Top Ten Tuesday

Hidden Gems in the Thriller Genre


Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Hidden Gems in the Thriller Genre. Like a lot of people, I have to be in the mod to read thriller books. They are usually so fast paced I have to be willing to get hooked on a crime case! I have been through many thriller reading phases throughout my reading career, and thought I would share some books I have read and think deserve a bit more attention!

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza


I read this a few years ago and the story is just so gripping, but I haven’t heard a lot about it in the book community. There are 3 more books in the series which I am yet to read because they are so expensive to buy but I really want to pick them up ASAP!

Good for readers who enjoy: Crime thrillers, female detectives

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


This is an absolutely incredible read, I could not put it down. I read it within my first few weeks of starting university, and needless to say not a lot of work got done in that time! Liane Moriarty is quite a well known author, but I still want to praise this book as being one of the best in it’s genre.

Good for readers who enjoy: Family crisis, liars, books where the entire story isn’t revealed until the final page

The Confessions Series by James Patterson

I don’t have the last two pictures here, why? This series is absolutely incredible, I whizzed through all four books so quickly (the last two are called The Paris Mysteries and The Murder of an Angel)! I feel like these are lesser known Patterson books but definitely worth a read!

Good for readers who enjoy: Unconventional families, girl power

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood


This was such a good thriller! Again, it’s another book when you don’t really find out what happened until the very end, and it’s pretty damn hard to guess!

Good for readers who enjoy: Disagreeing friends, a past and present point of view

Sister by Rosamund Lupton


This was so intensely gripping it was sometimes difficult to keep up (in a good way)! There are so many small elements that are woven into this story to form the final crime that you have to concentrate if you have any chance of guessing (which you probably won’t!)

Good for readers who enjoy: Medical crime, sudden, shocking events

The Project Series by Nikki Owen

The character development in these stories are absolutely incredible. These are thrillers like no others I’ve read. They were captivating and so rich with life and storytelling. Not to be missed!

Good for readers who enjoy: Characters who can or can’t be trusted, a constant guessing game

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker


Another crime ‘whodunnit’ thriller, with the twist of a main character who’s memory has been purposefully wiped to forget the crime happening. Feel like guessing a long with the characters, here’s a book for you!

Good for readers who enjoy: The slow unwinding of the crime, interwoven storylines

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan


This book played with my mind! It was such a twisted story with a great concept, it was another one I struggled to keep track of at times. As far fetched as the storyline sounds, the story itself is so realistic!

Good for readers who enjoy: Twins, being mind boggled for the best part of a story

Organ/Soul Reapers by Shay West

These books are bloody good! They have everything, from a bit of romance to full on blood and gore. While the covers don’t really sell the book, this is a definite ‘don’t a judge a book by it’s cover’ moment, because the stories are thrilling!

Good for readers who enjoy: Blood and gore, criminal romance and friendships

Awake by Melanie Surani


This book is such a ride! Not only are the characters well developed, but the idea behind the storyline is so unique, it makes it that much harder to guess the ending. Even when you think it’s over, it’s definitely not over…

Good for readers who enjoy: Plots with personality, mind-boggling outcomes

I hope all you thriller lovers out there found some new and potentially interesting books to add o your TBR that you may not have come across before. Don’t worry, you can thank me later. I hope you enjoy these amazing, gripping stories just as much as I did!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂


By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

20 replies on “Hidden Gems in the Thriller Genre”

I absolutely love thrillers and I have never read any of the ones on your list! I definitely need to pick a few up soon! Great list! 😀


I love thrillers, although I approach them with caution since I tend to get VERY caught up with them! Of the ones you’ve listed, I’ve only read THE HUSBAND’S SECRET. I love Moriarty, although her newest was disappointing. I’ll have to try some of the others you suggest.

Happy TTT!


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Me too, I can’t just read a thriller like a normal person, I get so involved in the story, and then end up reading 4 more afterwards! I hope you enjoy more of Moriarty’s work!


Great to see ‘Beside Myself’ by Ann Morgan on your list! I have just finished writing my first ever review which is about this book and I loved it, one of my favourites I have read recently. I look forward to reading more of your posts


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