In thrillers, good and evil are divided. Moral choices stay clear, though risks are high and calls are hard. For all the palpitation-inducing danger, for each acid spurt of adrenaline, what whiplashes protagonist and reader through each thriller’s plot is the knowledge that they have something worth saving. They are the ones who will fight for good. They are the ones who will face down evil. 

Mysteries can twist the reader’s perception with unreliable narrators, horror is more likely to end in tragedy than triumph, but thrillers deliver distilled excitement along with the knowledge that these heroes won’t bend. The world could shatter, the sky could fall, and they would be there when the dust cleared, holding up what Atlas dropped.

by Sarah Burton, Editor in Chief