For today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, we are asked to share books from our favorite genre. This is by no means an exhaustive list of my favorite suspense novels, but there are a handful that I have re-read more than once. My go-to re-reads when i just want to bundle up with the familiar. It doesn’t matter if I know who the villain is already; it’s the plot itself, the characters, the author’s style, that draws me back time and again.
Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson is one of my all-time favorite suspense novels, hands-down. It was one of my very first favorites too. High-stakes tension right from the beginning keeps amping up the suspense until I literally jumped at one point (at least). Very sweet romance thread too!
I was thoroughly captivated the first time I read Justifiable Means by Terri Blackstock, and even though I know how it all plays out now (since I’ve read it no less than a bazillion times) the plot that undergirds the whole suspense thread is no less captivating. Lots of thought-provoking questions in this novel – and the kind of romance that chokes you up a bit at the tenderness and emotions involved.
All the books in this series are equally fabulous, but I felt a special affinity for Piper & Landon’s relationship from the beginning. So it’s a no-brainer that Shattered is my favorite of Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series. Not to mention that the suspense – which involves Piper’s brother Reed & a treacherous trek through Canadian backcountry – keeps you on the edge of your reading chair!
I could have easily included this whole series because all three books are strongly interconnected through a riveting continuing arc. But When the Smoke Clears is the first one – and the first Lynette Eason book I ever read – so it has a special place in my re-reading heart.
Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble is one of my favorite contemporary marriage-of-convenience stories and it’s marvelous as a suspense novel too. I fell in love with the Bluebird Ranch as well as with Rick, Allie, and Betsy. If you love swoony, suspenseful stories that also grab your heart, this one’s for you!
Ahh this book! I couldn’t put it down. The hero in Irene Hannon’s Trapped is especially swoony too (just saying) and the villain is especially creepy. My heart stayed in my throat pretty much throughout the entire story. Read this with all the lights on – but do read it if you haven’t already!
The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen may not be what someone thinks of when they think of suspense novels, but there is a fair amount of very riveting suspense in this Regency romance. It’s my very favorite Klassen novel – because of the swoon factor, yes, but also because of the uncertainty in trying to decide which brother I – and Emma (ahem) – could trust.
This novel by Patricia Bradley stood out to me in so many ways. The villain’s perspective is chilling, the suspense is heart-stopping and there are two love stories to warm my romantical heart. I loved the entire Logan’s Point series but Gone Without A Trace is one I still think about frequently.
Kaely Quinn is one of the most complex characters I’ve met in a long time – perhaps the most complex heroine I’ve ever encountered in fiction. I was stunned more than once while reading Nancy Mehl’s phenomenal Mind Games – I’m pretty sure I even gasped out loud a couple of times. Truly fabulous psychological suspense, in every way.
T. O. X. Tox, Tox, Tox. This hunky, brooding hero should be reason enough to start Ronie Kendig’s riveting Conspiracy of Silence – but in case you need more: you’ll be touching down in seven different countries before all is said and done & there’s a whole lot of edge-of-your-seat action and suspense, with a bit of Indiana Jones tossed in just to keep things interesting. This is a thrilling series from start to finish.
Yes, I know I’m cheating just a bit with this last one but… y’all… the books all go together too closely for me to single one out over the others. The If I Run series by Terri Blackstock is impossible to put down once you’ve started because you can hardly breathe for wondering what will happen to Casey. The first book grabs you, the 2nd book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the third one is just simply stunning. Amazing series.
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What about you? What are some of your favorite suspense novels?
Great list as usual my friend. I remember The Tutor’s Daughter and I don’t remember any suspense. I’m going to have to reread it.
I have read these authors and you are right, they are fabulous. Great selections.
I would add Todd M. Johnson’s Fatal Trust and The Deposit Slip. Loved his writings.
Great minds! Except I shared suspense novels featuring lawyers — written by lawyers. You have lots of winners on your list!
Great list! I’ve read at least half of these. I’m adding all the others to my TBR pile. ?
You, my friend, are an amazing suspense-picker! ? The ones I’ve not already read are on my radar!! So many books, so little time!! Ack!
I’ve read most of these and could not agree more. Considering your excellent taste I am adding the remainder to my TBR list. If you have not already read it. I would add The Last Light Series by Terri Blackstock.
I can’t believe it! Finally a top ten list of yours where I have read all of them! Which is good since my TBR pile has exploded over the past 3 years of following your blog! Hehe.
Thank you for loving Gone Without a Trace!!
We have all the books you mentioned in the Church Library.
I only rarely read suspense novels, but these do look interesting!
Whoa – this is one of my favorite genres (I don’t really have on fave genre) but most of these books are not on my radar at all. Thanks!! (Check out my list of thrillers to read this summer I did on my blog: http://bookloverspizza.com/summer-is-for-thrillers-5-tried-and-true-classics/
yay!!! I hope you find some new ones to love from my list, Claire! On my way to check out yours 🙂
Kendig, Eason, Pettrey, yes, yes, yes!!! Your post is looking mighty pretty today, my friend! My TTT features ten authors of my favorite genre and setting.
well thank ya, my dear 🙂
All my favorite authors in one place! Though I’ve only read a few on the list, I’ve read other books by each of these authors and loved every page.
then your only possible choice is to go back and catch these books too 😛
You named some of my favorites. Great list!
I loved the O’Malley, Alaskan Courage, Deadly reunion and If I run series!!! They are my fav’s as well! All the others are still on my TBR list!
Firewall by Diann Mills
Still have to read book three in Carrie’s trilogy, but the first two are so good! I spy lots of favorite authors, too. From Lynette to Dani, and of course, Ronie, all write amazing books. Oh, and once upon a time, I read all the oldie Dee Henderson novels. 🙂
Thanks for the fabulous list – as I scrolled down I kept waiting for the If I Run series to appear … so good! I need to move up some of these titles in my TBR stacks.
I haven’t read any of the books listed in your TTT post this week, but many of them look really good!
Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:
Yep… you’re my kind of people <3