This genre is all about forensics, psychological disorder, or medicine which all connected to crime. The kidns that will transport you to the anticipation, suspense, and plot twist of evil psychopath doctor, gruesome mass murders, deadly plague spreading with mysterious origins, and many more.
Below are twelve notable books of the genre that will make sure you read to the last pages.

12A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac

First Published: 1997


Plot Summary:

The story focus on Lincoln Rhyme the brilliant criminologist and fornesics genius but one day a terrible accident happen and he is physically and emotionally damaged. When a ruthless serial killer challenge him to a duel of wits against time with high stakes of innocent life. With the help of detective Amelia Sachs as his eyes and legs, he goes in the maze of clues diving deep to New York City’s dark past to catch the madman who kills and strip flesh from the bones until he spread the terror and get his target for good.

Reason for you to Read This:
This is a must read book of medical thriller genre, with alluring narrative, and the thrilling suspense of solving the clue to save life of the victim, especially the brilliant character who possess such eyes for details of forensics and evidence, not to mention their intelligence and instinct to solve the riddle and obtain the clues crucial for their mission. This book has even been adapted to a film starring Angelina jolie as Amelia and Denzel Washington as Rhyme.

Best Quote:
“The human creature is so astonishing, but count on it before anything else to be just that a creature. A laughing animal, a dangerous one, a clever one, a scared one, but always acting for a reason a motive that will move the beast towards its desires.”

 

First Published: 2009


Plot Summary:
This book centers on Clare Campbell who has live distanced away from her problematic family and determined to stay so. Until her parents were murdered, and she reluctantly have to get back to her hometown Clarkeston to arrange their funeral and take the responsibility fall on her lap as legal guardian of her mentally ill brother Wes. Struggling to cope with the sudden death of her parents, unexpectedly a horrible pathogen occur and consume the town. But to her realisation the symptoms are eerily similar with her brother’s schizophrenia involving, paranoia, hallucinations, bizzare savage behavior. When the government comes and take control of the situation, one agent specially interested in Wes and thus forces Clare to decide between the hard choices of saving her own brother or save the world.

Reason for you to Read This:
This book not only offer you the suspense and mystery of medical thriller genre, it also will draw you to the dilemma of humanity and family drama. That despite what happens family are bound by blood and important in our life. Thus the book not only deliver the horror of such epidemic with unknown cures but also the personal struggle of the individual if the key of the world survival falls on their family member. A book that you should not miss if you’re looking for a good read of medical thriller genre.

Best Quote:
“You’re ordering pizza over the internet?” “It’s not a new thing.” “Yeah, but now the government knows what kind of pizza you like.” “I”

10Deadly Messengers by Susan May

First Published: 2015


Plot Summary:
The book follows on Kendall Jennings the reporter who writes pieces of women’s lifestyle magazines, until one day a horrible attack happens on a local cafe. She manages to get the exclusive interview of the incident lone surviror and her new career as crime writer suddenly rise. At first the attack on innocent group of victims by axe wielding killer is considers as a simple case. But when similar mass murder happens for the third time the detectives begins to acknowledge it as a pattern not a coincidence. With the help of Kendall they are allured in the mysterious messages hidden to uncover the truth.

Reason for you to Read This:
This medical thriller intrigue the reader with the main theme of hidden killer instinct in all humanity, with an even more shocking answers the author webs through the plot twist and charming narratives. If you’re looking for a thought provoking medical thriller that uncover the question that unspoken in all of us regarding killer instinct, as well as full of suspense this is the book you must get.

Best Quote:
“It had been years since anybody had wanted to listen again. The world had moved on. They had not.”

9The God Complex: A Thriller by Murray McDonald 

First Published: 2014


Plot Summary:
Cash Harris has been estranged with his father for fifteen years and when he decided to meet him things doesn’t go as he hope, at the end of the night his father is murdered, he is involved with government alteration scheme, and uncover the scandalous truth of his life fifteen years back. But there is more important things than his own innocence, as the world safety is in his hand. With the help of his best friend and ex-fiancee, they will discovers the truth about mankind and our universe as it is not as easy as what meet in the eyes.

Reason for you to Read This:
If you’re an avid follower of conspiracy theories and extra terrestrial being this book is what you need. With the unexpected plot twist, the suspense of saving mankind existence, and might even change your thought of earth origins, this book will blow your mind. Make sure you reserve a time to sit back and read this book to the last pages, as you will be guarantee to not be able to put the book down.

Best Quote:
“It’s cornerstone foundations have been designed to cope with heat and earthquakes. The mortar used has been analyzed but can’t be replicated. It was encased in limestone. Its sides would have been perfectly smooth and when the sunlight hit would have been dazzling for miles around.”

8Dr. Vigilante by Alberto Hazan

First Published: 2013

Plot Summary:
Robert works as doctor treating patients at New York City St. Jude’s hospital by day, and by night he secretly assume the role of vigilante hunting down the psychopaths who cause his patient need to be treated in the hospital Emergency Room. Night by night he seeks after the child molesters, rapist, and wife beaters to justify all the missery of people he have to treat in the day. Until one day he meet a beautiful social worker found out about his secret and as they entangled in love affair, he begins to question his secret action and whether he is one of the psychopaths he despise.

Reason for you to Read This:
This book offer you the thrilling secret mission of a doctor hunting down the psychopaths, filled with heart, and honest. A great book of the genre that mix medic, crime, drama, and suspense unlike any other. It’s depiction of every human being subconcious view to just not care about law and bring justice using our own hands to those cruel heartless criminals. And how it will give you the rough honest result of what might happen if you follow such path.

Best Quote:
“Night-vision goggles with high-definition magnification. Despite the unbearable heat and humidity, Robert wore his long-sleeved elastane top and his favorite pair of dark polyester pants. He didn’t care that the outfit made him look unarmed and vulnerable to anyone interested in picking a fight. It’ll take them a minute to decide. He”

7ADRENALINE: New 2013 edition by John Benedict

First Published: 2005


Plot Summary:
Doug Landry is an anesthesiologist in Mercy Hospital with a promising career ahead of him, until one day patients start dying suddenly while having surgery in O.R. and he is to be blame. He have to figure out whether it’s all his fault or something much darker is behind it all. He tries to investigate the cases to clear his name and uncover the truth behind the myterious deaths. He then must race against time to stop the deaths and safe himself, as someone is going to do anything to stop him reveal the truth.

Reason for you to Read This:
This book will thrill you with adrenaline rush from the first word until the end. And might make you wonder of the big responsibility and power an anesthesiologist wield in their hands, as the originality of the book come from the author who is an anesthesiologist in real life. But be warn not to read it before bed, or you would end up not having any sleep at all as you couldn’t put the book down and unable to resist keep reading.

Best Quote:
“Some anyway, before Landry.”

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
Anna Wallingham is a Public Relation in her prime, but after being dismissed by her latest client she begins to run out of jobs. Los Angelas where she resides is a place where good looks triumph over everything. In her desperation she then resort to accept a questionable job offer from Pierre Barton, a billionaire who own Barton Pharmaceuticals. For her new job, she have to be in isolation of outside London facility and become the tester for the company new top secret product allegedly could make her appearance look younger by thirty years. As the product starting to works it magic, she start to look younger and younger. But before she could rest assured, it is reveal that the former product user died mysteriously. Anna then have to investigate the origin of the drug and it’s odds of effect, but when Pierre died in front of her she must risk it all to go across Europe to unveil the truth and stay alive before it is too late.

Reason for you to Read This:
The author shows us how vanity and outlooks is not everything, where aging is the nature of life and better left unchanged and undefied. Yet staying young for eternity is what most of human want, and there might be some people who secretly working on it. This book will show us how it might bring only death and missery than satisfaction and happiness. Packed with suspense and gratifying truth of human greed and fear of death this is a book you have get to complete your collection.

Best Quote:
“They look at the shoes, the watch, and the bag. Then they decide where to seat you.”

5Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta) by Patricia Cornwell

First Published: 1990


Plot Summary:
The story set in Richmond, Virginia when a monstrous human brings terror under the dead of night and left victims in a unique strangled condition. In here comes Kay Scarpetta the medical examiner whose lead the few clues discoveries to the conclusion of the victims murder is the display of brilliant serial serial killer works. She then forced to get the help from latest technologies in forensic to uncover the psycopath identity, unknown to her this case will have to demand her best skill as there is someone who wants her life will do anything to stop her prevail.

Reason for you to Read This:
The author Patricia Cornwell undoubtly is working for a Chief Medical Examiner while writing this novel, as she is able to write with such details and knowledge regarding the forensic. If you’re looking for a fiction of medical thriller yet with real ground of information basis this book is what you should get, it’s packed with suspense, medical background, and real basis of forensics.

Best Quote:
“Survival my only hope. Success my only revenge.”

4The Imposter (Alex Destephano) by Judith Townsend Rocchiccioli

First Published: 2013


Plot Summary:
This novel follows Alexandra Destephano the nurse and legal counsel of Crescent City Medical Center’s Psychiatric Pavilion, as her concern of the staff and safety issues within the Pavilion as they have been ordered to use Thorazine slurpees and Geodon Shots to handle the patients and staff and patients are being beaten and killed. As she try to oppose the administrator Lester Whitset for a fair and justice towards staff and patient alike, she enlist helps of Jack Francoise the newly promoted NOPD Commander and ex-husband surgeon Robert bonnet.

Reason for you to Read This:
This novel offer you the truthfull and bizzare situations of psych ward daily activities completed with the thriller and fight of good against evil. The characters of good people are full of humanity and compassion for others, contrasts with the evil people who is just downright ruthless. Yet it gives rare insight of how challenging to work with mental ilness people, and law procedure especially of how powerful law is.

Best Quote:
“She acknowledged her knowledge of his temper.”

3Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook

First Published: 1997


Plot Summary:
This novel set on the stories of a mafia don Carlo Franconi whose murdered and his body mysteriously disappears before autopsy, and afterwards the same pathologist encounter an unidentifiable body with missing liver. Although it is late revealed to be Franconi body, the pathologist Dr Stapleton goes to investigate the killer until Africa where he discovers the shocking and controversial secrets behind it that will make him question his medical ethics and beliefs.

Reason for you to Read This:
If you’re looking for a book with cloning theme yet filled with suspense and mystery, this is the book you need. As the author is a doctor himself, this book will also give you a detailed insight of medical world. This best seller book with author’s uncomparable ability will surely make you keep reading pages to pages until the mysteries are solved and motives behind it revealed.

Best Quote:
“The problem was that the MHC was only a small portion of the short arm of chromosome 6. there were large blank areas that represented millions and millions of base pairs and hence hundreds of genes. Kevin did not know what they did.”

2Split Second by Douglas E. Richards

First Published: 2015


Plot Summary:
Nathan Wexler the talented and brilliant physicist who discovers a way timetravel a split second back into the past, unfortunately before he could prove his theory. He and Jenna Morrison, his future wife are caught up in the struggle for their lives. As the fate of humanity hangs in the ballance and they are the only people who could save it. Jenna have to struggle to prevail for the theory that she come to realize it will be the very thing that almost impossible yet hold the most significance in earth history.

Reason for you to Read This:
This mind intriguing book will bring you in the thrilling ride, even after you finishes the book you will be left in awe and wonders of time nature and reality. This is definitely the book you must have, if you’re looking for a book full of suspense and mind teasing theme. After all who wouldn’t want to to have such knowledge to travel through time that this book discusses mainly of.

Best Quote:
“Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”

1Outbreak by Robin Cook

First Published: 1987

 

Plot Summary:
The story starts with the death of seven patients and director of Los Angeles health maintenance clinic due to untreatable contagious virus. Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control goes on full alert and assign Dr. Marissa Blumenthal to investigate the case. But she soon realize her case is but the first of many other outbreaks occurance worldwide with similar symptoms and revolves around health care facilities physicians and patients. Yet as her investigation turns to more bizarre ways, she discovers that behind the strange sudden outbreaks might be sabotage and she have to endure the pressure and doubts from people around her, most particularly a group of people who aim for her life.

Reason for you to Read This:
The author Robin Cook is notable for his background of physician and novelist, especially his medical thriller genre novels. His works are full of suspense and creativity as he employs his knowledge of medic as physician and blend it in all of his novels. If you’re to expand your reading in medical thriller genre, Robin Cook novels are the books you have to get. And Outbreak si considered as one of his best work yet, so don’t be confused of long isle of books in this genre just grab this book to start your journey to the thrilling medical fiction world.

Best Quote:
“Dr. Blumenthal,” interrupted Dr. Weaver. “It’s not one case. It’s eighty four cases.” “Eighty-four!” she exclaimed


CONCLUSION

Medical thriller is a intriguing genre which mixes criminal minds theme study with mostly brilliant mind but ruthless motives, with topics of medical world and forensics that are not commonly understood by most people but holds an ultimate power to uncover the crime or even become the sole cause. Most of this genre’s author are from the background of medicine, physician, or police authorities as the theme of medic are too complex and unknown but for the experts to pour it in writing in such reality and understandable ways. These twelve books definitely will make you hard to stop reading as soon as you start, and full of thought provoking themes that will expand your mind.

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