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5 Romantic Suspense Thriller Books You Need to Read This Year

Romance books are the perfect when you want to just stay in, curl your toes, and read. Today, however, we are looking at books that explore not only romantic themes to curl your toes but also suspense thriller vibes that set your heart racing. Let's take a closer look at some of the best romantic suspense thriller books you can read this year. While curating this reading list, I focused on the pacing and unique style of storytelling as well as the depth of there relationships each book explores.

'The Deadly Travellers' by Dorothy Eden

Dorothy Eden was born in New Zealand before moving to England in the 1950s. She wrote most of her books in Britain and is known for her suspense genres. Described as the mistress of Macabre, Eden keeps you hooked to your seats.

The Deadly Travellers explores the disappearance of a little girl on a train ride. The protagonist struggles to find her ward as she becomes attracted to a stranger who seems dangerous. Will she find the little girl? And who the stranger that gets her heart racing? Read the book to find out. The protagonist seems like a typical damsel in distress and this is probably what disappointed me most about this book.

The book is ideal if you are looking for an easy to follow romantic suspense thriller for your reading list.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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'Down in New Orleans' by Heather Graham

An American author who has written more than 150 novels and novellas, Heather Graham is famous for unique brand of romance novels. Down in New Orleans was published in 1996 but is still among the top books in the romantic suspense genre.

Accused of the murder of a stripper, Jon must rely on his close friend and ex-wife Ann to help him. Ann believes Jon is innocent, but the police don’t. The mystery of the murder, the romance between Ann and a detective, and the sub-plot of ex-lovers make this a really good thriller story.

The mystery keeps you immersed in the book but the police work depicted here is downright shoddy, sometimes. This is perhaps why, despite being a very good romantic suspense thriller, this book didn't feature among our favorite crime thriller books. The book also has some medical inaccuracies as well. But if you can ignore some of these flaws, you have a sweet romantic thriller on your hands.

Rating: 3/5.

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'The Thing About Love' by Julie James

A lawyer by profession, Julie James shifted to a career of writing after Hollywood producers liked her scripts. She has written nine books and she specializes in building characters with strong and distinct personalities.

The Thing About Love focuses on FBI rivals turned reluctant partners. The underlying sexual tension and mystery about the case they are on make it a riveting read. The protagonists are believable as FBI agents, and as a reader, you will constantly want to know more about how their story unfolds.

The concept of love blossoming amid a rivalry may feel like old wine in new bottle but The Thing About Love is among the better stories to read online when you are confined to your home and want something fun and interesting to keep you company.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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'Some Kind of Hero' by Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann is an American author who has written more than fifty-three novels. She is most famous for her 'Troubleshooters’ series on Navy Seals.

Some Kind of Hero is a story about a dedicated father, a missing child, and a twinkly-eyed romance writer. The collision of their worlds and the consequent emotional explosion and the plight of the single father of a missing child are themes that this book explores tactfully and what make the book hard to put down. This book will stay on your mind well after you finish reading the last page.

For regular Brockmann readers, the basic premise of the Troubleshooters remains the same, which might disappoint a few. For new readers, however, the book definitely deserves a place in your reading list.

Rating: 4/5.

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'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte

This 1847 book is just a timeless classic. It is no surprise that this literature students around the world are in love with this book. Charlotte Bronte probably did her best work with this book but she has also written numerous novellas, novels, and poems.

The meticulous character development and vivid descriptions in Jane are just some things that you really won't find in more contemporary works. The book has an intriguing plot and sufficient twists to keep you hooked. The exploration of morality is one area where the book stands out as compared to modern peers.

Jane Eyre has overtly religious themes which may sometimes be unsuitable for our times but the book has weathered competition from generations of romantic thrillers that followed and is still one of the best stories you will ever read. This is simply a classic, and rightfully so.

Rating: 4.5/5.

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Tell us what is your favorite romantic suspense thriller book or follow the links in the list to get your copy of one of these books. If you are something more niche, check out our forbidden romance reading list.

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