Thrillers Must-Reads That Will Keep You Up All Night
You won't be able to put these down!
What’s better than opening a new book and being completely hooked from the first page? When the plot, writing, and new characters being introduced to you have such a promising chance at turning into one of your new favorite books, it’s no mystery that finding a good thriller is an experience all in its own. From atmospheric chillers to domestic suspense and police procedural stories, these are the thrillers you’ll want to make room for on your bookshelf immediately.
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1. Somebody's Home by Kaira Rouda
Julie Jones is starting over with her daughter Jess in Oceanside following the end of her marriage. What Julie doesn’t know is the previous owners didn’t take everything—or everyone—with them when they left. Tom Dean is a man who harbors a lot of hate for the father who didn’t show him enough appreciation and even more hatred toward the woman who recently moved into his family’s house. With Julie thinking Tom will be out in a few days, Tom has other plans. He’s never going to leave and Julie’s fresh start is beginning to look more like a terrifying new chapter. If you enjoy this story, be sure to look for Rouda’s upcoming Fall release The Widow in November!
2. One of Us is Dead by Jeneva Rose
Buckhead, the affluent Atlanta suburb full of lavish houses and expensive cars is also home to some diabolical women behaving badly in Rose’s wickedly amusing thriller. Jenny’s exclusive salon Glow is the place to hear the latest gossip, including how Shannon, once Buckhead’s queen bee, is now on the outs as her husband swaps her for the younger, naive Crystal. Olivia welcomes this new dynamic with hopes of taking Shannon’s crown and spotlight. Who is strong enough to survive the revenge, backstabbing, and cruel manipulation within the group and what thrilling twists will lead others astray…or even dead?
3. The Shadow House by Anna Downes
Alex, a single mother of two children, is on the run from her past and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Pine Ridge. What Alex is about to find out in the small community full of friendly people and a lush forest is that looks aren’t always what they seem. As Alex begins to come across secrets someone thought were forever hidden in the house, she finds that her new beginning might be even more terrifying than the past she was running from.
4. We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall
Shortly after TV writer Yara Gibson returns to her hometown to host her parents twentieth wedding anniversary, she receives a chilling text from Felicia Campbell: I have information that will change your life. Felicia claims she’s a childhood friend of Yara’s mother who has been estranged from her after drama. Although Felicia is persistent in making Yara meet with her, she’s soon found dead in the lake, leaving behind a key for Yara to a remote cabin with a basement full of clues in an unsolved tragedy from 1998. As Yara begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together, she begins to question everything she’s ever known about her own family.
5. Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
Paris Peralta has just been arrested after being found covered in blood holding a straight razor with her famous and wealthy husband dead in the bathtub. Paris’s biggest fear is the media attention could draw someone out of the shadows from the past she’s been trying to keep a secret. Twenty-five years ago, Ruby Reyes was convicted of a similar murder that dubbed her the Ice Queen. Ruby knows who Paris really is and after being unexpectedly released from prison, Paris must not only try to win her case, but confront her past before Ruby ruins everything.
6. My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa
Releasing in paperback in July right before her upcoming release You’re Invited coming in August, My Sweet Girl is one that will keep you guessing the entire time. Adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage at a young age, Paloma has had a comfortable life. But when her parents cut her off financially, she decides to rent the second bedroom of her San Francisco apartment to Arun, who has recently moved from India. After Arun finds out a secret Paloma has worked her whole life to keep hidden, he is found dead in a pool of blood. After the police arrive, there is no longer a body or evidence that any crime was ever committed. Is this event connected to her dark past or is Paloma in even more danger than before?
7. Blue Like Me by Aaron Philip Clark
Former detective turned PI Trevor “Finn” Finnegan is on surveillance and watching two potentially corrupt police officers. When an unknown assailant kills Detective Martin Riley and seriously injures Detective Sally Munoz, Finn finds himself in the center of the case as an eyewitness. Sally needs Finn to help her find the attacker, but Finn still isn’t sure if Sally is good or bad and helping her could blow his cover. When Finn’s former associate, another former detective, is murdered, Finn finds the cases could be connected and will risk it all to bring the killer to justice.
8. Bit Flip by Mike Trigg
Sam Hughes is a tech executive who came to Silicon Valley under the assumption he would make the world a better place; that is, until he has a public meltdown and begins to question his life choices. With his marriage and career at risk, Sam is unexpectedly brought back to his previous job determined to expose the company’s shady secrets. Driven with the desire for revenge and desperate to get his life back on track, Sam’s plan is thwarted when he finds himself in a position that not only forces him to question his moral compass, but that will also will test him to see how far he will go for redemption.
9. The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
On New Year’s Eve in 1999, four teenagers working at Blockbuster are attacked, leaving only one survivor. The police identify the boyfriend of one of the victims as the prime suspect and he flees, never to be seen again. Fifteen years later, teenage employees are attacked at an ice cream shop with only one survivor. When the lone survivor of the Blockbuster attack finds a connection between the two murderous events, her life intersects with a detective investigating the crime and the brother of the man accused all those years ago who is determined to prove his brother's innocence.
10. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
In this fantastically eerie retelling of The Island of Doctor Moreau, Carlota Moreau is a young woman growing up in an abundant estate outside of the Yucatán Peninsula, the daughter of a scientist who is questionably either a genius or a madman. Montgomery Laughton is a melancholic overseer with a tragic past who assists Dr. Moreau with his experiments, monstrous hybrid creations that are part human, part animal. Everyone’s unusual lives are about to be disturbed when a mysterious visitor comes to the estate, setting off an unforeseen chain reaction of events in the sweltering jungle.
11. The Bus to Beulah by E.C. Hanes
On her journey to start anew in America, Maria Puente is suddenly abducted after discovering a human trafficking ring. Desperate to find her before it’s too late, Sheriff Will Moser questions powerful businessman Albert Waters and gets nothing in return. At his wife’s insistence, Will turns to Elijah Kahn—a man he served with in Vietnam—and his international security firm as a last resort to find Maria. Caught up in a dangerous world of mercenaries, cartels, and trafficking operations, and with a looming debt owed to Maria’s uncle weighing heavily on his conscience, Moser knows he must rescue her before she disappears forever.
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