Best of 2020

Here is my top ten favorite thriller books of the year (in no particular order).

T.R. Ragan is one of my favorite authors. She writes heart-pounding thrillers like DON’T MAKE A SOUND. You can read my full review here. I also had the pleasure of interviewing T.R. Ragan on my podcast.

The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

THE SUICIDE HOUSE by Charlie Donlea was one of the most original thrillers I’ve read in awhile. As a podcaster, I also loved that a podcast was a big part of the story. You can read my full review here. I also interviewed Charlie Donlea on my podcast.

Isabella Maldonado blew me away with THE CIPHER. This is a gripping, heart-pounding thriller with sharp plotting, interesting and conflicted characters, and a fascinating antagonist. I was born and raised in Costa Rica, so I loved that character was a Latina something you don’t see often in thrillers.

I really can’t get into the nitty gritty of Thief River Falls without spoiling it for you, so I won’t, but trust me, this is a great, suspenseful thriller with a compelling protagonist, Lisa Power, doing everything she can to protect a young boy in danger. I got the chance to interview Brian Freeman on my podcast.

Gone to Darkness Barbara Nickless Book Review

This was my first novel from Barbara Nickless. It won’t be my last! She creates interesting characters and writes gritty crime fiction.

You can read my full interview of GONE TO DARKNESS here.

I got the chance to interview Barabra Nickless for my podcast.

Dan Padavona writes some creepy, page-turning thrillers. BURY HER BONES is part of his Darkwater Cove series.

I got the chance to interview Dan Padavona for my podcast.

Peter May is one of my favorite authors. All his books are superb. The China Thrillers are some of my favorites.

A SILENT DEATH is a new thriller that once again proves that Peter May is one of the best writers in the genre.

I had the honor of interviewing Peter May from his home in Paris a couple years ago. A big perk of the podcast is that I get to talk to some of my favorite authors like Peter May.

I absolutely love Meg Gardiner’s Unsub series of FBI thrillers. THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT became my favorite of that series.

The Midnight Man is one of the creepiest serial killers. Reminds of the how Thomas Harris made my skin crawl when I read about Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill.

Allow me to quote the amazing Michael Connelly: “Lost Hills is Lee Goldberg at his best. Inspired by the real-world grit and glitz of LA County crime, this book takes no prisoners. And neither does Eve Ronin.

Lee Goldberg is one of the best writers in the genre. LOST HILLS kicked off a new series featuring Eve Ronin and it was an amazing read. Looking forward to more Eve Ronin books.

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Lee Goldberg on my podcast, twice.

I found myself reading more crime police procedural type thrillers in 2020, but still read a good heaping of ass-kicking military thrillers and COLLATERAL was my favorite. These guys can flat-out write amazing thrillers.

Both authors have the military background to deliver the good and they don’t dissapoint.

They’re such interesting and fun authors to talk to that I’ve interviewed them on my podcast, three times!

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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