If you’ve devoured Falling and Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 and cannot get enough of T.J. Newman’s way of telling a fast-paced and adventurous story that will have you glued to the pages and unable to put it down, you’re in for a treat. If you like Newman’s stories and are anxious for whatever she has up her sleeve for book three, check out these stories while you wait! These are the best thrillers that include natural elements and/or have action-packed plots that will be impossible to put down.

the river at night

The River at Night by Erika Ferencik

Erika Ferencik has this way of combining the natures elements with an action packed and chilling novel that will make you take a heavy sigh of relief that you are safe in your own home. In The River at Night, Winifred Allen is ready for a vacation after losing her brother, her marriage ending, and her job being another thing in her life that is unfulfilling. When her three best friends mention a trip to hike and go white water rafting, Winifred agrees to go. After an accident leaves the women stranded, the bonds of friendship are tested as they fight to survive.

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Razorblade Tears

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

If you’re looking for action in your books but prefer them to be character driven as well like Newman writes, then you need to read Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby! Ike Randolph is a Black man who is grieving the death of his son, Isiah, who has been murdered with his white husband, Derek. Derek’s father, Buddy Lee and Ike both had a hard time dealing with their sons’ sexuality. With their pasts as ex-cons, Buddy and Ike join each other on a quest to get to the bottom of who killed their sons and seek revenge on those responsible.

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The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

If terror travel and vacation thrillers are right up your alley, then you don’t want to miss out on The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Lo Blacklock is a travel magazine journalist whose next assignment is to spend a week on a luxury cruise. Although Lo expects this to be the trip of a lifetime, terror ensues when a storm begins to brew and Lo witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. When she reports what she saw, Lo is shocked to find that all of the passengers on the ship are accounted for.

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No Exit

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Non-stop action a requirement in your thrillers? No Exit by Taylor Adams will have you in its grip from the first page to the chilling finale. Darby Thorne is a college student who is traveling home and finds herself caught in a blizzard in the Colorado mountains. To seek safety and shelter, Darby pulls into a rest stop with a handful of strangers to wait out the storm, but things take a harrowing turn when Darby notices a little girl locked in an animal cage in the back of a van in the parking lot. Trapped by the blizzard, Darby must try to save the little girl and do so on her own as one of these strangers is the owner of the van and a kidnapper.

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The Wolves Come at Night

The Taylor Jackson Series by J.T. Ellison

Looking for a bingeworthy and action-packed series that will keep you up well past your bedtime? Check out the Taylor Jackson series by J.T. Ellison! From police procedurals about serial killers to hitmen and all the dangerous folks in between, these stories will have you binging the whole catalog faster than you can download them to your e-reader! With the latest book just releasing in May 2023, Taylor Jackson comes face to face with a deadly assassin in The Wolves Come at Night.

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Distress Signals

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Want more character driven chillers featuring the horrifying things that can go wrong when you’re traveling? Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard is one you don’t want to miss out on! Adam Dunne is shocked when his girlfriend, Sarah, never returns from a trip to Barcelona. Days after her disappearance, Adam receives her passport with a note saying she’s sorry. When Adam does his own investigating and connects Sarah to a cruise ship in which another woman had disappeared from a year before, Adam will stop at nothing to find Sarah.

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The Overnight Guest

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

In another survival thriller in which the elements are as deadly as they can be, The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf will not only terrify you but keep you on the edge of your seat! Wylie Lark is a true crime writer who is alone in an isolated farmhouse as a snowstorm approaches. Tucked in safely, Wylie is planning on using her time snowed in to write her next book. While the house is seemingly comfortable, it has a deadly past in which two decades ago, two people were murdered in the home and a girl vanished into thin air. When the storm becomes almost unbearable, Wylie brings in a child from outside in the storm only to find that something much more dangerous is lurking outside.

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