There’s something irresistible about a good thriller that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat. Perhaps part of the fun is trying to predict the outcome, but the even greater pleasure comes when you’re struck by a mind-bending twist after chapters filled with growing suspense.
The best ones will keep us thinking about them for months or even years after we’ve put the book down.
Best Thriller Novels
To keep your suspense cravings satisfied, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best thrillers available this year that will keep you guessing and leave you wanting more.
In Safe Haven, a pregnant Dena Russell returns to her small hometown to start a new life with her boyfriend, Brian. But Dena soon begins to notice that something isn’t right as Brian’s behavior becomes increasingly disturbing, so leaves her home to stay with an old friend.
When a bloody and battered corpse is discovered, Dena is forced to confront the possibility that her child’s father could be a murderer.
In this follow-up to his 2016 sci-fi thriller Dark Matter, Blake Crouch offers readers another action-packed ride with Recursion. A mysterious disease has emerged that causes people to have false memories, leading to catastrophic results.
New York City cop Barry teams up with neuroscientist Helena Smith to investigate this “False Memory Syndrome” and stop it from spreading. Recursion is also in the works to become a film and a Netflix series developed by Shonda Rhimes.
3. Contempt by Michael Cordell
This riveting legal thriller follows Thane Banning, an ex-lawyer who was wrongly accused and convicted of a murder he didn’t commit.
After spending five years behind bars, he’s finally freed, and agrees to take on a case defending a former inmate against the same DA who put him in jail. Since playing by the rules didn’t help him last time, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to find the real killer and convince the jury before the gavel drops once again.
Award-winning author, screenwriter, and director Clive Fleury takes readers to the year 2031, a world ravaged by climate catastrophes and ruled by the most powerful and corrupt individuals. Former cop Hogan Duran now lives on the edge of society, scavenging dumpsters for survival after being forced to resign for failing to protect his partner.
But now he’s been invited to join the National Security Council to protect the wealthy and powerful—if he can pass the deadly entrance exam first. Fans of The Hunger Games will love this dystopian sci-fi thriller, the first of an upcoming series.
Sandie Jones, author of best-selling novel The Other Woman, is bringing readers a fresh domestic suspense. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “whiplash-inducing,” The First Mistake tells the story of Alice, a woman whose life seems pretty perfect until she begins to suspect her husband of having an affair.
Alice enlists her best friend, Beth, to help her find the truth—but she soon begins to doubt just how much she can trust Beth after all.
If you were a fan of The West Wing or House of Cards, you’ll definitely want to pick up this political thriller by award-winning author Mark Spivak. The American Crusade tells the story of “a power-hungry vice president, a bad batch of shady intelligence, and a sinister plot to destroy Western civilization.”
A fictional drama inspired by the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, this book provides a cynical view of America’s recent past and how it changed the country forever.
Alicia Berenson had a seemingly perfect life—until the night she decided to shoot her husband five times in the face before never speaking another word.
Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is determined to learn why Alicia suddenly snapped, but his obsession with the case soon begins to consume him.
Gangster-noir and crime lovers rejoice. David Stever’s crime thriller Scarlet Fever is the perfect addition to your summer reading list. Hard-drinking private investigator Johnny Delarosa crosses paths with Claire Dixon, a gorgeous redhead who hires him to find the two million dollars that were stolen from her mob-wife mother.
But when Claire suddenly goes missing, it’s up to Johnny to crack the case and bring her back.
Lana Stone finally has a chance at motherhood, thanks to an egg donor. However, when Lana recognizes her donor, a young student named Katya, walking home one evening, she decides to follow her.
The two eventually meet and a close friendship begins to develop—until Katya suddenly disappears. Lana begins to dig through Katya’s past for clues, even though her obsession with the case draws suspicion from the authorities. What she ends up finding will make her question everything she thought she knew.
Jessica Farris was just looking to earn some extra cash when she signed up to participate in a psychological study on ethics and morality. But once the experiment moves to the real world, it’s no longer so clear what is real and what is part of Dr. Shields’s experiments.
It begins to seem that Dr. Shields not only knows what Jessica is thinking, but also what she’s hiding. This psychological thriller will keep readers hooked until the final twist.
Katherine and Eve had a few too many drinks one evening. But since there was no traffic and they didn’t have far to go, Katherine decides to get behind the wheel anyway. It seems like they’ll make it just fine until . . . the accident. But no one will ever find out about the accident because Eve is going to help Katherine make it all go away . . . or will she?
Katherine begins to notice something off about Eve, but only after it’s too late. This captivating thriller will have you hooked from the very first page.
More Thrilling Novels
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