Most anticipated thrillers of winter according to Amazon Charts

Vannessa Cronin on December 21, 2020
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Most anticipated thrillers according to Amazon Charts

Once the fireworks are over, it'll be 2021 and we get to do it all over again (though hopefully without one major event of 2020). Luckily, 2021 is off to a great start in the thriller category, with new releases from Jayne Ann Krentz, James Patterson, Rachel Caine, Harlan Coben, Steve Berry, and more. These are all the most sold thrillers of 2021 so far, according to Amazon Charts. We've listed them by publication month so you know which treats to expect first.


All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz

Though characters from the first Fogg Lake book, The Vanishing, make appearances in All the Colors of Night, it's not necessary to have read one in order to enjoy the other. North Chastain and Sierra Raines are two people—with mysterious abilities— who are both at critical points in their lives. Teaming up, they deliver another of Krentz's signature sexy, supernatural, suspenseful tales. (January)


The Scorpion's Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Scorpion's Tail begins with a nothing assignment, or so FBI Agent Corrie Swanson thinks, fresh off a career disappointment. But the mummified corpse found in a New Mexico ghost town is hiding a 16th century Spanish gold cross, and that kicks off an investigation that quickly gathers momentum, with a fascinating blend of American history, archaeology, treasure-looting, and a police procedural, set against the fabulous backdrop of the mountains of New Mexico. (January)


The Russian by James Patterson

NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is back, and he keeps getting better with each book. This time, he's just weeks away from marrying his longtime love when a string of murders—each involving a young woman assassinated with chilling precision— sees him working alongside the FBI to figure out who the killer is. Though Michael promises his bride-to-be that the case won't affect their wedding, fans know that murder is kind of the family business for the Bennett clan. (January)


Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman

When a wealthy-beyond-belief heiress uses her pull to open up a case so cold it's frozen—the death of her mother decades ago—LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis calls in his old friend, psychologist Alex Delaware for assistance. With the LAPD brass putting pressure on Milo, and the case turning up too many coincidences to be coincidence, Serpentine lives up to its title with a twisty, menacing storyline. (February)


Relentless by Mark Greaney

An American intelligence operative disappears, only to pop back up in Venezuela. The disappearance might have been just a puzzle, but it's the latest in a spate of disappearing operatives, which means it may be a conspiracy. If the international intelligence community is a chessboard, then The Gray Man, aka Court Gentry, is back to play, and as the book description puts it, "sometimes capturing a king requires sacrificing some pawns." (February)


Crimson Lake Road by Victor Methos

Retiring prosecutor Jessica Yardley should just pack and get ready to go. But instead, she takes on the investigation of a series of grisly murders in a rural area outside Las Vegas. The murders are modeled on a series of gruesome paintings called The Night Things. Turning to her jailed serial killer ex-husband to help get traction on the case, Jessica realizes, too late, that pursuing this may have been a bad idea. Dark and twisty, and not to be read late at night. (February)


The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry

A secret dossier from deep in the Soviet past has the potential to act like a hand grenade on present day Europe, upending the upcoming German election and throwing the European political landscape into chaos. With the usual exotic locales, and a blend of mystery, history, and action, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone will discover the truth about the fates of Hitler, Braun, and Bormann. (February)


Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine

In Stillhouse Lake, Gina Royal—a shy Midwestern housewife— discovered her husband's secret life as a serial killer, remade herself as Gwen Proctor, and relocated to the remote Stillhouse Lake region to rebuild a life for her and her children. In Heartbreak Bay, the past pops up again, and warrior mom Gwen will have to best a killer so good he's practically invisible in this nail-bitingly suspenseful novel. (March)


Win by Harlan Coben

The decades-old abduction and robbery at the Lockwood estate has consequences in the present day when a recluse is found murdered in his Upper West Side apartment, with items from the Lockwood robbery nearby. Win features the kind of fast-moving, action-heavy plot that we've come to expect from Coben, plus kidnapping, theft, an old estate, old money, terrorism, and the FBI. Oh, and Windsor Horne Lockwood III, aka Win, who has the means to do the FBI's job for them, if required. But it may not be pretty. (March)


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