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Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community....

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Mystery-thrillers are stories with twists and turns that keep you on your toes guessing about the truth, the POV's truth, and about what will happen next. They can be written from a hero's POV or from a sinister character's POV. Some are scary and make your heart beat faster, making it hard to put down. Some stories make you laugh if you have a witty writer with an unusual sense of humor easy to relate to. Both types can be hard to put down when they're page turners. And you can find many page turners among a variety of styles and writers, depending on what seeks your fancy.

See also mystery.Mystery-thrillers are stories with twists and turns that keep you on your toes guessing about the truth, the POV's truth, and about what will happen next. They can be written from a hero's POV or from a sinister character's POV. Some are scary and make your heart beat faster, making it hard to put down. Some stories make you laugh if you have a witty writer with an unusual sense of humor easy to relate to. Both types can be hard to put down when they're page turners. And you can find many page turners among a variety of styles and writers, depending on what seeks your fancy.

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The Best Thrillers of 2020

Which books proved most spine-tingling in this momentous nail-biter of a year?

A new Tana French is always cause for celebration, even when it doesn’t feature the textured, compromised detectives from the fictional Dublin Murder Squad.THE SEARCHER (Viking, 451 pp., $27), French’s second stand-alone book, stars a weary retired cop who has fled his old life in Chicago for the quiet obscurity of rural Ireland. That is, until he is thrust headlong into a new mystery that will require all his emotional acumen as well as his skills as a policeman. Read it once for the plot; read it again for the beauty and subtlety of French’s writing.

Reality and delusion intermingle in Gilly Macmillan’s TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH (Morrow, 320 pp., $26.99), a book that ponders what might happen if two novelists got married and only one turned out to be successful. Lucy Harper, an acclaimed crime writer who regards her recurring character, Detective Sgt. Eliza Grey, as a real person, has just turned in her latest manuscript. Alas, she has also saddled Eliza with a disfiguring injury. Eliza’s anger at her creator — it seems she’s being written out of the series — is no match for the anger of Lucy’s publisher or the needy, childish response of Dan, her husband. When Dan disappears and a mystery from Lucy’s past resurfaces, things get even more complicated.

What could possibly go wrong when a bunch of pretentious, squabbling executives from an internet start-up take a company retreat in a secluded mountain chalet during avalanche season? More to the point, in a book called ONE BY ONE (Gallery/Scout Press, 384 pp., $27.99), who will die first? The always reliable Ruth Ware presents us with a houseful of secretive characters who have no internet connection or cell service and who all seem to be good candidates for an early demise. Also, one of them is a murderer.

Ivy Pochoda tells the story of a serial killer through the accounts of five female narrators with overlapping histories in her powerful, disturbing novel THESE WOMEN (Ecco, 352 pp., $23.99), set on the streets and in the marginal neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Women have been dying for years — sex workers, street people, people of color — but nobody has been paying much attention. Nobody, that is, except Essie, a diminutive, dogged police officer haunted by a terrible tragedy in her own past and thwarted at every turn by the men on the force. Can she make people listen and find justice for the women who have been lost?

In THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE (Holt, 304 pp., $26.99), Alex Pavesi’s cerebral box of delights, an editor for a British publishing company matches wits with a reclusive author who wrote a book of short detective stories years earlier and then disappeared into obscurity. The stories, happily reprinted here in their entirety, are diabolical and often cruel, and each reflects a different approach to the classic detective story — a different configuration of victim, suspect and detective. But as the editor reviews the stories with the author so that she can republish the book, anomalies and inconsistencies in the plots emerge, an uneasiness sets in and it becomes clear that there are some urgent real-life mysteries at play.

You are cordially invited to a wedding on a virtually uninhabited island off the coast of Ireland that will soon be made inaccessible because of a violent storm. The bride and groom are perfect together — she’s a glamorous fashion editor; he’s the hunky star of a reality television show that allows him to show off his wilderness-survival skills — yet they appear to barely know each other. The actual guests in Lucy Foley’s highly entertaining THE GUEST LIST (Morrow, 320 pp., $27.99) turn out to be replete with problematic pasts and possibly murderous secrets. One thing is certain: At least one person will die before this ghastly celebration is over.

In New York City in 2015, 46-year-old Abby Willard, the heroine of Debra Jo Immergut’s startling YOU AGAIN (Ecco, 288 pp., $27.99), sees an unsettling sight outside her taxi window: herself, walking down the street at the age of 22. Further sightings of the younger Abby going about her daily life lead Abby into an anxious re-examination of her past (and her sanity). To make matters worse, her possible descent into hallucination coincides with her teenage son’s newfound enthusiasm for antifa-style political activism. What should Abby have done differently? It turns out that her younger self has a few things to tell her, too.

Anthony Horowitz’s fiendishly plotted MOONFLOWER MURDERS (Harper/HarperCollins, 608 pp., $28.99) is really two books in one — the novel itself, and an Agatha Christie-esque golden-age murder mystery that is embedded, fully formed, inside. Susan Ryeland, who edited the book-within-the-book (its author has since died), is hired to scour it for clues that may have a bearing on a pair of modern-day mysteries: a murder in which the wrong man may have been convicted, and the disappearance of a woman in Suffolk, England. The extraordinarily prolific Horowitz is cleverer than you, and one can only marvel at the ingenuity of his solution.

Playful, fresh, full of life, Joe Ide’s sparkly prose will seduce you into HI FIVE (Mulholland, 352 pp., $27), the latest in his series set in South Central Los Angeles and starring the unlikely private investigator Isaiah Quintabe, a.k.a. IQ. This is a land of warring gangs, petty criminals, sketchy side-hustlers and people trying to make a quick buck. IQ, who specializes in helping clients who would prefer not to deal with the police, is approached by an unsavory arms dealer eager to prove that his beloved daughter, Christina, is innocent of murder. A complicating factor is that she has five different personalities, not all of whom agree on the facts of the case.

There’s a lot of insanity flying around in Jasper DeWitt’s THE PATIENT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 224 pp., $23), which takes place in a forbidding state psychiatric institution somewhere in Connecticut. But who is crazier: Joe, an evil, dangerously untreatable patient who has been locked up for more than 20 years, or Parker, the brash young doctor who waltzes in with a new treatment plan he naïvely believes will succeed? Also, what is that “sepulchral, moist, hacking chuckle that sounded like it came from a rotting throat” that appears to be emanating from Joe’s room? Maybe it would be better to leave the patient alone.

Top 10 Mystery Thrillers of All Time

57 of the Best and Most Highly Anticipated New Thriller and Mystery Books Out This Year

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Thriller fans, rejoice, because 2020's selection of thriller and mystery books is seriously impressive. Twisted tales of domestic treachery, mistaken identities, and dark family secrets are in abundance in the titles that have been announced so far. And even better, plenty of the genre's best writers are set to release new nail-biters, including Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, Lisa Gardner, and Karen M. McManus. Additionally, there are plenty of buzzy debuts to look forward to, as well as genre-crossing experiments that mix in elements of sci-fi or horror to add new layers to this ever-involving genre.

Read on for all the thrillers and mysteries that deserve a place on your TBR list this year.

Additional reporting by Lauren Harano


Thrillers mystery best sellers

Sometimes you get in the mood for a little suspense, and there's no better way to scratch that itch than with a killer book—literally. Thrillers never fail to get your heart pumping, making you turn the page at warp speed while also delivering an oddly satisfying uneasiness about what's to come. Naturally, the gripping psychological thrillers on this list make for excellent beach reads or Halloween books as the spooky season approaches.

You might recognize one in particular that has been adapted into a Netflix show: You, which is returning for a third season in 2021. If you want to read the novel that started it all, check out Carolyn Kepnes's tale below. Or, for another piece of juicy fiction that'll be getting the small screen treatment, read Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers.

New to the genre? Beginners might enjoy The Last Thing He Told Me which is as captivating as it is page-turning. No matter what, you won't regret spending a few afternoons with these thrilling books.

Best Mystery and Thriller Books - 5-star Book Recommendations (Nail-Biting Suspense Guaranteed)

Who doesn’t love a chilling thriller, the type of book that makes your breath quicken and goosebumps sprout on your arms? We’ve got some of this year’s best thrillers that will chill you to the core. Make sure to lock the doors and turn up the lights when you settle in to read these chilling thriller novels!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Famous painter Alicia Berenson has the perfect life – married to an equally famous photographer and living in a beautiful London home. When she shoots her husband in the face five times, she goes mute. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes consumed with getting Alicia to talk, and to tell her story of what drove her to such a crime.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

When Libby learns who her birth parents are, she also learns she has inherited an abandoned mansion worth millions. But what she doesn’t know is that the mansion was the scene of a terrible massacre that left three dead and four missing. The Family Upstairs tells Libby’s story as she gets to know the house and its terrifying history.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

In the small town of Featherbank, the residents are traumatized by a killer they call “The Whisper Man.” Having killed five young boys 20 years ago, the deranged murderer was locked up for his crimes. But now, another boy has gone missing and when they find his body, they realize that someone is repeating the cruel acts of the famed killer. Will they catch this new suspect in time or will they commit another heinous murder that will leave scars on the town forever?

Those People by Louise Candlish

Lowland Way is the kind of suburban street families love. With strict rules in place to keep the neighborhood running smoothly, everything is disrupted when Darren and Jodie move into the corner house. Blasting their music, running a used car business from their front yard and renovating their home, their neighbors aren’t amused by their daily activities. But then someone dies and as police look for witnesses, they’ll find that everybody has secrets they’re desperately trying to hide.

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

There’s a killer on the loose in Copenhagen and it’ll be up to one police duo to figure out who’s behind the murders and their connection to a mysterious case that involves a missing girl who has been presumed dead. With a chestnut man as evidence, it’ll be up to one task force to figure out who the killer is before they strike again.

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

Though sisters, Chloe and Nicky Taylor couldn’t be more different. Having spent over a decade apart, the two will come back together for a rocky reunion when Chloe’s husband is murdered in their Hampton’s beach house. Due to Nicky’s past marriage with the dead man, she is reluctantly accepted into Chloe’s perfect world yet again as they get to the bottom of the murder and the dark family secrets that haunt them.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Jessica agrees to take part in a psychological study so she can earn some extra money. When the study starts to blur the lines between what is real and what is not, Jessica begins to wonder what kind of experiment she has become involved in and what Dr. Shields has planned.

Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

Becky Gerard is the type of mother who would do anything to make sure her daughter is well, making regular visits to the hospital to get to the bottom of her mysterious illness. But the doctors are suspicious of something: Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Now having to prove her own innocence to her family and the medical team surrounding them, this determined mother will put everything on the line to show that her daughter does have a real illness and that there may truly be other malevolent factors at play.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

A thriller for those who love Dexter and the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, My Lovely Wife is a compulsive read. A perfectly normal couple decides to spice things up and make their dreams come true… dreams that involve murder.

The Accident by Natalie Barelli

When Katherine’s friend Eve convinces her that she can drive home after having far too many drinks, their lives are turned upside down when there is an accident. But, do they really need to tell anyone what happened? The Accident is a twisty, fast-paced read!

The Housewife by Valerie Keogh

When the housewife sees a woman in a shop that reminds her of something, she is triggered into what feels like insanity. She begins to forget small things, and even big things, like forgetting to get her daughter from nursery school. When things start getting out of control and she can’t even trust herself, what will the housewife do?

Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell

When Lisa finds a suicide note in the beautiful room she is renting in a large house, and the renters insist no one else has rented from them, she begins to doubt herself. Someone is keeping something from Lisa, and suddenly, the room isn’t as cozy as she originally thought. Will she become the next victim, or are these strange feelings and occurrences just part of her imagination?

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

Emily’s sister’s disappearance has been an unsolved mystery for 20 years. When a VHS tape of a horrible crime is found she seeks to find the truth about what happened to her sister Madeline. Elusive neighbors may know something, but no one is talking, and it’s up to Emily to solve the mystery.

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About the Author: Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit

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