and Noble ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ GoodReads ∙ Book Riot ∙ CrimeReads ∙ Ms. Magazine ∙ SheReads ∙ Amazon Editor's Pick ∙ ∙ and more!

A young Native girl's hunt for answers about the women mysteriously disappearing from her tribe's reservation leads her to delve into the myths and stories of her people, all while being haunted herself, in this atmospheric and stunningly poignant debut.

Anna Horn is always looking over her shoulder. For the bullies who torment her, for the entitled visitors at the reservation’s casino…and for the nameless, disembodied entity that stalks her every step—an ancient tribal myth come-to-life, one that’s intent on devouring her whole.
With strange and sinister happenings occurring around the casino, Anna starts to suspect that not all the horrors on the reservation are old. As girls begin to go missing and the tribe scrambles to find answers, Anna struggles with her place on the rez, desperately searching for the key she’s sure lies in the legends of her tribe’s past.  

When Anna’s own little sister also disappears, she’ll do anything to bring Grace home. But the demons plaguing the reservation—both ancient and new—are strong, and sometimes, it’s the stories that never get told that are the most important.

Part gripping thriller and part mythological horror, author Nick Medina spins an incisive and timely novel of life as an outcast, the cost of forgetting tradition, and the courage it takes to become who you were always meant to be.


Windmill Bluff

by Michael Hartnett

“Windmills, ghosts, psychiatric ward, uranium, domestic terrorism—rollicking and deep. Only Michael Hartnett.” –Joe Edd Morris, author of The Lost Page

The old psychiatric tower has been blown to bits, and FBI agents quickly determine that the suspect with the most plausible answers is a brilliant liar: Robbie DeFonte, a young YouTube star whose family chronicles are steeped in the darker history of the sprawling mental facility. A massive wind farm erected around the ruined psychiatric center buildings becomes central to a lurid tale that transports back a century earlier to unearth a legacy of hidden weapons and lost lives.

As Robbie offers his testimony to Agent Chen, he reveals tunnels below the long-abandoned facility, a dead body found down there in a military uniform, and the toxic remnants of large-scale uranium shipments. Through the lives of his grandfather, the Colonel who ran both the psychiatric center and the elaborate munitions depot, and his grandmother, who uncovered many secrets as a young bride, Robbie spins a yarn that takes the reader back to FDR's clandestine programs and pushes ahead to a wind farm fraught with danger and hope.

Windmill Bluff is a masterful tale that mines America’s turbulent past to fuel its blustery future.



To Look Upon The Sun

by Shannon St. Hilaire

In the shadow of pre-WWII Germany, 17-year-old Ilse finds herself alone, pregnant, and penniless—betrayed by her family and thrust into the arms of Lebensborn, the Nazis' secretive program designed to propagate Aryan purity.

Yet, Ilse harbors a perilous secret within the walls of Lebensborn: her unborn child's father is Jewish. Surrounded by the very architects of the regime's sinister vision, she must rely on her cunning, her knowledge of herbs, and her indomitable spirit to hide the truth and keep her child safe.

As the Reich's scrutiny intensifies, Ilse's place within Lebensborn becomes a gilded cage, with each day edging her closer to exposure. Forced to navigate a labyrinth of lies and make unthinkable choices, her journey turns into more than a fight for survival—it becomes a quest for identity, redemption, and defiance that could alter the course of her life forever.

Early Readers are LOVING To Look Upon The Sun:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…The novel still lives in my head, long after having finished it. This story of the WWII Lebensborn program in Nazi Germany is told with 
great care and quiet understatement, creating a narrative tone that is spot on…” –Goodreads review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…This book is a testament to the 
power of resilience, the survival of many under horrific odds, and the determination of some to avoid the Reich's coerced indoctrination. I couldn’t put it down…” –Netgalley Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…The author, Shannon St. Hilaire obviously did her research and crafted a 
gripping WWII story that is both accurate and nearly impossible to put down…” –Goodreads review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…An absolutely 
powerfulthrilling, and haunting story of one woman’s fight… this story rings across time…” –NetGalley review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…Out of her expert historical research, St Hilaire has created an 
extremely personal account of the true horrors of Nazism. To Look Upon the Sun is an outstanding piece of historical fiction.” –Goodreads review


The Lake House: a killer psychological thriller

by Theo Baxter

Pine Lake seems like a lovely little town. Unless you live there.

Laura thought fiancé Tony was ‘the one’ – until she caught him cheating with her best friend and maid of honor, Mary.

Devastated, Laura moved away and settled in idyllic Pine Lake, where she is just beginning to date again.

But her new life is turned upside down when her next-door neighbor dies in a freak accident . . . and Tony and Mary move in beside her.

Things go downhill fast...

Mary is convinced that Tony orchestrated the move so he could live near Laura and cheat with her. Tony suspects that Mary moved them here so she could stalk Laura, with whom she’s totally obsessed.

For her part, Laura is increasingly uncomfortable with both. Strange things keep happening and she is convinced that someone is watching her.

Then this small community is rocked by a murder, and Laura begins to worry that her very life might be on the line.

And she’s right, she’s in terrible danger. Because this little town is home to a mind that is truly evil…

The Lake House – the gripping psychological thriller by the best-selling author of The Stepfather.


Burden of Proof (A Rain City Legal Thriller Book 1)

by Stephen Penner

Some people would kill for a fresh start.

Seattle attorney Daniel Raine is going through some tough life changes; he's getting divorced, and his law partner is leaving him to become a judge. If Raine can’t find a way to stay afloat, he'll be practicing law out of his car.

Then, the perfect opportunity - a rich socialite called Abigail Willoughby arrives at his door, wanting to divorce her even richer husband.

Raine is thrilled to take the case but gets more than he bargained for when he is forced into an unlikely alliance with high-powered realtor Rebecca Sommers who has her own motives for wanting to get close to his rich client.

What seems like a straightforward case quickly turns to chaos when Abigail threatens her husband Jeremy in front of dozens of witnesses. That same night, Jeremy is discovered murdered in their home.

All the evidence points to Abigail as the murderer. But she swears she is innocent and Raine believes her. Together with Sommers, he races to find out who really killed Jeremy and to save his client from serving a lifetime behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit.

Burden of Proof is a spellbinding tale of murder and intrigue that will grip readers till the very end.

What readers are saying about 
Burden of Proof:

“… it was SO good! … I was 
totally hooked from the very beginning. Seriously, you won't be able to put it down!” -Booksprout Reviewer

did not disappoint. I enjoyed this author's writing style. It was crisp, to the point, and flowed nicely without any extra "fluff" to pull me away from the storyline and action.” -Netgalley Reviewer

thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a nice balance between the legal side of the story, and more personal stuff… held my interest throughout.” -Booksprout Reviewer

“A great, short legal thriller, 
fast paced and entertaining. Highly recommend.” -Netgalley Reviewer

“The characters are well defined and the 
writing is excellent— especially the dialogue… is recommended for all readers who enjoy this genre…” -Netgalley Reviewer

“Very interesting read and I found myself gripped, this book had everything as well as some 
twists and turns.” -Netgalley Reviewer


The Covid Murders: Another American Health Policy Detective Story

by Greg Vigdor

The Covid Murders: Another American Health Policy Detective Story
 is a novel exploring what is wrong with American health care and how to fix it. The second in the Irv Tinsley Health Policy Detective series, it picks up where the acclaimed The Theory of Irv: An American Health Policy Detective Story left off.

Like the first book, 
The Covid Murders is a fictional and page turning medical detective story, this time exploring a mysterious death in a hospital in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. But like the first, it also connects this entertaining tale simply and understandably to the very real problems of American health care policy. It explains what has gone wrong with our system historically and now, including the great impact of our recent national experience with the Covid pandemic.

Readers will discover an entertaining way to access the complex issues of American health policy and politics- and be better prepared for the coming battle over what comes next in the battle for control over American health care. Grab your copy today!


A Dreadful Splendor: An Edgar Award Winner

by B.R. Myers


“This gem of a book sparkles with wit and originality. . . . There is no shortage of tricks and feints in this excellent novel and Genevieve is a delightful character.” — The Globe and Mail

“A spooky gothic romance with impeccable vibes. I loved this!" — Erin Sterling,New York Times bestselling author of The Ex Hex and The Kiss Curse

In this wickedly whimsical Gothic murder mystery brimming with romance, betrayals, and chills, a fake spiritualist is summoned to hold a séance for a bride who died on the eve before her wedding, but as nefarious secrets are revealed, the line between hoax and haunting blurs.

Be careful what you conjure...

In Victorian London, Genevieve Timmons poses as a spiritualist to swindle wealthy mourners—until one misstep lands her in a jail cell awaiting the noose. Then a stranger arrives to make her a peculiar offer. The lord he serves, Mr. Pemberton, has been inconsolable since the tragic death of his beautiful bride-to-be. If Genevieve can perform a séance persuasive enough to bring the young lord peace, she will win her freedom.

Soothing a grieving nobleman should be easy for someone of Genevieve’s skill, but when she arrives at the grand Somerset Park estate, Mr. Pemberton is not the heartbroken lover she expected. The surly—yet exceedingly handsome—gentleman is certain that his fiancée was murdered, even though there is no evidence. Only a confession can bring justice now, and Mr. Pemberton decides Genevieve will help him get it. With his knowledge of the household and her talent for illusion, they can stage a haunting so convincing it will coax the killer into the light. However, when frightful incidents befall the manor, Genevieve realizes her tricks aren’t required after all. She may be a fake, but Somerset’s ghost could be all too real…

A Dreadful Splendor is delicious brew of mystery, spooky thrills, and intoxicating romance that makes for a ghoulishly fun and page-turning read.

"A delightful mix of gothic, mystery, and romance. I had such fun reading this book!" — Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Not Your Average Hot Guy


Never Forget: a gripping psychological thriller

by Robert W. Kirby

Jennifer wants her family to live happily ever after. Dream on.

Twenty-five years ago, Jennifer’s grandfather, Ernest, was convicted for the murder of his daughter, Jennifer’s mother. He’s been in prison ever since, but has always maintained his innocence.

Now he’s about to be released.

Jennifer has childhood memories of the happy times she spent with her grandad, so she is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt – maybe he didn’t kill her mother.

But it soon becomes clear that no-one else agrees. Ernest is targeted by someone in their small community – someone who wants him gone. And Jennifer comes under increasing pressure from her own family to abandon her grandfather.

And yet, something tells her he is a good man. Jennifer knows she has to get to the truth.

She begins to investigate her mother’s death, and soon realizes that someone is desperate to stop her, that she is putting her own life in grave danger as she draws ever closer to revealing a horrifying secret…

Never Forget – the gripping psychological thriller perfect for fans of Freida McFadden, Daniel Hurst, Kiersten Modglin.


Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes

Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, the powerful, classic story about a man who receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.

Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?


A Disgraced Knight (World of Terok Saga Book 2)

by Laurencia Hoffman

He betrayed his country for love. Now, he will do whatever it takes to claim redemption.

Forced to work for the enemy kingdom, Robin, the former Knight of Daloran, longs to return to the home he's been banished from and prove himself to the people who view him as a traitor. However, after fighting for months on end, he is forced into medical leave.

But rest is the last thing on Robin’s mind.

Struggling to navigate his complicated new reality, he takes dangerous risks in the hope of building connections with those who can accept him, flaws and all. Can he find a place where he belongs? Or will his inability to forgive himself stand in his way of future happiness?


The Good Teacher: a psychological thriller with a shocking twist

by Brian R. O'Rourke

Twenty years ago, Nelly met a monster. Now he’s back.

After a difficult divorce, things seem to be looking up for teacher Nelly Peak when she takes a job at Overland Middle School. But then she’s introduced to her new colleagues…

And she’s sure she recognises one of them - Marshall Dawes, the man that assaulted her twenty years ago.

Only now he goes by a different name - Emmett Moore. And Emmett is a highly respected teacher at Overland, beloved by pupils and staff alike. There’s even talk of him becoming principal one day.

But Nelly knows who he really is. And when things quickly start to go wrong for her – a mysterious stalker, her work being sabotaged - she is sure that Emmet is trying to squeeze her out so that he can keep his dark past hidden.

Nelly desperately needs this job and realizes she must fight to protect her reputation while seeking to uncover Emmet’s true identity.

But this is a dangerous game. As Nelly gets closer to the shocking truth, she discovers that she’s up against someone will do whatever it takes to stop her. This gripping game of cat-and-mouse is about to turn deadly…

The Good Teacher - an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller perfect for fans of Kiersten Modglin, Daniel Hurst, and Freida McFadden.


Not My Mother: a gripping psychological thriller with a white-knuckle twist

by Theo Baxter

Jake’s mom went to hospital. Someone else came back.

Carly has a complicated personal life. She’s been the mistress of famous artist Nelson Carter for the past five years. Now Nelson has finally left his wife Amanda, but instead of committing to Carly, he’s indulging in a series of one-night stands.

She has had enough and is about to leave him when a vicious attack on Amanda means Carly has to put her plans on hold to care for Nelson’s traumatized ten-year-old son, Jake.

Only when Amanda is released from hospital can Carly finally move on with her life.

But then a frightened Jake confides a disturbing secret - ‘That’s not my mom’. He is convinced the woman who came home from hospital is an imposter.

Carly tries to brush this off, but she can see that Amanda’s behavior does seem strange. And when someone targets Jake, Carly realizes she has to get to the truth of what’s happening.

A decision that leads her step by terrifying step towards a dark secret that will change her life forever.

Not My Mother – the terrifying psychological thriller perfect for fans of Freida McFadden, Kiersten Modglin, Daniel Hurst.



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