Thriller master James Patterson has been shocking and terrifying readers for decades. From his popular Alex Cross series—which follows the widower detective as he hunts down criminals while protecting his family—to his female-drive thriller series, Women’s Murder Club, Patterson’s reads are completely engrossing. Read through the author’s works and on the hunt for something similar? These eight books for fans of James Patterson are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
For Alex Cross Fans
The second book in the OPSIG Team Black series follows the team as they investigate an explosion that destroys the president-elect’s helicopter on election night. They soon find that the people behind the attack are attempting to turn America’s political system on its head. The fast-paced thriller is perfect for those looking for more of the action and suspense found in Alex Cross novels.
For Step on a Crack Fans
New York Dead
When Stone Barrington witnesses a horrific crime, his life is turned upside down. Now, he’s entangled in the death of the country’s most popular television anchorwoman, Sasha Nijinsky, and though he fights to say away from it…he can’t help being thrown into a web of lies, crimes, and danger all revolving around Sasha. Fans of Patterson’s Michael Bennett series, which begins with Step on a Crack, will enjoy Wood’s plots that include famous victims and New York City detectives.
For Private Series Fans
The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling) Cormoran Strike series begins with The Cuckoo’s Calling, in which a down-on-his-luck ex-solider (Strike) investigates the death of famous supermodel, Lula Landry. Though the police ruled it a suicide, her brother John Bristow refuses to believe that Lula would end her own life. And as Strike and his new assistant Robin investigate Landry’s death, he’ll find that this wealthy family has dark secrets of their own. Those who can’t get enough of Jack Morgan in the Private series will be engrossed in the investigative work of another ex-military man.
For Women's Murder Club Fans
The 7th Victim
The first book in the Karen Vail series introduces us to the titular FBI agent, currently heading up the task force to investigate a serial killer known as “Dead Eyes.” But this killer knows more about the FBI’s strategy than usual, and Vail will have to unlock secrets of her own in order to find the psychopath. Much like the crime-solving quartet in the Women’s Murder Club series, Vail must rely on her own instincts to solve these murders.
For NYPD Red Fans
The first book in Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper series follows Manhattan’s top sex crimes prosecutor as she awakens to the shocking news of her own murder. Of course, the victim turns out not to be her, but rather a Hollywood film star, Isabella Lascar. Cooper must discover if the killer was Lascar’s stalker, or if they mistook the starlet for Cooper herself. Similar to the NYPD Red series, which follows the team who protects New York City’s elite, Final Jeopardy is a twisted thriller that will keep you on your toes.
For Truth or Die Fans
The Enemy Inside
Steve Martini’s Paul Madriani series is perfect for those looking for fast-paced legal thrillers. But when looking for a book similar to Patterson’s Truth or Die, the thirteenth installment in the Mandriani series is sure to satisfy. In The Enemy Inside, successful lawyer and keeper of dirty secrets, Olinda Serna, is killed in a roadside crash, causing leaders in Washington to worry that their secrets aren’t safe anymore. Though he can’t remember the previous night’s events, Alex Ives wakes up in a hospital room accused of the vehicular manslaughter of Serna. Now, it’s up to Madriani to defend an innocent young man and uncover the truth behind what really happened.
For Now You See Her Fans
The Silent Girl
The ninth book in the popular Rizzoli & Isles book series, which has also been adapted for television, follows the duo as they investigate the murder of a woman in Boston’s Chinatown. Though evidence is scare, what’s more important is the setting: the victim’s body was found on the rooftop of a restaurant where a massacre occurred nineteen years before…and one woman connected to those murders might be the answer to cracking the case. Like Patterson’s Now You See Her, secrets and lies unravel in this suspenseful mystery.
For Zoo Fans
When Emma heads to her grandmother’s remote island to prepare it for sale, she ignores the rumors that it’s cursed. But when she gets there, she can no longer avoid the fact that something strange is going on. With plenty of bizarre and horrific events like Patterson’s Zoo, this book will have you constantly checking over your shoulder.
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