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Top 10 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books Of All Time

Thriller books are the best, given that you are a fan.

If a bunch of words can excite you and move you to the edge of your seat, you at least have got to keep them on your shelf.

This post makes you explore some fantastic companions for your shelf on thriller, mystery, and suspense.

From M.A. Francis to Stephen King, you can find it all.

10 Among The Best Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Books Of All Time.

Laura’s Last Words

Author: M.A. Francis.

Published: 2020.

Can a bond form between loss and anger?

Frank Dawson had an accident six weeks ago – several years prior to it remain a blank. He feels lost. Now living at a B&B in The Lake District run by his wife, Janet, and her mother, Frank searches daily to recall his lost years, though lies from an uncaring wife only add to confusion. The closer Frank edges towards recovery, the more hostile Janet becomes, but why?

Dee Fenwick, a student psychologist, finds herself in a desperate search. Fuelled by anger and grief, she must find the reason her beloved sister took her own life. Blinkered in her quest, Dee also battles to retain custody of her young daughter. One man holds answers that may give Dee closure and he left Manchester too soon after Laura’s death. Rightly or not, Dee is suspicious.

1.     The Thursday Murder Club

Author: Richard Osman

Published: 2020

The Thursday Murder club is a debut novel by Richard Osman, a presenter of the Pointless and House of Games. The book was published on 3rd September 2020. It’s about

Four friends who call the “Thursday Murder Club”. Together, these friends find themselves in between their first live murder case when they find a body of a local developer mysteriously dead with a photograph next to his body. Can they solve the issue before it’s too late?

2.     The Silent Patient.

Author: Alex Michaelides.

Published: 2019

Category: Mystery, thriller books.

A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer lives in one of the most desirable areas in London. The life of these grand house dwellers is seemingly perfect, until one night when the husband of a famous painter returns home only to receive five bullets straight to his face. Then Alicia, the renowned painter, never speaks of the incident ever again.

3.     The Lineup.

Author: Otto Penzler

Published: 2009

Category: Mystery, thriller books.

The Lineup: The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell The Inside Story Of Their Greatest Detectives. The tagline says it all. The book features some of the greatest detectives and their twisted past. In 2009, The Lineup went on to win Edgar Awards For Best Critical/Biographical Work.

4.     Murder On The Orient Express.

Author: Agatha Christie

Published: 1934

Category: Best thriller books of all time,

The Orient Express has to stop, and it’s a snowdrift. The deluxe train is all ready for the time of the year. But just as the midnight fades away, it takes away a passenger. Who is he? He is an American tycoon, stabbed multiple times in a compartment that’s locked from the inside. A container that was his, but not yesternight.

There is a killer on board as no one has escaped the train yet. They may decide to strike again, but Detective Hercule Poirot has to stop it before it happens.

5.     Gone Girl.

Author: Gillian Flynn

Published: 2012

Category: Crime Thrillers, Suspense

It’s a warm summer morning, and the preparations are being made to celebrate the fifth wedding anniversary of Nick and Ammy. Nick’s clever and beautiful wife Amy is standing by the riverside, and within a few moments, she is no more.

Her sudden disappearance has put Nick into a tricky spot, making it depressing for him to cope up with her disappearance. He is not able to help himself. All he can do now is lie down (in peace, perhaps) and think about her wife all day long.

However, the absolute pressure builds, triggering a response full of lies and deceits from Nick’s side. Despite this, his sister stands her ground and testifies for her brother’s innocence.

Is he?

6.     Billy Summers

Author: Stephen King

Published: 2021

Category: Best suspense books, best thriller books.

Billy Summers is a hitman with a catch to his profession. The net is that he only hits Bad Guys, the evil ones. However, he wants out, and he’s had enough. The only problem is, there is one hit left.

Billy Summers is a trained Iraqi War Vet, the best sniper globally, and Houdini when it comes to disappearing after scoring the kill. All there’s left is just one kill. So, what could go wrong?

How about everything?

7.     The Jailhouse Lawyer.

Author: James Patterson

Published: 2021

Category: Thriller Books, mystery, suspense

A young lawyer contends with a judge who destroys her town, but she ends up in jail herself.

Perfect Erva, Alabama, is where the most severe crimes are only considered as serious as misdemeanours. But, the question is, why is the jail so crowded?

Sometimes, the best education a lawyer can get is a short stretch of a hard time.

8.     The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware.

Published: 2015.

Category: Thriller Books, mystery, suspense.

Lo Blacklock is a journalist who writes for a travelling magazine. Her upcoming assignment is to go on a luxury cruise with a handful of cabins.

In the first few days, the journey is nothing but peaceful and joyous. But, just as the week progresses, unforgiving winds hit the deck. Now, as they question the expiring date of their lives, Lo Blacklock sees a woman being thrown overboard.

Now, she desperately wants to convey the message that something has gone wrong. The challenge is getting the message to people who are walking around as if nothing had happened.

9.     Verity

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published: 2018

Category: Suspense, Thriller Books

Lowen Ashleigh is a writer who is struggling to make it in life. How this time, she is standing at the brink of financial ruin. That’s when she is approached by the opportunity of her lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, is concerned about her unfinished works. Since she was unable to finish them because of her injury, Jeremy had to hire Lowen. On her first day at work, she discovers chilling admissions of Verity Crawford, and now she wants to tell them to Jeremy, for whom her feelings are getting intense.

10.                        The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Author: Stieg Larsson.

Published: 2005.

Category: Books on thriller, mystery, and suspense.

Harriet Vanger is a scion from one of the wealthiest Swedish families. She disappeared forty years ago, but her disappearance is One Enough Reason to keep her old uncle Young At Heart; he is not letting the case go.

He has hired a crusading journalist who is recently trapped by a libel conviction. Mikael Blomkvist, the journalist, is aided by a punk named Lisbeth Salander. Together, they step into a world full of corruption.

So, which one of these have you already read or wish to read?

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