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5 Gripping L.A. Thrillers to Read Right Now

By Hollie Overton, author of The Runaway


Growing up in a small town in Texas, I was so obsessed with L.A. stories that all I wanted to do was pack my bags and head west. Unfortunately, my mother wasn’t on board with my plan and I was forced to settle on reading about the City of Angels instead.

Now that I call L.A. home, I understand there’s so much more to this place than the walk of fame and sunset strip. Here are five of my favorite L.A. thrillers that showcase the good, the bad, the glamorous, and the places in between.


Related: Hollie Overton’s tips for creating tension in thriller novels and TV scripts



About Hollie Overton

Hollie Overton is the author of The Runaway. Hollie is a television writer and resides in Los Angeles.


The Best Crime Fiction of 2018

Looking for the best crime fiction of the year?  We’ve lined up our favorite award-winning mysteries and thrillers of 2018 just for you! If you haven’t read these yet, we recommend adding them to your 2019 reading lists, too.


2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel and 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel

2018 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

2018 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and 2018 Anthony Award Winner for Best First Novel



2018 Lamda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery

2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel


2018 Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Young Adult


Enjoy these award-winning mystery and thrillers!


5 Fast-Paced Reads for Fans of Sandra Brown


Sandra Brown is well-known for her heart-pounding plots and sizzling will they-or-won’t they relationships. If you want a thriller with tantalizing suspense and romance, we recommend devouring her newest novel, Tailspin (now in paperback). If you love it as much as we do, you’ll want to add these other fast-paced reads to your shelf, too!


Cindy Butor is currently finishing her Master’s in Library Science at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her girlfriend Sam and their perfect, yet exacting cat Dinah. She’s a Book Riot contributor and can be found Tweeting @babble_drabble.

9 August Releases for Mystery, Suspense and True Crime Fans

Hello, August! We are now deliriously hot and debating breaking up with summer. But before we do, there are a lot of new books that our crime loving hearts need. Please, and thank you!