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17 Bone-chilling Romantic Thrillers To Read This Year

17 Romantic Thrillers To Read This Year

Anytime is the perfect time to read a good romantic thriller and suspense novel, and if you want to read some of the best of in this genre, then here’s a list of 17 incredible romantic thrillers which you simply need to read.

1. Her Last Word

Author – Mary Burton

Hidden - Best Romantic Thrillers

Kaitlin Roe remembers the night her cousin Gina was abducted. She saw the masked stranger and heard her cousin’s screams and she blames herself for not doing anything and running away. Now Kaitlin is trying to interview people associated with the abduction for a podcast but when one of those girls goes missing, she finds that the killer has been drawn out of hiding. Detective John Adler and Kaitlin Roe become closer during the investigation as Kaitlin’s past catches upto her.

2. Hidden

Author – Laura Griffin

Hidden - Best Romantic Thrillers

The first book in The Texas Murder Files introduces investigative reporter, Bailey Rhoads. A woman is mugged and murdered on a bike trail but Bailey is finding it difficult to get any details out of Detective Jacob Merritt. Bailey suspects that the victim was not who she claimed to be and as her trail leads her to an isolated research facility with cutting edge technology, the mystery only gets more complicated.

3. Night Hawk

Author – Susan Sleeman

Susan Sleeman’s series, Nighthawk Security, has some great romantic thrillers but Night Hawk might be the best. FBI Agent, Toni Long blames herself for her father’s death especially since she was busy being infatuated by Clay Byrd when it happened. Now she has received a tip about her father’s killer which turns out to be an attempt to murder her but Clay saves her. As Byrd employs the Nighthawk Security to protect Toni, things get a lot more complicated.

4. Picnic in Someday Valley

Author – Jodi Thomas

Picnic in Someday Valley - Jodi Thomas

Things have not been easy for Marcie in the town of Honeycreek since her ex-boyfriend Boone was sent away for arson. When she is threatened by a group of men, local mystery cowboy, Brand helps her out. Piper is the mayor of the town who is in a complicated relationship with a Texas Ranger, Colby. As the threat from one of the local thugs becomes more dangerous, Marcie and Piper have to learn to fight against all odds.

5. Verity

Author – Colleen Hoover

Verity - Colleen Hoover

Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, has stumbled upon the opportunity of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of a bestselling author, Verity Crawford has employed her to sort through his wife’s notes and finish her works. When Lowen arrives at their home, she finds nothing but disarray and notes for an autobiography Verity was working on. As Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy intensifies, Lowen starts to believe that there might be some benefit in showing the notes to him.

6. Waiting For Willa

Author – Dorothy Eden

Waiting For Willa - Best Romantic Thrillers

One of the most popular works of romantic suspense novels, the story follows Grace’s search for her cousin Willa, in the beautiful landscape of Stockholm. When Grace receives a letter signed Willa, she knows something is wrong. After all, Willa was a code between the girls to signal a problem. When Grace makes her way to Stockholm, she finds herself completely involved in romance, mystery and the night life.

7. Lady in the Lake

Author – Laura Lippman

Lady in the Lake - Best Romantic Thrillers

Set in 1960s Baltimore, Lady in the Lake, follows Maddie Schwartz, who is determined to make more of her life than a housewife. When she helps solve the mystery of a murdered girl, she lands a job as a reporter for local newspaper. Soon she gets involved in investigating the murder of a young African American woman, Cleo but Maddie has issues of her own which prevent her from seeing things right in front of her.

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8. Hideaway

Author – Nora Roberts

Hideaway - Best Romantic Thrillers

Caitlyn Sullivan, from a long line of Hollywood stars disappeared one day. Cate was nothing like what people thought of her. Resourceful and smart, she managed to escaped and found herself in the care of Dillon Cooper. Now she is ready to go back to her acting career, but a lot has changed since then and Cate finds that her family harbors many secrets.

9. The Wife Upstairs

Author – Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs - Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs feels like a modern twist on both Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Jane, a dog walker, arrives in the gated community of Thornfield Estates where is pretty sure her motives will not be questioned. The rich and brooding, Eddie Rochester might be the perfect person for Jane. As their relationship blooms, Jane begins to compare herself to Eddie’s dead wife, Bea.

10. The Girl in Cabin 13

Author – A. J. Rivers

The Girl in Cabin 13 - Best Romantic Thrillers

Emma Griffin became an FBI Agent after her parents and boyfriend were murdered. Now she has been sent to investigate murders in Feathered Nest and when she finds a body on her porch, with her name written on the victim’s hand, she knows she has landed in the right place where all her secrets will be revealed.

11. When No One is Watching

Author – Alyssa Cole

When No One is Watching - Alyssa Cole

Sydney Green never expected to see her neighbourhood change as fast as it is. There are condos sprouting everywhere and new people moving in. She starts a walking tour and finds herself with an unlikely assistant, Theo. But the neighbourhood as not as simple as it seems. There might be new people but are they moving in at all?

12. Exposure

Author – Susan Anderson

Exposure - Best Romantic Thrillers

“Troubled Emma Sands has fled her old life and memories of her traumatic childhood to a small town in Washington State, where she falls for the sheriff, a man with his own tragic past.”

13. The Perfect Stranger

Author – Megan Miranda

The Perfect Stranger - Best Romantic Thrillers

Leah Stevens runs into an old friend, Emmy at just the right time. An article she wrote has practically ruined her career so when Emmy proposes that they move away together, the idea doesn’t seem so bad. But soon a woman who looks like Leah is assaulted and Emmy disappears, Leah realizes that she never really knew much about Emmy. With the help of Officer Kyle Donovan, Leah must preserve her credibility and also find Emmy.


14. The Good Girl

Author – Mary Kubica

The Good Girl - Mary Kubica

Mia Dennett, stood up by her boyfriend, leaves with a stranger, Colin. Colin appears to be fine and perfect for a fun night but when Colin decides to hide Mia in a cabin instead of delivering her to his employers, things get complicated. Now Mia’s mother and Detective Gabe Hoffman must find Mia but there’s emotions always waiting around.

15. A Study in Scarlet Women

Author – Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women

Charlotte Holmes is tired of the unfair expectations from women. When the city is struck with three unexpected murders and the blame comes upon her sister and her father, Charlotte will do anything to clear her family’s name and she does she under the assumed name, Sherlock Holmes.

16. Till Death

Author – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Till Death - Best Romantic Thrillers

“It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago. First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.”

17. Thick as Thieves

Author – Sandra Brown

Thick as Thieves - Best Romantic Thrillers

“Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it. Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago has never reconciled with her father’s abandonment of her and her sister. Ledge Burnet, a rebellious teen at the time of the heist, evaded his jail sentence by enlisting in the army. Now he’s back in town to care for his ailing father.  But the arrival of their elusive accomplice’s daughter, Arden, who may know more about the missing money than she’s telling, sets them both on red alert.”


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