Thrillers You Must Read!
Books that will keep you on the edge your seat and keep you guessing!
1 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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2 The Girl Who Played with Fi...
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3 The Girl Who Kicked the Hor...
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4 The Da Vinci Code (Robert L...
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5 Gone Girl
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6 The Pyramid Legacy
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7 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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8 Angels & Demons  (Robert La...
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9 The Firm
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10 The Silence of the Lambs  (...
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11 Shades of Gray
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12 Everyone Burns (Time, Blood...
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13 The Shining (The Shining #1)
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14 Forgive Me, Alex
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15 The Cost of Crude
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16 The Tangled Web
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17 Shutter Island
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18 A Time to Kill (Jake Brigan...
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19 Misery
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20 The Bourne Identity (Jason ...
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21 Vigilante (Vigilante, #1)
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22 Mystic River
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23 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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24 Killing Floor (Jack Reacher...
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25 Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter...
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26 The Day of the Jackal
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27 The Bone Collector (Lincoln...
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28 The Hunt for Red October (J...
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29 The Client
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30 The Book of Occult
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31 The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey ...
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32 A Plague of Dissent
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33 Among the Shrouded
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34 Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross,...
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35 Tell No One
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36 Escape to Danger
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37 In Pursuit of Platinum: The...
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38 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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39 The Lost Symbol (Robert Lan...
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40 Digital Fortress
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41 The Pelican Brief
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42 The Abduction of Grace
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43 Jaws
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44 Dancing with a Dead Horse
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45 Defending Jacob
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46 Corporate America
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47 Down & Out
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48 The General's Daughter
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49 The Book of Paul
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50 The Mistaken (The Mistaken,...
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51 The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isle...
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52 In the Woods (Dublin Murder...
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53 White Oleander
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54 Take No More (James Blake, #1)
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55 Triptych (Will Trent, #1)
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56 Hot Sinatra
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57 Tracing the Contours
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58 The Camel Club (Camel Club,...
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59 Too Much Information
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60 Deadly Thyme
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61 The Bourne Ultimatum (Jason...
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62 The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ri...
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63 Primal Fear
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64 Caught
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65 The Stand
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66 A Simple Plan
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67 The Bourne Supremacy (Jason...
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68 The Bone Church
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69 Before I Go To Sleep
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69 Conduit
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71 Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)
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72 Emotional Turmoil
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73 Kings & Queens (Kings & Que...
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74 The Hobbit
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75 The Bridge To Caracas (The ...
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76 Get Clean
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77 Troubled Sea
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78 C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Mi...
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79 The Last Juror
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80 The Carer
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81 The Cabinet of Curiosities ...
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82 The Eternal Chain
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83 Sharp Objects
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84 Apostle of the Tyrants
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85 Heavy Duty People (Brethren...
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86 King of the Mekong
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87 The Woods
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88 Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell,...
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89 Hannibal Rising (Hannibal L...
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90 Killing Matt Cooper
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91 The Meat Market (Jonathan H...
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92 The Warehouse
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93 Dark Places
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94 Son of a Serial Killer
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95 The Trojan Project
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96 Heavy Duty Attitude (Brethr...
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97 Insanity Never Sleeps
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98 May Day (American Sulla, #1)
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99 The Club
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100 Reckless Endangerment
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message 1: by Alexandria (new)

Alexandria THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy are on a list of "thrillers"?
Seems misplaced, to say the least.
Alexandria Constantinova Szeman


message 2: by Donna (new)

Donna I think the subtext justifies it. However, we have the individual books, as well as the Rings trilogy separate from The Hobbit, as well as all 4 books lumped into one. I went with the last, because that way I got more votes, but if others can agree on which way to represent Tolkien in a uniform way, I will knock some off my list in order to conform to theirs. I would just like to see some consistency. It also misrepresents the votes when we all vote in separate ways, because it dilutes the vote count. Those of you who voted for Tolkien...which of the 3 options do you like? And the creator of the list ought to weigh in, and if they are still among us, maybe do the zapping. I have librarian privileges, but did not start the list.


message 3: by Donna (new)

Donna The two that seem a little out of place to me, are the Mitch Albom books, but once again, if the person who added them (and I loved them both, by the way; I only question the category) feels they, too, meet the subtext, than we have to let that stand. I understand Tuesdays With Morrie, in that Morrie said death would be a great adventure (paraphrasing Peter Pan in JM.. Barrie's classic), but I have a hard time seeing it as THIS kind of an adventure. Five People...? This was a deeply moving story, and it held my attention; I didn't regard it as a thriller. Maybe those of a religious bent feel otherwise.


message 4: by BoekenTrol (new)

BoekenTrol The books I have voted for are all nrs. 1, if you ask me. Hard to choose which one will be my all time favorite....


message 5: by Jaclyn (last edited Aug 26, 2014 12:03PM) (new)

Jaclyn Harrison How are there books on here with more votes than ratings? For example, #5 The Pyramid Legacy. There are several books in the Top 15 that have hardly any ratings.


message 6: by Donna (new)

Donna Jaclyn wrote: "How are there books on here with more votes than ratings? For example, #5 The Pyramid Legacy. There are several books in the Top 15 that have hardly any ratings."
When you vote for your favorite book, it is scored as 100 points. Your second favorite is 99, and so on till you max out at your 100th book. I don't see anything here that looks suspicious; take the number of voters, multiply that number x100, and if the result is larger than the number that comes up, then it is suspicious. I don't see anywhere where that is the case.

It does seem to me that a lot of readers are suggestible. For example, the book in the #1 slot right now had to get the #1 or #2 rating from a lot of people, so the first 50 books or so tend to stay right up near the top because a lot of readers won't flip through all of the pages to see what else is there later, or take the time to add books that aren't on the list.


message 7: by Jaclyn (new)

Jaclyn Harrison Donna wrote: "Jaclyn wrote: "How are there books on here with more votes than ratings? For example, #5 The Pyramid Legacy. There are several books in the Top 15 that have hardly any ratings."
When you vote for ..."


Thank you for your response, Donna. I was referring to the number of people that voted for the book, though, not the score it received. For this list, 120 people voted for The Pyramid Legacy; however, only 108 people actually read and rated the book.


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Jaclyn wrote: "Donna wrote: "Jaclyn wrote: "How are there books on here with more votes than ratings? For example, #5 The Pyramid Legacy. There are several books in the Top 15 that have hardly any ratings."
When..."


Whoa. Point well taken! I confess it never occurred to me to check. It seems like such a pointless form of fraud!


message 9: by Hunter S. (new)

Hunter S. Jones Can a Librarian remove my book, September Ends, please? It isn't a thriller. Thank you very much!


message 10: by Donna (new)

Donna Hunter S. wrote: "Can a Librarian remove my book, September Ends, please? It isn't a thriller. Thank you very much!"
I ran a scan and removed 5 duplicates but could not find your title. Has it been removed already? If not, please let me know what page number it's on. This is a mighty long list, and I may have missed it.


message 11: by Hunter S. (new)

Hunter S. Jones Hi Donna, thank you for the reply. I'm seeing September Ends at # 380. Not a threat to the actual books which are thrillers, but the list does show on my book's page, which will mislead readers. Thank you for anything you can do. All the best!


message 12: by Donna (new)

Donna Hunter S. wrote: "Hi Donna, thank you for the reply. I'm seeing September Ends at # 380. Not a threat to the actual books which are thrillers, but the list does show on my book's page, which will mislead readers. Th..."
Thank you for pointing it out. It is gone, along with Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven (a favorite of mine, and a page-turner, but surely not a thriller).


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