One of the most popular book genres, thriller, has something to offer for everyone. Whether you like yours with a tinge of romance or cold-blooded murder, you’ll find one that peaks your interest.
You’ll follow stories of betrayal and defeat that challenge the protagonist. These stories are filled with earth-shattering secrets that prove perilous with enough suspense to keep you hooked.
Ready to find your next page-turner? Here are the top ten thriller books to get your hands on. Let’s get into it!
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Here you’ll follow the routine of Zoe Walker who rides the same train every day. Nothing seems out of the ordinary until she sees her own face staring back at her in an ad in the local newspaper.
Not knowing where this ad came from, she does, however, begin to notice that every day there’s a new face for it. But they aren’t just any faces, Zoe came to realize they’re the faces of women who were murdered.
Could Zoe be next?
The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek
This is one of those thriller books that makes you step back and think, could this happen to me? Leon Nader suffers from insomnia. He sleepwalks, never knowing what events take place during the night.
One thing he knows for sure is that he turns violent. He’s been studied for his unique condition without prevail.
Years later, his wife appears battered with bruises all over. Did he have something to do with it? Without hesitation, he packs up and leaves.
Worried if he had done this, he straps a camera to his head to record his every move. When he looks back at the video, what he finds is more than terrifying.
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Do you think it’s possible for someone to impersonate you? When teenager Rebecca Winter disappeared in 2003, her family thought the worse.
That is until she showed up at their doorstep eleven years later. But this wasn’t their loving daughter. It was an imposter, who after being arrested, was desperate for love.
When a detective comes into the picture, they began questioning the imposter. They soon realize Rebecca is still missing with her abductor still at large. Knowing this, it becomes a race against time.
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Edie thought she was going to have it all. She had big dreams but learned life gets in the way of those plans.
Now pregnant and alone, she becomes overwhelmed with the duties of a mother-to-be. Thinking she has no one to turn to, her friend Heather shows up after years of silence.
Heather’s longing to become Edie’s best friend again proves to be with dangerous intent. Her unwillingness to leave puts Edie in harm’s way.
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Where thriller books meet suspense novels, this one has the best of both. It follows Clara Solberg, who is married to Nick with four-year-old daughter, Maisie.
Her life changes completely when all of them were involved in a horrid car accident. It left Nick dead but Maisie unharmed. The crash was ruled an accident until Maisie started having nightmares about it.
As a sign, Clara becomes obsessed with the idea that foul play was committed. Why would someone want Nick dead? She’ll dig the deepest of holes to uncover buried secrets to find out why.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Quincy Carpenter is a survivor of a massacre that occurred when she and five friends went on vacation. Being the only one, she is now part of a group called the Final Girls, named by the press.
It’s made up of her and two other girls with similar stories. Lisa lost her sorority sisters in a stabbing incident where Sam fought off a murderer called the Sack Man.
They never met until Sam showed up on Quincy doorstep after Lisa was found dead in her bathtub. Sam is intent on making Quincy relive the horrible days of when her massacre took place. But, why?
Quincy then becomes suspicious of Sam and begins to find out if what she is telling her is really the truth. If she doesn’t find out soon, Quincy could be next.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
This thriller book unravels the truth about the game four girls played when they attended school together. Calling the Lying Game, each girl would tell lies to fellow students and staff members but never to each other.
What seemed like harmless game soon had dire consequences. All four girls were expelled during their last year of school when the art teacher, also one of the girl’s father, is found dead.
Mortal Memory by Thomas H. Cook
Sometimes books make us feel empathy for the leading character and this one is no different. At just nine years old, Steve Farris learned his father shot and killed his brother, sister, and mother in the same day.
When Steve didn’t show up at home when he was supposed to that day, his father grew impatient and fled the scene of the crime.
Steve never thought of the crime much after, now that he is successful in life. But when he hears of an author writing a book about the murders, he begins to wonder why his father did what he did.
Captured by Neil Cross
From the creator of Luther comes one of the best thriller books. Kenny Drummond is suffering from brain cancer. With only a short amount left to live, he decides to make a list of everyone he’s done wrong by.
Checking off name after name, he comes across Carrie Barton, his friend from school. When he can’t get ahold of her to make amends, he begins to wonder why.
He knows Carrie married Jonathon Reese, who Kenny knows of as untrustworthy. There are rumors circulating that Reese is abusive. Kenny then sets out to find the truth about what happened to Carrie before his time runs out.
Harriet Said by Beryl Bainbridge
Inspired by the Parker-Hulme murder case, this is a horror/thriller classic worth reading. The story follows a thirteen-year-old girl who is desperate for an exciting summer break.
When her friend Harriet arrives back in town, she takes notice of her friend’s nature towards a middle-aged man with a failing marriage. They then decide to spy on him and his wife all while humiliating him.
With the sole purpose of having a thrilling summer, things become out of hand. No one realizes exactly what these girls are capable of.
Wrapping Up on the Top Ten Thriller Books
Psychological thriller books do more than make us think, they make us feel a wide range of emotions. What makes them a page-turner is questioning what’s going to happen next. Will our favorite character die in a brutal way or will their curiosity jeopardize the ones they cherish?
For your next fix, download your free eBook copy of Sara’s Game. This follows the story of Sara, whose husband went missing and soon after, her kids did as well. All that was left behind is a note asking, “are you ready to play the game?”