Has a thriller ever devastated you? I mean, really brought you to the edge of your seat before ripping your heart out and stomping all over it? There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the kind of read that shatters both your spirit and your expectations all at once, and yet keeps you coming back for more. If you’re looking for the kind of spine-tingling read that’ll tug at your heartstrings, look no further than these five thrillers.
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Terminal Memory by Brian Drake
Three years after a daring escape from a jihadists' camp, ex-CIA officer Mara Cole is a target once more. She's alone, on the run, and in need of a friend. Sam Raven is tracking Mara's hunters for a different reason – he's on a mission of vengeance. A man with dark secrets, bound to Mara by shared history, they join forces to fight back. Together, they play a deadly game of chess through the back alleys of London, to the bright lights of Marseille, and the desert hell of Afghanistan opium fields, risking everything as they move closer to the truth.
With each feign and attack, they find the answers they seek lie deep in Mara’s memories of captivity, torture, and betrayal – secrets to a conspiracy at the heart of the US Intelligence community, and men who will do anything to protect their power.
The Lying Wife by Kathryn Croft
Be careful what you wish for… Callie has known sadness, and sometimes doubted she would ever have the life she wanted. When she meets James, also no stranger to grief, it seems as though her luck has changed. She becomes his wife, and in the process a stepmother to his two sons. Callie has finally got what she always imagined for herself.
But things don’t go to plan for Callie. She tries to get things right, but at every turn she makes mistakes. If she can only show her new family just how much she cares, perhaps everything will be okay. Yet the harder she tries, the more she fails. A split-second decision leads to her spiralling out of control, and there is no way back for Callie.
When the police arrest her for murder, the dark tale of Callie’s shocking fall from grace slowly unfolds. But how much is Callie willing to reveal about the choices she made? If those she cares for the most learn the truth, they will hate her. Will her secrets be her undoing? Or will she tell the truth, no matter the cost?
My Wife's Secrets by Wendy Owens
She’s now my ex-wife and is getting released based on new evidence. I don’t want to worry, but even if she didn’t kill my mistress, which I’m not convinced of, there’s no doubt she’s unstable.
I have a family to protect now. My new wife, Evelyn, is terrified, and I am determined not to let anything happen to her or our newborn daughter. When I stumble across some puzzling clues, though, I realize Evelyn has secrets of her own. I want to be a good man, a better man, and the father my daughter needs. I don’t know if I should be protecting her from my ex-wife or if the real danger might be closer to home.
A London Villain by Catherine Wiltcher
It started with a dare:
Steal a kiss from the pretty, green-eyed girl with the Irish mobster father.
Turns out, Ada O'Sullivan was a much better thief than me.
In the span of one night, I lost my head, my senses, my loyalty to my own crime family...
At nineteen, she was the only thing worth fighting for.
But I was a boy playing a man's game.
In the end, they drove me from this city, while Ada was driven straight to hell.
Now, I'm back—an avenging devil—with red hands and loaded bullets.
Irish. Mafia. Bratva. British.
Everyone who tore her from my arms, everyone who has ever hurt her, will suffer the consequences.
But time bleeds secrets.
Secrets open old wounds.
Ada isn't the same sweet girl I knew before they ripped her innocence apart.
And that boy?
I've turned him into a villain who will stop at nothing to make her mine again.
Rough Seas by Samantha Adair Former flame, Abigail Perkins turns up on Tom’s doorstep covered in blood. An officer’s wife has been murdered, and Abbie is the prime suspect. She needs Tom to prove her innocence, but the key to clearing her name lays onboard the Arrochar. The ship he vowed never to set foot on again. The ship that destroyed him. Tom reluctantly assumes the covert role of Commander of the Arrochar. It isn’t long before the demons that lurk below deck resurface and threaten to drown Tom in his own shame. Will Tom find the truth and clear Abbie’s name, or will the event that led to him abandoning the Navy finally drive him to self-destruction? Amazon Goodreads