The best 59 Mystery Thriller books

Prepare to be on the edge of your seat with this thrilling book list. From heart-pounding suspense to mind-bending mysteries, these titles will keep you guessing until the very last page. Brace yourself for twists, turns, and unexpected surprises as you dive into the world of mystery and suspense. Get ready for sleepless nights, because once you start reading, you won't be able to put these books down.

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Mystery Thriller Books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn
A Novel
4.3 (7 ratings)
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What's Gone Girl about?

Gone Girl (2012) is the story of Amy Dunne, who one day vanishes from her cozy midwestern home. Her sudden disappearance becomes a sensational nation-wide headline – and the biggest suspect is her husband, Nick. But what follows is a head-spinning plot that takes on the subjects of relationship dynamics, private and public identities, the influence of media, and the institution of marriage.

Who should read Gone Girl?

  • People who enjoy mysteries with surprising plot twists
  • Anyone who likes a good crime thriller
  • Fans of iconic female characters in fiction

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel

Simone St. James

What's The Sun Down Motel about?

The Sun Down Motel is a gripping mystery novel that takes place in a small town in upstate New York. When Carly Kirk visits the motel where her aunt disappeared 35 years ago, she uncovers dark secrets and a connection to a series of unsolved murders. With its eerie atmosphere and compelling characters, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Sun Down Motel?

  • Mystery enthusiasts who enjoy thrilling and suspenseful stories
  • Readers who appreciate well-developed characters and atmospheric settings
  • People who are looking for a captivating and engrossing read

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of Four

Arthur Conan Doyle

What's The Sign of Four about?

The Sign of Four is a classic detective novel featuring the famous Sherlock Holmes. When a young woman seeks Holmes' help in solving the mysterious disappearance of her father and a valuable treasure, Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson embark on a thrilling adventure filled with twists and turns. Set in Victorian London, this gripping tale is a must-read for mystery lovers.

Who should read The Sign of Four?

  • Readers who enjoy thrilling mysteries and detective stories
  • People interested in the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
  • Individuals who appreciate classic literature and the Victorian era

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Hawthorne Legacy

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

What's The Hawthorne Legacy about?

The Hawthorne Legacy is a thrilling mystery novel that follows a group of teenagers who discover they are heirs to a vast fortune. As they navigate family secrets and betrayal, they must work together to uncover the truth behind their inheritance and the dark history of the Hawthorne family. With twists and turns at every corner, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Hawthorne Legacy?

  • Readers looking for an adventurous and mysterious young adult novel
  • Fans of the Hawthorne series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Teenagers or young adults who enjoy stories about secret societies and solving puzzles

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Black Cat by Martha Grimes

The Black Cat

Martha Grimes

What's The Black Cat about?

The Black Cat is a gripping mystery novel that follows Inspector Richard Jury as he investigates a series of murders in a quaint English village. When a black cat appears at each crime scene, Jury must unravel the clues and uncover the dark secrets hidden within the community. With its intricate plot and well-developed characters, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Black Cat?

  • Thriller enthusiasts looking for a gripping and suspenseful read
  • Mystery lovers who enjoy solving puzzles and uncovering secrets
  • Readers who appreciate well-crafted and engaging storytelling

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Mystery Thriller Books: Lies by T.M. Logan

Lies

T.M. Logan

What's Lies about?

When Joe Lynch discovers his wife's car parked in a hotel car park, he is thrown into a web of lies and deceit. As he delves deeper into the mystery, he uncovers shocking truths that threaten to unravel his entire life. Lies is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Lies?

  • People who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Readers who appreciate a well-crafted plot with unexpected twists and turns
  • Those looking for a captivating book with a gripping storyline

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Mystery Thriller Books: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie

What's And Then There Were None about?

Ten strangers are invited to an isolated island by a mysterious host. As they start to die one by one, the remaining guests realize that the killer is among them. With no way to escape, they must uncover the murderer's identity before it's too late. Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read And Then There Were None?

  • Mystery enthusiasts looking for an engaging and suspenseful read
  • Readers who appreciate clever plot twists and intricate storytelling
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's works or classic crime fiction in general

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Mystery Thriller Books: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday's Not Coming

Tiffany D. Jackson

What's Monday's Not Coming about?

In this gripping novel, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of a teenage girl named Claudia whose best friend, Monday, goes missing. As Claudia desperately tries to uncover the truth behind Monday's disappearance, she uncovers dark secrets and a shocking reality. "Monday's Not Coming" is a powerful and thought-provoking book that sheds light on important issues such as friendship, family, and the overlooked cases of missing black girls. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Monday's Not Coming?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking young adult novels
  • People who are interested in stories tackling societal issues and exploring themes of friendship and identity
  • Those seeking a gripping and emotionally charged read that will keep them hooked until the very end

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Mystery Thriller Books: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

Devil in a Blue Dress

Walter Mosley

What's Devil in a Blue Dress about?

Set in 1948 Los Angeles, "Devil in a Blue Dress" follows Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a World War II veteran turned private investigator, as he is hired to find a missing woman. As he delves deeper into the case, Easy uncovers a web of corruption and deceit that leads him into the dangerous world of politics and racial tensions. This gripping mystery novel explores themes of race, power, and the struggle for justice.

Who should read Devil in a Blue Dress?

  • Fans of crime fiction looking for an intriguing and suspenseful read
  • Readers interested in exploring themes of race, identity, and social justice in a historical context
  • Those who appreciate well-developed characters and intricate storytelling

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Mystery Thriller Books: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Whisper Network

Chandler Baker

What's Whisper Network about?

Whisper Network is a gripping novel that delves into the dark and pervasive culture of workplace harassment. Told from the perspectives of four women, it exposes the toxic power dynamics and the lengths women go to in order to protect themselves and each other. With a blend of suspense and social commentary, this book sheds light on the #MeToo movement and the importance of speaking up against injustice.

Who should read Whisper Network?

  • Those interested in a gripping and timely story about female empowerment in the workplace
  • Individuals looking for a thought-provoking exploration of gender dynamics and the #MeToo movement
  • Readers who enjoy suspenseful novels with a touch of social commentary

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers

Peng Shepherd

What's The Cartographers about?

In a world where memories can be mapped and traded, a group of cartographers embark on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth about a mysterious map that holds the key to their past and future. As they navigate through treacherous landscapes and encounter unexpected allies and enemies, they must confront their own inner demons and make difficult choices that will shape the course of their lives. A captivating blend of fantasy and adventure, "The Cartographers" is a thought-provoking exploration of memory, identity, and the power of maps.

Who should read The Cartographers?

  • Readers who are intrigued by thought-provoking dystopian novels
  • People who enjoy exploring deep philosophical themes
  • Those looking for a unique and imaginative storytelling experience

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What's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes about?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson. Set in late 19th-century London, the book follows Holmes as he solves a series of complex and intriguing cases using his keen powers of observation and deduction. Each story is filled with suspense, mystery, and clever plot twists, making it a timeless classic in the detective genre.

Who should read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes?

  • Readers who enjoy solving mysteries and unraveling complex plots
  • Fans of detective stories and crime fiction
  • People who appreciate well-developed characters and clever storytelling

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

The Housemaid

Freida McFadden

What's The Housemaid about?

The Housemaid is a gripping novel that delves into the complex relationships and power dynamics within a wealthy household. When a young woman named Anne takes a job as a housemaid, she uncovers dark secrets and must navigate the dangerous world of the upper class. With suspense and intrigue, this book explores themes of class, loyalty, and the lengths people will go to protect their own interests.

Who should read The Housemaid?

  • People who enjoy reading captivating domestic thrillers
  • Readers who are interested in exploring complex relationships within a household setting
  • Those who appreciate books with unexpected twists and turns

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Mystery Thriller Books: Creep by Jennifer Hillier

Creep

Jennifer Hillier

What's Creep about?

Creep is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of a charming and manipulative college professor who becomes obsessed with a former student. As his dark secrets unravel, the novel delves into themes of obsession, betrayal, and the lengths people will go to in order to protect their own secrets. With its intense plot twists and complex characters, Creep will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Creep?

  • Thriller enthusiasts who enjoy suspenseful and dark storylines
  • Readers who appreciate psychological depths and complex characters
  • Those who are intrigued by the exploration of human nature and its dark side

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Mystery Thriller Books: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks

What's An Anonymous Girl about?

An Anonymous Girl is a psychological thriller that delves into the world of ethics, manipulation, and obsession. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study on ethics and morality, she becomes entangled in a web of deceit and danger. As she becomes increasingly involved in the study, she realizes that she may not be the only one keeping secrets. Gripping and suspenseful, this novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read An Anonymous Girl?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • People who like exploring morally ambiguous characters
  • Anyone who wants to contemplate the blurred lines between right and wrong

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Mystery Thriller Books: Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Portrait of a Thief

Grace D. Li

What's Portrait of a Thief about?

When a renowned art collector's prized possession is stolen, detective Alex Chen is called in to solve the case. As he delves into the world of high-stakes art theft, he uncovers a web of deception and betrayal. But as the investigation progresses, Alex begins to question whether the thief is really the villain or if there's more to the story than meets the eye. "Portrait of a Thief" is a gripping mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read Portrait of a Thief?

  • Those who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Readers who appreciate complex and morally ambiguous characters
  • People who are fans of suspenseful and twisty narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal

Sarah Vaughan

What's Anatomy of a Scandal about?

Anatomy of a Scandal is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the complexities of power, privilege, and betrayal. When a charismatic politician is accused of a shocking crime, the novel unravels the scandal and its impact on the lives of those involved. Told from multiple perspectives, it explores the blurred lines between truth and lies, and the devastating consequences of a scandal that threatens to unravel the lives of everyone involved.

Who should read Anatomy of a Scandal?

  • Readers interested in suspenseful legal dramas
  • Those who enjoy exploring the intricacies of human relationships and power dynamics
  • Individuals looking for thought-provoking books that delve into contemporary societal issues

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup

Gillian Flynn

What's The Grownup about?

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It tells the story of a con artist who poses as a fortune teller, only to get involved in a haunting mystery at the house of one of her clients. Full of twists and turns, this book will leave you questioning everything until the very end.

Who should read The Grownup?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and unsettling mysteries
  • Those who appreciate complex and morally ambiguous characters
  • People who are interested in exploring the blurred lines between reality and the supernatural

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

What's The Silent Patient about?

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. When Alicia Berenson is accused of murdering her husband and then goes silent, refusing to speak a single word, psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind her shocking act. As Theo delves deeper into Alicia's past and her dark, twisted mind, he unravels a web of secrets and lies that will leave you stunned.

Who should read The Silent Patient?

  • Those who enjoy psychological thrillers and suspenseful stories
  • Readers who are intrigued by complex and unpredictable characters
  • People who appreciate clever plot twists and well-crafted narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Client by John Grisham

The Client

John Grisham

What's The Client about?

A legal thriller that follows 11-year-old Mark Sway as he becomes entangled in the dangerous world of the mafia after witnessing a lawyer's suicide. With the help of attorney Reggie Love, Mark must navigate the legal system and outsmart the mafia in order to protect himself and his family. The Client is a gripping tale of suspense and power.

Who should read The Client?


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What's The Turn of the Key about?

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. When a young nanny takes a job at a remote Scottish mansion, she soon realizes that things are not as they seem. Told through a series of letters, this book will leave you guessing until the very end.

Who should read The Turn of the Key?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Those who are intrigued by mysteries involving smart home technology
  • People who appreciate a complex and unreliable narrator

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Mystery Thriller Books: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet

Arthur Conan Doyle

What's A Study in Scarlet about?

A Study in Scarlet (1887) is a detective novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It introduces the iconic characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they solve a mysterious murder case in London. Filled with thrilling twists and turns, this book marks the beginning of the legendary Sherlock Holmes series.

Who should read A Study in Scarlet?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective fiction
  • People with an interest in the original Sherlock Holmes stories
  • Those who appreciate complex and intriguing mystery plots

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Firm by John Grisham

The Firm

John Grisham

What's The Firm about?

The Firm by John Grisham is a legal thriller that follows a young attorney named Mitch McDeere as he joins a prestigious law firm in Memphis. However, he soon discovers that the firm has some dark secrets and is involved in illegal activities. As Mitch tries to escape the firm's grip, he becomes entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Who should read The Firm?

  • Readers who enjoy legal thrillers and suspenseful stories
  • Those interested in exploring the dark side of big law firms and corporate corruption
  • People who appreciate complex characters and intricate plots

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Jackal

Frederick Forsyth

What's The Day of the Jackal about?

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth is a gripping thriller that follows an anonymous assassin, known as the Jackal, as he is hired to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. With meticulous planning and a relentless pursuit by the authorities, the Jackal embarks on a deadly mission that keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Who should read The Day of the Jackal?

  • Readers who enjoy suspenseful and intricately plotted thrillers
  • Those interested in political intrigue and the world of espionage
  • People who appreciate meticulous research and attention to detail in a novel

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Woods by Harlan Coben

The Woods

Harlan Coben

What's The Woods about?

The Woods by Harlan Coben follows a gripping tale of long-buried secrets and the search for the truth. When a shocking discovery is made in the woods near a summer camp, it brings back haunting memories for attorney Paul Copeland. As he delves into the past, he uncovers dark secrets and must confront the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Who should read The Woods?

  • Readers who enjoy suspenseful thrillers with unexpected twists and turns
  • Those who are drawn to stories with complex family dynamics and hidden secrets
  • Individuals who appreciate well-crafted character development and multi-layered narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining

Stephen King

What's The Shining about?

The Shining is a gripping novel by Stephen King that tells the story of the Torrance family, who move into the isolated Overlook Hotel for the winter. As the hotel becomes snowbound, terrifying supernatural forces start to take hold, driving the father, Jack, to madness and putting his wife and son in grave danger. This chilling tale explores themes of isolation, addiction, and the power of the supernatural.

Who should read The Shining?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological horror and supernatural phenomena
  • Fans of Stephen King's writing style and storytelling ability
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family dysfunction and the human psyche

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Mystery Thriller Books: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell

What's Then She Was Gone about?

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a gripping psychological thriller that unravels the mystery of a young girl's disappearance. Told through multiple perspectives, the story delves into the dark and twisted secrets of a seemingly perfect family. With unexpected twists and turns, it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Then She Was Gone?

  • Crime and mystery enthusiasts looking for a gripping and suspenseful story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring complex family dynamics and psychological twists
  • Those who appreciate well-crafted and emotionally impactful storytelling

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Mystery Thriller Books: Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Before I Go to Sleep

S. J. Watson

What's Before I Go to Sleep about?

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story follows Christine Lucas, who wakes up every day with no memory of her past due to a mysterious accident. As she starts to uncover the truth about her life, she realizes that things are not as they seem. Filled with twists and turns, this book will make you question everything you think you know.

Who should read Before I Go to Sleep?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with unexpected plot twists
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of memory and identity
  • Individuals who appreciate stories that keep them guessing until the very end

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Mystery Thriller Books: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

What's My Sister, the Serial Killer about?

My Sister, the Serial Killer (2018) by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a darkly comedic novel that delves into the complexities of family and loyalty. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, the story follows Korede, a practical nurse, as she grapples with her sister Ayoola's habit of killing her boyfriends. As Korede tries to protect Ayoola, she is forced to confront her own moral choices and the secrets that bind them together.

Who should read My Sister, the Serial Killer?

  • Individuals who enjoy darkly comedic and satirical storytelling
  • Readers who are interested in exploring complex sibling relationships
  • Those looking for a unique and unconventional take on the crime thriller genre

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

Shari Lapena

What's The Couple Next Door about?

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the secrets and lies of seemingly ordinary people. When a couple's baby goes missing during a dinner party at their neighbor's house, dark truths and hidden motives are revealed. With unexpected twists and a tense atmosphere, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Couple Next Door?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and mystery novels
  • People who are interested in exploring the complexities of marriage and parenthood
  • Those who like plot twists and unexpected turns in a story

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Mystery Thriller Books: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane

What's Shutter Island about?

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane is a mind-bending psychological thriller that takes place in an eerie, isolated mental institution. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner are sent to the island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. As they delve into the mystery, they uncover disturbing secrets and question their own sanity. With its unexpected twists and thought-provoking themes, this gripping novel will keep you hooked until the very end.

Who should read Shutter Island?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with mind-bending twists
  • Those interested in exploring the depths of human psychology and the nature of reality
  • Anyone looking for a gripping and immersive storytelling experience

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl

Mary Kubica

What's The Good Girl about?

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica is a gripping psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. The story follows the mysterious disappearance of a young woman named Mia, and the shocking truths that are unraveled as her family and the detective assigned to the case delve deeper into her past and the reasons behind her abduction.

Who should read The Good Girl?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Those interested in exploring themes of identity and deception
  • People who like complex and unreliable narrators

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Mystery Thriller Books: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water

Paula Hawkins

What's Into the Water about?

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the dark secrets of a small town. When a single mother is found dead in a river, it uncovers a history of mysterious deaths and hidden truths. The novel weaves together multiple perspectives and keeps you guessing until the very end.

Who should read Into the Water?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological suspense and complex, multi-layered stories
  • Those who appreciate compelling and well-developed characters
  • People who are intrigued by the exploration of secrets, guilt, and the darkness that can lie beneath seemingly ordinary lives

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Mystery Thriller Books: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Gillian Flynn

What's Dark Places about?

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the complexities of family, memory, and the aftermath of a brutal massacre. The story follows Libby Day, the sole survivor of her family's murder, as she investigates the events of that fateful night and uncovers shocking truths about her past. With its dark and twisted plot, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Dark Places?

  • Readers who enjoy dark and suspenseful thrillers
  • Those who appreciate complex and morally ambiguous characters
  • People who are interested in exploring the dark side of human nature and society

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Mystery Thriller Books: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

What's Big Little Lies about?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a gripping novel that delves into the lives of three women whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to reveal dark secrets and lies. Set in a picturesque coastal town, the book explores themes of friendship, motherhood, and domestic violence, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Who should read Big Little Lies?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense
  • People interested in exploring the complexities of female friendships and relationships
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking novel that addresses societal issues such as domestic violence and bullying

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Mystery Thriller Books: Deception Point by Dan Brown

Deception Point

Dan Brown

What's Deception Point about?

Deception Point by Dan Brown is a gripping thriller that takes the reader on a journey through deception and conspiracy. When a NASA satellite uncovers a mysterious object buried deep in the Arctic ice, it sets off a chain of events that will challenge everything we know about science, politics, and the pursuit of truth. With twists and turns at every corner, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Deception Point?

  • Readers who enjoy fast-paced and thrilling novels
  • Those with an interest in conspiracy theories and government cover-ups
  • People who appreciate thought-provoking fiction with a scientific and technological backdrop

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

The Breakdown

B. A. Paris

What's The Breakdown about?

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. When Cass takes a shortcut through the woods and sees a car parked on the side of the road, she doesn't stop to help. The next day, she finds out that the woman in the car has been murdered. Haunted by guilt and fear, Cass starts to unravel as she begins receiving silent phone calls and forgetting things. As she delves deeper into the mystery, she realizes that someone is watching her every move.

Who should read The Breakdown?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Those who like stories with unreliable narrators
  • People who are interested in exploring the complexities of memory and perception

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Mystery Thriller Books: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

What's Dark Matter about?

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a gripping science fiction thriller that explores the concept of parallel universes and the choices we make. Jason Dessen is living an ordinary life until he is abducted and wakes up in a reality that is not his own. As he embarks on a mind-bending journey to find his way back, he uncovers the terrifying consequences of his own decisions. This thought-provoking and suspenseful novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Dark Matter?

  • Individuals who enjoy mind-bending and thought-provoking science fiction
  • Readers who are fascinated by the concepts of alternate realities and the nature of existence
  • Those who appreciate fast-paced storytelling and unexpected plot twists

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Mystery Thriller Books: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film

Marisha Pessl

What's Night Film about?

Night Film is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the dark and mysterious world of a reclusive filmmaker and his enigmatic daughter. When the daughter is found dead, an investigative journalist becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind her life and death. As he delves deeper into the eerie and twisted realm of the filmmaker’s work, he uncovers shocking secrets that blur the line between reality and fiction.

Who should read Night Film?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a dark and mysterious tone
  • Those interested in stories that blur the lines between reality and fiction
  • People who appreciate well-crafted and immersive storytelling

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

What's The Girl on the Train about?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of Rachel, an alcoholic who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect couple she sees from the train every day. When the woman goes missing, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation and uncovers dark secrets about the people involved. Filled with twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Girl on the Train?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators
  • Those looking for a captivating and suspenseful story with unexpected twists
  • People who are interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships and the consequences of obsession

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What's In a Dark, Dark Wood about?

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is a gripping psychological thriller that takes place at a bachelorette party in an isolated cabin. As secrets from the past are revealed, the tension builds and the line between friend and foe becomes blurred. With its eerie atmosphere and unexpected twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read In a Dark, Dark Wood?

  • Those who enjoy psychological thrillers and suspenseful narratives
  • Readers who like stories with unreliable narrators and unexpected plot twists
  • People who appreciate atmospheric settings and a sense of creeping dread

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper Man

Alex North

What's The Whisper Man about?

The Whisper Man by Alex North is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. When a father and his young son move to a new town, they discover its dark secrets and a connection to a series of gruesome murders from decades ago. As the mystery unravels, they find themselves in a terrifying battle against a killer who whispers to his victims.

Who should read The Whisper Man?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and suspenseful stories
  • People who are intrigued by complex father-son relationships
  • Those who appreciate a well-crafted plot with unexpected twists and turns

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Mystery Thriller Books: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors

B. A. Paris

What's Behind Closed Doors about?

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the dark and twisted reality of a seemingly perfect marriage. The story follows Grace, who appears to have it all – a handsome husband, a beautiful home, and a luxurious lifestyle. But as the truth unravels, we discover the horrifying secrets that lie behind closed doors.

Who should read Behind Closed Doors?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a focus on domestic suspense
  • Those interested in exploring complex and manipulative relationships
  • People who appreciate a fast-paced and addictive storytelling style

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

What's The Lovely Bones about?

The Lovely Bones is a haunting and emotional novel that tells the story of a young girl named Susie Salmon who is brutally murdered. From her unique perspective in the afterlife, Susie watches as her family and friends struggle to cope with her death and unravel the mystery surrounding it. Told with both raw honesty and a touch of magical realism, this book explores themes of love, loss, and the power of letting go.

Who should read The Lovely Bones?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotionally impactful stories
  • Those interested in exploring themes of grief, loss, and healing
  • People who appreciate lyrical and evocative writing

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Mystery Thriller Books: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls

Riley Sager

What's Final Girls about?

Final Girls by Riley Sager is a gripping thriller that follows Quincy Carpenter, one of three sole survivors of separate mass murders. Dubbed a 'final girl' by the media, Quincy tries to move on from her traumatic past. But when one of the other final girls is found dead and the third shows up on her doorstep, Quincy is forced to confront the truth about what really happened that night.

Who should read Final Girls?

  • Readers who enjoy suspenseful and gripping psychological thrillers
  • Those interested in exploring the concept of “final girls” and survival in the aftermath of trauma
  • People who appreciate well-crafted plots with unexpected twists and turns

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Mystery Thriller Books: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn

What's Sharp Objects about?

Sharp Objects is a psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn that delves into the dark and twisted mind of its protagonist, journalist Camille Preaker. Assigned to cover a series of murders in her hometown, Camille is forced to confront her own troubled past and unravel the secrets that have haunted her family for years. With its gripping narrative and shocking revelations, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Sharp Objects?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Those interested in complex and flawed female protagonists
  • People who appreciate dark and atmospheric storytelling

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Mystery Thriller Books: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls

Karin Slaughter

What's Pretty Girls about?

Pretty Girls is a chilling and suspenseful thriller by Karin Slaughter that delves into the dark and disturbing secrets hidden within a seemingly ordinary family. When a woman goes missing, it unravels a web of lies and reveals the truth about what really happened to her sister years ago. This gripping novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Pretty Girls?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with gripping and intense storylines
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of family relationships and secrets
  • Individuals who appreciate a mix of crime fiction, suspense, and character-driven narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls

Abigail Haas

What's Dangerous Girls about?

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas is a thrilling mystery novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Set in an exotic location, the story follows a group of friends on vacation, until one of them is found dead. As secrets unravel and suspicions arise, the protagonist fights to prove her innocence in a twisty tale of love, betrayal, and deception.

Who should read Dangerous Girls?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
  • Individuals who are fascinated by the complexities of human behavior
  • Those looking for a suspenseful and captivating page-turner

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand

Stephen King

What's The Stand about?

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Stephen King. Set in a world ravaged by a deadly virus, it tells the story of a group of survivors who are drawn into a final stand between the forces of good and evil. With its complex characters and gripping narrative, the book explores themes of societal collapse, redemption, and the battle for the soul of humanity.

Who should read The Stand?

  • Readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic stories
  • Fans of Stephen King’s writing and storytelling
  • Those interested in exploring themes of good vs. evil and the human condition

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

Lisa Jewell

What's The Family Upstairs about?

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell is a gripping psychological thriller that unravels the dark and twisted secrets of an abandoned mansion in London. As the lives of its enigmatic occupants become intertwined, the novel delves deep into the complexities of family dynamics, betrayal, and the consequences of long-buried truths.

Who should read The Family Upstairs?

  • Readers who enjoy suspenseful and dark psychological thrillers
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of family dynamics and secrets
  • Individuals who appreciate multi-perspective storytelling and non-linear narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I Am Watching You

Teresa Driscoll

What's I Am Watching You about?

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. When a woman overhears a conversation on a train that sets off alarm bells, she becomes obsessed with finding out the truth. As the story unfolds, dark secrets and unexpected twists reveal the chilling reality of what can happen when someone is watching you.

Who should read I Am Watching You?

  • Anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers and suspenseful mysteries
  • Readers who like stories with multiple perspectives and unreliable narrators
  • People who are interested in exploring the consequences of not speaking up and taking action in critical situations

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Mystery Thriller Books: Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob

William Landay

What's Defending Jacob about?

Defending Jacob by William Landay is a gripping legal thriller that delves into the complexities of family, loyalty, and the criminal justice system. When a teenage boy is accused of murder, his father, a respected prosecutor, must confront uncomfortable truths and make difficult choices to protect his son.

Who should read Defending Jacob?

  • Readers who enjoy legal thrillers and mysteries
  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of family dynamics and parental love
  • People who appreciate thought-provoking stories with unexpected twists

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What's If We Were Villains about?

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio is a gripping mystery novel set in the world of Shakespearean theater. When a tragedy strikes a group of close-knit drama students, they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, betrayal, and deception. As the truth unravels, the line between performance and reality blurs, leaving the reader questioning who the real villains are.

Who should read If We Were Villains?

  • Readers who enjoy dark, atmospheric mysteries
  • Those with a passion for Shakespeare and theater
  • People who appreciate complex and morally ambiguous characters

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Mystery Thriller Books: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk

What's Fight Club about?

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk delves into the disillusionment and frustration of the modern man. Through the story of an unnamed protagonist and his alter ego, Tyler Durden, the book explores themes of consumerism, identity, and the desire to break free from societal constraints. It challenges the norms of society and encourages readers to question their own beliefs and values.

Who should read Fight Club?

  • Readers who enjoy dark and subversive narratives
  • Individuals interested in exploring themes of consumerism and societal alienation
  • Those who appreciate unconventional storytelling and non-linear narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls

Simone St. James

What's The Broken Girls about?

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a gripping mystery novel that intertwines the stories of four girls at a boarding school in Vermont in 1950 and a journalist in 2014. As the journalist investigates the abandoned school, she uncovers dark secrets and a connection to a murder that has haunted her for years. The book masterfully combines elements of suspense, history, and the supernatural to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Who should read The Broken Girls?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense novels
  • Those interested in stories with supernatural elements
  • People who appreciate dual timeline narratives

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Mystery Thriller Books: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes

Sarah Pinborough

What's Behind Her Eyes about?

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. When Louise strikes up an affair with her new boss, David, she also befriends his wife, Adele. As secrets unravel and the past collides with the present, the story takes an unexpected turn that will leave you shocked. It's a mind-bending tale of obsession, manipulation, and the power of the human mind.

Who should read Behind Her Eyes?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with unexpected twists and turns
  • Individuals who are fascinated by complex and manipulative characters
  • People who appreciate stories that explore the intricacies of human relationships and the dark side of love

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Mystery Thriller Books: No Exit by Taylor Adama

No Exit

Taylor Adama

What's No Exit about?

No Exit by Taylor Adams is a gripping thriller that takes place in a remote roadside rest stop during a snowstorm. When Darby Thorne discovers a kidnapped girl locked in a van, she realizes there is no way to get help. Trapped with the kidnapper among the other stranded travelers, Darby must find a way to save the girl before it's too late. This intense and suspenseful novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read No Exit?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and suspenseful mysteries
  • Those looking for a gripping and fast-paced story that keeps them on the edge of their seat
  • Individuals who appreciate well-developed and complex characters in a confined setting

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Mystery Thriller Books: The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

Stephen King

What's The Outsider about?

The Outsider by Stephen King is a gripping thriller that blurs the lines between the supernatural and the real world. When a beloved little league coach is accused of a heinous crime, detective Ralph Anderson is determined to uncover the truth. But as the evidence mounts, it becomes clear that something truly sinister may be at play. With King's trademark blend of suspense and horror, this novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Outsider?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and suspenseful stories
  • Fans of Stephen King's writing style and unique storytelling
  • Those who are intrigued by the concept of innocence and guilt, and the complexities of human nature

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Mystery Thriller Books: It by Stephen King

It

Stephen King

What's It about?

It by Stephen King is a gripping horror novel that follows a group of outcast kids in Derry, Maine as they confront an ancient, shape-shifting evil that preys on the town's children. Twenty-seven years later, they must return to face the monster once again. Filled with tension, unforgettable characters, and terrifying moments, this book is a classic in the horror genre.

Who should read It?

  • Readers who enjoy horror and suspense novels
  • Fans of Stephen King's writing style and storytelling
  • Those looking for a deep exploration of human fears and the power of friendship

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