If you’re a fan of intriguing stories of crime, mystery, and suspense, you’ve probably watched almost all of the best thriller movies. Consider reading some thriller novels next.
The unexpected twists in a good thriller novel will get your heart racing and give you the adrenaline rush. You’ll keep turning pages until the very end. Thrillers have become more popular over the past few years. In fact, crime thrillers outsold all other fiction genres combined in 2018.
Have a look at our list of the best thrillers ever written, containing the greatest crime novels, suspense books, mysteries, and psychological thrillers.
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson is a happily married, well-known painter. But her perfect life becomes a mere illusion when she murders her husband one night. Alicia has not uttered a single word since the incident.
A determined forensic psychotherapist vows to get Alicia to reveal the horrors trapped within her mind. Will he be successful in finding out what happened that night? And what if he has some secrets of his own.
- You by Caroline Kepnes
Some of you might have watched this thriller series on Netflix. But the book is equally good. This is the story of Beck, an aspiring writer, and her boyfriend, Joe. Did we mention that her boyfriend happens to be a bit overbearing?
But Beck seems perfect for him. May too perfect to be true. Interesting turns of events reveals horrifying truths about Beck’s façade. You should definitely read this thrilling tale of mutual obsession that ends up in destruction.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
This is classic psychological suspense initially published in 1955. Get a chance to meet Tom Ripley, a scam artist who is pretty good at what he does. To pursue his dream of living a life of luxury, Tom kills his friend, Dickie Greenleaf, a millionaire playboy.
But it does not stop there. Tom adopts his identity and moves abroad. How will Tom pull this scam off? As more and more innocents get caught in the mess, Mr. Ripely’s talents are tested.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This list would have been incomplete without mentioning at least one novel by the suspense queen, Gillian Flynn. While she wrote many thrillers, ‘Gone Girl’ was her first novel that became immensely popular.
It follows a woman named Amy Dunne, who mysteriously disappears. Nick, her husband, is under suspicion considering the couple’s unhappy life before Amy’s disappearance. This page-turner is full of secrets, lies, duplicity, and deceit.
You need to read this classic to unravel the mystery.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The story of ten strangers who meet at an isolated isle on vacation, but wait, where are the hosts. Then something mysterious happens, and the guests are being murdered one by one. The realization dawns upon them like the bucket of ice-cold water that it’s a collective execution.
The killer is among them, and time is running out. You’ll feel the fear of the survivors as they attempt to uncover the killer. This is arguably the best murder mystery of all time.
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