10 Must-Read Thrillers

16/06/2019 Lists, Reading 8

It’s only really been in the last couple of years that I’ve got into crime and thriller books. I was never overly bothered with crime TV shows, and I don’t really like gore, so I had always just assumed it wasn’t a genre for me.

But when I finally decided to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins just to see what all the fuss is about, I found myself absolutely engrossed. I zipped through the book in just a couple of days, and started to think that maybe there was more to thrillers than I thought!

I’ve since read many more, and the same thing always happens: I get super invested and desperately want to know what happens, and end up finishing them in a matter of days. So I thought it was about time I put together a list of my recommended thriller reads, for fellow newbies to the genres, or even long-time fans who might be looking for something new to read.

So here are my 10 must-read thrillers:

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Following a tragic accident that changes her life forever, Jenna Grey flees to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast to deal with her grief. Whilst she is forever haunted by that cold November night, she starts to see light at the end of the tunnel and the possibility of a future, but the past has a way of catching up with you…

This was one of the first thrillers I read after falling in love with The Girl On The Train, and if anything, I loved this more. Packed full of suspense and plenty of twists and turns, this one is definitely a must-read!

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Zoe Walker is confused and horrified to see a grainy photo of herself in a newspaper classified ad, with no explanation, just a website address and a phone number. Every day there’s a new one – a grainy photo of an unsuspecting woman, accompanied by a web address and phone number, and as things start to become ever more sinister, Zoe is determined to find out what’s going on. Because someone out there is watching them…

After loving I Let You Go, I read I See You pretty soon afterwards, and was not disappointed!

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti are an ordinary young couple with a newborn baby until one night tears their world apart. Whilst at a dinner party next door, they leave their baby alone in the house, only to return and find her gone… As a desperate search for the missing child begins, a web of secrets, lies and betrayal is unearthed…their lives will never be the same again.

This book was huge when it came out, and deservedly so! I literally read the entire book in an afternoon, I was so absorbed!

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

Tom and Karen Krupp seem to have it all: they’re happy newlyweds with plenty of money and a lovely home in upstate New York. But one day Tom returns from work to find that Karen is gone, and apparently, she left in a hurry, leaving her phone and purse behind. Later he rushes to the hospital after he finds out that she was in a car accident, but why was she driving so erratically, and what was she doing on the worst side of town anyway? Even she doesn’t know, having lost all memories of the event, but when it slowly becomes apparent that someone has been breaking into their home, some shocking truths start to come to light…

As with The Couple Next Door, I devoured this entire book in an afternoon. Whilst it’s perhaps not quite as good as The Couple Next Door, it still had me hooked until the very last page!

After I’ve Gone by Linda Green

It’s a perfectly ordinary day when Jess Mount checks Facebook, only to find that her feed appears to have skipped forward 18 months, and her family and friends are posting heart-breaking tributes to her, following her shocking death. Jess is shocked and confused, but as she begins to find out more about what is going to happen to her, she sees that there’s a way to avoid that fate…the only problem is that it means the beautiful son she is going to have will never exist.

I can genuinely say, this is one of the most suspenseful books I’ve ever read. The concept alone is equal parts intriguing and horrifying – I mean, imagine if your Facebook flicked forward in time and showed you that you died? – but the way it continues to ramp up the tension is incredible. I can’t recommend this book enough!

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Laura has a nice life, complete with a rich husband, a successful career in TV, a nice house, and above all, a doting twenty-something son Daniel. However, when Daniel brings home his new girlfriend Cherry, she sees immediately that something is off. Because Cherry doesn’t just want Daniel, she also wants Laura’s life and will stop at nothing to get it. To try and take back her son, Laura tells a terrible lie, one that she can never take back, and she knows nothing will ever be the same again.

I loved the slow-building sinister atmosphere of this book, and unlike a lot of thrillers, this is less about a crime committed, and more about the twisted relationship between two women. To be honest, most of the characters in this book were pretty unlikeable, which just goes to show how amazing the book is that that wasn’t a problem!

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Following her third failed IVF treatment, Corinne is devastated, and so when she finds a small piece of a doll’s house on her doorstep, she thinks perhaps it is a good omen. But when more pieces begin to show up, she starts to become unnerved…someone is watching her, someone who knows about the doll’s house she had as a child. But what does this person want and what lengths will they go to to achieve their goal?

This book definitely draws you deep into the mind of the protagonist Corinne and does such a good job of keeping you in her web of anxiety and paranoia. This is definitely a great read!

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Louise is shocked and horrified to see a friend request in her inbox one day when checking Facebook, because it’s from an old school friend, Maria Weston, who died in 1989. Louise has spent years trying to escape the events of that terrible night she died, and she stands to lose everything if it all comes out…but is this person really Maria, and what does she want?

This was definitely a page-turner, and I found myself desperate to know the truth about Maria Weston and that fateful night…and the shocking truth doesn’t disappoint!

A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone

Widowed Andy Boyd didn’t think there was another woman out there for him, especially not one willing to take on a mother role to his young son. But then he meets Anna, who isn’t just funny and beautiful but is also amazing with his child. He knows better than anyone that life is short, and so when they quickly get married, he thinks his life is on the up…but when he ends up in hospital on his wedding night, he gets his first sign that all is perhaps not as it seems…

The way the sinister atmosphere builds in this book is incredible, and the villain of the piece is one of the more frightening characters I’ve come across in a thriller, or any book really! I highly recommend this one!

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty

Not only has Anne Morgan been left for another woman, but she’s also had to leave her job since her wayward boyfriend was the owner of the restaurant she worked at. Devastated by the sudden breakdown of her life, Anne Morgan starts working as the housekeeper for famous blogger Emma Helmsley and her high-profile academic husband Rob. On the surface, they’re the perfect couple, but Anna soon learns that underneath, everything isn’t quite what it seems…

This book may be a little slow starting, but the way the atmosphere slowly builds is effective, as you are drawn into the web of secrets surrounding the seemingly perfect Helmsleys along with Anna.

So have you read any of these books? Are there any thrillers that you’d recommend?

8 Responses to “10 Must-Read Thrillers”

  1. Cam @ Camillea Reads

    I read Michael J. Malone’s House of Spines. It was unsettling and an absolute favourite! Have you read it? I would recommend Helen S Fields’ DA Callanach series! It’s a mix of thriller and police procedural. The characters are also very well written!

    After I’ve Gone sounds perfect for me! I do want to check out Shari Lapena’s work.

    • Laura

      I’ve never read House of Spines or the DA Callanach series, so I’ll definitely have to check those out! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  2. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    Ooh, I’ll have to check these out! I read Girl on the Train and Sharp Objects, and I really enjoyed both of them, but the only reason I read them was because I was borrowing books from my friend who really likes thrillers. I would really like to start getting some thrillers to read for myself, and this seems like the perfect list to start with! Great post! 💕

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