Nothing compares to a good thriller book – let your imagination go wild and feel the tension as you put yourself in the main character's situation. But when the thriller also involves the medical industry, you can relate to things that are actually likely to happen. All in all, here are the best medical thriller books of 2019 and 2020 – get ready to be thrilled! No spoilers included.

Pulse by Judith Lucci and multiple authors

Pulse: Thirteen Action-Packed Medical Thrillers, by Judith Lucci, Fiona Quinn, Edwin Dasso, Jenifer Ruff & 10 more 

Pulse is a collection of 13 different medical thrillers. It is available on Kindle. Each book was written by a top selling author and has become a top seller over the Wall Street Journal or USA Today. If you have written and enjoyed work by Patricia Cornwell, Judith Lucci, Danielle Girard, Michael Crichton, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Kendra Elliott or Tim Tigner, you simply cannot go wrong with these books.

Think about your darkest deeds in a world where anything is possible. Now, what would you do if they became real? There is only one way to find out.

The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless Book 5), by Dean Koontz

It all starts with a bunch of unusual deaths affecting a retirement home located in an exclusive community. The place is also suitable for those with terminal illnesses who want to require assisted death. It looks ultra luxurious, but things are a bit sketchy, especially as the victims did not seem to be dying in the first place.

Nameless starts an adventure by getting in touch with a former resident who managed to get out of the home. A bunch of terrifying secrets is then released and the truth seems closer than ever. But is it?

Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future, by John Scalzi

The fun part about medical thrillers is that some of those things can actually become a reality. Some of them might happen right now, without the world to be aware of them. Lock In looks like a sinister prediction of what is going on these days.

A new virus targets the world. It is not the coronavirus, but an unknown virus that causes full paralysis. Practically, patients experience a complete body paralysis, but their minds are lucid and awake. The USA decides to come up with a virtual reality scenario for the victims, but things do not always go as planned.

The Price Of Time, by Tim Tinger

If you like Micharl Crichton and Agatha Christie, this medical thriller is a mix between their styles. Imagine Silicon Valley, an invention, a new discovery, some agents, a few assassins willing to keep things secret and some hot locations around.

You will guess, change your mind and jump to all kinds of conclusions while going through this mysterious intellectual challenge, but it will be worth it.

Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1), by A. G. Riddle

Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) is another realistic representation of what is happening today. It all starts with a virus that kills people in Kenya. People keep getting infected and the virus has no borders – it spreads all over the world.

Dr. Peyton Shaw is in an alarming race to find a cure, but will she? Her challenge will also bring out some of the darkest secrets of the humankind.

Genesis, by Robin Cook

Young social worker Kera Jacobsen ends up dead. She was 10 weeks pregnant. No one knows who the father was. At the same time, it looks like she had a drug overdose. While her family swears she never did any drugs, the hospital insists the investigation should be quiet.

The new pathology resident Aria Nichols aims to solve this problem and find the secret behind the social worker's death. One thing leads to another and…

Exhume (Dr. Schwartzman Book 1), by Danielle Girard

Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman works as a medical examiner and helps detectives find out what happens to victims before they died. It is a quiet job that does not involve any pressure – especially after she barely managed to escape from her abusive husband.

But things go a bit weird one day. The victim on her table looks like a brief resemblance of herself. Memories come to mind and a bit of evidence shows that the killer is not done yet. At this point, the doctor is not sure whether she is trying to find a killer or literally keeping herself safe, as she could be the next victim.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks

Jessica Farris ends up becoming a test subject in a study about morality. The psychological study is a good opportunity for her to get some cash in hand. It looks good so far, but she realizes something is wrong when she gets back to her real life.

At this point, the subject is no longer sure whether she is still being tested or that is what the real world feels like. The line between these two aspects blurs and the subject's behavior is now manipulated. Jess is caught in a game of fear, jealousy and love. She soon understands that some passions can become fatal, without realizing what world she is in.

The Last Widow: A Novel (Will Trent Book 9), by Karin Slaughter

This New York Times bestseller will take you from one scenario to another – one conclusion to another too. It all starts with a kidnapping – a bunch of people grabs a scientist in the parking lot of a mall. The action moves in a different direction. Some of Atlanta's most important locations are bombed in what seems to be a terrorist event.

They seem unrelated, but assailants soon abduct the medical examiner responsible for the case. Her partner goes undercover in the attempt to save both her and thousands of potential victims.


Bottom line, these are some of the best medical thriller books of 2019 and 2020. While other titles could have easily made it on the list, these top sellers gained an international reputation in no time, so they should definitely be on your list for your next day on the beach or in a hammock in your backyard.​