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Best Suspense Books

Dive into a world of nail-biting tension with the best suspense novels, as ranked by their prominence in top book blog articles. These books promise to keep you on the edge of your seat, featuring in numerous recommended reading lists.

Recommendations from 41 articles, Barack Obama, Emma Watson, Richard Branson and 63 others.
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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn - 2014-04-22 (first published in 2012)
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A thrilling exploration of a marriage gone wrong from one of the most acclaimed suspense writers of our time. When the clever and beautiful wife of a small-town golden boy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, the pressure mounts as rumors fly and suspicions rise. With razor-sharp writing and intricate plot twists, this dark psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
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The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins - 2015-01-13
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This psychological thriller is a top-notch must-read, a gripping and enthralling journey that combines the voyeuristic thrills of Rear Window with the darkness and twists of Gone Girl. Follow Rachel, a daily commuter who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect couple, "Jess and Jason", until one day she witnesses something shocking that changes everything. Discover the truth about the girl on the train in this exceptional and startling novel.
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Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides - 2019-02-05
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Unravel the mystery behind a chilling crime that left a woman silent for six years. Alicia Berenson had a charmed life until she shot her husband in the head, never speaking another word since. Discover the truth behind her tragic story in this gripping novel.
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And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie - 2004-05-03 (first published in 1939)
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An island mansion off the Devon coast is the setting for a thrilling mystery. Ten strangers, lured by a mysterious host, soon find themselves accused of having guilty secrets. As they are stranded by a violent storm, they begin to die off one by one. Who is the killer, and will anyone survive?
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The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris - 2002-01-01 (first published in 1988)
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This thriller delves into the depths of a psychopath's mind as an FBI trainee races against time to catch a serial killer. Brace yourself for the ultimate villain of modern fiction: Hannibal Lecter. This bestselling book has sold over five million copies and will leave you silenced with fear.
Recommended by
Greg Iles
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Daphne du Maurier - 2013-12-17 (first published in 1938)
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An orphaned lady's maid is swept off her feet by a dashing widower's proposal of marriage. But upon arrival to his country estate, she realizes his late wife's shadow looms large, threatening to destroy their relationship from beyond the grave.
Recommended by
Glen Mazzara
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Before I Go to Sleep
A Novel
S. J. Watson - 2011-06-14
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A woman wakes up every morning with no memory of the previous day - or the last 20 years. She must rely on her husband to explain who she is, but as she starts piecing together her past, she realizes the truth may be too shocking to believe. An intense exploration of memory loss and identity.
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Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty - 2017-02-07 (first published in 2014)
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A gripping tale about the dangerous lies people tell themselves just to survive. Three women, Madeline, Celeste, and Jane, all at different crossroads in their lives, are brought together by a tragic incident. This novel explores the complexities of motherhood, marriage, and the little lies we tell that can lead to deadly consequences. A must-read for anyone who loves a good thriller with a strong focus on character development.
Recommended by
Elin Hilderbrand
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson - 2008-09-23 (first published in 2005)
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Discover a thrilling murder mystery that combines family saga, love story, and financial intrigue in one complex yet atmospheric novel. Follow journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the enigmatic hacker Lisbeth Salander as they delve deep into a dark world of corruption to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a wealthy family scion over 40 years ago. Don't miss out on this satisfyingly entertaining read.
Recommended by
Imani Gandy
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Stephen King - 1988-11-01 (first published in 1987)
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This captivating novel follows a famous writer who is rescued by his Number One Fan after a car accident. But when she discovers what he did to his beloved character, the novelist is held hostage and forced to write exclusively for her. Written by acclaimed author Stephen King, Misery is a thrilling and suspenseful page-turner that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Recommended by
Devon Sawa
The Woman in the Window by A. J Finn
You by Caroline Kepnes
In a Dark, Dark Wood- 2015 Edition by Ruth Ware
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
The Shining by Stephen King
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Intensity by Dean Koontz
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
In the Woods by Tana French
The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
The Whisper Man by Alex North
I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
The Island by Adrian McKinty
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Long Man by Amy Greene
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Descent by Tim Johnston
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
A Simple Favor [Movie Tie-in] by Darcey Bell
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey