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The Best New Thriller Books of 2023

Caution: The best new thriller books are so addicting you’ll find yourself glued to the page. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

A new year brings new books, and the list of new thriller books in 2023 is particularly long.

Of course, my 2023 reading list is full of all the best new thriller books I could find.

If you are a fan of page-turning mysteries, you’ll love this list of all the best new thrillers of 2023. In my search for the best thrillers books of the year, I’ve included all the best thriller books I could find.

Whether you are looking for the best new psychological thriller books or prefer a good domestic mystery, there’s something for everyone!

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New Psychological Thriller Books

book cover The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins

Although they were inseparable growing up, Emily and Chess have begun to grow apart in their 30s.  Now Chess is a bestselling self-help author and influencer while Emily is going through a nasty divorce. They hope to reconnect on a girls’ trip to a gorgeous Italian villa that was the setting of a celebrity murder and the inspiration for a bestselling horror novel and a platinum album. The further Emily tries to solve the long-ago murder, the more Chess becomes uncomfortable and their hidden secrets come spilling out.

Publication Date: 3 January 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover What Have We Done by Alex Finlay

What Have We Done

Alex finlay.

Twenty-five years ago, five teenagers formed an unbreakable bond while living at Savior House, an abusive group home for wayward teens. Although they didn’t keep in contact, they’ve all gone on to lead successful lives. When members of the group begin dying, they are forced into a reunion no of them wanted to find the killer.

Publication Date: 7 March 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson

With My Little Eye

Joshilyn jackson.

As an actress, Meribel Mills is used to getting creepy fan mail. However, when she begins to receive increasingly disturbing letters in fruit-scented markers, Meribel is beyond freaked. After realizing someone has been in her home, Meribel moves her and her daughter from LA to Atlanta to get a fresh start. But Meribel can still feel eyes on her, suspecting every man she encounters is her crazy stalker who refuses to give her up.

Publication Date: 25 April 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover The Only Survivors by Megan Miranda

The Only Survivors

Megan miranda.

Ten years after a tragic accident, a group of former classmates reunites to remember the anniversary. But when one of them disappears, everyone begins to suspect that maybe there was more to the accident than they realized. 

Publication Date: 11 April 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

The Writing Retreat

Julia bartz.

When Alex is invited to attend a month-long writing retreat at the estate of feminist horror writer Roza Vallo, she knows it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Upon arrival, Roza explains that each attendee has a month to write a novel from scratch and the winner will receive a large publishing deal. As strange things begin to happen and one of the writers vanishes in a storm, Alex goes from wanting to be published to wanting to make it out alive.

Publication Date: 21 February 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

How To Sell a Haunted House

Grady hendrix.

Estranged siblings Louise and Mark Joyner are devastated when their parents die at the end of the pandemic. With their bank accounts ravaged by the economic uncertainty, their only hope is to sell their childhood home. Yet when strange things begin to happen in the home, they worry the only way to get away from their past is to burn it all down.

Publication Date: 17 January 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

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book cover All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

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Best New Thrillers 2023

New Mystery Thriller Novels

book cover I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

I Have Some Questions For You

Rebecca makkai.

When Bodie Kane, a film producer and podcaster, is invited back to teach a two-week course at her high school boarding school, she is reluctant to accept. Bodie has mostly tried to forget her miserable four years and the murder of a classmate. Yet, when she returns, Bodie can’t seem to wonder if the police actually arrested the correct person … or if the killer is still out there.

book cover I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

I Will Find You

Harlan coben.

Five years after a tragedy, David Burroughs is serving a life sentence for the murder of his son, and his ex-wife Cheryl has since remarried. Yet, one day Cheryl’s sister shows up at the prison with an impossible claim – a current photo of David’s son in the background. Now David must break out of prison to discover the truth of what really happened that night.

Publication Date: 14 March 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover Exiles by Jane Harper

Jane Harper

A year ago, Aaron Falk traveled to the South Australian wine country to celebrate the christening of his godson, his friend sheriff Raco’s son. But the event was canceled when Raco’s sister-in-law vanished that weekend, leaving her baby asleep in the stroller. Now Falk has returned for the rescheduled christening, noticing cracks in this once well-knit group prompting the disclosure of long-kept secrets.

Publication Date: 31 January 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover Before We Were Innocent by Ella Berman

Before We Were Innocent

Ella berman.

Ten years ago during a blissful summer in Greece, Bess and Joni were cleared of any involvement in the death of their friend Evangeline. After being attacked in the media, Bess has kept the lowest profile possible. On the other hand, Joni has basked in the infamy, becoming an outspoken motivational speaker. When Joni is implicated in an eerily similar crime, Bess must come out of hiding and face what really happened all those summers ago.

Publication Date: 4 April 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover The Angel Maker by Alex North

The Angel Maker

Haunted by the violent attack of her brother Chris years ago, Katie Shaw sees threats everywhere. When her brother disappears, Katie leaps into action to help her brother once more. Meanwhile, Detective Laurence Page’s investigation of a brutal murder of a professor leads her to suspect the case is connected to Chris’s attack .. and to a serial killer said to be able to predict the future.

Publication Date: 28 February 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

ICYMI: Mystery Thrillers From Fall 2022

book cover Alias Emma by Ava Glass

New Domestic Thriller Books

book cover All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

All the Dangerous Things

Stacy willingham.

A year ago, Isabelle Drake’s life was dramatically changed when her toddler was taken while she and her husband slept in the next room. Once a sleepwalker but now suffering from crippling insomnia, Isabelle is obsessed with finding Mason. When she turns to a true crime podcaster for help, Isabelle begins to doubt her memories and worries that she might have been responsible.

Publication Date: 10 January 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth

The Soulmate

Sally hepworth.

Gabe and Pippa love their perfect little cottage on the edge of a sleepy coastal town. Yet the tall cliffs bordering their property are a magnet for jumpers. Usually, Gabe talks them off the edge, until one woman falls to her death. Was she jumped or was she pushed? When Pippa realizes the victim was Amanda, the wife of Gabe’s former boss, she begins to question everything about her marriage.

book cover Mothered by Zoje Stage

During the pandemic, Grace invites her newly widowed mother to come live with her. They’ve never had a great relationship, but then Grace starts having nightmares of her disabled twin sister who died as a child and Jackie discovers Grace catfishes people online. When Jackie makes a horrible accusation against her, Grace’s sleep-deprived state of mind sees her mother as a threat.

Publication Date: 1 March 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

book cover Locust Lane by Stephen Amidon

Locust Lane

Stephen amidon.

In a wealthy New England neighborhood, the death of Eden Perry puts the residents under the spotlight. Quickly, suspicions fall upon the three teenagers Eden was partying with – sweet but unstable Hannah, popular bully Jack, and outsider Christopher. When Christoper is arrested, the parents turn on each other, willing to risk anything for their kids.

book cover 48 Clues Into the Disappearance of My Sister by Joyce Carol Oates

48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister

Joyce carol oates.

In a small upstate New York town, the beautiful Marguerite mysteriously vanishes one day. As the police debate whether she disappeared or just finally left the sleepy town, Marguerite’s sister Gigi looks for clues. Yet, the more you learn about Gigi, the not-so-pretty sister, the more you realize that sisterly love might not be her driving motivation in this twisted thriller.

ICYMI: Domestic Thrillers From Fall 2022

book cover The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle

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book cover 3 Days to Live by James Patterson

Upcoming Thriller Books of Summer 2023

book cover The Senator's Wife by Liv Constantine

The Senator’s Wife by Liv Constantine

May 23, 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

While recovering from hip surgery, a senator’s wife begins to suspect her home health aide has ulterior motives.

book cover The Whispers by Ashley Audrain

The Whispers by Ashley Audrain

June 20, 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

A young boy is critically injured after falling out a window. His mother refuses to speak and her friendship with the neighbors quickly unravel.

book cover The Only One Left by Riley Sager

The Only One Left by Riley Sager

An elderly woman whose family was murdered decades ago promises to tell her home health aide the whole story.

book cover Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker

Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker

July 18, 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

When a class of preschool children starts craving blood, they and their mothers are the prime suspects after the preschool teacher is killed.

book cover Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena

Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena

July 25, 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

A girl goes missing hours after a fight with her father and all the neighbors want to spill the beans, but not all are telling the truth.

book cover None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

August 8, 2023 Amazon | Goodreads | More Info

After befriending a mysterious woman, a popular true crime podcaster unexpectedly finds herself the subject of her own podcast.

book cover Dark Corners by Megan Goldin

Dark Corners by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim sequel. Podcaster Rachel Krall searches for a true crime podcaster who disappeared after interviewing a serial killer.

Which of the Best New Thriller Books are You Most Excited to Read?

What do you think? What best new thriller books did I forget to add to my list? Did I include any overhyped authors? As always, let me know in the comments!

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The Best Thrillers of 2022

A fiendish puzzle, an all-out struggle for survival on a remote island, the mysterious disappearance of a spouse: The year’s best thrillers could not be more different.

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This stylized illustration, in shades of blue and blue-gray, depicts a car speeding off the edge of a bookshelf, leaving in its wake some explosions and an upside-down book that looks like it’s been flung aside in a hurry.

This year’s best thrillers include delightfully clever puzzles, deeply unsettling mysteries and several books that are all the more satisfying because they defy easy characterization.

Let’s begin with Janice Hallett’s sparkly THE APPEAL . A murder has been committed and a suspect convicted — that much, at least, is clear. But who was the victim, who was the killer and what was the motive? “It is best you know nothing before you read the enclosed,” a lawyer writes to two colleagues, stand-ins for the reader at the opening of this novel, a fresh take on the epistolary form. “See what you think.”

The evidence unfolds. Emails, social-media posts, text messages, local news stories — we’re just as clueless as the lawyers. Occasionally, we have a sense of what they’re thinking from the scribbled Post-it notes they add to the material.

The setting is a provincial English town where an amateur drama troupe is preparing to put on Arthur Miller’s tragic play “All My Sons.” (“Perhaps we could do something a bit lighter,” one character suggests.) A child’s cancer diagnosis sets off an orgy of charity fund-raising that eventually exposes many layers of nefarious behavior — affairs, various sorts of corruption, hidden pasts. There’s also a lot of amusing theatrical huffiness, some sharp-elbowed power plays and plenty of bruised egos. Teasing out the mystery in the madness is nearly as fun as searching for the solution.

J.M. Lee’s BROKEN SUMMER , which has been translated from the Korean by An Seon Je, is quiet but devastating. Its multiple mysteries begin when a renowned artist, Lee Hanjo, wakes up one day to find that his beloved wife has inexplicably walked out on him. Left behind is the partial manuscript of her new novel, an aggressively unflattering story ominously titled “Your Lies About Me,” which seems to feature a thinly veiled version of Hanjo himself.

Hanjo is transported back to his childhood and the lingering question marks around the long-ago death of the girl who was the model for his earliest drawings. Though a suspect was convicted of her murder, it becomes increasingly clear that the story everyone told back then was not the truth.

This book is more about self-deception, self-absorption and the unspoken truths that can both prop up and destroy a marriage than it is a conventional murder mystery. You might not like Hanjo, but you will surely sympathize with the predicament he finds himself inHarriet Kealty, a disgraced ex-cop trying to get over a failed love affair in an English town, is browsing at a local shop when she finds a secondhand book with an alarming message scribbled inside. “Help,” it says. “He’s trying to kill me.”

That is surely intriguing enough, but it’s just one ingredient in Adam Hamdy’s roiling bouillabaisse of a novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF NIGHT . It’s a murder mystery, a kind-of love story, an account of romantic obsession and possibly a work of science fiction. It leaves you thrilled and frustrated, wanting to reread the ending so you can work out exactly what happened.

The note leads Harriet to the home of the woman who last borrowed the book — and who, alarmingly, turns out to be dead. (The cause was supposedly cancer, unless “he,” whoever he is, did kill her.) The woman’s young son is now under the legal care of Ben Elmys, a brilliant scientist who was a close family friend. He also happens to be the very man who dumped Harriet and broke her heart.

Among the many mysteries in this odd and unusual book: Why is it being narrated by a man who is also supposedly dead, and what does he mean when he writes in the preface that “this is my son’s story”? Even if you’re one of those readers who think you can see the ending coming a mile away, I promise you that this time, you’re wrong.

Sascha Rothchild’s great achievement in BLOOD SUGAR is to persuade us to root for someone who freely admits to being a coldblooded killer. Her main character, a Miami Beach therapist named Ruby Simon, already has three murders under her belt when she finds herself in the last place she planned to be: a police interrogation room. She is suspected of killing her husband, a diabetic who died from insulin shock.

Ironically, this is one death for which Ruby is not responsible. As she uses her superior psychological acuity to spar with the lead detective, she muses on the strange and colorful sequence of events that got her to where she is now. Suffice to say that Ruby had strong motives for all the murders.

This is the first novel by Rothchild, a screenwriter and producer whose past projects include “GLOW.” She nimbly introduces multiple cliffhangers and takes her time resolving them. Come for the mystery; stay for the sheer energy of Ruby’s electric presence.

Dervla McTiernan’s THE MURDER RULE features one of the year’s best unreliable narrators: Hannah Rokeby, a budding lawyer who joins the Innocence Project legal team and inveigles her way onto the case of a man doing time for rape and murder. Though we don’t at first fully understand Hannah’s motivations, it’s clear she doesn’t believe in the man’s innocence.

Hannah’s account of her work on behalf of (and sometimes at odds with) the team is interspersed with a second narrative: excerpts from the old diary of her mother, a needy, manipulative alcoholic who has never recovered from the trauma she suffered as a young woman. As Hannah unpacks the multiple mysteries, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past, as well as her own. There’s a gonzo courtroom scene that shatters everyone’s assumptions. Who’s really fooling whom? That’s the big question.

To accurately describe Adrian McKinty’s THE ISLAND is to make it sound cartoonishly violent, a “Mad Max” kind of story replete with dusty landscapes, sadistic killers and an arsenal of rusty weapons.

But what a great surprise the book turns out to be. Who knew how much fun it would be to be plunged into an all-out struggle for survival that pits a family of clueless American tourists against a clan of feral Australians? The trouble begins when the Baxters — Tom, a widowed 44-year-old orthopedist; his new wife, Heather, a 24-year-old massage therapist; and his two surly, resentful children — travel to Australia and bribe some locals to take them on an excursion to tiny Dutch Island, a short ferry ride from the mainland.

There, they meet the O’Neills, who have apparently wandered into the novel from the movie “Deliverance” and who are soon to be roused into murderous rage. (The Americans should have followed the advice of the emaciated man who appeared to be guarding some sort of deserted prison barracks on the island. “You all need to go. Now!” he says.)

Will the Baxters make it off the island alive? That depends in part on how accurately Heather, who is transformed from a whiny young bride into a Charlize Theron-style badass, can remember the lessons her father, an Army sniper, taught her all those years ago.

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The Best Thriller Books of 2022: The Complete List

The results are in for the Book Awards, the award series that recognizes the year’s top English-language books across 15 major categories: Action Thriller, Crime Thriller, Conspiracy Thriller, Fantasy, Historical Thriller, Horror, Legal Thriller, Medical Thriller, Military Thriller, Mystery, Political Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi and Spy Thriller. Book Awards

The Book of the Year honor goes to Girl Missing by Kate Gable, a murder mystery about a missing 13-year-old girl who vanishes on her way back from a friend’s home.

Category winners and finalists include authors from all walks of life, ranging from bestselling novelists to newcomers. To mention just a few: decorated soldier-turned journalist and PR executive Gojan Nikolich won Best Psychological Thriller for Ashes in Venice ; Theresa Griffin Kennedy won Best Romantic Suspense for Talionic Night in Portland: A Love Story ; first-time novelist Davide Tarsitano is a Horror finalist for his debut, The Tooth Fairy ; veteran screenwriter Michael Frost Beckner, who created the classic Brad Pitt/Robert Redford film film Spy Game, won in the Spy Thriller category with Muir’s Gambit: A Spy Game Novel .

Once again, winners and finalists hail from all over the world, including India ( The 1st Assassin ), Belgium ( Shadow of the Mole ), Japan ( Ways to Die in Tokyo ), Canada ( The Other Side ), the U.K. ( A Pyrrhic Victory ) and elsewhere.

And now, the complete list of the winners and finalists of the 2022 Book Awards  (bonus: want to talk about these great books with other readers?  Join our Book Award Group on GoodReads !).


Girl missing by kate gable.

Thriller of the Year 2022 - Book Awards

When her 13-year-old sister vanishes on her way back from a friend’s house, Detective Kaitlyn Carr must confront demons from her own past in order to bring her sister home.

The small mountain town of Big Bear Lake is only three hours away but a world away from her life in Los Angeles.

It’s the place she grew up and the place that’s plagued her with lies, death and secrets.

As Kaitlyn digs deeper into the murder that she is investigating and her sister’s disappearance, she finds out that appearances are misleading and few things are what they seem.

A murderer is lurking in the shadows and the more of the mystery that Kaitlyn unspools the closer she gets to danger herself.

Can Kaitlyn find the killer and solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance before it’s too late?

What happens when someone else is taken?


Blaze in, blaze out by joseph lewis.

Best Action Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

Working with a joint multi-law enforcement task force, Detective Pat O’Connor infiltrated a Ukrainian crime family headed by Dmitry Andruko. O’Connor and his control, Detective Paul Eiselmann were the linchpins in the guilty verdict.

The two detectives thought it was over.

Eiselmann planned for a quiet weekend with his family at home. O’Connor planned on attending a high school soccer game and then head to Northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip with another cop, Detective Jamie Graff and four teenage, adopted brothers: George Tokay, Brian Evans, Brett McGovern, and Michael Two Feathers.

But Andruko is ruthless and vindictive. From his prison cell, he hires two contract killers to kill both O’Connor and Eiselmann and anyone else in the way. The killers can be anyone. The killers could be anywhere, and the killers could strike at any time.

The quiet weekend and the short vacation turn into a deadly nightmare as O’Connor’s and Eiselmann’s lives and the lives of the four boys are in peril.

Ways to Die in Tokyo by Thomas Ran Garver

Richter’s war: the case of the ghostly seance by daniel p douglas, best conspiracy thriller, kgb banker by william burton mccormick and john christmas.

Best Conspiracy Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

A return trip to the land of his ancestors is about to turn deadly for one whistleblowing Chicago banker.

When financial executive Bob Vanags takes a job at ominous Turaida Bank in Latvia, he hopes to learn of his heritage and to fight economic fraud in Eastern Europe.

Instead, Bob finds himself pulled into a world of political intrigue, blackmail, and murder.

Aided by his son David, his beautiful colleague Agnese, and a fearless Latvian journalist named Santa Ezeriņa, Bob begins to unravel his employer’s darkest secrets, discovering their sins and conspiracies beyond his wildest fears.

Secrets that Turaida wants to keep hidden, even at the cost of Bob’s life.

Now framed for murder by Turaida operatives, Bob must go on the run to clear his name, protect his family, and reveal the plot to the world before governments topple and war ignites in Europe. 

The Master Mind by Mark Schorr

The 1st assassin by mainak dhar, best crime thriller, azabu getaway by michael pronko.

Best Crime Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

Money isn’t the only thing. It’s the deadly thing. After the murder of a high-flying executive in one of Tokyo’s wealth management firms, Detective Hiroshi finds himself investigating the financial schemes that secure the money of Tokyo’s elite investors.

His forensic accounting gets sidetracked, though, by a second murder and the abduction of two girls from the home of a hotshot wealth manager. The abducted girls are the daughters of an international couple who seemed to have it all—a large apartment in the high-end Azabu district, top schools for the children, and a life of happy affluence. Their life falls apart and they are swept up in threats and pursuits for reasons they cannot fathom. Tracking the money and tracking the two daughters leads Hiroshi into Tokyo’s murky financial past and outside Japan’s borders as he discovers how overseas investments and tax shelters are really managed. Hiroshi works with Sakaguchi and Takamatsu and others on the homicide team, including an assertive new detective, as they confront greed and violence in one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Azabu Getaway  is the fifth novel in the award-winning Detective Hiroshi series.

Until Proven Guilty by Debbie Burke

Hero haters by ken macqueen, best fantasy thriller, daemon blood by mary maddox.

Best Fantasy Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

Lu Darlington is a seer, bound to the daemon Talion through ritual and blood. It’s not a role she enjoys, but she has little choice: daemons take what they want and destroy whoever stands in their way. So Lu’s surprised when Talion doesn’t punish her for her newfound ability to keep him from possessing her whenever he likes. In fact he’s pleased. The stronger she is, he explains, the more powerful he becomes. And he needs that power, because a war is brewing in the daemon world, a war that will be fought by—and through—humans. Lu’s friend Lisa Duncan can’t see daemons but she’s seen what they can do and so has stayed far away from Lu for years. But after a bizarre attack on Lisa leaves a man dead and she learns it’s only the first skirmish in the daemon war, Lisa realizes the safest place to be is with Lu. Then Talion sends Lu away to teach her skills to another seer and Lisa must stay behind to look after Lu’s son Solly, conceived through a daemon ceremony with Talion. At four years old Solly’s seer abilities are already so strong Lisa is sometimes more afraid  of  Solly than  for  him. As Talion’s enemies grow bolder, Lisa and Lu face attacks from every direction. There seems little hope any of them will survive—until Talion and his allies devise a plan. The only problem is how much it will cost.

Requiem For A Queen by Kaylin McFarren

Endeavor’s run by tobin marks, best historical thriller, blood before dawn by daniel v. meier, jr..

Best Historical Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

In April of 1979, Ken Verrier and his wife, Sam, return to Liberia to buy diamonds.

They did not return to get caught up in a rice riot and a coup de’etat. But that’s what happens.

Ken witnesses and unwittingly participates in a period of Liberia’s tumultuous yet poorly documented history—the overthrow of the Tolbert presidency and ultimately the end of the Americo-Liberian one hundred thirty-three years of political and social dominance.

Details of President Tolbert’s assassination are sketchy, but through Ken’s association with his Americo friends from the past, the CIA agents he meets, and the Liberian military he is forced to deal with, a believable scenario emerges.

Shadow of the Mole by Bob Van Laerhoven

Betrayal at the border by mark bello, best horror & paranormal, river of ashes by alexandrea weis and lucas astor.

Best Horror Novel 2022 - Book Awards

Some truths are better kept secret. Some secrets are better off dead. Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river. And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux. The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch. He is also a psychopath. A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize. As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux. And that someone will pay with their life.

The Tooth Fairy by Davide Tarsitano

The desecrated by john gray, best legal thriller, the ambulance chaser by brian cuban.

Best Legal Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

After being accused of the murder of a high school classmate thirty years prior, lawyer Jason Feldman becomes a fugitive from justice to find the one person who can prove his innocence and save the life of his son. Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer and part-time drug dealer Jason Feldman’s life goals are simple: date hot women, earn enough cash to score cocaine on a regular basis, and care for his dementia-ravaged father. That all changes when a long-lost childhood friend contacts him about the discovery of buried remains belonging to a high school classmate who went missing thirty years prior, and the fragile life Jason’s built over his troubled past is about to come crashing down. Soon, he’s on the run across Pittsburgh and beyond to find his old friend, while trying to figure out whom to trust among Ukrainian mobsters, vegan drug dealers, washed-up sports stars, an Israeli James Bond, and an ex-wife who happens to be the district attorney. The only way he’ll survive is if he overcomes his addictions so he can face his childhood demons.

Money for Nothing by Karen S. Gordon

God’s ponzi by robert buschel, best medical thriller, waterborne by j. luke bennecke.

Best Medical Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

A thought-provoking thriller about a very real threat to the essence of life: water.

You’ll be forced to consider how you’d react if you were cornered and trapped in a terrifying, life-threatening situation.

Jake Bendel and a cunning team of experts create a five-plant desalination system – all powered by environmentally friendly molten salt reactors – providing clean, healthy drinking water to millions of thirsty Californians.

But the dark side of humanity sees this as a chance for revenge against the United States. A genius weaponizes the system, threatening to kill more Americans than all of World War II.

The clock is ticking. Can Jake and the FBI stop the terrorists before more innocent people are murdered in the name of the Jihad?

Toxic Effects by Joel Shulkin, MD

A pyrrhic victory by n.e. miller, best military thriller, cardinal virtues by r.g. roberts.

Best Military Thriller of 2022 in the Book Awards

Commander Alex Coleman is no hero. Just ask him.

It’s 2037 and Alex is one more disobeyed order away from kissing his naval career goodbye.

He used to be high speed, the kind of officer on the fast track to submarine command. Then he threw it all away trying to save a few civilian lives from his glory hungry commanding officer. No pain no gain, right? Alex isn’t sorry he did the right thing but being everyone’s favorite scapegoat isn’t fun.

Now, he’s marking time to retirement on Armistice Station, an underwater megastation where you can buy and do anything—except salvage a trashed Navy career. Alex is stuck doling out supplies to visiting Navy ships and chasing unruly sailors, just how he wanted to spend his last years in the good old U.S. Navy.

But things aren’t quiet in Alex’s underwater amusement park. France and India are expanding into the Indian Ocean and want the United States out, and Alex’s eclectic band of castoff sailors are all that’s in their way.

Armed with nothing but creativity and coffee creamer fireballs, Alex must team up with the admiral who hates him most. Together, they must escape the jaws of a closing enemy trap set by the canny French commander who ruined his career in the first place.

Can Alex outsmart her this time, or will he end up as the first POW in the next world war?

Upriver by Martin Roy Hill

In danger of judgment by david rabin, best mystery, huron breeze by landon beach.

Best Mystery of 2022 in the Book Awards

Ten years ago, legendary author Riley Cannon produced three of the best-selling thriller novels of all-time. Then, she vanished, leaving the final three books of the saga unfinished and producing the biggest mystery in the history of publishing.

Now, a decade later, there is word from her mega-agent, the glamorous and powerful Topaz Kennedy, that a new Cannon novel is all-but-finished. But, Topaz knows the truth: Riley Cannon hasn’t even started the book. With the clock counting down to the publication date, desperate measures are needed… Meanwhile, in the sunrise-side town of Hampstead, Michigan, thirty-five-year-old Kaj Reynard emerges from Lake Huron on a cool June night and falls face down on the beach next to a fading bonfire—with a knife stuck in his back. Who murdered him? And why?

Enter veteran Hampstead P.I. Obadiah Ben-David, a man who has never taken on a case that he couldn’t solve. But this mystery is different. The only piece of evidence is the knife, which has no prints. Not a soul saw or heard a boat that night, and the woman sitting by her bonfire did not see anyone else in the water. It is almost as if the deep blue waters of Lake Huron killed Kaj Reynard, and the Huron breezes blew him to shore. With Hampstead in jeopardy of losing its summer revenue from vacationers who are chilled to their bones of a murderer on the loose, Ben-David takes on an apprentice—a computer coder, Rachel Roberts, who lives down the beach from where Kaj came ashore. Bored by her solitary existence behind a screen all day, Rachel thinks that becoming a P.I. would be a welcome sea change in her own life. But neither of them can foresee the tangled web of lies, treachery, and danger they will encounter. For when the summer Huron breezes arrive, the blood boils, the inhibitions disappear, and no one is safe.

Murder in the Tea Leaves by Carter Fielding

The other side by a.j. mccarthy, best political thriller, the doomsday medallion by avanti centrae.

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Sixteenth-century French prophet Nostradamus predicted the Great Fire of London, Napoleon’s conquest, Hitler’s rule, and the atomic bomb. Can the VanOps team keep the old seer’s secrets out of blood-stained hands? Aikido black belt Maddy Marshall is celebrating the completion of her black ops training when news of a military takeover in the South China Sea shocks the world because it was predicted by a sixteen-year-old French student. When intel chatter spells danger to Avril, the young seer, VanOps Director Bowman assigns Marshall and her twin brother, Will Argones, to protect the girl. Emotions between the siblings are running hot due to their aunt’s recent stroke, which has reminded them of the childhood accident that scarred both his chin and her heart. Tensions ratchet higher when they arrive at Avril’s home to find the instant social media star has been kidnapped, leaving them with only clenched fists and cryptic clues that lead to a formula encoded on an etched-bronze medallion. While Taiwan fears an invasion that will set off an apocalyptic chain of events, Marshall and Argones race through medieval French towns, Italian cathedrals, and ancient Greek temples attempting to find Avril before their enemies use the girl to discover the Holy Grail of military intelligence. If the team fails, they won’t need a crystal ball to know millions of innocent souls will be destined to join Nostradamus in the afterlife.

Counterintelligence by Michele Packard

Girls, crimes, and the ruling body by barry r. ziman, best psychological thriller, ashes in venice by gojan nikolich.

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A heartless psychopath with size 16 shoes, nursing home hookers and an irreverent Las Vegas homicide detective with a gambling habit set the tone for this off-beat tale of revenge and retribution.

Blackjack addict Frank Savic is deeply in debt and facing family problems when he’s asked to delay his retirement to catch a vigilante killer who murders other murderers in a manner the veteran cop has never seen.

While dead bodies stack up in quick succession, the motorcycle-riding policeman also finds himself reluctantly involved with a desperate mother who will do anything to get justice for her dead son.

Savic, his investigation complicated by a suspected FBI coverup and a prison bribery scandal, is unaware that the murderer might be the solution to his own financial and domestic dilemma.

Add a vengeful killer who seeks justice for his own unbearable loss and you have a teasing psychological thriller that blurs the line between good and evil and where surgical bone saws and spiders are just tools of the trade.

Yes, there are spiders.

Gag Me by Susan Wingate

If she wakes by erik therme, best romantic suspense, talionic night in portland: a love story by theresa griffin kennedy.

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Talionic Night in Portland: A Love Story  is a dark, sexually riveting and comical account of how some people come to grips with long repressed rage that can present itself later in life.

Daisy Rose Butterfield has a name, a job and a life she seems to hate, and a trove of long-held secrets.

Then one typical overcast Portland day a Prince Charming arrives to fix the toilet.

Tab Hunter Blaine is everything Daisy has avoided all her life – he’s older, he never attended college, and he works as a grade school custodian, a job he hates. He’s also gorgeous and accommodating and acts as dynamite to Daisy’s slow burning sexuality.

But Tab brings his own baggage in the form of an estranged wife, Ruby and his girlfriend “on the side,” Verona. This doesn’t cause Daisy much concern, until Ruby and Verona get wind that Tab might be cheating on them.

That’s when the fun starts.

Can sex heal you, even when it’s all wrong? Can sexual obsession morph into love? Can you survive the sexual abuse you experienced as a child? And can you survive when your past, present and future collide one chilly, Talionic night in Portland?

The Child Riddler by Angela Greenman

Destiny lives on fairhaven street by cj hudson, best sci-fi thriller, the mirror man by j.b. manas.

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He could see everyone’s past but his own.

Julian Black avoids people.

Tormented by the ability to experience their most intimate, painful memories with a single touch, he reluctantly begins using his skill to assist tenacious Philadelphia police detective Lela Mars.

But his life is soon upended when he’s captured by an equally gifted man claiming to be from his past—a suave master thief who can make people forget.

Now this mysterious stranger is ordering Julian to obtain a vital government secret that could shift the balance of world power.

With Lela Mars as his only ally, Julian faces an impossible choice: Comply or pit his wits against the world’s most secretive and deadly crime organization.

BioMass: Rewind by Terry Persun

The devil’s calling by michael kelly, best spy thriller, muir’s gambit: a spy game novel by michael frost beckner.

Best Spy Thriller 2022 - Book Awards

A prequel novel to his #1 hit motion picture, the Robert Redford/Brad Pitt thriller  Spy Game , Michael Frost Beckner’s  Muir’s Gambit  opens with the assassination of retired CIA hero Charlie March.

Mentor to Redford’s Nathan Muir, by his murder, Charlie March presents Langley the perfect opportunity to rid themselves of Cold War dinosaur Muir. Set 48-hours before the events of Spy Game, Muir’s Gambit introduces hard-luck CIA lawyer Russell Aiken dispatched to force Muir’s confession.

For Aiken, it’s as much an escape as an assignment. Running from a crime of passion, he’s the protégé Muir cast aside in favor of Tom Bishop. Tormented by Muir’s denial of his ambitions, Aiken thirsts for payback unaware that Muir launched a different game for him long ago, and he has 24-hours to learn its rules, plays, and stakes. As the two spies play at a dangerous cat-and-mouse interrogation over the dark underbelly of forty years of CIA operations, conspiracies, assassinations, and deadly secrets, Muir’s Gambit works as a dual confession by two unreliable narrators.  A scathing indictment of Cold War spy games,  Muir’s Gambit  is also an examination of the human condition, the cost to the soul when moral men sanctioned to do the immoral, have one night to regain some shred of decency before the dawn, and come to terms over the one moral spy, Tom Bishop, who stands between them.

The Wayward Spy by Susan Ouellette

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Best Mystery & Thriller Books 2022

Mystery/Thrillers are the best when full of their twists and turns that keep readers on their toes, and this year has been a great year full of books with lots of twists and turns. Luckily for fans of this genre, we have 10 books that are great reads to give or to have on holiday gift idea lists! Mystery/thrillers came out swinging with amazing releases this year and simply haven’t relented with amazing releases coming every month, so we’re thrilled (pun intended) to gift you with our best mystery/thriller books of 2022!

All Good People Here: A Novel

All Good People Here: A Novel

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Ashley Flowers

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Armchair detectives, this book has your name on it. Disappearances, unsolved murders, justice — this thriller has it all. As with a true crime podcast, there’s no lack of wanting to hear and read such stories. Unpleasant, likely so, but when well written, as is the case of  All Good People Here , we are allowed to skate that line of imagination and reality. Because don’t all of us just really want it to work out in the end? Authors such as Flowers help us with that hurdle.

The Bullet That Missed (Thursday Murder Club Series #3)

The Bullet That Missed (Thursday Murder Club Series #3)

Hardcover $23.99 $27.00

Richard Osman

We’ve been big fans of Richard Osman since the first book in his Thursday Murder Club series landed. It has been our joy and surprise to get an annual follow up each year.  The Bullet That Missed  is the third book in the series, and delight, mystery and amateur crime solving abounds in the Coopers Chase retirement community. If we could only be part of ONE club, it would be the Thursday Murder Club. Someone please give us the secret handshake. In the meantime, we have book three.

The Butcher and The Wren

The Butcher and The Wren

Alaina Urquhart

It is no exaggeration to say we found  The Butcher and The Wren  by Alaina Urquhart to be the most intense cat-and-mouse thriller you’ll read this fall. The turn of the first page will send you to the next page. Read & repeat in one sitting.

City on Fire

City on Fire

Hardcover $20.29 $28.99

Don Winslow

Don Winslow writes epic crime novels that cover as much ground as a Martin Scorsese film. We are thrilled to know that  City on Fire  is the first in a new series. We told you he was bold!

Fox Creek (B&N Signed Exclusive Book) (Cork O'Connor Series #19)

Fox Creek (B&N Signed Exclusive Book) (Cork O'Connor Series #19)

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William Kent Krueger

We had to wait three years between Kruger’s 17th and 18th books in the Cork O’Connor series. Luckily, we’ve got the next in the series now! A year later. We’ve said this before and we will continue to say it, “the Cork O’Connor series is intriguing, heartfelt, and empathetic.” Which is to say, jump in at any point (start here!) and know you are in good hands with the works of William Kent Kruger.

Girl, Forgotten (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Girl, Forgotten (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Hardcover $22.99 $28.99

Karin Slaughter

In this sequel to Karin Slaughter’s  Pieces of Her , Andrea Oliver is now a US Marshall. If you were not familiar with Oliver’s fierce determination to do the right thing then start here with  Girl, Forgotten . You will finish the read remembering her, and then immediately jump back to  Pieces of Her .

Heat 2

Hardcover $24.99 $28.99

Michael Mann , Meg Gardiner

Known as the foremost director of atmospheric thriller films, this is Mann’s first crime novel, co-written with Edgar Award-winning writer, Meg Gardiner. To this day, images from the 1995 movie,  Heat , with Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, still linger. That resonance permeates in  Heat 2 . Put your headphones on and crank up the guitar orchestra soundtrack as you glide through the streets of LA.

The Maid

Hardcover $22.95 $27.00

A debut for the many fans of  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine ,  The Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime  and  The Thursday Murder Club , readers must be prepared to run around and solve this fatal mystery with the unflappable Molly Gray. For every curveball thrown her way, maid Molly keeps the life rules of her dear departed grandmother at heart and uses them to help solve the untimely murder of a guest. The characters around the Regency Grand Hotel would push anyone to their limits, so her subsequent suspect list is endless. Imperturbable Molly will take you by the hand as you solve this fun, fast and endlessly sweet mystery together!

The Paris Apartment

The Paris Apartment

Hardcover $26.09 $28.99

Some authors make us wait a year in between books. Others like to extend that wait. Lucy Foley is back after 2020’s  The Guest List.

The Paris Apartment  is definitely worth the time in between so you can savor every moment of mystery as you did with  The Guest List  and  The Hunting Party . On second thought – we can’t wait!!!!!

A World of Curiosities: A Novel

A World of Curiosities: A Novel

Hardcover $20.99 $29.99

Louise Penny

We confess, we got a little spoiled in 2021 with the release of not one but TWO Penny penned books. A year is complete when we know we are going to spend some time with Armand Gamache.  A World of Curiosities  continues Penny’s empathetic investigation into the human condition. We are in good hands with Armand Gamache and the residents of Three Pines.

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The best thriller books of 2023, and all time

We've curated our edit of the best new thriller books of 2023, look back at the best of 2022, and share our top thriller books of all time. .

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From edge-of-your-seat psychological thrillers to gripping crime novels, 2022 was a nail-biting year for thriller books, with more exciting 2023 reads still to come. C. M. Ewan's locked-room thriller The Interview will have you turning pages through the night, while not one but two eagerly anticipated new books from literary great Cormac McCarthy should shoot to the top of your TBR pile. Read on for our edit of unmissable thrillers to read right now. 

For more inspiration, discover our selection of the best crime fiction here .

The best new thriller books of 2023

The 6:20 man, by david baldacci.

Book cover for The 6:20 Man

Set in the fast-paced world of high finance, David Baldacci brings us another heart-racing thriller. As Travis Devine swaps fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda for New York's financial district, he is soon embroiled in the greed, power and jealousy that pervades the cut-throat world of investment banking. Every day, Devine puts on a his suit and boards the 6.20 a.m. commuter train to Manhattan. But his routine is quickly shattered by an anonymous email declaring that Sarah Ewes, his colleague and friend, has been found dead – and she is just the first victim. Soon, Devine must question who he can trust and who he must fight . . .  

by Jane Harper

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Critically acclaimed author Jane Harper returns with Exiles, securing her place as the trailblazer of the 'outback noir' genre. After Kim Gillespie disappears from a busy festival, leaving her baby alone in the pram, her absence casts a long shadow over her friends and loved ones. A year later, Kim's loved ones gather to welcome a new addition to the family. Among them is Aaron Falk, a federal investigator, who soon becomes suspicious about Kim's case. As long-held resentments and secrets are exposed, Falk will have to tread carefully to get to the truth . . . 

The Marriage Act

By john marrs.

Book cover for The Marriage Act

From the author of The One , now an eight-part Netflix series, John Marrs' The Marriage Act brings us a dystopian thriller packed full of twists. Set in Britain in the near future, a right-wing government believes the answer to society's ills is the Sanctity of Marriage Act, where marriage is the expectation and single citizens are shunned. To ensure compliance, the government must keep a watchful eye over every aspect of couples' personal lives. But four couples are about to discover just how challenging relationships can be when someone else is always watching. 

The Murders at Fleat House

By lucinda riley.

Book cover for The Murders at Fleat House

The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen’s – a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk – is a shocking event that the headmaster is very keen to call a tragic accident. But the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force. As she begins to probe the circumstances around Charlie Cavendish's death, she senses foul play. As staff at the school close ranks, the disappearance of another young pupil and the death of an elderly Classics master provide Jazz with important leads, but as snow covers the landscape and another suspect goes missing, Jazz must also confront her personal demons. From the author of The Seven Sisters , Lucinda Riley brings us another unmissable thriller. 

Into the Dark

By fiona cummins.

Book cover for Into the Dark

The kettle is still warm, all the family’s phones are charging on the worktop, but the house is deserted. In fifteen-year-old Riva Holden’s bedroom, scrawled across the mirror in blood, are three words: Make Them Stop . In a gorgeous Art Deco home looking out to the bay of Midtown-on-Sea, a terrible crime has come to light. An entire family – Piper and Gray and their two teenage children – has vanished. Cue the arrival of DS Saul Anguish, a brilliant detective with a difficult past. As he begins to untangle the painful story of the disappearance, he must face his own demons.

Promise Boys

By nick brooks.

Book cover for Promise Boys

Nick Brooks's  Promise Boys  is a trailblazing, blockbuster YA mystery about three teen boys of colour who must investigate their principal’s murder to clear their own names. When Principal Moore, headteacher at the Urban Promise Prep School is murdered, J.B., Ramón and Trey emerge as the case's prime suspects. With all three maintaining their innocence, they must track down the real killer before they are arrested. This YA thriller shines a glaring light on how the system, condemns Black and Latinx teen boys to failure before they've even had a chance at success. 

Other Women

By emma flint.

Book cover for Other Women

Six years after the end of the Great War, a nation is still in mourning. Among them is Beatrice Cade – an orphan, unmarried and childless. Taking a room in a Bloomsbury ladies' club and a job in the city, Bea is determined to carve out a more fulfilling life as single woman, but this independence is soon destroyed when she falls in love for the first time. Meanwhile, Kate Ryan lives her idyllic life with her handsome husband and daughter. That is until one morning, two policemen knock on her door and threaten to destroy the façade Kate has created. Emma Flint's Other Women promises a story of fantasy, obsession and murder.

The best thriller books of 2022

Picture you dead, by peter james.

Book cover for Picture You Dead

In the eagerly awaited latest installment in the bestselling Roy Grace series , Detective Superintendent Roy Grace finds himself plunged into an unfamiliar and rarefied world of fine art; but beneath the veneer lurks greed, deception and violence. Harry and Freya are an ordinary couple who dreamed for years of finding an overlooked treasure at a car boot sale, until the day they did. Behind the drab portrait they bought for a few pounds, they find a stunning landscape that might just be a long-lost masterpiece from 1770, and worth millions. One collector is certain it's genuine, and he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Soon harry and Freya's dream come true becomes a nightmare.

The Passenger & Stella Maris: Boxed Set

Book cover for The Passenger & Stella Maris: Boxed Set

The Passenger

A sunken jet. Nine passengers. A missing body. The Passenger  is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God. 

Stella Maris

God. Truth. Existence. Told ten years prior to The Passenger and by a different sibling, Stella Maris is the story of a mathematician, twenty years old, admitted to hospital with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag and one request: she does not want to talk about her brother. 

by Nora Murphy

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Smart professional women, Leah Dawson and McKenna Hawkins share a lot, though they have never met. They both live in sunny affluent areas with picket fences and gorgeous gardens. Both are married to men who are intent on having 'the perfect wife.' When the two women do finally cross paths, they recognise each other, each instinctively knowing that the other lives in a hell of their husband's making. And there is no way to get out of hell. Is there? 

Night Shift

By robin cook.

Book cover for Night Shift

From the trailblazer of the medical thriller genre, Robin Cook's latest novel Night Shift is an exhilarating murder mystery. Doctors Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery are married and both work in the fast-paced metropolis of New York City. But when Laurie's friend Dr Sue Passero dies mysteriously in a hospital parking garage, an autopsy is required – and Jack is put in charge of this as part of his new role as chief medical examiner. Sensing foul play around Sue's death, Jack sets out to investigate on-site at the hospital, putting himself at risk of a deranged killer who is ready to strike again . . . 

The Vacation

Book cover for The Vacation

How far would you go to get away from your past? Venice Beach in LA is heaven on earth, with tourists galore flocking to the ocean and Hollywood promise. But for eight strangers staying at a beach-front hostel, a holiday is not the first thing on their minds. All of them are on the run, and all have secrets they would murder to keep. The Vacation  is a gripping, holiday-set thriller from John Marrs, who wrote  The One , now a Netflix Original Series – it was longlisted for the 2022 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. 

The Party House

By lin anderson.

Book cover for The Party House

Devastated by a recent pandemic brought in by outsiders, the villagers of Blackrig in the Scottish Highlands are outraged when they find that the nearby estate plans to reopen its luxury ‘party house’ to tourists. As animosity sparks amongst the locals, part of the property is damaged and, in the ensuing chaos, the remains of a young girl are found in the wreck. Seventeen-year-old Ailsa Cummings went missing five years ago, never to be seen again – until now . . .

Luckiest Girl Alive

By jessica knoll.

Book cover for Luckiest Girl Alive

As addictive as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train , and coming soon to Netflix, Luckiest Girl Alive tells the story of Ani FaNelli – successful, glamorous and hoping to prove it through a documentary showing how well she has survived the traumatic events of her high school years. But can Ani maintain her shiny exterior? Or will her past come back to haunt her?

The Blame Game

By sandie jones.

Book cover for The Blame Game

“He came to me for help. . . Now it has gone too far.” When people enter marriage therapy, you expect there to be two sides to the story. But you don’t expect one of them to be the therapist’s. . . A dark, twisting thriller of domestic deceit and overstepping the line from The Other Woman and The Guilt Trip.

The Axe Woman

By håkan nesser.

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The fifth and final Inspector Barbarotti novel from the godfather of Swedish crime. When Ellen Bjarnebo’s partner disappears, she's the prime suspect. She’s a notorious killer, and served eleven years for dismembering her abusive first husband with an axe. But when she also vanishes, Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti must use all his ingenuity to try to solve the case.

Daisy Darker

By alice feeney.

Book cover for Daisy Darker

It's Halloween, and Daisy Darker has just arrived at her grandmother’s house to celebrate her eightieth birthday. The house, Seaglass, sits perched on a rugged private island whose granite rocks are isolated form the rest of the world whenever the tide comes in. The Darker family haven't been reunited for over a decade, and this time, by the time the tide goes out, one of them will be dead.

This all-consuming psychological thriller with a spectacular twist is a must-read book for the summer.

Out Of Her Depth

By lizzy barber.

Book cover for Out Of Her Depth

Rachel is a modest young woman from a sleepy London suburb. She has a summer job at the stunning Villa Medici in the Tuscan hills, surrounded by hedonistic teenagers, whose partying goes too far one night. This is a simmering summer thriller about teenage antics on the edge of reason, with more than a dash of Patricia Highsmith in its tense unfolding.

State of Terror

By hillary clinton and louise penny.

Book cover for State of Terror

State of Terror follows a novice Secretary of State who has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know.

by Thora Hjörleifsdóttir Translated by Meg Matich

Book cover for Magma

Twenty-year-old Lilja is in love. He is older and beautiful, a Derrida-quoting intellectual. He is also a serial cheater, gaslighter and narcissist. Lilja will do anything to hold on to him. And so she accepts his deceptions and endures his sexual desires. She rationalizes his toxic behaviour and permits him to cross all her boundaries. In her desperation to be the perfect lover, she finds herself unable to break free from the toxic cycle. And then an unexpected ultimatum: an all-consuming love, or the promise of a life reclaimed.

The Other Side of Night

By adam hamdy.

Book cover for The Other Side of Night

David Asha wants to tell you a story about three people. Elliott Asha, his son, broken by a loss that will redeem him. Ben Elmys, a surrogate father and David’s trusted friend, a man who might also be a murderer. Harriet Kealty, a retired detective searching for answers to three mysterious deaths, while also investigating a man who might turn out to be the love of her life.

Every word David tells you is true, but you will think it fiction . . .

‘ A big-hearted, big-brain, novel that you'll finish in three days and think about for the rest of the year. Wonderful. ’ Stuart Turton on The Other Side of Night

Perfect People

Book cover for Perfect People

John and Naomi Klaesson are devastated by the loss of their four-year-old to a rare genetic disease. All they want is to have another baby, but the genetic odds are against them having a healthy child. Enter geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore, whose expensive clinic offers the couple all they've ever wanted. But soon the dream of the perfect child turns into a sinister nightmare. One that is impossible to exit, as Naomi is already pregnant . . .

If you love Peter James, discover our guide to his bestselling Roy Grace series here .

The Melting

By lize spit.

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Eva was one of three children who grew up in a sheltered Flemish town in the late 1980s. In her friendship with Laurens and Pim, Eva sought an escape from her desolate family life. But alongside adolescence came growing sexual desire, and the children began a game that would have terrible consequences for them all. Now it's thirteen years on, and Eva is back in the village, with a big block of ice in the boot of her car and a determination to settle old scores.

by Andrew Grant

Book cover for Die Twice

For fans of Bond and Bourne, don't miss this pulse-racing spy thriller by Andrew Grant, the co-author of the Jack Reacher novels . Obliged to leave New York City in the aftermath of his previous mission, David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago where, just a week before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. Assigned the task of finding the rogue agent, and putting an end to his treacherous scheme, Trevellyan soon finds that once again his only hope of saving countless innocent lives lies not within the system, but in his instinctive belief.

by Ellery Lloyd

Book cover for The Club

The grand opening of Island Home – a forgotten island transformed into the height of luxury – is set to be the celebrity event of the decade. But as the first guests arrive, the weekend soon proves deadly – because it turns out that even the most beautiful people can keep the ugliest secrets and, in a world where reputation is everything, they'll do anything to keep it.

The Club  is an exhilarating, addictive read, telling a story of ambition, excess, and what happens when people who have everything – or nothing – to lose are pushed to their limit.

The Golden Couple

By greer hendricks.

Book cover for The Golden Couple

The Golden Couple  is the new addictive page-turning psychological thriller from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the authors of the bestselling  The Wife Between Us.

Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple . . . until Marissa cheats. In a desperate attempt to repair her family, Marissa takes a chance on maverick therapist Avery Chambers, who lost her licence due to controversial methods. But when the Bishops step into Avery’s office, it soon becomes clear that the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger. 

Not all of them are who they seem, and matters are about to turn deadly . . . 

The Interview

By c. m. ewan.

Book cover for The Interview

It is Friday, 5 p.m. You're being interviewed for the job you always wanted, in an office thirteen floors above the city. There's nobody else around but you and the interviewer, and their questions are getting stranger and more unsettling. Your fear is rising, and the only route out is to answer a seemingly impossible question. This nail-biting novel comes from bestselling mystery and thriller author C. M. Ewan.

by Ken Follett

Book cover for Never

Bestselling thriller writer Ken Follett is back after over a decade, with a compelling novel featuring a stolen army drone, a hidden stash of highly toxic chemicals, a genius Chinese spymaster and a US president with a populist rival hot on his heels. 

Never is a terrifying look at how international and diplomatic peacetime is only a few missteps away from a chain reaction of catastrophic consequences, with only three very different protagonists able to prevent disaster by working in the shadows.

‘ A terrifying, heart-stopping ride and a highly original and deeply disturbing thriller. I've been a Chris Ewan fan for a while, but in this book he soars to another level entirely. ’ Sharon Bolton on The Interview

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Is the hunt finally over?

Thriller writer David Baldacci's series featuring Special Agent Atlee Pine continues, with the detective still searching for her twin sister Mercy, who was abducted when they were just six years old. As she uncovers the incredible truth about her lost sister and her parents, Atlee and her assistant Carol must take on their most deadly challenge yet.

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By hanna bervoets.

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Translated by Emma Rault

Kayleigh needs money. That’s why she takes a job at a social media platform whose name she isn’t allowed to mention. Her job: reviewing offensive videos and pictures, rants and conspiracy theories, and deciding which need to be removed. It’s gruelling work, yet Kayleigh is good at her job, and in her colleagues she finds a group of friends, even a new girlfriend — and for the first time in her life, Kayleigh’s future seems bright. But soon the job seems to change them all, shifting their worlds in alarming ways. When her colleagues begin to break down; when Sigrid, her new girlfriend, grows increasingly distant and fragile; when her friends start espousing the very conspiracy theories they’re meant to be evaluating; Kayleigh begins to wonder if the job may be too much for them. She’s still totally fine, though – or is she?

by Sally Hinchcliffe

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On a crisp autumn day a woman travels to London, having left her post at a London girls school in murky circumstances. She starts to explore the land around her cottage on the isolated Hare House estate, walking the moors and woodland. And she begins to hear unsettling stories, of witches, strange clay figures, and young men scared out of their wits. Having made friends with her landlord Grant and his sister Cass, doubts begin to descend. And when a snowfall traps the inhabitants of the house together, the tension escalates . . .

by Yvvette Edwards

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Marcia Williams thought she knew her son. She thought he was safe. She was wrong.

Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She's going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: to attend the trial of the boy accused of her son's murder. Her son Ryan was not the kind of boy to get mixed up in violent crime, but Tyson Manley most certainly is. Racing against the ticking clock of the progressing trial, Marcia tries to get the answers she needs from Sweetie, Tyson's girlfriend who knows more than she's willing to say . . .

City of Vengeance

By d. v. bishop.

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Florence, 1536. When a prominent Jewish moneylender is found dead, Cesare Aldo, an officer of the criminal court, is tasked with solving his murder. Over the course of his investigation, Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the unstable ruler of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici. Aldo is caught in a frantic race against time to solve the murder and stop the conspiracy, while keeping his own secrets safely locked away. This historical crime thriller is an exciting debut from D. V. Bishop.

Cherish Farrah: A Novel

By bethany c. morrow.

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Seventeen-year-old Farrah has always been jealous of Cherish Whitman. Or more specifically, Cherish's white, adoptive family. Cherish receives special treatment and is spoiled in ways Farrah can only wish for, and soon she is calculating ways in which to further ingratiate herself into the Whitman family. But as she gets ever closer, Farrah's own parents begin to warn her that there is something wrong with the Whitmans. And when strange events really do begin to occur in the Whitman household – it's nothing Farrah can't handle . . . right?

by Sarah Hilary

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Fragile  is a modern Gothic psychological thriller with a contemporary twist on the classic novel  Rebecca , from award-winning and critically acclaimed writer Sarah Hilary.

Nell Ballard is a runaway. A former foster child with a dark secret she is desperate to keep, all Nell wants is to find a place she can belong. So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. But her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for. Her employer lives by a set of rigid rules and she soon sees that he is hiding secrets of his own.

The Heron's Cry

By ann cleeves.

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It's an idyllic hot summer in North Devon when Detective Matthew Venn gets the call to come to the home of a group of artists – there has been a murder. Dr Nigel Yeo has been stabbed, and the weapon is one of his glassblower daughter's vases. As Matthew attempts to solve the killing of a good man, someone else in the community is slain in a similar way. The key to murders lies disturbingly close to home, in a web of lies which Matthew must attempt to untangle. The latest in the bestselling series featuring Detective Matthew Venn.

The Lonely Ones

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In 1969, a group of six students come to Uppsala, Sweden, and slowly become three couples during their time at university. But after a summer trip behind the Iron Curtain to Eastern Europe, everything changes for them. 

Back in Sweden, one of the students is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in a wood near Kymlinge. And years later, a lecturer at Lund University is found dead at exactly the same spot. The fourth in a series of novels featuring Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti, The Lonely Ones follows the inspector on one of his gravest investigations yet.

‘ The godfather of Swedish crime ’ Metro on author Håkan Nesser

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This gripping read from bestselling author Dr Robin Cook sees a family fall victim to a rare and lethal virus. Brian Murphy is enjoying a summer break with his family when his wife Emma comes down with a mild flu. Back in New York, her condition worsens with terrifying speed: she has come down with a mosquito-borne viral disease, and Brian and Emma's young daughter is falling ill too. 

When the family's health insurer refuses to pay their vast hospital bills, Brian vows to take on an industry that preys on the sick and vulnerable. Meanwhile the virus is spreading, and nobody seems interested...

Sixteen Horses

By greg buchanan.

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Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses’ heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground. A story of enduring guilt, trauma and punishment, set in a small seaside community the rest of the world has left behind, Sixteen Horses is the debut literary thriller from an extraordinary talent. 

Daughters of Night

By laura shepherd-robinson.

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This historical crime thriller is the second from Laura Shepherd-Robinson, following her award-winning debut Blood & Sugar . Set in London in 1782, it’s the story of Caroline Corsham, who is determined to seek justice for a string of murders of high-class prostitutes – crimes that the police are all too happy to ignore. As she delves deeper into the darkest, hidden corners of Georgian society, Caroline soon finds that much more than her reputation is at stake. . .

Anywhere You Run

By wanda m. morris.

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From the author of All Her Little Secrets , comes another gripping thriller, this time set in Jim Crow Mississippi. After the murder of a white man, two Black sisters run away to different parts of the country. What neither of them realise is there's a man hot on their trail, and with him, he carries a disturbing motive for finding the sisters that is unknown to everyone but him . . . 

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By emma donoghue.

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The eleven-year-old girl who has stopped eating, but seems remarkably fine. The nurse sent to see if she’s a fraud. The journalist, on the hunt for a story. Are they experiencing a miracle, or is a child being murdered in slow motion in front of their eyes? Now a Netflix Original film, this novel by the bestselling author of Room, is a compulsive, psychologically complex read.

A Gambling Man

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Evoking the golden age of crime writing with its 1940s California-setting, David Baldacci's latest thriller is a must-read for fans of his previous books and lovers of historical crime thrillers. Set amongst the gamblers and gangsters of the seedy-underbelly of America's casinos and the second instalment in his new series starring ex-jailbird Aloysius Archer, A Gambling Man will transport you straight to the smoke-filled burlesque clubs and slot machines of Reno and Bay Town. 

Discover our guide to David Baldacci's series, here.

Raven Black

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Raven Black is the first novel in Ann Cleeves’ crime fiction series Shetland, which is now a hit TV series on BBC One starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez.

In the first instalment in the series, the strangled body of a teenage girl is discovered by a neighbour on a bitterly cold January morning. The community are quick to suspect loner Magnus Tait, and suspicion and fear soon engulf the small island. Led by Detective Inspector Perez, the police must search out the killer before they strike again.

Discover all of Ann Cleeves' Shetland books in order, here.

Dead Simple

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In Dead Simple , Peter James introduces us to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace as he takes on his first major case. It appears that a harmless stag-night prank has gone terribly wrong, with the groom disappeared and his friends dead. With three days to go until the wedding, the bride is understandably distraught. As Grace investigates, he discovers one man who has a lot to gain if the groom would only stay missing. 

The Axeman's Jazz

By ray celestin.

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Inspired by a true story and set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans,  The Axeman's Jazz is the first instalment in Ray Celestin's gripping City Blues Quartet, a page-turning historical crime fiction series.

New Orleans, 1919. A serial killer stalks the city and issues an ultimatum: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. As the fearful city complies with his demands, three individuals are set on unmasking the killer’s identity. The Axeman’s Jazz is a tale of gruesome murders, secrets and lies, set against the backdrop of a vibrant and violent city . . . 

My Sister, the Serial Killer

By oyinkan braithwaite.

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Korede has always been a good big sister, stepping in to help her little sibling clean up her messes. Unfortunately, Ayoola’s messes tend to be lethal.   In fact, she’s dispatched her last three boyfriends in ‘self-defence’. Family comes first, until Ayoola starts dating the doctor at the surgery where Korede works . . . 

American Psycho

By bret easton ellis.

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Wall Street in the eighties; the American dream in overdrive. On the surface, Patrick Bateman is living the dream: a job as a stockbroker, dinner dates every night at the latest restaurant in town, a string of admirers – aided by his charm and good looks. But behind the pristine façade lurks a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial life, Bateman pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream turns to nightmare. One of the most controversial novels of all time,  American Psycho  (which was adapted into a film of the same name in 2000 )  is a disturbingly brilliant black satire about the darkest side of human nature.

The Fishermen

By chigozie obioma.

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A mesmerising debut from author Chigozie Obioma, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize when it was released in 2015. The story follows a family in ruins in the style of a classical Greek tragedy; four brothers decide to fish at a forbidden local river when their strict father is away, but encounter a local madman in a frenzy, who tells them a prophecy that one of the brothers will kill the eldest son of the family. From this encounter, Obioma's novel grows in scope by gaining incredible complexity and emotional power as it spirals towards a heartbreaking ending. 

by Blake Crouch

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Barry Sutton is on a quest for the truth. Across the country people are waking up with memories of a life they have not lived. Are they victims of a mysterious, new disease affecting memory? Or is something terrible happening to the very fabric of reality?  Recursion  is the follow-up to the time twisting science fiction thriller  Dark Matter .

The Wife Between Us

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This shocking and intelligent domestic thriller is the debut novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Unstable Vanessa is obsessed with her ex-husband and his new, younger fiancé, and she’ll stop at nothing to make sure they don’t get married. But what’s really driving her obsession – is it jealousy or something else? 

by Gillian Flynn

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This twisty psychological thriller became a phenomenon when it was published, selling over twenty million copies worldwide and being adapted into a hit film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. When Nick Dunne wakes up on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife missing, he quickly becomes the police’s chief suspect. Amy’s friends reveal she was afraid of him, there are strange searches on his computer and persistent calls to his mobile phone, but Ben swears he knows nothing about any of this. So what really happened to Amy Dunne? 

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It's almost impossible to resist a great thriller . Thrillers are some of the most exciting novels you can read, made enticing with suspenseful storylines, unique characters, and the staple plot twists that leave readers reeling. The best ones remind readers how much fun reading can be. 

To make this list, we turned to reviewers on Goodreads . Goodreads is a book reviewing platform where over 125 million readers rate, review, and share their favorite book recommendations with friends and the book community. From stunning debuts to gripping psychological mysteries, here are the most popular thrillers from 2021, according to Goodreads reviewers. 

The 23 best thriller books from 2021, according to Goodreads:  

"apples never fall" by liane moriarty.

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"Apples Never Fall" by Liane Moriarty, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $18.41

This bestselling thriller follows the four adult siblings of the notable Delaney family as their mother goes missing, leaving their father as the only suspect. Torn between protecting him and turning against him, the siblings square off and begin to re-examine their shared family history with a new lens. 

"Razorblade Tears" by S.A. Cosby

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"Razorblade Tears" by S.A. Cosby, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $16.19

When Derek and his husband Isiah are found murdered, their fathers, Ike and Buddy Lee, come together over their shared pasts and deep desires for revenge. Each an ex-con and struggling with their own deeply held prejudices, the fathers set off on a fast-paced journey for retribution and redemption. 

"The Push" by Ashley Audrain

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"The Push" by Ashley Audrain, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $19.69

In this book that I, like countless others, read in a single day (or single sitting), Blythe Connor is a new mom and determined to be the loving mother she never had. When her connection with her daughter isn't what she hoped it would be, she finds an inseparable bond with her second child — until a terrible incident leaves Blythe convinced there is something truly wrong with her firstborn. 

"Every Last Secret" by A.R. Torre

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"Every Last Secret" by A.R. Torre, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $11.95

Neena Ryder and her lackluster husband have just moved into a beautiful new neighborhood with seemingly perfect neighbors Cat and William Winthorpe. Anxious to move up in the world, Neena develops an infatuation for Cat's incredible husband, which quickly turns into a dangerous obsession in this domestic thriller about Neena's desperate and toxic drive for the life she's always wanted. 

"All Her Little Secrets" by Wanda M. Morris

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"All Her Little Secrets "by Wanda M. Morris, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $13.08

Ellice is a respected attorney in midtown Atlanta with a "for fun" relationship with her boss, Michael. When Ellice goes to meet Michael one morning, she finds him dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Needing to avoid the spotlight with a murder investigation, she walks away from the scene but finds she can't outrun her past, her secrets, or the strange conspiracies swirling around her for long. 

"Not a Happy Family" by Shari Lapena

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"Not a Happy Family" by Shari Lapena, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $17.97

As wealthy Fred and Sheila Merton convene for Sunday family dinner with their three adult children, they have no idea it will be their last. When the couple is found brutally murdered, the children appear devastated. But with their inheritance on the line and countless hidden secrets, this gripping thriller proves nearly impossible to put down. 

"We Begin at the End" by Chris Whitaker

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We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker, available at Amazon and Bookshop , $16.79

"We Begin at the End" is a character-driven thriller about police chief Walk and 13-year-old Duchess, who don't seem to have a lot in common but are inexplicably entwined over a murder from decades prior. When an old friend and convicted murderer Vincent King is released from prison, the two are brought together over their drives for self-preservation.

"The Wife Upstairs" by Rachel Hawkins

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"The Wife Upstairs" by Rachel Hawkins, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $14.99

This modern-day Southern retelling of the classic "Jane Eyre" is about Jane, a dog-walker who has only recently moved into her impressive new gated community when she meets Eddie Rochester, a recent widow. Believing Eddie could offer Jane the life she's always wanted, the two fall in love — until Jane's past and the legends of Eddie's previous wife begin to haunt her new life. 

"Harlem Shuffle" by Colson Whitehead

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"Harlem Shuffle" by Colson Whitehead, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $17.75

Ray Carney is an upstanding furniture salesman in 1960s Harlem whose cousin occasionally helps him out with shady business dealings that keep his family's financial concerns at bay. When Ray's cousin gets drawn into a complicated and dangerous heist, Ray finds himself torn between his salesman persona and a growing identity as a crook. 

"A Slow Fire Burning" by Paula Hawkins

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"A Slow Fire Burning" by Paula Hawkins, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $16.80

When a man is found murdered, the police begin to question three women from his life — a one-night stand, a grief-stricken aunt, and a nosy neighbor — each holding their own resentment towards the man. With unreliable and unlikeable characters, this complex thriller begins as a slow burn but takes off with plenty of satisfying twists and turns. 

"The Good Sister" by Sally Hepworth

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"The Good Sister" by Sally Hepworth, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $16.79

This captivating thriller is about Fern, who struggles with a sensory processing disorder but enjoys spending time with her protective twin sister, Rose. When Rose finds out she can't have a baby, Fern sees it as an opportunity to pay her sister back for everything she's done in this family drama thriller with dark secrets desperate to be revealed. 

"The Survivors" by Jane Harper

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"The Survivors" by Jane Harper, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $18.20

This dark and tense thriller links a past tragedy to a new one when a woman is found dead on the beach and police inadvertently find a connection to an accident 12 years prior. Set in an eerie coastal town, this thriller is full of lies, injustice, and guilt. 

"Billy Summers" by Stephen King

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"Billy Summers" by Stephen King, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $15

Billy Summers is a killer-for-hire but only if the target is a bad person who needs to be taken down. Looking to retire into oblivion after one final job, Billy goes undercover for weeks as an author writing a book and finds himself writing his own story. 

"The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave

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"The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $14

Before her new husband mysteriously disappeared, he left Hannah a note reading "Protect her," clearly about his 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. When the FBI arrests Owen's boss and shows up at their house, Hannah and Bailey must come together to figure out Owen's true identity, his deceitful past, and the future they'll both need to survive. 

"The Plot" by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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"The Plot" by Jean Hanff Korelitz, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $14.30

While teaching at a third-rate MFA program after his own writing dreams didn't pan out, Jacob Finch Bonner is approached by a student who claims he doesn't need his class and explains the incredible plot of his sure-to-be-published future novel. When Jacob finds out the student passed away, he steals the plot of the novel for his own publishing success — until a cryptic email threatens to unravel his success and the story's history. 

"Local Woman Missing" by Mary Kubica

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"Local Woman Missing" by Mary Kubica, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $10.74

When two women and a six-year-old girl named Delilah go missing just blocks from each other, their small community is shaken and left searching for answers. 11 years later, Delilah returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared and everyone wants to know what happened to her in this outstanding thriller that can be read in a single sitting. 

"Arsenic and Adobo" by Mia P. Manansala

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"Arsenic and Adobo" by Mia P. Manansala, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $14.40

Lila Macapagal decides to move home to recover from a terrible breakup and is swiftly recruited to help save her aunt's restaurant. When Lila's food critic ex-boyfriend suddenly drops dead, the police treat Lila like she's the only suspect, leaving her to conduct her own investigation and clear her name in this delicious new thriller. 

"The Night She Disappeared" by Lisa Jewell

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"The Night She Disappeared" by Lisa Jewell, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $16.76

In 2017, Tallulah left her daughter with her mother to enjoy a night out with her boyfriend, a night from which she never returned. When detective novelist Sophie inadvertently stumbles upon a clue to Tallulah's mysterious disappearance, the case slowly unravels in this haunting thriller. 

"Rock Paper Scissors" by Alice Feeney

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"Rock Paper Scissors" by Alice Feeney, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $15.29

10 years into their marriage, Adam and Amelia know things haven't been great for a long time. So when they win a trip to Scotland — a trip could make or break their marriage. On their anniversary, a decade of secrets and lies threaten to ruin them in this gripping domestic thriller. 

"The Maidens" by Alex Michaelides

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"The Maidens" by Alex Michaelides, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $16.78

At Cambridge University, a secret society of women students called The Maidens is devastated when one of their own is killed. Convinced the adored Greek Tragedy professor is a killer, therapist Mariana becomes obsessed with proving his guilt and willing to stop at nothing to prevent another murder. 

"Finlay Donovan Is Killing It" by Elle Cosimano

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"Finlay Donovan Is Killing It" by Elle Cosimano, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $9.99

When Finlay Donovan is overheard discussing her new murder novel with her literary agent, a stranger mistakes her for a killer-for-hire and offers her a huge sum of money to kill her problem husband. Finlay swiftly finds herself entangled in a real-life murder investigation in this thriller that is equal parts hilarious and suspenseful. 

"The Man Who Died Twice" by Richard Osman

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"The Man Who Died Twice" by Richard Osman, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $16.30

"The Man Who Died Twice" is the second novel in the "Thursday Murder Club" thriller series about a group of four retired friends who meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. In this sequel, Elizabeth receives a cryptic letter from an old colleague, asking for help. She recruits her fellow Murder Club members to hunt for a murderer, recover stolen diamonds, and save her friend's life. 

"Win" by Harlan Coben

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"Win" by Harlan Coben, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $9.99

When a man is found murdered beside two objects that link the crime to a cold case and a kidnapping from over 20 years ago, the FBI begins to look into Windsor "Win" Horne Lockwood III, who has no idea how these items of his and his family ended up with the murdered man. With a personal connection and an untapped fortune, Win subscribes to his own brand of vigilante justice to solve the case. 

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Best Thriller and Mystery Books of 2023

28 new mystery books that'll have you on the edge of your seat in march.

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Prepare for big scares in 2023, with the release of heart-pounding new mysteries and thriller books you won't be able to put down! Whether you like your frights with serial killers , paranormal activity, or a sprinkle of cozy comfort, there's something for you hitting shelves in 2023.

Rachel Hawkins, T. Kingfisher, Grady Hendrix, and Mariana Enriquez bring their signature flair to new books this year, and debut authors like Ripley Jones, Maria Dong, and Jennifer Herrera hope to suck in readers with their first outings. Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Karen M. McManus continue their twisty YA series with new releases, sure to be hits on #BookTok .

There's plenty of spooky energy to keep readers across all subgenres of mystery and thrillers up all night through 2023, but for now, here are all the best thriller books hitting shelves in March.

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After two years of living through a global pandemic, we all crave a little relaxation. And what better way to chill out than with one of the best fiction books of 2022? Novels help us escape no matter where we’re curled up reading: a cozy armchair, the beach or on the train or bus during a busy morning commute. Even if you have a soft spot for classic novels , there’s a special joy that comes from anticipating a new release from your favorite author—or even a debut author whose book blurb piqued your interest.

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1. The Maid by Nita Prose

Release date: Jan. 4, 2022

Nita Prose’s debut novel has the perfect Clue -like beginning: A grand hotel. A motley cast of personality-rich characters. And, of course, a murder. The story’s protagonist is a hotel maid named Molly Gray who quickly becomes a suspect in the case. Molly sees things a little differently. She notices details that others might miss, but she also struggles to follow social rules that others find natural. Fans of cozy mysteries , locked-room investigations, books for women and Agatha Christie fiction will fall head over heels for T he Maid.

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2. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Another much-anticipated debut novel, Olga Dies Dreaming is the perfect new fiction book for fans of witty rom-coms that aren’t afraid to ask complex questions or tackle tricky topics beneath the veneer of sparkling humor. Set in New York and anchored in time by Puerto Rico’s devastating hurricane Maria, the story follows Olga, a Latinx wedding planner, as she grapples with her own less-than- fairy-tale love story and the return of a long-lost mother. Author Xochitl Gonzalez gives readers a modern romance complete with themes of race, identity, political corruption and the American dream. This one seems destined to be a top pick for online book clubs and book subscription boxes .

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3. To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Release date: Jan. 11, 2022

To Paradise takes place in an alternate New York reality that can be seen as utopian or dystopian, depending on the person’s position in society. Readers will meet characters in 1893, 1993 and 2093. From these disparate times and versions of America, characters survive crises like the AIDS epidemic and totalitarian rule as well as personal, intimate tragedies. Despite the varying plot lines, a common thread pulls every scene together: the question of what makes us human and what makes us love.

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4. Violeta by Isabel Allende

Release date: Jan. 25, 2022

If you prefer sweeping historical fiction to page-turning beach reads, you’ll want to leave a space for Violeta on the nightstand. It’s one in a long line of beautiful novels from acclaimed Hispanic author Isabel Allende, who wrote The House of the Spirits and Eva Luna . One of the best fiction books of 2022, Violeta is told in the form of a letter to someone deeply loved. Violeta’s life is marked by a series of cataclysmic, far-reaching events: the Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cuban Revolution and even the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, Violeta survives with passion and determination.

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5. The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis’s latest historical fiction mystery whisks readers away to the Frick mansion, a palace of political power, secret trysts and tangled family histories. Told in dual timelines, the book follows art model Lillian Carter in the 1920s and mod model Veronica Weber in the 1970s as the two become embroiled in the dramas of the Frick residence. The Magnolia Palace is the full package: mystery, history, rich characters and lavish details about art, money and high society in days gone by.

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6. The Fields by Erin Young

A body. A newly appointed investigator. A second body. Ghosts of a dark past. The story of Sergeant Riley Fisher, a new crime investigator in a small farming town, simmers with tension and the niggling fear that there’s something dangerous just around the corner. If you love cracking open crime procedurals or page-turning thriller books , Erin Young’s debut crime novel will have you clamoring for more from the author. The best part? The Fields is set to be the first in a series, so get ready for the next installment!

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7. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Release date: Feb. 1, 2022

Here’s another crime-fueled page-turner for you! But Brendan Slocumb’s The Violin Conspiracy is far from a formulaic mystery. It’s the story of Ray, a Black violinist whose love of music finally blossoms after discovering that his great-great-grandfather’s old fiddle is a world-renowned violin. But when the priceless heirloom is stolen from him just before a major performance, the musician must race to trace a random note and recover his life’s work. One of the best fiction books of 2022, The Violin Conspiracy is set to take its genre to the next level. It’s a literary thriller rife with themes of art, history, racism and overcoming adversity.

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8. Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak

Release date: Feb. 15, 2022

Shake up political drama, international espionage and potentially tyrannous female friendship. What do you get? Anna Pitoniak’s latest novel. In Our American Friend , you’ll meet USSR-born First Lady Lara Caine and jaded journalist Sofie Morse. When Lara inquires after Sofie to write her biography, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. But what is Lara’s motive? And what does it mean for Sofie to be caught in a strategic political game of international proportions? Whether you love mystery, interpersonal drama or friendship books , this is a new release you won’t be able to put down.

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9. The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

Release date: Mar. 1, 2022

Alex Finlay’s twisty new thriller follows the intersecting lives of two victims of murder attempts. One narrowly escaped a tragic night shift at a Blockbuster on the eve of Y2K. The other lives through a harrowing night shift at an ice cream parlor in the same town 15 years later. Are the attempted slayings connected? What are the police missing? And is reliving the traumatic stories worth it to find out? Encompassing the genres of thriller, mystery and horror , The Night Shift is a novel that will stick with you.

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10. Girl in Ice by Erica Ferencik

Though not a vampire book , Erica Ferencik’s Girl in Ice bears echoes of the undead. In the chill of the Arctic Circle, a researcher discovers a young girl frozen in ice. When the ice thaws, she begins to speak. Thus, protagonist Valerie “Val” Chesterfield, a linguist specializing in dead Nordic languages, is summoned. But though Val is willing to help, returning to arctic waters unleashes memories of her twin brother’s mysterious death by exposure to the elements.

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11. Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson and Dolly Parton

Release date: Mar. 7, 2022

You read that right. One of the most anticipated fiction books of the year was co-authored by the country music queen herself, Dolly Parton. The powerhouse writing duo’s tale of a young singer-songwriter escaping to Nashville will appeal to young readers as much as longtime bibliophiles and Dolly fans. It’s as much the story of AnnieLee Keyes leaving an abusive past behind as it is a hard-knocks tale of relying on grit and creativity to achieve a dream. Fun fact: While this is the songstress’s first novel, it’s not her first book. In the ’90s, her autobiography hit the bestseller list.

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12. Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett

Release date: Mar. 8, 2022

Sharp, smart and heartbreaking is the story of reality TV star Desiree Pierce. The morning after her 25th birthday, she’s found dead by an apparent overdose. But Desiree never visited that part of town. And besides that, the police were too quick to declare the Black woman’s death a closed case when several loose ends remain. Like a Sister follows Desiree’s half-sister, Lena, as she hunts for the truth about what happened. But will the pursuit of justice—and the discovery of dark, buried family secrets—be the death of her too? Next, discover more riveting fiction books from Black authors you should know.

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13. The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Part domestic psychological drama, part cat-and-mouse page turner, The Golden Couple is one of those fiction books from 2022 you might expect to devour in a weekend. Readers will get to know three main characters: posh married couple Marissa and Matthew Bishop and their unlicensed therapist, Avery. When the Bishops’ picture-perfect life starts to crumble, who will take the fall? The twisty tale of lies, lies and more lies is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Paula Hawkins.

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14. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Release date: Mar. 15, 2022

Peng Shepherd does it again. While The Book of M gave readers a dark, futuristic, speculative thriller, The Cartographers delves into the mysteries of the past. The story (also available as an audiobook ) follows Nell Young, a cartographer with a complicated relationship with her father. When he is found dead, she uses a map found in his desk to seek answers. The plot unfolds fast and furiously, covering academic drama, science and art, a dark family secret and a bit of magic.

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15. Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes

Release date: Mar. 22, 2022

Imagine being able to forget your worst, most embarrassing moments. Would you? In Remember Me Gone , Stacy Stokes’s young adult fiction debut, Lucy’s father has the power to take away memories. That’s why folks swarm their little Texas town: They want help forgetting something or other. But when Lucy becomes old enough to learn his skill, she witnesses one of her dad’s memories—one she wasn’t meant to see. This fast-paced paranormal thriller blends science fiction, fantasy and a touch of adolescent romance. But what makes it stand apart are the deep, thought-provoking questions woven into the story. What would you choose to forget? And what secrets are worth remembering?

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16. What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

Release date: Mar. 29, 2022

Yet another much-anticipated suspense novel, What Happened to the Bennetts presents readers with a classic conundrum: What if you had to choose between following the law and finding true justice? In this fast-paced book, a carjacking changes the lives of the Bennetts forever. They’re shuttled into witness protection, where they begin to crumble under psychological stress, chronic uncertainty and complete lack of control over their own paths. But when the father gets wind of what really precipitated that one random act of violence, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

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17. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Release date: Apr. 5, 2022

In a flood of new book releases, Emily St. John Mandel’s work always stands out. Whether you loved the sci-fi book Station Eleven or fell for Vincent in The Glass Hotel , you’ll be swept away by the author’s mind yet again in Sea of Tranquility . This time, she takes us from the wilds of North American forests to future cities to the stark artificiality of a moon colony. It’s a novel about human grit through literal space and time—a multidimensional, multi-timeline story for readers who like to sink their teeth into a good book.

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18. Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

The author of Shuggie Bain returns with an LGBTQ book centered on romance in religious communities where such relationships are hidden or damned. Young Mungo takes place in working-class Glasgow, Scotland, where Protestant Mungo and Catholic James forge a friendship that deepens to something more. When Mungo is forced away by his parents, he experiences a frightening encounter with two strange men—one that makes him realize he and James need to find their way back to each other and to safety.

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19. Pay Dirt Road by Samantha Jayne Allen

Release date: Apr. 19, 2022

Welcome to Garnett, Texas, where locals gather for gossip and drinks at the honky-tonks and investigator Annie McIntyre cuts her teeth on a missing-person mystery. In Pay Dirt Road , author Samantha Jayne Allen paints a detailed picture of small-town Texas life and invites readers along on a crime-solving adventure full of deepening family relationships and life lessons.

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20. Trust by Hernan Diaz

Release date: May 3, 2022

Straddling the line between literary and historical fiction, Trust invites readers into New York City in the 1920s. Meet Benjamin and Helen Raks, a Wall Street suit and aristocratic darling. Of course, everything is not as it seems, but when has it ever been? Enter a world of power, money and glittering facades to find out just how they’ve made their fortune and what it means for the people they’ve invited into their fold. Next, check out these stellar Kindle Unlimited books and read for free.

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21. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Did you love A Man Called Ove ? What about the 2020 Netflix original My Octopus Teacher ? Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures ripples with similarities to the two acclaimed works while staying wholly original. This debut novel follows a lost widow who takes a night shift job at the local aquarium. It’s a way to stay busy. It’s a way to pass the time. But soon her nights are brightened by an unlikely friend: Marcellus, the aquarium’s giant octopus. The warm, quirky, feel-good book , which includes perspectives from Marcellus himself, is sure to reel in rave reader reviews.

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22. Book of Night by Holly Black

This dark, deeply imaginative adult urban fantasy novel from veteran young adult author Holly Black follows con artist Charlie Hall’s foray into the underground world of trading with shadow selves—the separated shadows that harbor everyone’s deepest, darkest secrets. It’s a story steeped in secret societies, magic thieves and plain human trauma. In other words, it’s poised to be one of the next great adult fantasy hits. When you’re done, you’ll want to gobble up Black’s teen book series for more intricate world-building.

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23. Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Emily Henry’s newest romance thrums with enemies-to-lovers vibes. Heroine Nora Stephen is a literary agent who agrees to go on a trip with her sister to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It’s meant to be a blissful girls getaway. Instead, she runs into a rival literary acquaintance, who is also taking time away from the city. It’s the perfect setup for a spring romance novel or summer beach read.

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24. The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian

Release date: May 10, 2022

When two Hollywood stars arrive in Tanzania for their honeymoon, they expect wildlife sightings with a side of wine and charcuterie. Instead, they’re in for a deadly kidnapping and life-changing ordeal in unfamiliar territory. The Lioness is a sweeping story with a full cast of characters, endless suspense and themes of race, fame and love.

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25. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Release date: May 17, 2022

In This Time Tomorrow , prolific author Emma Straub plays with time travel like these time travel books . On the eve of her 40th birthday, protagonist Alice reflects on life—then suddenly wakes up on the morning of her Sweet 16. The book explores memories, longing and some of life’s big questions, like what you might do differently if you could go back.

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26. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Release date: May 24, 2022

Our list of much-anticipated 2022 reads wouldn’t be complete without this lush novel from Akwaeke Emezi. Our hero, Feyi Adekola, is still healing from the tragic death of her partner. She’s ready to ease into the dating scene again but is plunged, all at once, into the deep end. A rooftop party leads to a summer fling, which leads to a potential long-term relationship. But if she’s so happy, why does she feel so attracted to the one person she’s not allowed to love?

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27. Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Release date: June 7, 2022

Meet Nora Hamilton, the brains behind the latest romance channel hits and the protagonist of Nora Goes Off Script . After a heart-shattering breakup, she comes up with her most brilliant plot yet: a romantic movie that spotlights her ex’s selfishness. But life goes off-script when her little screenplay gets picked up as a big-screen blockbuster. Suddenly, Nora must learn to navigate Hollywood—and the sexy celebrities she encounters along the way.

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28. The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

This story within a story within a story (intrigued yet?) takes place in the reading room of the Boston Public Library. The typically peaceful retreat turns to chaos at the sound of a woman’s ear-piercing shriek. Security instructs four strangers in the library to stay put until authorities have secured the area. As time passes, friendships blossom, secrets come to light and a murderer is eventually revealed.

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29. Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

Release date: June 21, 2022

Ottessa Moshfegh’s Lapvona has a captivating premise: In a medieval village, an abused motherless boy finds solace in the company of the local midwife, whose mystical gifts scare some of the other neighbors. But when an incident with the town priest and prevailing feudal lord occurs, the boy becomes part of a violent clash of forces—new and old, natural and spiritual, and the very natures of life and death. Find more great fiction on this list of banned books that everyone needs to read.

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30. The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Julie Clark’s latest thriller follows two women whose lives intertwine for the second time. First, there’s Kat Roberts, the whip-smart journalist hell bent on unmasking the con woman who has eluded her for 10 years. Then there’s the slippery pro herself: alternately known as Meg Williams, Maggie Littleton and Melody Wilde. When the two strike up a friendship—driven by their ulterior motives—who will come out on top? And how many lies will they tell before the truth comes out?

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31. Gilt by Jamie Brenner

From the author of The Forever Summer and Blush comes a glittering gem so escapist that it also landed on our summer reading list . Jamie Brenner’s Gilt invites readers to spy on a family of wealthy jewelers. When prodigal daughter Gemma Maybrook returns to visit one sizzling summer, a veritable Pandora’s box of secrets opens. Follow the lush drama from high society New York to sunny Cape Cod.

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32. The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Release date: June 28, 2022

A spicy, supernatural romantic comedy for anyone tired of plain ol’ vanilla rom-coms, The Dead Romantics delivers with wit, quirks and, yes, a ghost story. Meet Florence Day, a New York City ghostwriter whose latest breakup has convinced her that romance is dead for good. But then a couple of very real deaths occur, landing Florence back in her hometown to face the ghosts of her past—along with a decidedly sexy spirit standing on the doorstep of the local funeral parlor. Alternating between poignant themes of death and grief and laugh-out-loud humor, this romance will have you flipping pages into the wee hours of the night.

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33. The Hidden One by Linda Castillo

Release date: July 5, 2022

The Hidden Ones protagonist Kate Hurholder is not Amish. But as the police chief in an Amish community, she has grown familiar with the community’s intricacies and norms. But when she’s summoned to solve a cold murder case in Pennsylvania’s Kishacoquillas Valley, she realizes that Amish culture can vary wildly from place to place. So can she chalk up Bishop Stolzfus’s evasive actions to cultural differences—or does the man know more than he’s letting on? The plot only thickens when Kate runs into her first love in Pennsylvania. By the time you turn the final page, you may be inspired to pick up a nonfiction book about the Amish.

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34. Florida Woman by Deb Rogers

Deb Rogers’s darkly comic thriller opens when Jamie, a lifelong Florida woman, is caught on film during one of the most embarrassing moments of her life. Relieved to get community service rather than jail time for her crime, Jamie heads off to Atlas, a monkey sanctuary. But all is not as it seems. She is soon consumed by the sinister world of Atlas, complete with sacrifices and cult-like adoration for the organization’s leaders. This is a suspenseful novel for readers seeking a good LGBTQ+ contemporary mystery.

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35. The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

Release date: July 12, 2022

Travis Devine, the main character of The 6:20 Man , is a man of routine. Every morning, he puts on a cheap suit, picks up his cheap briefcase and heads out on the 6:20 train to Manhattan. Every day, he peers out the train window and dreams about living large like one of the elite financial investors he sees in passing. Then one day, everything changes. He’s blackmailed into participating in an investigation into those very investors. As he infiltrates their lavish lives and learns more about their shady schemes, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a murderer.

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36. The Floating Girls by Lo Patrick

Did you love Where the Crawdads Sing or the movie adaptation of the book ? Then you’ll fall head over heels for this evocative coming-of-age drama told from the perspective of 12-year-old Kay. In the summer heat of Bledsoe, Georgia, Kay experiences the loss of a sister, a blossoming friendship with a boy and the trouble and heartbreak of family secrets. Don’t forget to check out these hit books that are becoming movies this year.

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37. The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Release date: July 19, 2022

Whether you’re already a fan of Things You Save in a Fire and How to Walk Away or utterly new to Katherine Center’s writing, her latest summer sizzler will satisfy any craving for lighthearted romance. Hannah Brooks looks cute and unassuming—the opposite of her life as a bodyguard. When she’s hired to protect sexy celebrity Jack Stapleton from a stalker, the two pretend they’re dating during Jack’s visit home. Fans of The Wedding Date and T he Proposal , you know where this is going!

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38. The Other Guest by Helen Cooper

Release date: July 26, 2022

Helen Cooper’s latest page-turner slams together two unrelated women’s lives in the aftermath of a tragedy at an Italian resort. Leah knows deep down that her niece’s death was not an accidental drowning. And far away in England, a woman named Joanna knows deep down that her sexy new beau might be too good to be true. The truth is that Leah and Joanna’s lives are already intertwined and on the brink of another potentially devastating collision. Not sure what to read after you binge The Other Guest ? Try picking your next book based on your zodiac sign .

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39. Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

Release date: Aug. 9, 2022

What would you do if you woke up with no memory of the last two years, no phone and “stay awake” written in black ink all over your hands and arms? This is how Liv Reese finds herself in the opening pages of Stay Awake . The breathtaking thriller unfolds as Liv runs from a crime she doesn’t remember committing. She does everything in her power to discover why her memories have disappeared into thin air—and who is responsible for the erasure.

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40. Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst

Release date: Aug. 16, 2022

Love Under the Tuscan Sun ? You’ll feel right at home following Lucy Checks In ‘s 49-year-old protagonist to the French countryside, where she moves to fix up and manage the storied Hotel Paradis. Of course, renovating a rickety inn can be a monumental task, so Lucy experiences more than her fair share of funny misfortunes along the way. This heartwarming women’s fiction story about new beginnings brims with fresh friendships, blossoming romance and mouthwatering descriptions of French food.

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41. T he Housekeeper by Joy Fielding

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding reels us in again with this riveting domestic drama . Thriving real estate agent Jodi Bishop knows her aging parents could use a helping hand at home, so she hires a housekeeper. Vibrant and warm, Elyse Woodley seems perfect for the job. But when Jodi’s parents seem to deteriorate rapidly while clinging to Elyse’s care more than their own daughter’s, Jodi has to wonder: Is the housekeeper really there to help her family? Or is something sinister afoot?

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42. Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

Release date: Aug. 23, 2022

William Kent Krueger’s latest nail-biting thriller plops readers into the Boundary Waters, where hunters have swarmed in search of a woman named Dolores Morriseau. She herself seeks a haven with a local Ojibwe healer. Told from multiple perspectives, the book weaves together drama, mystery and masterful Native American storytelling .

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43. Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release date: Aug. 30, 2022

Here’s one for the sports fans, the athletes and anyone who knows what it’s like to put everything on the line for ambition. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s beloved tennis hero Carrie Soto is back. This time, she’s decided to leave her early retirement and take a stab at one more win. But of course, the world of sports moves quickly. At the age of 37, can Carrie pull off another triumph? With themes of ambition, sacrifice and self-doubt, plus a sizzle of romance, this book deserves a spot on your 2022 must-read list.

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44. Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Other Birds invites readers to dip their toes into magical realism with the story of the Dellawisp, a building inhabited by quirky people haunted by personal secrets and longings—and ghosts. There’s Zoey, who’s trying to connect with her late mother in the apartment she once owned. There’s the isolated chef. A famed writer. A mystery girl who’s running from something—or someone. Here, Sarah Addison Allen offers a beautiful, lyrical story about love, friendship and found family—an ideal book club book that’ll give you plenty of things to discuss with the group.

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45. The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe

Release date: Sept. 13, 2022

Enemies to lovers. Second chances. Bookish characters. All find a place on the pages of Jenny L. Howe’s The Make-Up Test , a deliciously swoony story of academic rivals. When a family emergency forces Allison Avery and Colin Benjamin on a weekend road trip together, they realize just how much chemistry their brains and bodies have together. But with hearts and a coveted job position on the line, is choosing love worth the risk? Don’t miss the steamy Scrabble scene as you read to find out.

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46. Before I Do by Sophie Cousens

Release date: Oct. 11, 2022

One of the year’s most anticipated new books to read , Sophie Cousens’s latest romance tackles an age-old question: How do you know if someone is “the one”? It’s the night before Audrey’s wedding. Her relationship with Josh has been solid and steady, but a tiny bit of her wonders if she might be settling. So when Fred, a one-time fling, appears at the rehearsal dinner, Audrey’s alarm bells sound at full volume. Should she go for stability or sparks? Is she about to make the biggest mistake of her life—or is this simply one last test of a love that’s meant to last forever?

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47. No Plan B by Lee Child and Andrew Child

Release date: Oct. 25, 2022

Jack Reacher is back! The 27th book of the highly acclaimed thriller series opens with Reacher discovering a purported suicide that he suspects is a murder. As with all books in this series, the plot thickens with additions of global conspiracies, complicated intrigue and supervillains reminiscent of James Bond. If you’re only familiar with the Jack Reacher played on screen by Tom Cruise, this book offers a great starting point for reading the whole series.

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48. Racing the Light by Robert Crais

Release date: Nov. 1, 2022

Fancy a romp through crime noir? Then add Racing the Light to your preorder list. This devilishly delightful story follows private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike into the underworld of Los Angeles, where porn stars, secret agents and shady politicians punctuate their path to solving the case of a missing man. True crime connoisseurs and comedy buffs alike will want to snag a copy of this rollicking page-turner.

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49. The Circus Train by Amita Parikh

Release date: Dec. 6, 2022

“Magic, love, destiny and illusion combine with the glitter of 20th-century circus life and the heartbreak of war,” writes Kristen Harmel, author of The Book of Lost Names. In Amita Parikh’s The Circus Train , mid-20th-century Europe serves as the backdrop for a traveling circus aboard an elite luxury train. As the tragedy of the Holocaust unfolds around the train, disabled illusionist Lena Papadopoulos must dig deep to find her true calling, discover the magic of the real world and learn that love prevails over all. Next, check out these book recommendations based on fan favorite TV shows .

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Best Thriller Books to Read in 2022

A new year means a whole slew of new book releases to look forward to, especially when it comes to the best thriller books. 2022 is set to bring plenty of highly anticipated new titles to shelves from across all genres, including sci-fi and fantasy, romance, nonfiction, and of course, thrillers. Whether you love pulse-pounding murder mysteries, locked-room thrillers, or gripping family sagas, you’re sure to find something that suits your interest on this list.

While it’s still early in the year, several of these buzzy novels are already in stores and waiting to be added to your nightstands and bookshelves — and many more are on the way in the coming months. From a YA novel set in a small town to a captivating dive into the world of classical music, these engrossing page-turners will keep you hooked until the very end (and if your top picks are still a few months away from their release, you can also get your suspense fix by checking out the most under-the-radar mysteries of 2021 in the meantime.)

So break out your TBR list, and read on for some of the best and most anticipated thrillers that you won’t want to miss out on in 2022, below.

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The Maid by Nita Prose

In this buzzy debut novel from Nita Prose, 25-year-old Molly throws herself into her work as a hotel maid at a five-star hotel, fueled by her obsessive love for cleaning and etiquette. But her tidy life is thrown into chaos when she enters the suite of a wealthy patron only to find him dead — and herself a primary suspect in his murder. 

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Anthem by Noah Hawley

In this futuristic thriller, teenagers are dying by suicide in alarming numbers as the rest of the nation faces an increasingly divided political system and an approaching climate disaster. Amid the chaos, three unlikely heroes embark on a question to confront an evil billionaire known as the Wizard to save a friend. 

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

In Rachel Hawkins’s latest thriller, a group of twentysomethings take a voyage to Meroe Island, a remote island in the South Pacific. Before making the difficult journey, they agree to spend two carefree weeks exploring the place together. But what seems like a fun and exciting adventure quickly goes awry as tensions begin to rise on the secluded island.

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The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen

After bonding in the aftermath of their messy divorces, new friends Sam, Margaret, and Diana are thrilled to leaving town and going on a girls’ weekend. Halfway into their road trip, they get stranded in a mountain town, where Diana suddenly goes missing. As Sam and Margaret search for her, it soon becomes clear that all three of them have been keeping secrets from each other. 

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The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Dive into the world of classical music with this riveting page-turner about a Black musician who has dreamed of becoming a professional violinist since he was a child in rural North Carolina. After years of hard work, he lands a spot in the biggest musical competition in the world — only to have his prized possession, a beloved Stradivarius violin, stolen the night before. To recover his treasured instrument, Ray will have to piece together the clues before it’s too late. Slocumb’s stunning debut provides an unflinching portrait of artistry and resilience in the face of prejudice in a cut-throat world.

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Cold by Mariko Tamaki

A small community is rocked when the body of a gay 17-year-old high schooler is found in the park. As detectives struggle to find out what happened to him, introverted Georgia watches the investigation and can’t help feel strangely connected to Todd. Unable to shake the feeling that she’s seen him somewhere before, she sets out to uncover the truth behind his death.   

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The latest novel from the best-selling author of The Hunting Party and The Guest List centers on Lucy, a down-on-her luck woman who asks to crash with her half-brother Ben in Paris in an attempt to find a fresh start. After he reluctantly agrees, Jess shows up to discover a beautiful apartment — and Ben missing. As the days go by, Jen kicks off a search that uncovers more questions and secrets about not only her brother, but the other tenants in the building. 

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The Night Shift by Alex Finlay (March 1)

On New Year’s Eve 1999, amid the Y2K scare, four teens are attacked while working at Blockbuster, and only one survives. Nearly 15 years later, in the same small town, four more teens are attacked at an ice cream parlor, launching an FBI investigation into how the two eerily similar incidents are connected. 

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The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (March 25)

Forty years after she was acquitted of two murders,  Beth agrees to sit down with true crime blogger, Shea, for a series of interviews. As the two begin to meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, Shea starts to suspect something isn’t right  — and there may be some dangers lurking around Beth after all. Expertly flashing between past and present, this atmospheric thriller delivers a chilling mystery that is sure to keep you gripped until the final page. 

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Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed (May 10)

In this poignant and gripping YA novel, Safiya is a young aspiring journalist whose life is turned upside down when she finds the body of a murdered teenage boy. Upon investigating, she learns that Jawad was only 14 when he built a dress-up jetpack that his teacher mistook for a bomb — a mistake that got him arrested and eventually cost him his life. As she learns more details, Saifya is determined to unravel the terrible truth behind Jamad’s story and expose the hate that caused his death.   

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The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentil (June 7)

Four strangers are sitting at a table in the Boston Public Library’s ornate reading room when the tranquil atmosphere is suddenly shattered by a woman’s bloodcurdling scream. After security locks them in place to kick off the investigation, the group starts chatting and friendships begin to form. But while all have plausible reasons for being in the library that afternoon, there’s no denying some of them are holding back secrets — and one of them is the murderer. 

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (July 19)

In this reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set in 19th century Mexico, a mysterious visitor visits Dr. Moreau’s luxurious estate, upsetting the lives of those closest to him — including his daughter, Carlotta; his assistant, Montgomery; and his part-human, part-animal creations known as hybrids. 

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The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda (July 26)

Megan Miranda returns with another thrilling page-turner about big secrets in a small town. After a journalist goes missing while investigating a string of disappearances in the mountain town of Cutter’s Pass, his brother shows up looking for answers. But as the other residents turn their back on the outsider, inn owner Abigail Lovett feels compelled to share the incriminating evidence she found in her hotel, bringing them closer to unveiling the truth. 

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Stay Awake by Megan Goldin (August 9)

In Megan Goldin’s latest thriller, Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi in New York City with no idea how she got there or why there’s writing all over her hands urging her to “stay awake.” When she tries to return to her apartment, she realizes strangers are now living there. She soon realizes nothing in her life is as she remembers it — and her horror is only amplified when she finds a bloody knife in her pocket. Told between alternating multiple timelines, this intricate, well-crafted mystery will keep you reading late into the night.

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The Storyteller’s Death by Ana Davila Cardinal (October 4)

This stunning family saga follows an 18-year-old teenager in Puerto Rico who uncovers a strange and mysterious ability after the death of her grandmother. When her grandmother passes away, Isla inexplicably finds herself getting visions of the tales she’s heard from her family throughout her life. But one vision presents her with the case of an old murder mystery, Isla realizes the stories she once found fascinating could actually be dangerous. 

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Some of our favorite authors, like Emily Henry and Ruth Ware, are back with their most recent novels, but there are several debut authors on this list too if you're looking for a fresh voice. Read on to discover your new favorite.

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Mastering the Art of French Murder

Mastering the Art of French Murder

Who knew Julia Child and murder mystery was the crossover we needed for 2023? This book follows the iconic chef's fictional best friend and neighbor, Tabitha Knight, as she explores her new city, none other than the great Paris. But her relaxing working holiday takes a dark turn when she and Julia find out that a body has been found in the cellar of their building—and it's someone they know. Through the investigation, the women both somehow become suspects, which leads Tabitha to take matters into her own hands and solve the mystery herself.

(Available April 25)

The Celebrants

The Celebrants

In his follow-up to the beloved 2021 novel The Guncle , Stephen Rowley follows a group friends over several decades as they encounter the highs and lows of life. After the death of their college classmate, they all decide to have their own funerals while they're still alive. They reunite for each one, whether it's after the death of a parent, a divorce, or another of life's curveballs. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once.

(Available May 30)

The Do-Over

The Do-Over

Lily Lee is on a deadline to finish her latest career handbook, How to Land the Perfect Job , when she finds out that she never actually graduated college. She returns to her alma mater to complete her outstanding credits only to find that her former boyfriend is one of her TAs.

(Available April 4)

With My Little Eye

With My Little Eye

Joshilyn Jackson is one of our favorite authors, and she once again returns to the thriller genre with this new novel. It's a truly frightening tale of actress and mother Meribel Mills who has a stalker she refers to as the Marker Man. She moves from L.A. to Atlanta in an effort to escape him, only to suspect that he followed her across country.

In the Lives of Puppets

In the Lives of Puppets

The author of House of the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door is back with a new fantasy novel. This time, he tells the story of a family of robots assembled from spare parts. When another robot is repaired, the family is suddenly in danger and must embark on a harrowing journey to rescue one of their own.

Camp Zero

Camp Zero, Michelle Min Sterling's debut novel, takes place in the near future in Northern Canada, where an American building project has a lot to hide. Rose travels to Camp Zero to spy on its architect. She and a college professor, Grant, uncover more about the camp and its architect than they could've imagined.


Fans of Morton's 2018 New York Time s best-seller The Clockmaker's Daughter will want to go ahead and preorder this now. The story begins with a delivery man making a gruesome discovery in a small Australian town in 1959. Years later, a journalist searching for a story digs into the murder, only to find a connection to her own family.

If We're Being Honest

If We're Being Honest

When Gerry Williams dies, his children and grandchildren return home for the funeral. Gerry's best friend delivers a drunken eulogy and drops a major revelation about the family patriarch. The family, all dealing with their own personal issues, must band together to deal with their grief. Cat Shook's debut novel is a poignant and funny look at one family's dynamics.

(Available April 18)

Cassandra in Reverse

Cassandra in Reverse

Cassie is having an epically bad day. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, she loses her job, and her local cafe has run out of her favorite muffins. As she tries to pick up the pieces, Cassie learns that she has the ability to turn back time and change the past. This is the first adult novel for Holly Smale, the best-selling author of the Geek Girl and The Valentines teen series.

(Available May 9)

The Only One Left

The Only One Left

Riley Sager fans can count on the author to deliver page-turning thrillers like The House Across the Lake and Lock Every Door , and The Only One Left is no exception. The Hope family massacre rocked a coastal Maine town in 1929, and many believed teenager Lenora Hope to be the murderer. Decades later, Lenora has not left her home or spoken about the event. Now confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, Lenora communicates to her home health care aid that she's ready to tell the truth about that night.

(Available June 20)

Same Time Next Summer

Same Time Next Summer

Nora Goes Off Script was one of my favorite reads of 2022, so I headed into this one with high expectations. I'm happy to say Sam's story captured my heart just as much as Nora's did. Sam and her fiancé return to her family's beach house to plan their wedding. Those plans are thrown off track when Sam encounters musician Wyatt, her neighbor and teenage love. Sam's funny and endearing family provides the perfect backdrop for this read.

(Available June 6 )

The True Love Experiment

The True Love Experiment

Christina Lauren fans begged for a book about Fizzy, the best friend character from The Soulmate Equation . And the current queens of romance delivered. Romance novelist Fizzy Chen has serious writer's block and finds herself starring on a reality dating show in hopes of sparking her creativity. She's supposed to find love on-screen but instead starts spending time with the show's producer, single dad Connor. This novel stands alone, but we recommend reading The Soulmate Equation if you haven't.

(Available May 16)

Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

Love in the time of a pandemic! Sally is a writer on a Saturday Night Live -type show and has an unexpected spark with the show's musical guest, Noah. Things don't work out at the time, but the two reconnect years later as pen pals during the pandemic. The result is a refreshing and real look at modern-day love.

Happy Place

Happy Place

Emily Henry is one of my must-read authors, with Beach Read and Book Lovers being two recent favorites. This year, she's back with Happy Place, a novel about friends who reunite for an annual summer vacation. But things are changing: The beach house is going to be sold, so this is their last year together. Longtime couple Harriet and Wyn have broken up but don't want to ruin the trip by telling their friends. Will the trip (and being forced to share a room!) bring them back together or drive them further apart?

The Trackers

The Trackers

Frazier's debut novel, Cold Mountain , was published in 1997 and broke records with 61 weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list. The award-winning author is returning with this new novel that takes place during the Great Depression. Artist Val Welch heads to Wyoming after being hired to paint a mural. He stays with a mysterious couple, John and Eve. When Eve disappears, Val and John go on a journey to find her and end up uncovering unexpected secrets along the way.

(Available April 11)

The Soulmate

The Soulmate

Gabe and Pippa live in a cottage at the top of a cliff where people often come to jump to their deaths. Gabe talks them down, until one night he lets the person jump. Who is this mysterious person, and why didn't Gabe stop her? Hepworth's follow-up to The Mother-In-Law and The Younger Wife will have you up past your bedtime.

Yours Truly

Yours Truly

Grappling with a recent divorce and a sick brother, Dr. Briana Ortiz is struggling. She expects to be passed up for a promotion in favor of a new (male) doctor she detests but is surprised when he starts sending her letters. This new novel by rom-com favorite Abby Jimenez ( Part of Your World, The Friend Zone ) is a must-read.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

Sarah Adams is a refreshing new voice in the rom-com genre. Her stories are sweet and funny while never drifting into cheesy territory. This follow-up to When in Rome focuses on Annie Walker, a small-town flower shop owner who has been unlucky in love. Thinking she just needs a little practice, she enlists the help of tattooed bodyguard Will Griffin to be her dating tutor. But will their practice dating result in real feelings?

(Available May 2)

Zero Days

You can always count on Ruth Ware ( The It Girl , The Woman in Cabin 10 ) for a page-turning mystery. Jack and her husband, Gabe, are hired by companies to break into offices and hack their security systems. After a job gone wrong, Gabe ends up dead, and the police identify Jack as the suspect. Jack must find the truth about what happened to clear her own name.

How I'll Kill You

How I'll Kill You

The premise: Identical triplets-slash-serial killers make men fall in love with them, only to murder them. What happens when one of the sisters develops feelings for a potential victim? You'll be staying up all night to find out what happens in this twisty thriller.

(Available March 21)

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