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Thriller is a broad genre of literature that uses suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements. Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewer's moods giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and/or terror. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists and cliffhangers are used extensively. A thriller is a villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the protagonist must overcome.— Excerpted from Thriller (genre) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Black and white close up image of a woman's eyes, wide in fear or shock.

Espionage thrillers[edit]

Includes plots by "super villains" and non-state actors as well as agents of foreign governments.

Crime thrillers[edit]

Historical thrillers[edit]

Paranoid thrillers[edit]

Psychological thrillers[edit]

Science fiction thrillers[edit]