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Still waiting to get your hands on the latest Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson? Whether you’re waiting for your hold or have already devoured it, we’ve made you a list of authors and recommended titles like James Patterson’s fast-paced thrillers. Go ahead, give them a shot!
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Reason: “Jeff Deaver's gripping suspense novels rival those of James Patterson -- both write stories characterized by clever plot twists, memorable characters, menacing atmospheres, psychological overtones, and often nightmarish qualities.” — Kim Burton
Reason: “Jonathan Kellerman and James Patterson write gritty, suspenseful series that combine psychological insights into crime and criminals with police procedures. For both, vividly drawn characters, page-turning pacing, and cinematic story lines create compelling and twisted crime stories filled with violence and grisly details.” — Joyce Saricks
Reason: “While James Patterson is better known for his suspenseful mysteries, he has a few heartwarming love stories that are similar in tone to Nicholas Sparks' books.” — Rebecca Sigmon
Reason: “Both authors' books are practically guaranteed to hit the bestseller lists, whether they are written for adult or youth audiences. James Patterson partners with many co-writers for his youth fiction; Bill O'Reilly generally sticks to nonfiction adaptations of his adult books. The two have also partnered on a bestselling picture book.” — Autumn Winters
Reason: “James Patterson and Ridley Pearson both feature serial murders, series detective protagonists, bleak outlooks, graphic violence, and psychological implications, though Pearson's novels are more densely written and reflective in tone than those of Patterson.” — Kim Burton
Reason: “Like James Patterson, John Sandford writes hard-edged, suspenseful novels of detection. Sandford offers similarly fast-paced, bleak stories, pervaded by a menacing atmosphere. Psychological details are often the key to the case, and the story unfolds with strong language and graphically portrayed violence.” — Kim Burton
7. Greg Iles
Reason: “Greg Iles writes more elegantly than James Patterson, but tells equally complex stories of gritty suspense. Plot twists, contemporary settings (although he has also written suspenseful thrillers set in World War II), alternating points of view, and graphic violence feature prominently.” — Kim Burton
Reason: Both authors’ works are suspenseful, plot-driven and fast-paced. — NoveList Contributor
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