The Best Thriller Books I’ve Ever Read

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    Madeline Galassi

I’ve at all times been a reader. Since I used to be younger and even all through highschool and school, I’ve at all times cherished being in the midst of a superb guide—and when I’m in the midst of one, it’s mainly all I can take into consideration. I devour them inside a few days and frantically attempt to discover the following one to crack into. 

However there’s a caveat: I mainly solely learn thriller books. Since I used to be in second grade and my dad purchased me the Nancy Drew collection, I’ve cherished feeling the suspense of not figuring out what was going to occur within the story I used to be studying. The issue, although? When thriller books are good, they’re nice; however after they’re dangerous, they’re just about worse than a foul guide of some other style.

Selecting between my favourite books is like selecting between my youngsters; I’ve put effort and time into every, and I like all of them in their very own particular method. However after a lot debate, these are 10 of the most effective thrillers I’ve learn (and a few older, extra iconic ones too), and I can promise you, they’re price your time. Sit down outdoors and put together to not transfer till tomorrow—you received’t have the ability to put these down.

Alex Michaelides

The Silent Affected person

I learn this over New Yr’s final yr, and after I completed confidently mentioned that it was the most effective guide I learn of 2019. Alicia seemingly has an ideal life, till someday her husband comes house, she shoots him, after which by no means speaks one other phrase. Her refusal to talk makes her case infamous, and I promise, you will not guess a single factor that occurs—from starting to finish. Voted the most effective thriller of 2019, this one is well worth the hype.

Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs

I’ve been the most important fan of “The Silence of the Lambs” film for the reason that first time I noticed it (in second grade, thoughts you). To this present day, I’ll go to my loss of life dangerous saying that that is the most effective film of any style, interval. So you possibly can think about how faux of a fan I felt like after I solely realized final yr that, sure, there’s a guide. I learn it inside 48 hours, and it’s even higher than the film. It offers extra perception into the story and the interior workings of Hannibal Lecter’s thoughts, and with Anthony Hopkin’s portrayal of him inevitably taking part in in your head as you learn, it does not get significantly better than this.

Samantha Downing

My Beautiful Spouse

I can actually say that I’ve gotten everybody in my interior circle to learn this since I completed it a month in the past. On condition that it is a few couple that kills as a passion, you recognize it’ll be stuffed with surprises—however you will not ever guess what the primary character has up her sleeve. It feels like it will be loopy gory, however I believe anybody might each deal with this one and revel in it.

Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, The Serial Killer

Korede’s sister Ayoola is gorgeous and charming—however now her third boyfriend in a row is lifeless, and Korede wants to determine how far she’ll go to guard her. Even if you happen to aren’t typically a mystery-loving particular person, the comedy on this guide is sufficient to get you thru it in a single afternoon. It combines suspense and comedy in a method no guide I’ve ever learn does, and it makes for a unique, ultra-enjoyable learn.

Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

Of the Gillian Flynn books, “Gone Woman” by far received probably the most hype, and I consider that was nothing however a criminal offense. This guide was by far my favourite of her three novels (it was the primary one she wrote). It follows a journalist who goes again to her hometown after a younger woman is discovered murdered, however will get extra tied into it than she assumed. In order for you a enjoyable little venture, learn this, after which watch the HBO collection starring Amy Adams.

Shari Lapena

The Couple Subsequent Door

One night time, Anne and Marco Conti’s child disappears whereas they’re subsequent door, and suspicion instantly goes to them—however what really occurred is far more difficult. This story has flip after flip after flip, and made an enduring impression on me since I learn it months in the past.

Stephen King

The Shining

No checklist of thrillers could be full with out the king of horror himself, Stephen King. Sure, “The Shining” is understood for its movie, however the guide is really so significantly better (what number of instances have I mentioned this in my life?). The film is mainly solely the tip of the iceberg on the subject of this story—the 447 web page novel is the gold normal of horror and thriller books.

B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doorways

Jack and Grace seem to be the proper couple, however—you guessed it—what you see on the floor is barely the half of it. I learn this guide on a single airplane trip, and it is one of many scariest ideas of any guide I’ve learn due to how reasonable it’s. A web page turner if there ever had been one.

Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

I solely learn this guide final weekend, however it was such a wild trip that it has routinely made it onto my high 10. Ellie Mack will get kidnapped as a 15-year-old, and 10 years later, her mother will get the trauma dug again up. Good thrillers surrounding believable occasions are laborious to seek out, however this one is nothing if not plausible.

Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code

This guide is much from new, however after I sit and take into consideration probably the most memorable thrillers I’ve learn, this sits very near the highest. It is such an elaborate and genius story that it is laborious to consider that anybody might provide you with it—it has layers and layers of plot and retains you on the sting of your seat the whole time. Even if you happen to’ve seen the film, the guide is properly well worth the learn.

Walter Mosley

Satan in a Blue Costume

I needed to learn this guide for a lit class in school, and it was the quickest I ever completed any obligatory studying in my life. It is a traditional detective novel, however has layers and layers of story beneath it that makes you fall in love with it from the second you start. It is also set within the 1940s, which supplies the setting and dialogue one thing totally different than any new releases. That is guide considered one of Mosley’s “Straightforward Rawlins” collection, and let’s simply say that there is a purpose he is revealed greater than 40 books. It is a traditional, and if you happen to’re new to crime or thriller novels, this can be a great spot to begin.

Agatha Christie

And Then There Have been None

Agatha Christie has been referred to as the “gateway drug” into thriller and crime novels, and that is precisely how she labored for me. I learn this guide for varsity in sixth grade, and it was the primary thriller I ever learn. It is one of the crucial well-known books of all time which explains I fell in love with suspenseful books. In the event you’ve by no means learn it, now could be the time so as to add it to your checklist.

Megan Giddings


Whereas this would not technically be thought of a thriller, it is impossible-to-put-down qualities and the way terrifying it’s to its core put it on this checklist. It follows Lena, who just lately came upon the extent of her household’s debt after the passing of her Grandma. She stumbles upon a job that appears too good to be true, however requires participation in a medical experiment. It has been in comparison with “Get Out” and “The Handmaid’s Story,” and is a startling commentary on class and race.

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