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thriller.jpgWhether it’s psychological suspense, romantic suspense, legal thrillers, apocalyptic thrillers, the characters in these novels rely on their faith and trust in God to get them through the twists, turns and edge-of-your-seat surprises in store for them.

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Adam by Ted Dekker Adam

It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he’s been stalking. He’s devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He’s pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He’s delved into the killer’s head and puzzled over the twisted religious overtones of the killings. What Daniel can’t possibly know is that he will be Eve’s next victim. He will be the killer’s first Adam. After sixteen hopeless months, the case takes a drastic turn on a very dark night when Daniel is shot and left for dead. Resuscitated after twenty minutes of clinical death, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he’s seen the killer’s face, but the trauma of dying has obscured the memory and left him with crushing panic attacks. Nothing–not even desperate, dangerous attempts to reexperience his own death–seems to bring him closer to finding the killer. Then Eve strikes again, much closer to home. And Daniel’s obsession explodes into a battle for his life . . . his sanity . . . his very soul.

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Monster by Frank Peretti Monster

Something’s out there… Reed Shelton organized this survival weekend. Hired the best guide in the region. Meticulously trained, studied, and packed while enouraging his wife, Beck, to do the same. But little did they know that surviving the elements would become the least of their worries. During thier first night of camping, an unearthly wail pierces the calm of the forest. Then someone–no, something–emerges from the dense woods and begins pursuing them. Everything that follows is a blur to Reed–except for the unforgettable image of a huge creature carrying his wife into the darkness. Dependant on the efforts of a small town and a band of friends, Reed knows they have little time to find Beck. Even more important, he soon realizes that they aren’t the only ones doing the hunting. Something much faster, more relentless–and definately not human–has begun to hunt them.

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The Surrogate by Kathryn Mackel The surrogate

The perfect candidate to carry their child…with the perfect opportunity to destroy their lives. When Kyle Dolan convinces his wife, Bethany, to hire a surrogate for their last surviving embryo, they allow themselves to hope once again. A med school student, Laurel Bergin seems perfect in every way. Problem is–Laurel Bergin is really Sable Lynde. As the pregnancy progresses, Sable’s dark secrets surface, and her inner demons spill out into the Dolans’ lives. In a terrifying encounter, Sable is injured and lapses into a coma. Now the Dolans face psychological and supernatural forces they never knew existed. Fearing for their sanity, their own lives, and the life of their baby, they confront the surrogate–and the darkness surrounding her–in a heart-stopping climax that will keep you reading late into the night.

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Deceit by Brandilyn CollinsDeceit : a novel

Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it. Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda—his second wife and Joanne’sbest friend—six years ago. But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member ofthe town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave wellenough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as aprofessional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda’s whereabouts—but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne’s pursuit of the truth—which puts her own life in danger—and the events of six years’ past, whenMelissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in that household? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith,choices, and the lure of deceit.

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Roux River Bayou series by Kathy HermanFalse pretenses : a novel

Zoe Broussard stands in the shade of the live oak on Main Street and surveys her beloved Louisiana hometown. Wrought-iron galleries overhang the sidewalk lined with brightly colored shops, and the smell of coffee wafts from the brasserie she and her husband Pierce own, to which folks drive all the way from Lafayette for lunch or dinner. It seems like heaven. But it’s about to become hell. A series of threatening, anonymous notes is making her life a misery—because Zoe has a secret so terrible it could leave the business in shambles and tear her marriage apart. Terrified by a stranger who seems to know her, Zoe must confront her past before it confronts her. Can she find the courage to do the right thing?

 

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Deadline by Randy AlcornDeadline : a novel

 Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods teams with detective Ollie Chandler to uncover the truth. This alluring repackage of the R andy Alcorn bestseller finds Jake drawing upon all his resources in an ever-intensifying, dangerous murder investigation. Unaware of the imminent threat to his own life, Jake struggles for answers to the mystery at hand and is plunged into a deeper search for the meaning of his own existence. 

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Scream by Mike Dellosso Scream

While talking to his friend on the phone, Mark Stone is startled by a cacophony of otherworldly screams. Seconds later, a tragic accident claims his friend’s life. When this happens several more times–screams followed by an untimely death–he is compelled to act. Battling his failure as a husband and struggling with his own damaged faith, Mark embarks on a mission to find the meaning behind the screams and hopefully stop death from calling on its next victim. When his estranged wife is kidnapped and he again hears the screams as she calls from her cell phone, his search becomes much more personal and much more urgent.

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Left Behind series by Tim LaHayeLeft behind : a novel of the earth's last days

After millions of people around the world vanish in one moment, in what many claim to be the Rapture, Rayford Steele begins a search for the truth amidst global chaos.

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Private Justice by Terri Blackstock Private justice

A serial killer begins to stalk the town of Newport, Louisiana, and when it seems like Mark Branning’s wife is next on the hit list, he is determined to protect her, but first the two must move to save their dying marriage.

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Homelanders series by Andrew KlavanThe last thing I remember

High school student Charlie West awakens bloody and bruised in a concrete bunker, only to discover that he has lost a year of his life and remembers nothing about escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States.

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Bug Man series by Tim DownsShoofly pie

Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a.k.a. the Bug Man) is hired by thirty-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend’s death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn’s husband was killed years earlier, the action kicks into high gear — and Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret. 

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Zero-G by Alton GanskyZero-G

Veteran astronaut and national hero Benjamin “Tuck” Tucker accepts the coveted honor of piloting the Legacy on the first commercial space flight, but when he encounters an unknown enemy who will not hesitate to kill again, Tuck must use his skill and his faith–a faith in a God he has found it hard to trust since a deadly tragedy in space over a year before.

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Bowers Files by Steven JamesThe pawn

As an environmental criminologist, Patrick Bowers uses 21st-century geospatial technology to analyze the time and space in which a crime takes place. Using an array of factors, Bowers can pinpoint clues to solve the toughest of cases. Bowers’s skills have made him one of the FBI’s top agents–until now. Called to the mountains of North Carolina to consult on a gruesome murder, Bowers finds himself in a deadly duel with a serial killer who seems to transcend Patrick’s analytical powers. Forced to track the killer’s horrific murders one by one, Bowers finds his techniques and instincts are put to the ultimate test.

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The Seat Beside Me by Nancy MoserThe seat beside me : a novel

Five airline passengers and their seatmates reform their view of God, the meaning of life, and the kindness of strangers when their plane crashes into an icy river.

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Death Watch by Jack CavanaughDeath watch

In a world rocked by 9/11, novice Los Angeles television reporter Sydney St. James is teamed with veteran international news anchor Hunz Vonner when people randomly begin receiving notices informing them that they have forty-eight hours to live. With chilling precision, every one who receives an official death watch notice dies at the tick of the clock at the forty-eighth hour. From an unlikely source, as time is running out, Sydney and Hunz are presented with a bizarre scenario, and they suddenly find themselves facing the ultimate terrorist.

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Black Ice by Linda HallBlack ice : a novel

They said she came in with the ice… Lenore Featherjohn found the girl, frozen against a snow bank behind Lenore’s bed-and-breakfast. Some said she was a ghost, others said an angel. Lenore knows better. Fearing that the police might look to her sons as murderers, she hires Jake Rikker and his crusty business partner, May, to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding her undesirable discovery. Their search leads them not to the strange girl–or to Earth’s final days, as many in the town suspect–but to Amy McLaren, the wife of a local minister. As Jake and May get closer to the truth, the tension between Lenore and Amy rises, forcing each woman to face the secrets they’ve hidden far too long.

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Salty Like Blood by Harry KrausSalty like blood

David Conners, M.D., is on the fast track to creating a perfect life when his seven-year-old daughter disappears. David’s all-consuming quest to find her — dead or alive — threatens to destroy everything he has left: his medical practice, his marriage, his integrity, and even his soul. If Rachel is dead: Can a parent forgive someone who has done the unthinkable? Can David forgive himself? If she’s alive: Can David find her in time to save her?

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A Dangerous Silence by Catherine PalmerA dangerous silence

Cowley County, Kansas, with its unpredictable, merciless weather patterns, is home to Big Ed Morgan, an ancient tower of a farmer whose tendencies toward extreme severity match his surroundings. Independent and stubborn, Morgan relies on no one until one backward step off a barn loft sends him tumbling into nothingness. The injured Big Ed has to ask his estranged eldest daughter, Marah, a well-coiffed young pediatrician in St. Louis, for help running the farm. Marah, whose own simmering bitterness toward her father has been well honed, finds the idea of temporarily running the farm as distasteful as re-entering the world she fled 18 years earlier. Still, Marah and Big Ed have more on their minds than just getting along; mysteries surround an Indian burial site located on Morgan’s land, and questions about Marah’s mother’s death 25 years earlier contribute to a murderous tangle that ties the past with a haunting present. (From Publishers Weekly)

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The Trial by Robert WhitlowThe trial

A lawyer ready to die takes one final case…the trial of his life. Attorney Kent “Mac” MacClain has nothing left to live for. Nine years after the horrific accident that claimed the life of his wife and two sons, he’s finally given up. His empty house is a mirror for his empty soul, it seems suicide is his only escape. And then the phone rings. Angela Hightower, the beautiful heiress and daughter of the most powerful man in Dennison Springs, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine. The accused killer, Peter Thomason, needs a lawyer. But Mac has come up against the Hightowers and their ruthless, high-powered lawyers before — an encounter that left his practice and reputation reeling. The evidence pointing to Thomason’s guilt seems insurmountable. Is Mac defending an ingenious psychopath, or has Thomason been framed–possibly by a member of the victim’s family? It comes down to one last trial. For Thomason, the opponent is the electric chair. For Mac, it is his own tormented past–a foe that will prove every bit as deadly.

 

 

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