25 Best Romantic Thriller Books To Read in 2024

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Craving heart-pounding romance and chilling suspense? Dive into these must-read books!

Looking for a thrilling escape that sets your pulse racing and your heart fluttering? Then dive into the world of romantic suspense! This genre perfectly blends edge-of-your-seat chills with captivating love stories, making it the perfect choice for readers who crave a little bit of everything.

This book list features the best romantic thriller books to read in 2024, from established New York Times bestsellers to fresh new voices. You’ll encounter fearless FBI agents unraveling mysteries, strong heroines facing down danger, and passionate love stories unfolding amidst high stakes. Whether you’re drawn to the dark alleys of a big city or the unsettling secrets of a small town, there’s a psychological thriller waiting to keep you guessing until the last page.

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by Colleen Hoover

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer who is offered the chance of a lifetime – to complete the remaining books in a bestselling series by her writing idol, Verity Crawford. As Lowen moves into the Crawford household and delves deeper into Verity Crawford’s world, she discovers Verity’s notes, revealing dark and disturbing secrets about the family. With her own troubled past and forbidden feelings for Jeremy Crawford,  Verity’s husband, Lowen is caught in a web of lies, manipulation, and danger as she tries to unravel the truth behind Verity’s mysterious accident.

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Closer Than You Think

by Karen Rose

Faith Corcoran is a woman on the run, desperate to escape her stalker and start a new life. She finds hope in inheriting her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati but soon realizes that her past still haunts her. As she struggles to confront her memories, two college girls go missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to investigate. Little does he know, his path will cross with Faith’s and their lives will never be the same.

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The Housemaid

by Freida McFadden

Millie has always been on the run, from her past and from herself. But when she lands a job as a live-in housekeeper for the wealthy Winchester family, she thinks she’s finally found a safe haven. As she settles into her new role, Millie is drawn to the charms of Andrew Winchester, Nina’s husband. But behind their perfect facade lies dark secrets and dangerous desires. deception.

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Where the Blame Lies

by Mia Sheridan

Josie Stratton was just a normal college student until she became the victim of a horrifying kidnapping. Now, eight years later, her nightmare has come back to haunt her in the worst way possible. When Detective Zach Copeland comes across a body that bears striking similarities to Josie’s case, he can’t help but become involved in the investigation. But as they work together to unravel the mystery, Josie finds herself drawn to Zach in a way she never expected. And as their feelings for each other grow, the case takes on an even more personal and dangerous edge.

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Firekeeper’s Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has always felt like an outsider in her small town and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When tragedy strikes her family, Daunis puts her college plans on hold to take care of her mother. The only bright spot in her life is getting to know Jamie, a charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. But as their relationship blossoms, Daunis can’t shake the feeling that Jamie is hiding something from her. After witnessing a shocking murder, Daunis finds herself at the center of an FBI investigation into a dangerous new drug.

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Save for Later

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The Last Close Call

by Laura Griffin

Rowan Healy, a talented genetic analyst, and Jack Bruner, a determined detective, team up to track down a violent criminal known only as the West Campus Rapist. As they delve deeper into the case, they uncover shocking details and race against time to stop the killer before he strikes again. But their partnership is not without its challenges. Rowan is still reeling from the pressure of her previous police cases, and Jack carries the weight of an unsolved cold case that haunts him. 

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Too Late

Too Late

by Colleen Hoover

Sloan’s life revolves around taking care of those she loves, but when she meets Asa Jackson, a notorious drug trafficker, she becomes entangled in his dangerous world. Despite the danger, she relies on him for financial support until undercover DEA agent Carter enters the picture and sparks an immediate attraction between them. However, Asa’s obsession with Sloan puts them all in danger, and they must find a way out before it’s too late.

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Don’t Look Now

by Mary Burton

As Jordan Poe and Carter Spencer join forces to catch a serial killer, they find themselves battling not only the elusive perpetrator but also their own personal demons. Jordan is haunted by her past assault and struggles with her limited vision, while Carter must confront his own emotional baggage and learn to work as part of a team. Together, they race against time to stop the killer before he claims another victim.

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by Sandra Brown

Former NFL quarterback Zach Bridger is faced with an impossible decision regarding his ex-wife, Rebecca, who has been placed on life support after a violent assault. Four years later, when Rebecca’s attacker is released from prison, Zach must navigate a dangerous web of legal and personal entanglements to protect himself and those he loves. However, as the stakes escalate and Rebecca’s condition hangs in the balance, Zach finds himself torn between duty and desire for the fiery state prosecutor, Kate Lennon.

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by Nora Roberts

Harry Booth has made a career out of nightwork – the art of breaking into homes and stealing valuable items. But his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Miranda Emerson, a woman who challenges all of his beliefs and rules.As their bond grows stronger, Harry realizes that he may have finally found someone worth giving up his dangerous lifestyle for. But in order to protect Miranda from his dangerous connections, Harry must cruelly abandon her without any explanation.

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A Cold Dark Place

by Toni Anderson

Mallory Rooney is an FBI agent who has been consumed by the search for her twin sister’s abductor. As she believes she may have finally found him, former soldier and covert government assassin Alex Parker steps in to help her. Together, they race against time to catch the serial killer who has been taking innocent lives and carving Mallory’s sister’s initials into their bodies. But as the danger intensifies and their feelings for each other grow stronger, they must also face the dark secrets of Alex’s past.

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Top Mistery Romance Books

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The Newcomer

by Mary Kay Andrews

As Letty Carnahan races to outrun her past and protect her niece, she finds herself at The Murmuring Surf Motel in Treasure Island, Florida. But even with the No Vacancy sign flashing and sharks circling, Letty must navigate a close-knit community of retirees and snowbirds while also uncovering the secrets of her sister’s death. With the help of a handsome police detective, Letty must piece together the puzzle of her sister’s past and come to terms with her own mistakes before it’s too late.

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Dark and Shallow Lies

by Ginny Myers Sain

Grey is a young girl who has spent every summer in La Cachette, the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World, with her grandmother. But when her best friend Elora disappears without a trace, Grey’s world is turned upside down. As she delves into the mystery of Elora’s disappearance, with the help of a stormy-eyed boy who has connections to Elora and the town’s dark history, Grey begins to unravel the secrets everyone in La Cachette is trying to keep hidden.

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When She Dreams

by Amanda Quick

Set in 1930, Maggie Lodge, assistant to the reclusive advice columnist known only as Dear Aunt Cornelia, hires private investigator Sam Sage after receiving blackmail threats. As they delve deeper into the case, they uncover a dangerous web of secrets and murder in Burning Cove, California. As they unravel the mystery together, they must also confront their own personal secrets and past traumas.

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Nine Coaches Waiting

by Mary Stewart

Linda Martin’s arrival at Château Valmy as a governess to the young Count Philippe de Valmy seems like a fantasy come true. The luxury and history of the French château take her breath away, but soon, she begins to sense an underlying fear within its walls. Despite the charm and charisma of Philippe’s uncle, Leon de Valmy, Linda can’t shake off the feeling that there is something sinister about him. On the other hand, his son Raoul remains a mystery to her despite her undeniable attraction to him. Yet, an air of danger surrounding his reckless behavior keeps Linda on edge.

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Sleep No More

by Jayne Ann Krentz

Pallas Llewellyn and her friends are investigating cold cases on their Lost Night Files podcast. When they receive a tip from Ambrose Drake about a potential murder at an abandoned asylum, Pallas is intrigued. Despite facing skepticism from others, Ambrose is convinced that something terrible happened at the Carnelian Sleep Institute, where he also experienced a lost night. As Pallas and Ambrose dig deeper, they uncover dangerous secrets and someone willing to go to great lengths to keep them from finding the truth about the murder.

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Romantic Suspense Series

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Murder Notes

by Lisa Renee Jones

As an FBI profiler, Lilah is trained to think like a killer. But when a case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons, she must face a troubled past and an intimate connection to the crime. With her father as the mayor and her brother as the police chief, Lilah is thrust into a town full of secrets and danger. And the only person who truly understands her is Kane Mendez, the son of a local crime lord and Lilah’s former lover.

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Say You’re Sorry

by Melinda Leigh

In this first book of the series, Morgan Dane investigates the mysterious death of her babysitter when she discovers a dark web of corruption and secrets in her small town. With the help of her friend Lance Kruger, they uncover shocking truths that put them in danger. But with a killer on the loose and their own lives in danger, their growing attraction becomes even more complicated.

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Save for Later

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The Surviving Girl

by Katee Robert

Lei Zhang and Emma Nilsson survived a horrific serial killer attack twelve years ago. Now, as they try to move on from the trauma, they are faced with a new threat: a copycat killer targeting them. FBI Agent Dante Young is tasked with protecting Lei and uncovering the killer’s identity. As they work together to stay alive, their intense attraction grows even stronger. But as the danger escalates, they must confront the question of who wants them dead and why.

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Concrete Evidence

by Rachel Grant

Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name and reclaim the life she lost when she was falsely accused of artifact trafficking. Now, after months of hard work, she has landed a coveted job as an underwater archaeologist in California. But just as she’s about to achieve her goal, she gets distracted by Lee Scott – a sexy intern who throws her off balance and makes her want something other than revenge. What she doesn’t know is that Lee isn’t an intern at all – he’s an undercover agent on a mission.

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The Darkest Hour

by Maya Banks

Ex-Navy Seal Ethan Kelly has been shattered by the loss of his wife, Rachel. Despite his brothers’ attempts to bring him back into their elite business, KGI, Ethan remains closed off and unwilling to move on from his past. All that changes when he receives an anonymous phone call claiming that Rachel is still alive. Determined to find her and bring her home, Ethan must face his deepest fears and risk everything to save her.

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A Merciful Death

by Kendra Elliot

FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick returns to her hometown to investigate a serial killer case. As she reunites with her estranged family and works alongside the local police chief, Truman Daly, Mercy must confront her past and try to keep her secret from being discovered. But as the killer continues to target survivalists in Eagle’s Nest, it becomes clear that Mercy may not be able to keep her true identity hidden for much longer.

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Her Sanctuary

by Toni Anderson

FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Ward finds herself on the run after bringing down a mobster’s empire and facing betrayal from within her own organization. Seeking refuge in a remote Montana ranch, she meets Nat Sullivan, a rugged rancher with his own troubled past. As they find solace in each other’s company, danger looms closer with a killer seeking revenge.

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by Linda Howard

When Morgan Yancy is ambushed and nearly killed, his boss sends him to a remote location to lay low. There, he meets Isabeau “Bo” Maran, the part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town. Despite their initial tension, Morgan and Bo are drawn to each other as they try to uncover the truth behind the danger that has put Morgan’s life in danger. But as they dig deeper, they realize that the truth could cost them everything.

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Beneath Dark Waters

by Karen Rose

When Kaj Cardozo, a public prosecutor in New Orleans, takes on the high-profile case of a celebrity accused of sexual assault, he never expects his son to become a target. In order to keep him safe, Kaj turns to Broussard Investigations and their top bodyguard Val Sorensen. As they work together to protect Elijah, Val and Kaj grow closer, but the danger around them continues to escalate.

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Now that your heart’s racing and your curiosity is piqued, it’s time to dive into these captivating reads! Don’t forget to share in the comments below – which romantic thriller novel are you most excited to read?

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