Do good books feel the same to you? Two people meet, fall in love, and then get over something that was a little sad. They run off together into the sunset. As time goes on, I have a hard time figuring out which books I’ve already read. My memory gets mixed up and I can’t tell which ones I have. The reason for this is that I’ve been in the mood to read thrillers recently. Need a book so psychologically messed up that it will stay in my head for the rest of my life! I’ll be fine, I’m telling you.
True to form, the best thing about reading thrillers, in fact, is that they make hours and hours of reading seem like just a few minutes, which is what we all need right now because we have so much free time. If you get your heart rate up by reading a really scary book, that’s about the same as doing some high-intensity cardio, isn’t it? Please, just give me this one.
In this list, we’ve put together 30 books that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve read the last page. They range from classic suspense novels to the most recent murder mysteries, and even some that have been made into movies. Even if you have to stop to turn on all the lights in your apartment and check to see if anyone is hiding in your closet, you’ll be done in no time.
It’s also a good idea to check out the best dystopian books, best mysteries and true-crime stories of all time, and the best horror stories of all time if you want more scary reading ideas.
I Am Watching You, by Teresa Driscoll
For some reason, so many thrillers take place on trains. This book does it in a whole new way. Ella Longfield hears two young men flirting with some teenage girls on a train. It seems normal until she learns that the men recently came out of prison. When one of the girls goes missing, Ella gets more involved than she ever thought she would.
The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn
To be one of those people who say the movie was better, you should read this book right away. It was recently made into a movie with Amy Adams in it. In this book, the story of Anna Fox, an agoraphobic New York City resident who likes to look at her neighbors. Everything is going well until one night when she sees something violent.
The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides
After she shoots her husband, what happens? A criminal psychotherapist is left to try to get her to talk and figure out why she did what she did, which is what they do.
What You Did, by Claire McGowan
To help you deal with your college reunion, read this book. It can’t get any worse than this. Twenty years after they graduated, a group of friends meet up again. She has to look at her college memories again when her best friend comes back from the garden covered in blood and says that Ali’s college sweetheart/now-husband was behind the attack.
Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager
A thriller that will make your heart race and make you hide the book under the bed out of fear is this one. Jules gets a job as an apartment sitter at an old, swanky building in New York City. She quickly learns that something very dark is going on there.
If It Bleeds, by Stephen King
If you don’t think of Stephen King when you think of a thriller book, then I’m here to teach you. If It Bleeds is a good place to start because it’s a short story, so you can get a lot of Stephen King scares in just a few pages.
Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell
How scary would it be if your 15-year-old daughter went missing? What if it’s 10 years later, and you’re finally getting your life back on track, and you meet an attractive guy with a young daughter who looks just like your own? That’s weird!
The Outsider, by Stephen King
I have some good news for you if you can get through this book without getting scared. There is a miniseries on HBO with Jason Bateman and Cynthia Erivo in it so you can see it all over again. Lucky for you, then!
Caught, by Harlan Coben
If you liked watching The Stranger on Netflix, you’ll love this book by the same author even more than you did. It’s also twisted and mysterious. It talks about what happens when someone who wants to help opens the wrong door.
The Shack, by WM. Paul Young
He is shocked when four years later, he gets a suspicious note that invites him back to the abandoned shack where his youngest daughter went missing on a family vacation. There is evidence that she was killed there.
The 20th Victim, by James Patterson
What does this book ask? Is it a Dexter-like question: If a group of shooters are taking out seedy criminals, are they bad guys or heroes?
The Boy From the Woods, by Harlan Coben
When I think about feral kids, I get really excited. If that’s the case for you, you’re going to love this book! Thirty years after Wilde was found as a boy living by himself in the woods, he still has no idea where he comes from. A young girl goes missing, and Wilde and his unique skills are used to help find her.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
The notifications will keep coming for months. If you’ve ever had a tweet go viral, you know you’ll keep getting them for a long time. It takes that idea and makes it a million times worse.
Cari Mora, by Thomas Harris
If you didn’t know… Among other things, he wrote “Silent Of The Lonely Lambs.” He’s the best person to mess with your brain. Cari Mora is about a young woman named Cari who has to escape from a psychopath while she’s taking care of a mega-mansion in Miami.