Suspense/Thriller

The CRIMSON CODE by Rachel Lee

This international thriller ranges from Europe to Asia to Washington, D.C. When an Islamic terrorist group coordinates a series of explosions and attacks across the globe on Christmas Day, the UN’s secret Office 119 is ordered to find and stop the terrorists.

THOSE WHO HAUNT THE NIGHT by Barbara Hambly

This book was another amazing find from The Complete Idiot’s Ultimate Reading List. The story, by an author best known for her vivid fantasy novels, was a fascinating marriage of vampire horror and detective fiction, set in Victorian-era London.

SILKEN SHADOWS by Jennifer St. Giles

This paranormal Gothic romance is set in coastal Victorian England. All her life, psychic Gemini Andrews has hidden her uncanny ability to see and channel ghosts from her superstitious community. When she stows away on sexy Captain Deverill Jansen’s ship in her quest to stop a killer, Gemini finds she can’t conceal either her presence or her secrets from Dev.

THE NIGHT IN QUESTION by Kelsey Roberts

This category romantic suspense novel takes place in modern-day Charleston. FBI agent Matt DeMarco is searching for his missing partner when Kresley Hayes’ battered body washes ashore at his feet. She has no memory of the attack that killed both her roommates and left her with knife and gunshot wounds, but Matt suspects a link with his missing partner.

Thriller and Romantic Elements in EYE OF THE NEEDLE, A Film Starring Donald Sutherland

This is an annotation I wrote for my mentor, suspense author Mike Kimball, at the Stonecoast MFA program at University of Southern Maine. I’m analyzing the elements of successful thrillers and romance novels in order to write more effective romantic thrillers. Please feel free to cite my work, with attribution, if it’s useful for your own efforts. Let me know if you find it useful!

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