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50+ Best Suspense Thriller Books

Suspense Thriller Books
Looking for good mystery books? We have compiled a list of best mystery novels to read. These books are some of the best suspense books of all time.

There are various popular genres of books that are available. Suspense thriller is one of the most popular genres among them. The suspense thriller genre is one of the most popular genres among the readers and people do prefer to read various types of suspense thriller books. Sidney Sheldon, Toni Gallo, Maxime Chattam, Alfred Hitchcock and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are some of the renowned and popular names in the field of suspense thriller novels.

The suspense thriller novels have the capacity to glue its readers to the book until it’s completed because of the excitement that it encapsulates inherently. If you like to read suspense thriller novels, then this article will be vey useful for you.

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This article reviews some great suspense thriller novels, some of which you may have read, while some others which you might want to buy in the near future. Enjoy reading through the list of some of the best suspense thriller novels:



Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

(By: Liane Moriarty )

This is one of the suspenseful books that will make you captivated from the first page itself and you will not be able to put it down until it’s complete. The suspense of what is going to happen to the characters in Trivia Night is the catch of this story. The story is beautifully narrated by multiple voices – especially Jane, Celeste and Madeline.


Gone Girl: A Novel

Gone Girl: A Novel

(By: Gillian Flynn )

This book is for you if you love reading a good writing and real characters, as the suspense environment looks real with the story of the disappearance of protagonist Nick's wife, and the suspense that ensues. The language of the book is soothing and wonderfully vivid voice of the main characters is commendable.


Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy Book 1)

Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy Book 1)

(By: Blake Crouch )

The story orients around Ethan Burke and his search for two mssing federal agents.The ending of the story is fabulous. A perfect ending that every reader of a suspense thriller novel would like. The title is just an illusion and you will surely get more than your expectation after you complete reading the book.


Invisible

Invisible

(By: James Patterson )

The chilling story revolves around the central character Emmy Dockery and her uncanny knack of linking numerous unsolved cases. The surprise ending of the story is the key and many people recommend this book to their friends. The amazingly twist in the storyline will engross you to the book until you finish reading the entire story. There are several suspect characters but you cannot guess who the killer is.


Hidden (A Bone Secrets Novel)

Hidden (A Bone Secrets Novel)

(By: Kendra Elliot )

This is a real page turner. The story is a contemporary plot of mass murder by a crazy murderer in an Oregon university campus. The multiple viewpoint of storytelling is the USP of this book. There is suspense, tension, thriller and excitement in every page of this book.


Persuader [Unabridged]

Persuader [Unabridged]

(By: Lee Child )

This is athe uniuqe story about a loner who lives without commitments. He's an ex-military and his name is Jack Reacher. This novel was made into a blockbuster movie 'Jack Reacher'. You can expect a beautiful and engaging narration of the story that is blended with strategic thinking and forceful impetus on the central character. Mayhem, action and tension are perfectly blended in this novel that will keep the reader engaged and enthralled.


Life of Pi

Life of Pi

(By: Yann Martel )

It is a beautiful story of survival of a shipwreck by a son of a zookeeper. This book has won the hearts of thousands of readers by its complete storyline of human survival in a life boat along with a Royal Bengal Tiger, which makes the story unique from others.


Act of War: A Thriller

Act of War: A Thriller

(By: Brad Thor )

The story is a perfect blend of an overseas murder, missing students and an imminent attack on the United States. The book is highly recommended and offers you outstanding blend of characters and an exciting read throughout with a great plot and storyline.


The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 14)

The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 14)

(By: Daniel Silva )

This is a torture and murder mystery book that every reader will surely like. The story offers big surprises to its readers as the story progresses. The suspense revolves around a murder mystery along with recovery of a stolen painting.


Fight Club: A Novel

Fight Club: A Novel

(By: Chuck Palahniuk )

This is a story of an unnamed narrator who helps the insurance companies to evade paying their claims. The story is so attractive that it was made into a great film. It is a great book with a riveting storyline that attracts its readers.


To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

(By: Harper Lee )

This book is a beautiful work of fiction. The names, places, characters and incidents in the story are perfectly blended by the author. The story of the book gives the reader a magical experience. The story of the book will surely make you read it more than once, though the mystery is already revealed.


The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller

The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller

(By: A.G. Riddle )

It is an exciting new voice in the action and thriller genre. It is basically a science fiction thriller. This page turner mixes beautifully the elements of human evolution, conspiracy, Nazis, alien technology, end of the world scenarios and the lost city of Atlantis.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

(By: Mark Haddon )

It is a great tale of love and bravery that is seen through the eyes of a British autistic boy. The story is narrated through the boy who sees everything with all his quirks, but yet his characterization makes him lovable throughout.


The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)

The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)

(By: Deborah Harkness )

This book is gifted with a glorious ending. The book is beautifully written with all supernatural incidents spangled throughout the book. The way the story is written, makes the characters alive in every page of the book.


Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel

(By: Janet Evanovich )

This book is one of the funny suspense thrillers that you would like to read in a beach.This book is about a used-car dealer named Jimmy Poletti, and has a fast moving story line packed with action, thrill and romance as well. It's surely one of the favorite books that readers would like to have in their book shelf.


Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel

(By: Janet Evanovich )

This novel is a great action novel and contains great new characters. This is one of the novels that every action thriller reader would like to read. If you are fan of action thrillers, this novel is just right for you to have.


First to Kill

First to Kill

(By: Andrew Peterson )

This novel is a great creation in the genre of murder mystery. The murder mystery is deftly plotted and utterly fascinating for the readers to read. The mystery gets revealed slowly and the readers will surely enjoy the unfolding of the mystery.


Dark Places: A Novel

Dark Places: A Novel

(By: Gillian Flynn )

The book is a seamlessly written story. This is the author’s second book in the Botswana-set series. This book will be best enjoyed if the first set of the series is read before start reading this set. The central mystery theme of the book revolves around a missing boy.


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

(By: Alexander McCall Smith )

This is a brilliant light hearted science fiction novel in which a unique idea takes the shape of a fabulous story. The author has been successful in weaving a satisfying story about a female detective in Botswana and the novel delves into issues like racism, trust, humanity and inadequacy.


Brilliance

Brilliance

(By: Marcus Sakey )

It is a wonderful book from the author. The story revolves around 'abnorms', special children who could correctly read the stock market movements. The ending of the story is filled with great emotion and the story line is unique and gripping.


Sycamore Row: A Novel

Sycamore Row: A Novel

(By: http://www.amazon.com/Sycamore-Row-Novel-Jake-Brigance-ebook/dp/B00CNQ7HAU/ref=zg_bs_18_65 )

It is a wonderful book from the author about Seth Hubbart and his will, after he commits suicide in a sycamore tree. As you start reading you will not be able to guess what could be the end. The ending of the story is filled with great emotions.


The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2)

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2)

(By: http://www.amazon.com/The-Silkworm-Cormoran-Strike-Book-ebook/dp/B00IJJUIOM/ref=zg_bs_18_69 )

The book is a suspense thriller with unexpected twists and turns. When a novelist goes missing, his wife summons a private detective for whom it slowly becomes clear that there is a bigger mystery in the disappearance than what seems to be apparent.


Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

(By: http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Flies-William-Golding/dp/0399501487/ref=zg_bs_18_70 )

The book is a hot favorite with the critics and students as the story is not just an adventure involving some good boys but it unfolds the darker side of human beings. Lord of Flies as a book is a true classic in all ways.


The Boy in the Suitcase

The Boy in the Suitcase

(By: http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Suitcase-Nina-Borg-ebook/dp/B004NNUXXE/ref=zg_bs_18_72 )

The book belongs to the genre of mystery and would keep you glued into it from beginning to the end. A woman finds a 3 year old boy drugged but alive in a suitcase. When her friend gets murdered, the woman realizes her life is at risk too.


Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

(By: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Mercedes-Novel-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B00GEEB52S/ref=zg_bs_18_77 )

The book is a high-suspense drama where three heroes of the story must stop a killer from killing or maiming thousands of innocent people at any cost in the Midwestern city. The story is a battle between the good versus the bad and a chilling story of an obsessed killer.


The Atlantis World

The Atlantis World

(By: http://www.amazon.com/Atlantis-World-Origin-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B00JVUQ2H0/ref=zg_bs_18_78 )

It is the final book of the best selling mystery trilogy and is currently being developed to be a motion picture. The story is marked by its good characterization and a well-developed plot. The story has a perfect ending for a thriller that is also a science fiction.


Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

(By: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Until-Dark-Sookie-Stackhouse-ebook/dp/B000OCXHRW/ref=zg_bs_18_80 )

The book is a fusion of the activities of a Vampire along with an element of suspense and mystery. The plot revolves around a waitress in a small town who meets her vampire of her dreams in her real life and then all the strange things start happening. The book is so engaging that you can’t stop reading it till you reach the end of the story.


Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

(By: Ken Follett )

If you are interested about WWI, you just can’t miss out on this one. The book has an enthralling story and one of the best works of the author and is an example of an engrossing story telling by the author.


The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller

The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller

(By: A.G. Riddle )

The book is about a pandemic which puts humans on the brink of extinction, it has excellent characterization with a great plot. The plot in the story moves very fast and would ensure that the reader is hooked on to the book till the end of the story when the mystery is unfolded.


The Target

The Target

(By: David Baldacci )

The story about an assassination order given by the President and how his term in office depends on the assignment. The story is full of interesting actions which the readers won’t be able to resist.


Hidden

Hidden

(By: Kendra Elliot )

The plot of the story has been beautifully created by the author. The story is a contemporary plot of mass murder by a crazy murderer in an Oregon university campus. It is an exciting and nail biting story which would keep you glued to it till the killer gets revealed at the end.


Vanished

Vanished

(By: Kendra Elliot )

This romantic suspense thriller is about the kidnap of a small girl which leads the hero being implicated at a personal and professional front. As the mystery is solved, the story leads the reader through many enjoyable moments.


Buried

Buried

(By: Kendra Elliot )

This mystery thriller is about a strange and horrendous incident of disappearance of a school bus and the remains of the victims are found twenty years later. The survivors of the kidnap and their near ones unravel the mystery and the intriguing motive behind the incident.


Chilled

Chilled

(By: Kendra Elliot )

This mystery romantic thriller is an endearing cocktail of romance and suspense where the story revolves around a plane crash, a serial killer and a secret conspiracy amidst stormy rugged mountain milieu. It is full of action to get you glued to its pages.


The 9th Girl

The 9th Girl

(By: Tami Hoag )

The thriller about a nameless victim is a perfectly crafted puzzle which leads the reader to the very end of the book and leaves them satisfied and amazed by the who-done-it aspect, which is a part and parcel of any well written suspense novel.


Chill Factor: A Novel

Chill Factor: A Novel

(By: Sandra Brown )

This novel is about a serial killer and a romantic relationship where love is interspersed with a secret fear of being accompanied by the predator himself. As the mystery is solved, the reader is left satisfied with an amazing conclusion.


The Empty Quarter

The Empty Quarter

(By: David L. Robbins )

This book is about the PJs and their medical practices who takes care of the ailing and wounded heroes of war. The medical descriptions, together with the treatment procedures and specific terminologies used, bears testimony to the thorough homework done by the author.


Catch Me: A Novel

Catch Me: A Novel

(By: Lisa Gardner )

This is a fast paced thriller about a no-nonsense detective investigating about the murder of the people related to sex crime and to prevent the imminent murder of a woman character. As the suspense thriller continues, the reader would remain glued until the last page.


Power Play (An FBI Thriller Book 18)

Power Play (An FBI Thriller Book 18)

(By: Catherine Coulter )

It is a FBI thriller, fast paced and full of action. A disgraced FBI official is in jeopardy in the professional and personal sphere as she's suspected of murdering her fiancé. So she tries to get to the bottom of the entrapment. It is an enjoyable read for anyone who loves suspense and action.


Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club)

Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club)

(By: James Patterson )

It is an intriguing suspense thriller about a lady San Francisco Detective whose blissful marital life is suddenly devastated by a new assignment. The characters and situations are vividly drawn with words that would leave an indelible imprint on the mind of the reader.


Sharp Objects: A Novel

Sharp Objects: A Novel

(By: Gillian Flynn )

This is a story of a reporter who was assigned to cover a story of pre-teen serial killer in her home town. Besides being a suspense novel, the intriguing aspect of the character leads to more complications which makes it an interesting read.


Field of Prey (A Lucas Davenport Novel Book 24)

Field of Prey (A Lucas Davenport Novel Book 24)

(By: John Sandford )

This is a suspense thriller about a young man suddenly discovering fifteen dead bodies near his house, which will change his life forever. that would never fail to enthrall the reader by the subtlety of the plot. A must read for lovers of suspense thrillers.


Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

(By: Louise Penny )

It is a great thriller about a chief inspector of Montreal being assigned the task of investigating a suspicious death in a nearby village. It has all the materials that makes a suspense thriller excellent.


Dead Weight (The Lizzy Gardner Series Book 2)

Dead Weight (The Lizzy Gardner Series Book 2)

(By: T.R. Ragan )

This is a fast paced suspense novel about a private investigator and how she has to deal with her past trauma of being stalked by a serial killer. Unfortunately, the trauma returns to her life again. It's a successful rendering of a mystery novel.


Never Go Back (with bonus novella High Heat): A Jack Reacher Novel

Never Go Back (with bonus novella High Heat): A Jack Reacher Novel

(By: Lee Child )

This compelling and addictive novel delves into the life of former military cop named Jack Reacher, and how he's implicated in a controversial case. Finally how he vindicates himself in his fast paced thriller is compelling, to say the least.


Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)

Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)

(By: Lee Child )

The book has all the material that makes a suspense thriller a hit. Its about a maniac who keeps killing women around the country and leaves no trace behind. It is an enjoyable read.


Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

(By: Janet Evanovich )

It is a great suspense novel about a young bounty hunter who faces a dilemma of nabbing her uncle for committing a murder, however the man is a powerful mobster whom nobody can touch. The lovers of the series would simply vouch that this thriller novel is amazing. A must read for anyone who likes heart pumping action.


High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

(By: Lee Child )

This is a good read about the author's famous character Jack Reacher. As a teenager, he visits New York but discovers that the city's power grids have failed, making city pitch dark and a haven for gangsters. The writer had deftly curved out the characters that sometimes seems missing in a suspense novel.


The Silkworm

The Silkworm

(By: Robert Galbraith )

This is thought provoking, emotionally rich and masterfully written novel about a novelist who goes missing, and private investigator Cormoran Strike being called to find him. Each character is sketched out with great care.


Supreme Justice

Supreme Justice

(By: Max Allan Collins )

This is a political thriller where the ultra-conservative Supreme Court judges are getting killed to be replaced by liberal majority judges. The hero pairs with an FBI agent to solve the mystery. Once you start reading it, it is riveting.


The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

(By: Liane Moriarty )

This is novel about a woman who has a enviable married life with three perfect daughters, however after her husband's death, she comes to know of some dark secrets which changes her life forever. It is a great read.

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