I recently discovered a new to me sub-genre of thrillers that I have been thoroughly enjoying. High octane thrillers are action packed, pulse pounding thrillers that, in my opinion, read like a movie script and would be amazing book to film adaptations. I have curated a list of books that fit within the high octane thriller sub-genre. Along with a synopsis of each, I have included who I imagined playing the lead protagonist, as well as a link to my review. (I LOVE when a book is adapted to film and the cast is announced. I tend it pick it apart if they don't line up with who I imagined in my head. And if the casting director does get it "right," I am canceling my plans for that premiere date and putting my booty into a movie theater seat.)
Buckle up, because you will be in for a wild ride with each of these and they are sure to get your blood pressure going!
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
A Hollywood power couple is at the center of a murder trial after the wife is brutally murdered and her husband is charged with the crime. Eddie Flynn is assigned ot the case and as the trial begins, he starts to doubt that they have the right man on trial. Turns out the killer isn't on trial, he's on the jury....
Eddie Flynn: Colin Farrell
No Exit by Taylor Adams
Four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath. (Taken from Goodreads.com)
Darby Thorne: Havana Rose Liu (she is absolutely perfect for this role)
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
Beauregard "Bug" Montage is a husband, father, car mechanic and former getaway driver. He has put his dark past behind him, working as an honest car mechanic, but finds himself drawn to his past and gets involved in a heist gone wrong.
Beauregard “Bug” Montage: Jamie Foxx
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance. (Taken from Goodreads.com)
Ike Randolph: Denzel Washington
Buddy Lee: Matthew McConaughey (the strung out, True Detective version)
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
A vigilante on a Native American reservation takes justice into his own hands when heroin makes its way to the reservation and affects his family.
Virgil Wounded Horse: Adam Beach