Whether you’re looking for a beach read, an airplane read, or just something to read before bed (if you dare), suspense books are always a good choice.

Readers have long been intrigued by these tales of mysterious intrigue and startling twists, and they’ve been more popular than ever in recent years.

You might be asking yourself, “What precisely are suspense books?” Suspense is a category that incorporates mystery, thriller, and even certain horror novels, rather being a genre in and of itself.

The tantalizing development of tension is, of course, something that all suspense novels have in common. And if you like suspense thrillers, you know that once you start reading them, you won’t be able to put them down.

Fortunately, we’re here to help you fuel your addiction. From well-loved classics to thrilling new releases, here are the top 8 suspense books of all time that you should read this year.


Best Suspense Books to Read

1. Baby Teeth: A Novel

1. Baby Teeth: A Novel
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About the Book

“Baby Teeth: A Novel” written by Zoje Stage is one of Entertainment Weekly’s Must-Read Books for July, People Magazine’s Book of the Week, Best Summer Reads for 2018, Best Horror Books of 2018-2019, Summer 2018 Must-Read book.

Hanna: Seven years old, is a sweet-but-quiet angel in her devoted father Alex’s eyes. He’s the only one who comprehends her. Suzette, her mother, stands in her path, and she’ll use all means at her disposal to get rid of her. Ideally, for the greater benefit.

Suzette: She adores her daughter, but her health and sanity are deteriorating day by day as a result of years of expulsions and tense homeschooling.

Hanna’s little games are also frightening her, while her husband Alex is oblivious to the deteriorating family dynamics. Suzette begins to suspect that their ostensibly harmless baby girl may be hiding something evil.

An award-winning playwright and filmmaker Zoje Stage’s suspenseful novel of psychological suspense, Baby Teeth, a struggle of wills between mother and daughter uncovers the vulnerability and deception of familial relationships.

Book Review

Baby Teeth is one of the most unique horror novels ever written. It features one of the most remarkable protagonists that will linger in your mind for quite some time.

Baby Teeth is a hypnotic thriller that deftly delves into deep-seated fears that any parent will recognize as achingly familiar. The novel will please readers looking for a summer escape because it is difficult to put down and even harder to forget.

In this fascinating debut novel from an independent screenwriter, a stay-at-home mom anxiously tries to connect with her mute 7-year-old daughter, whose alarming behavior continues to grow.

An engrossing and unsettling read. Stage, a first novelist, has created one of the most compelling teenage villains ever, and readers will be unable to resist the impulse to meet Hanna.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Baby Teeth is unsettling and unputdownable, and it will keep you engrossed in its icy grasp until the horrific conclusion.

About the Author

Baby Teeth (2018), Zoje Stage‘s debut novel, was a USA Today and international bestseller. It was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and Village Roadshow/Valparaiso Pictures optioned it for cinema.

Book Details

You can purchase this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Library binding versions.

  • Author: Zoje Stage
  • Pages: 320 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Domestic Thrillers, Horror Literature & Fiction, Psychological Thrillers.

2. Big Little Lies

2. Big Little Lies
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About the Book

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the hazardous small lies we make ourselves just to survive comes from the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, and The Husband’s Secret.

A heinous crime… A horrible accident… Or is it just lousy parenting on the part of the parents? What is undeniable is that someone is no longer alive. Madeline is a formidable adversary.

She’s witty, biting, and passionate, and she recalls everything and has no grudges against anyone. Celeste is the type of stunning lady who makes people stop and gaze, but she pays a price for her flawless appearance.

Jane, a newcomer to town, is so young that another mother mistook her for a nanny. She has a secret past and a melancholy that belies her age. These three ladies are at various points in their lives, yet they’ll all end up in the same horrific situation.

Book Review

Reading one of Liane Moriarty’s novels is like drinking a pink cosmo with poison in it, a pleasant, entertaining, and occasionally disturbing read. Moriarty is back to his old tricks.

Big Tiny Falsehoods is a cautionary tale about the big little lies we tell to stay alive. It takes a strong stance against domestic violence while also making us laugh at the grownups who throw a stupid costume party that looks like a middle-school dance.

Look no further if you’re seeking a book that will make you a compulsive book finisher. Moriarty has written another engrossing, humorous masterpiece. Its suspense derives from its darker subplots, which make it impossible to put down.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Big Little Lies is a clever satire on ex-husbands and second wives, moms and daughters, playground gossip, and small lies that can turn deadly.

About the Author

Nine Perfect Strangers, Three Wishes, Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot are among Liane Moriarty‘s New York Times bestselling novels.

Book Details

This book is available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audible versions.

  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Pages: 512 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Australia & Oceania Literture, Women’s Friendship Fiction, Psychological Thrillers.

3. The Woman in the Window [Movie Tie-In]

3. The Woman in the Window [Movie Tie-In]
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About the Book

“The Woman in the Window [Movie Tie-In]” contributed by A. J Finn is the #1 New York Times bestseller that came to Motion Picture on May 14, 2021.

Anna Fox is a recluse in her New York City apartment, unable to leave her house. She spends her days sipping wine (perhaps excessively), watching old movies, reminiscing about happier times, and spying on her neighbors.

The Russells, a father, a mother, and their teenage son, then move into the house across the street. The ideal family. However, when Anna sees something she shouldn’t one night while gazing out her window, her world begins to crumble—and its horrifying secrets are revealed.

What is genuine? What is it that is imagined? Who is in jeopardy? Who has the upper hand? No one—or nothing—is what it seems in this diabolically captivating thriller.

Book Review

Expertise is the rocket fuel that propels The Woman in the Window, the first stratosphere-ready mystery of 2018. For other books featuring unreliable narrators, please take note: This one will notice you and take notice of you.

The Woman in the Window is a triumph of storytelling. Inside one woman’s head, her illusions, delusions, and realities, a winding, tortuous voyage. My head was whirling and my pulse was racing as a result of it. This is an engrossing thriller.

This is a beautifully dark, exquisite thriller that harkens back to Hitchcock and classic noir. The story is tense, complex, and well written. This is a one-sitting read.

The Woman in the Window is a suspenseful and heartfelt story that will have readers turning the pages. A. J. Finn’s debut album is amazing, and he’s a huge new talent.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that you can’t put down once you start reading it. The writing is fluid and often impressive. Finn’s portrayal of this completely original story against a noir backdrop is both fascinating and chilling.

About the Author

A. J. FINN spent many years in England before returning to his hometown of New York. The Woman in the Window, his debut novel, has been translated into over forty languages and has sold millions of copies throughout the world.

Book Details

You can buy this book in Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audible versions.

  • Author: A. J. Finn
  • Pages: 464 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Psychological Thrillers, Murder Thrillers, Suspense Thrillers.

4. The Wife Between Us: A Novel

4. The Wife Between Us: A Novel
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About the Book

“The Wife Between Us: A Novel” presented by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is an instant New York Times bestseller, a fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller, the best domestic thriller novel since Gone Girl.

Many assumptions will be made as you read this book. You’ll think you’re reading about a vengeful ex-wife. You’ll imagine she’s enamored with her replacement, a lovely, younger woman set to marry the man they both adore.

You’ll presume you’re familiar with the anatomy of this complicated love triangle. Make no assumptions.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is twisted and wonderfully unsettling, exposing the hidden intricacies of an idyllic marriage – and the terrible realities we disregard in the name of love.

Book Review

The Wife Between Us is a snappy, fast-paced novel with a clever, complex premise. It’s both fantastic and alarming. You won’t know who to trust in this terrifying love triangle. It was fantastic.

A mind-bending tale about treachery and marriage. This book will keep you turning the pages and speculating until the very end, thanks to a captivating plot and engaging characters. This is a must-read!

This incredible novel flies by at a breakneck pace, with a twist that hits you square in the face and takes your breath away. These authors are set to break new ground in the realm of psychological suspense novels that burst in your hands!

Key Takeaways from the Book

The Wife Between Us will keep you guessing around every corner, diving into the depths of marriage, friendship, and infatuation like a house of mirrors.

About the Author

Greer Hendricks is the co-author of The Wife Between Us, An Anonymous Girl, and You Are Not Alone, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. She worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster for over two decades before becoming a novelist.

Sarah Pekkanen is the author of many novels, including The Wife Between Us, The Perfect Neighbors, and The Best of Us, which have all been bestselling globally and on USA Today.

Book Details

You can get this book in Paperback, Kindle, Library binding, Audiobook formats.

  • Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • Pages: 432 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Domestic Thrillers, Mother & Children Fiction, Women’s Domestic Life Fiction.

5. Stillhouse Lake

5. Stillhouse Lake
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About the Book

Gina Royal is your typical housewife from the Midwest, with a lovely marriage and two adorable children. When a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she is forced to reinvent herself as Gwen Proctor, the ultimate warrior mom.

Gwen has finally found safety in a new cottage on secluded Stillhouse Lake, now that her ex is in prison.

Gwen dares to believe that her children can finally grow up in peace, even though she is still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who believe she had something to do with her husband’s crimes.

But just as she’s settling into her new identity, a body is discovered in the lake, and threatening letters begin to arrive from an all-too-familiar address.

To avoid being revealed, Gwen Proctor must keep her friends close and her enemies at bay or her children will fall prey to a killer who delights in torturing her. One thing is certain: she has mastered the art of combating evil. And she has no intention of stopping.

Book Review

Stillhouse Lake ends with a terrific exciting cliffhanger that ensures I’ll be reading book two, Killman’s Creek.

Because Gina was married to a serial killer, this novel chronicles the narrative of a family forced to change their way of life, live under false identities, move often, never settling, and never feeling safe.

Nothing profound, important, or ultimately credible, but oh, was this quick and entertaining! Simple and effective eye-rolling escapism!

Key Takeaways from the Book

Stillhouse Lake is a story about determination and guts, and it shows how far a person will go to start over. Rachel Caine, a superb storyteller, has created a mother altered by evil who is single-minded in her fight to protect her children in Gwen Proctor.

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the #1 international bestselling author of over fifty books, including the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series and the young adult series The Great Library.

Book Details

You can obtain this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, MP3 CD versions.

  • Author: Rachel Caine
  • Pages: 299 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Serial Killers, Women’s Crime Fiction, Women’s Psychological Fiction.

6. The Silent Patient

6. The Silent Patient
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About the Book

Alicia Berenson’s life appears to be ideal. She lives in a large house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable locations as a famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer.

When Alicia’s husband Gabriel arrives home late from a fashion shoot, she shoots him five times in the face and then doesn’t say anything else.

Alicia’s inability to speak or provide any type of explanation transforms a domestic tragedy into something far larger, a mystery that captivates the public imagination and elevates Alicia to celebrity status.

The value of her work skyrockets, and she, the quiet patient, is sent to the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London, to be hidden from the tabloids and spotlight.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has been looking forward to working with Alicia for a long time.

His determination to persuade her to talk and solve the mystery of why she shot her husband leads him down a winding path into his own motivations, threatening to overwhelm him.

Book Review

It’s not simple to write a novel in which the protagonist keeps quiet, but Michaelides’s excellent, absorbing debut for which Brad Pitt’s firm has purchased picture rights establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch.

The Silent Patient approaches you like an ominous slash of shadow on a dimly lighted street. Alex Michaelides has created a unique, captivating psychological mystery that deserves to be classified as its own genre.

This is an amazing new voice. Pay attention to it. It is about to give you an exciting and frightening story. The Silent Patient creates an image in your mind, burrowing into your soul in the greatest way possible. Take a risk.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The Silent Patient is a chilling psychological thriller about a woman’s act of domestic violence against her husband—and the therapist concerned with figuring out why she did it.

About the Author

Alex Michaelides is a Cypriot who was born and reared there. He holds a master’s degree in English literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, as well as a master’s degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Book Details

This book can be obtained in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook versions.

  • Author: Alex Michaelides
  • Pages: 368 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Domestic Thrillers, Murder Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers.

7. Misery: A Novel

7. Misery: A Novel
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About the Book

Paul Sheldon, the best-selling novelist, believes he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. He’s just murdered off the popular protagonist of his cherished romance series in a controversial professional move to broaden his artistic boundaries.

However, such a shift does not occur without costs. After a near-fatal vehicle accident in rural Colorado leaves his body damaged, Paul finds himself at the mercy of Annie Wilkes, his self-proclaimed number one fan, who is nursing him back to health.

Annie is furious at Paul’s treatment of Misery and insists that he find a way to resurrect her by creating a new novel—his finest yet, and one dedicated solely to her.

After all, as a prisoner in her isolated mansion, Paul has all the time in the world to do so and Annie has some extremely persuasive and aggressive tactics to achieve exactly what she wants.

Book Review

The character development is both solid and disturbing. King not only has the ability to make the reader gasp for air, but he also has a lot to say about writing. We are impressed by his virtuosity.

The Vintage King, a horror masterpiece, provides a degree of suspense that makes it impossible to keep your eyes from going to the next page to get out of there faster

The novel is something else entirely: a suffocating, claustrophobic depiction of an egotistic writer pushed to the brink of madness by pain, medicines, incarceration, the expectations of his readers, and a deadline unlike any he’s ever faced.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Our hero is as threatened by his inner demons as he is by the madwoman beside his bed in the book. You, the reader, are as eager to get out as he is, but you can’t get away from Mr. King’s carefully woven yarn any more than Paul can get away from his captor.

About the Author

Stephen King has written almost sixty books, all of which have become international bestsellers.

Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers and Mr. Mercedes are some of his most recent works.

Book Details

This book can be bought in Paperback, Kindle, Audible, Library binding forms.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Pages: 368 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Psychological Fiction, Horror Literature & Fiction, Psychological Thrillers.

8. Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel

8. Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel
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About the Book

A gripping tale tracing the intertwining fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives, from the acclaimed author of Everything I Never Told You.

Everything is planned in Shaker Heights, a peaceful, progressive Cleveland suburb, from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its citizens would lead.

Elena Richardson, whose driving philosophy is following the rules, exhibits this spirit the best. Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist, and single mother arrives with her teenage daughter Pearl in this ideal bubble and rents a house from the Richardsons.

Mia and Pearl quickly become more than just tenants, as the mother-daughter duo attracts the attention of all four Richardson children.

Mia, on the other hand, has a mysterious past and a disdain for the status quo, both of which threaten to upend this well-ordered neighborhood.

When the Richardsons’ old family friends try to adopt a Chinese-American infant, a custody struggle breaks out, dividing the town and pitting Mia and Elena against each other.

Book Review

It’s sharp and entertaining—you can’t take your eyes off it even when things are crashing and burning (literally), and it may be on par with Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides as all-time great suburban fiction.

The book weaves its way into a smart, approachable conversation about race and class, much like Ng’s brilliant debut, Everything I Never Told You.

Little Fires, on the other hand, is free of the constraints of Everything’s thriller structure, giving Ng the space and patience to explore how progressive communities handle identity.

A detailed examination of mothers and daughters and the stress of not belonging to our families or communities.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Little Fires Everywhere delves into the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the violent pull of motherhood—as well as the peril of assuming that according to the rules can save you from calamity.

About the Author

Celeste Ng was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Book Details

This book can be purchased in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Celeste Ng
  • Pages: 432 (Paperback)
  • Category/Genre: Asian American Literature & Fiction, Family Life Fiction, Literary Fiction.

Final Verdict

These suspense novels will have you on the edge of your seat, heart hammering, blood pumping, all that adrenaline-y stuff, whether it’s about an unsolved murder or a cheating husband (or, as in many a modern domestic thriller, both). Happy Reading!


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