Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O’Brien is an American author of thriller and suspense novels. O’Brien studied Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He ended up working as a railroad inspector, while writing at night. He was given the advice not to quit his day job until the money he made from writing could support himself for two years by Terry Brooks, which he took to heart. Originally from Chicago, Kevin lives in Seattle, Washington.

Kevin O’Brien became a published novelist in 1987 with the novel Actors. It would be another 10 years before his second novel was published – Only Son in 1997. Below is a list of Kevin O’Brien’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Anthem(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Only Son(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Next to Die(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Make Them Cry(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Watch Them Die(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Left for Dead(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Victim(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Spree(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Last Scream(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Final Breath(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vicious(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Disturbed(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Terrified(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unspeakable(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tell Me You're Sorry(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No One Needs to Know(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Kevin O’Brien Synopsis: In the standalone novel Only Son by Kevin O’Brien, the McMurrays’ marriage has been rocky, but is finally beginning to work out, thanks to their new baby, Eddie. Carl Jorgenson is a divorcee without a family whose dream is to give a child the love he never had. His next course of action is one that will change his life and the McMurrays’ lives completely. The novel was optioned for film due to interest from Tom Hanks.

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  • Kelly Delp Allenbaugh

    Good morning is their any certain order to read your books ? You are an extreme awesome writer keep them coming !!

    • Barbara Knox Hughes

      Each one is a stand alone and I get hooked after each first chapter. The only recurring part is that each is about a serial killer and most of the suspense keeps you guessing until close to the end. Just when you think you have it all figured out he drops a bomb on your suspect and you are back to square one. I have read almost all of his books now and am sad that I will soon finish the last one. Hurry up and write more books Kevin. I’m waiting for the next one. All I can say is he is the best writer I have read in a long time and I read hundreds of books every year. The most suspenseful books ever!