Top 10 Thriller Books
The best thriller writers tend to have written several great novels, in the genre. I have decided for my: top 10 thriller books ever list, I will only allow one book per great author.
And Then There Were None
This masterpiece of suspense was written by Agatha Christie, it also goes by the name: Ten little Indians.
In the novel ten people, who don't know each other, are lured to an island. There their unseen host accuses them of having committed serious crimes.
The guests start dieing one by one as they desperately try to unmask their captor. This novel is one of my personal favorite nail-bitters.
Watchers is one of those Dean Koontz books which one can read again and again. It has everything that makes his books great: characters tortured by terrible childhood secrets, a government experiment gone wrong and redemption through love and hope.
The main theme of Watchers is loyalty. Regardless of your literary preferences you will enjoy how the subject is explored, in this book.
The Silence of the Lambs
Nobody who has seen the movie, can read about agent Starling without thinking about Jodie Foster or read about Lector without hearing Anthony Hopkins's spooky voice.
I don't think seeing the movie takes anything away from the experience of reading the book. In many ways the book is superior to the movie and for that reason the movie did not spoil the book for me.
The Oath is a supernatural thriller based on the Christian belief system. I don't think the book was meant to be taken too literally. The writer uses symbolism both frequently and well.
The characters while flawed are likable and once the writer has you caring about the characters it sucks you in. Without giving anything away, I found the ending very satisfying.
Transfer of Power
Vince Flynn is the master of the political thriller. In Transfer of Power he writes about the threat of terrorist attacks on the USA and a secret government agency setup to eliminate terrorists.
In Transfer of Power Flynn portrays politicians in general and Democrats in particular as greedy, shortsighted and cowardly.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles is arguably the best Sherlock Holmes thriller. The main theme of the book is the victory of logic over superstition.
The novel is set on a British estate. The previous owner 'Sir Charles' has been murdered and Holmes must solve the case before the same fate befalls the new owner 'Sir Henry'.
Instruments of Night
Instruments of Night is a crime thriller filled with twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the story takes an unexpected turn.
In the book a writer named Graves investigates crimes. He is driven by the murder of his own sister years ago.
Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider is an action packed, fast moving crime thriller.
Alex Cross is a lead detective with the Washington Police Department. He is also a psychologist. When a politicians son is kidnapped Alex Cross is called on to find the boy.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This international bestseller is set in Sweden. It gives you a glimpse of the Swedish culture, which I found interesting. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in a trilogy, so if you want more you can find it.
The writer has some fun and quirky characters and he does get the most out of them.
The main theme of the book is that of shocking sexual violence, mostly against women but not excluding men.
This thriller deals with God, so not for the religious.
The story is that of a father name MacKenzie Phillips who took his children camping, one of them disappears. A man who has kidnapped and killed children before is blamed. Mack struggles with his marriage and faith, after this terrible event. One day, he receives a
note in his mailbox inviting him back to shack where his daughter's bloodstained clothes where found. The note indicates that it was written by God.