Crime and thriller books are as popular as ever, with crime fiction becoming the UK’s bestselling genre in 2017.  Here, we’ve curated our pick of the best crime and thriller books of 2018, from shocking true crime stories to sinister psychological thrillers and Man Booker Prize nominees.



Force of Nature

Five women enter the Australian outback as part of a team-building and resilience exercise . . . but only four come back. It’s not clear what happened, and each of the women are telling a different story. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk must decipher this tangled web of secrets and lies to find the missing woman, dead or alive.


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 Psychological thrillers

Domestic Thrillers

The Woman in the Window

Hitchcock fans will love this clever domestic thriller about an agoraphobic woman who becomes obsessed with the neighbours she watches from her window. Anna Fox has been too afraid to leave her house since a traumatic event disrupted her life almost a year ago. She spends her days drinking wine and spying on her neighbours – until she witnesses a shocking scene. This is Rear Window meets Girl on the Train.

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 British Crime and Thrillers

Scandi Crime

Literary crime and thrillers


Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Belinda Bauer’s latest crime novel is undoubtedly one of her best. On a hot summer’s day, three siblings wait in their broken-down car for their mother to return with help. But she never comes back. Three years later and the siblings’ lives have changed irreversibly. As the eldest of the three, Jack must protect and support his young sisters, all while he tries to find the truth of what really happened to his mother . . .

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Historical crime and thrillers

True crime

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the incredible true story of the Golden State Killer, an elusive predator responsible for over fifty horrific sexual assaults and ten brutal murders. Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist, was determined to find the culprit and spent years researching and writing this modern masterpiece, tragically passing away before the book’s publication and the killer’s ultimate unmasking and capture in April 2018.


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