The best thriller books of 2023, and all time

We've curated our edit of the best new thriller books of 2023, look back at the best of 2022, and share our top thriller books of all time. 

From edge-of-your-seat psychological thrillers to gripping crime novels, 2022 was a nail-biting year for thriller books, with more exciting 2023 reads still to come. Whether you're a connoisseur of the latest releases or seeking to uncover hidden gems from the past, we've curated a collection that promises to immerse you in a world of unrelenting excitement. Prepare for sleepless nights as we unveil the thrilling tales that have left an indelible mark on the genre.

For more inspiration, discover our selection of the best crime fiction here.

Bright Young Women

by Jessica Knoll

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Pamela Schumacher’s life changed forever on the night her sorority sisters fell victim to America’s most deadly serial killer as she slept metres away in their Tallahassee house. Vowing to find the perpetrator, Pamela joins forces with Tina Cannon, a woman who believes the same man abducted her friend in broad daylight. As the women get closer to unveiling the killer’s identity, they forge a friendship and find themselves in more danger than they imagined. Inspired by a true story, the new thriller from the author of Netflix-hit Luckiest Girl Alive, Bright Young Women is a must-read this autumn. 

The Changing Man

by Tomi Oyemakinde

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For Ife, landing a place at the prestigious Nithercott School should be her ticket to a brighter future, but she soon realises that she doesn’t fit into her new world. Despite trying to fit in with her fellow students, avoid condescension from her teachers and learn more about the legend of the “Changing Man” who haunts the school, Ife finds herself in detention with Ben, a notorious troublemaker who recruits her to help him solve the mystery of his brother’s disappearance. As the duo search for the truth, they realise that more students are going missing and that no one is trying to find them. 


by Jane Harper

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Critically acclaimed author Jane Harper returns with Exiles, securing her place as the trailblazer of the 'outback noir' genre. After Kim Gillespie disappears from a busy festival, leaving her baby alone in the pram, her absence casts a long shadow over her friends and loved ones. A year later, Kim's loved ones gather to welcome a new addition to the family. Among them is Aaron Falk, a federal investigator, who soon becomes suspicious about Kim's case. As long-held resentments and secrets are exposed, Falk will have to tread carefully to get to the truth . . . 

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The House Hunt

by C. M. Ewan

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The House Hunt is a heart-pounding, claustrophobic thriller from C. M. Ewan, acclaimed author of The Interview. Your estate agent calls – she’s running late and needs you to show a man around your home. You let him in and begin the tour. Soon, something about him feels wrong so you ask him to leave – but he refuses. Then he tells you something about you. Something inconceivable. And then you realize he doesn't want your house, he wants you. This is the latest unputdownable read from the master of cat-and-mouse thrillers.

Good Bad Girl

by Alice Feeney

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In a tale of intertwining crimes, a baby's abduction two decades ago connects to a murder in a care home. Unravelling the truth rests on the shoulders of a complex yet intriguing character, the 'good bad girl.' Edith, determined to escape her nursing home, forms a bond with Patience, a caretaker harbouring secrets. Meanwhile, Edith's daughter Clio remains distant, and a looming presence approaches Clio's doorstep with ill intentions. With mistrust brewing, the women must navigate a web of suspects, murders, and a singular victim, unearthing the fates of the vanished baby, the grieving mother, and the ties that bind them all.

The New Mother

by Nora Murphy

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Despite being head-over-heels in love with her newborn son, adjusting to motherhood has proven hard for Natalie Fanning. With no friends to call on in their new neighbourhood, she finds herself lonely and listless while her husband is at work, so she jumps at the chance to befriend her supportive neighbour, Paul, who is more than happy to lend a hand. Relishing the opportunity to take a breather while her son is in his capable hands, Natalie has no idea that she and her son are in more danger than she could have imagined. A chilling thriller that you won’t be able to put down, The New Mother is gripping, disturbing and utterly readable. 

Palace of Shadows

by Ray Celestin

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Keen to escape the grime of the city, impoverished artist Samuel Etherstone accepts a mysterious commission from a stranger and finds himself in a house steeped in stories of horrors past. Warned not to stay overnight at the property, Samuel becomes fascinated with the stories of the fates befallen by the house’s previous residents. As he unearths secret after secret, the artist’s desire for the truth threatens to destroy him and his future. Set between the slums of Victorian London and the North Yorkshire coast, Palace of Shadows is the new historical thriller from the author behind the City Blues Quartet series. 

Going Zero

by Anthony McCarten

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This high-concept conspiracy thriller comes from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten. In order to test out a new piece of spyware, FUSION, on behalf of the CIA, ten people are given two hours to vanish, and stay vanished, for thirty days. Anyone who beats FUSION gets $3million. If everyone is captured, tech-wunderkind Cy Baxter gets a massive contract. But for one contestant, the stakes are much higher than money. . .

Red Queen

by Juan Gómez-Jurado

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Soon to be a major TV series, this serial-killer thriller is packed full of mystery, but also offers a portrait of a fascinating young woman. Antonia doesn’t go outside much. Why would she when she can solve crimes from her attic in Madrid? She also never gets visitors. That's why she really doesn't like it when she hears unknown footsteps coming up the stairs. Whoever it is, Antonia is sure that they are coming to look for her. Having already sold more than two million copies in Spain, Juan Gómez-Jurado’s Iberian noir has now been translated for English audiences.

The Marriage Act

by John Marrs

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From the author of The One, now an eight-part Netflix series, John Marrs' The Marriage Act brings us a dystopian thriller packed full of twists. Set in Britain in the near future, a right-wing government believes the answer to society's ills is the Sanctity of Marriage Act, where marriage is the expectation and single citizens are shunned. To ensure compliance, the government must keep a watchful eye over every aspect of couples' personal lives. But four couples are about to discover just how challenging relationships can be when someone else is always watching. 

The Murders at Fleat House

by Lucinda Riley

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The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen’s is a shocking event that the headmaster is very keen to call a tragic accident, but the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force. She begins to probe the circumstances around Charlie Cavendish's death and senses foul play. As staff at the school close ranks, the disappearance of another young pupil and the death of an elderly Classics master provide Jazz with important leads. But when another suspect goes missing, Jazz must also confront her personal demons. From the author of The Seven Sisters, Lucinda Riley brings us another unmissable thriller. 

The Wild Coast

by Lin Anderson

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A remote shoreline. A lethal killer. Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod faces a disturbing case when she encounters a shallow grave on Scotland's west coast adorned with a stickman made of twigs in the victim's mouth. Rhona realises a predator is targeting wild campers as another young woman goes missing from a nearby campsite, with a similar sinister figurine discovered in her van. An idyllic coastline known for providing peace and serenity, now the area is a hunting ground. With a young woman's life hanging in the balance, time is running out, and Rhona must unravel the truth amidst personal and professional turmoil.

Simply Lies

by David Baldacci

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Simply Lies is the latest thriller from David Baldacci, featuring Mickey Gibson, a former New Jersey detective and single mother of two. She also works for global investigation company, ProEye, to track down assets of the wealthy who have tried to avoid their creditors. One day she gets a call from a colleague, asking her to visit the home of a notorious arms dealer who has cheated some of ProEye’s clients in the past. Mickey arrives at the mansion to discover the body of a man hidden in a secret room and soon discovers that nothing is at it seems . . . 

Long Shadows

by David Baldacci

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In the latest instalment in the Amos Decker series, Decker is in crisis following the suicide of a close friend. In this action-packed thriller he must investigate case of a federal judge who seemingly had no enemies and yet was found brutally murdered in her home. Together with the prospect of working with a new partner, Frederica White, Amos knows that this case will take all of his special skills to solve. With his killer twists and detective heroes, enjoy Long Shadows as part of the Amos Decker series, or as a standalone. 

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The Villa

by Ruth Kelly

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A villa in paradise – what could possibly go wrong? It’s destined to be the ultimate reality TV show. Every moment streamed live to a global audience who have total control over those competing for the cash prize. Among the contestants is Laura, an undercover journalist seeking the inside scoop. She soon realises there is more to every contestant than meets the eye. They all have secrets they’d like to keep buried, and the pressure in paradise quickly reaches boiling point. How far will the contestants go to secure audience votes? And would somebody really kill to win? 

The Woman Inside

by M. T. Edvardsson

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A breathless page-turner from an international master of suspense, this is a story about dependency, justice, and the sometimes fine line between right and wrong. Bill is in a financial mess with bills to pay when he rents out a room in his apartment to Karla. Karla left home to study law and to earn some money begins working as a cleaner for Steven and Regina Rytter. Jennica meets Steven on Tinder, but it soon becomes clear that Steven is hiding secrets of his own. By the end of the summer, there have been two murders, but who holds the secret to the truth?

The Other Side of Night

by Adam Hamdy

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David Asha wants to tell you a story about three people. Elliott Asha, his son, broken by a loss that will redeem him. Ben Elmys, a surrogate father and David’s trusted friend, a man who might also be a murderer. Harriet Kealty, a retired detective searching for answers to three mysterious deaths, while also investigating a man who might turn out to be the love of her life. Every word David tells you is true, but you will think it fiction . . .

White Fire

by Adam Hamdy

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Scott Pearce has torn up the espionage rulebook to overcome those spreading division and hate, but radical environmental group White Fire is a new kind of enemy posing a new kind of threat. With everything on the line, Pearce discovers links to an old enemy thought long defeated, and as the danger rises, he realises he and his team, Leila Nahum and Kyle Wollerton, have underestimated the fight ahead. As the conspiracy that links Black 13 and Red Wolves emerges from the shadows, the team has one chance to avert a global catastrophe that could disable the world permanently . . .

Ever inventive, ever surprising, Hamdy is fast carving a name as one of the most intelligent and gripping thriller writers of our time.
Peter James

The Club

by Ellery Lloyd

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The grand opening of Island Home – a forgotten island transformed into the height of luxury – is set to be the celebrity event of the decade. But as the first guests arrive, the weekend soon proves deadly – because it turns out that even the most beautiful people can keep the ugliest secrets and, in a world where reputation is everything, they'll do anything to keep it. The Club is an exhilarating, addictive read, telling a story of ambition, excess, and what happens when people who have everything – or nothing – to lose are pushed to their limit.

Other Women

by Emma Flint

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Six years after the end of the Great War, a nation is still in mourning. Among them is Beatrice Cade – an orphan, unmarried and childless. Taking a room in a Bloomsbury ladies' club and a job in the city, Bea is determined to carve out a more fulfilling life as single woman, but this independence is soon destroyed when she falls in love for the first time. Meanwhile, Kate Ryan lives her idyllic life with her handsome husband and daughter. That is until one morning, two policemen knock on her door and threaten to destroy the façade Kate has created. Emma Flint's Other Women promises a story of fantasy, obsession and murder.

Stop Them Dead

by Peter James

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DSI Roy Grace is back in Stop Them Dead, the latest instalment of Peter James’s page-turning Brighton-set detective series. A farmer is left brutally murdered after what appears to be a botched break-in, but Grace soon senses there’s more to the case. As he digs for the truth and unearths a nationwide criminal network run by gangs, he finds himself in a race against time to stop them from killing more innocent people in their pursuit of power and money. 

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Into the Dark

by Fiona Cummins

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The kettle is still warm, all the family’s phones are charging on the worktop, but the house is deserted. In fifteen-year-old Riva Holden’s bedroom, scrawled across the mirror in blood, are three words: Make Them Stop. In a gorgeous Art Deco home looking out to the bay of Midtown-on-Sea, a terrible crime has come to light. An entire family – Piper and Gray and their two teenage children – has vanished. Cue the arrival of DS Saul Anguish, a brilliant detective with a difficult past. As he begins to untangle the painful story of the disappearance, he must face his own demons.

Promise Boys

by Nick Brooks

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Nick Brooks's Promise Boys is a trailblazing, blockbuster YA mystery about three teen boys of colour who must investigate their principal’s murder to clear their own names. When Principal Moore, headteacher at the Urban Promise Prep School is murdered, J.B., Ramón and Trey emerge as the case's prime suspects. With all three maintaining their innocence, they must track down the real killer before they are arrested. This YA thriller shines a glaring light on how the system, condemns Black and Latinx teen boys to failure before they've even had a chance at success. 

Black Thorn

by Sarah Hilary

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Sarah Hilary's compulsive psychological thriller will have you questioning how much you know about the people who live next to you . . .  An exclusive new housing development, Blackthorn Ashes, is the new home for six families hoping for a peaceful life on the cliffs overlooking the Cornish sea. But six weeks later, paradise is lost. Six people are dead. One of its surviving residents, Agnes Gale, is determined to find out the truth about what happened. Even if that truth is deadlier than she could have ever believed possible. 


by Blake Crouch

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This standalone thriller from bestselling author, Blake Crouch, follows Abigail Foster and her father and they seek to uncover the truth about the disappearance of an entire mining town in 1893.  Exploring the area, they are joined by two backcountry guides: a psychic and a paranormal photographer. The long-abandoned town is, accoring to rumour, haunted. But Abigail and her companions are about to learn that the town’s ghosts are the least of their worries. Twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they realize they are not alone.

The Playground

by Michelle Frances

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Looking to escape her old life, Nancy and her ten-year-old daughter Lara move to Ripton. A quiet village in the rolling Derbyshire countryside, it seems like the perfect place to settle down. But when Nancy reaches the school gates, she learns that beneath the quaint village atmosphere is a minefield. And after her daughter clashes with her school friends, Nancy quickly finds herself outside the whispering circle of parents. When Lara is accused of hurting another girl, the playground politics become impossible to ignore. Desperate to clear Lara's name, Nancy is about to learn just what lengths a parent will go to for their child.

The Interview

by C. M. Ewan

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It is Friday, 5 p.m. You're being interviewed for the job you always wanted, in an office thirteen floors above the city. There's nobody else around but you and the interviewer, and their questions are getting stranger and more unsettling. Your fear is rising, and the only route out is to answer a seemingly impossible question. This nail-biting novel comes from bestselling mystery and thriller author C. M. Ewan.

A terrifying, heart-stopping ride and a highly original and deeply disturbing thriller. I've been a Chris Ewan fan for a while, but in this book he soars to another level entirely.
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Night Shift

by Robin Cook

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From the trailblazer of the medical thriller genre, Robin Cook's latest novel Night Shift is an exhilarating murder mystery. Doctors Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery are married and both work in the fast-paced metropolis of New York City. But when Laurie's friend Dr Sue Passero dies mysteriously in a hospital parking garage, an autopsy is required – and Jack is put in charge of this as part of his new role as chief medical examiner. Sensing foul play around Sue's death, Jack sets out to investigate on-site at the hospital, putting himself at risk of a deranged killer who is ready to strike again . . . 

The Vacation

by John Marrs

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How far would you go to get away from your past? Venice Beach in LA is heaven on earth, with tourists galore flocking to the ocean and Hollywood promise. But for eight strangers staying at a beach-front hostel, a holiday is not the first thing on their minds. All of them are on the run, and all have secrets they would murder to keep. The Vacation is a gripping, holiday-set thriller from John Marrs, who wrote The One, now a Netflix Original Series – it was longlisted for the 2022 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. 

Die Twice

by Andrew Grant

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For fans of Bond and Bourne, don't miss this pulse-racing spy thriller by Andrew Grant, the co-author of the Jack Reacher novels. Obliged to leave New York City in the aftermath of his previous mission, David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago where, just a week before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. Assigned the task of finding the rogue agent, and putting an end to his treacherous scheme, Trevellyan soon finds that once again his only hope of saving countless innocent lives lies not within the system, but in his instinctive belief.

The Passenger

by Cormac McCarthy

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1980, Mississippi: A sunken jet. Nine passengers. A missing body. The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God. Traversing the American South, from the bars of New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the Florida coast, The Passenger is a breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness. The Passenger is followed by Stella Maris  – both are too good to be missed. 

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Luckiest Girl Alive

by Jessica Knoll

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As addictive as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and coming soon to Netflix, Luckiest Girl Alive tells the story of Ani FaNelli – successful, glamorous and hoping to prove it through a documentary showing how well she has survived the traumatic events of her high school years. But can Ani maintain her shiny exterior? Or will her past come back to haunt her?

The Blame Game

by Sandie Jones

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“He came to me for help. . . Now it has gone too far.” When people enter marriage therapy, you expect there to be two sides to the story. But you don’t expect one of them to be the therapist’s. . . A dark, twisting thriller of domestic deceit and overstepping the line from The Other Woman and The Guilt Trip.

The Lonely Ones

by Håkan Nesser

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In 1969, a group of six students come to Uppsala, Sweden, and slowly become three couples during their time at university. But after a summer trip behind the Iron Curtain to Eastern Europe, everything changes for them. Back in Sweden, one of the students is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in a wood near Kymlinge. And years later, a lecturer at Lund University is found dead at exactly the same spot. The fourth in a series of novels featuring Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti, The Lonely Ones follows the inspector on one of his gravest investigations yet.

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by Thora Hjörleifsdóttir Translated by Meg Matich

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Twenty-year-old Lilja is in love. He is older and beautiful, a Derrida-quoting intellectual. He is also a serial cheater, gaslighter and narcissist. Lilja will do anything to hold on to him. And so she accepts his deceptions and endures his sexual desires. She rationalizes his toxic behaviour and permits him to cross all her boundaries. In her desperation to be the perfect lover, she finds herself unable to break free from the toxic cycle. And then an unexpected ultimatum: an all-consuming love, or the promise of a life reclaimed.

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by Ken Follett

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Bestselling thriller writer Ken Follett is back after over a decade, with a compelling novel featuring a stolen army drone, a hidden stash of highly toxic chemicals, a genius Chinese spymaster and a US president with a populist rival hot on his heels. Never is a terrifying look at how international and diplomatic peacetime is only a few missteps away from a chain reaction of catastrophic consequences, with only three very different protagonists able to prevent disaster by working in the shadows.

The Mother

by Yvvette Edwards

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Marcia Williams thought she knew her son. She thought he was safe. She was wrong. Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She's going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: to attend the trial of the boy accused of her son's murder. Her son Ryan was not the kind of boy to get mixed up in violent crime, but Tyson Manley most certainly is. Racing against the ticking clock of the progressing trial, Marcia tries to get the answers she needs from Sweetie, Tyson's girlfriend who knows more than she's willing to say . . .


by Blake Crouch

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The first book of the smash-hit Wayward Pines trilogy. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a mission: locate two federal agents who went missing a month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation turns up more questions than answers: Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out?

The Wonder

by Emma Donoghue

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The eleven-year-old girl who has stopped eating, but seems remarkably fine. The nurse sent to see if she’s a fraud. The journalist, on the hunt for a story. Are they experiencing a miracle, or is a child being murdered in slow motion in front of their eyes? Now a Netflix Original film, this novel by the bestselling author of Room, is a compulsive, psychologically complex read.

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American Psycho

by Bret Easton Ellis

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Wall Street in the eighties; the American dream in overdrive. On the surface, Patrick Bateman is living the dream: a job as a stockbroker, dinner dates every night at the latest restaurant in town, a string of admirers – aided by his charm and good looks. But behind the pristine façade lurks a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial life, Bateman pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream turns to nightmare. One of the most controversial novels of all time, American Psycho (which was adapted into a film of the same name in 2000) is a disturbingly brilliant black satire about the darkest side of human nature.

The Crow Trap

by Ann Cleeves

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In The Crow Trap, we are introduced to Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope for the first time as she must piece together the truth from three women’s tangled lives. These very different women come together at an isolated cottage on the North Pennines, to complete an environmental survey. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide – a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture – the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope . . .

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Dead Simple

by Peter James

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In Dead Simple, Peter James introduces us to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace as he takes on his first major case. It appears that a harmless stag-night prank has gone terribly wrong, with the groom disappeared and his friends dead. With three days to go until the wedding, the bride is understandably distraught. As Grace investigates, he discovers one man who has a lot to gain if the groom would only stay missing. 

The Axeman's Jazz

by Ray Celestin

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Inspired by a true story and set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman's Jazz is the first instalment in Ray Celestin's gripping City Blues Quartet, a page-turning historical crime fiction series. New Orleans, 1919. A serial killer stalks the city and issues an ultimatum: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. As the fearful city complies with his demands, three individuals are set on unmasking the killer’s identity. The Axeman’s Jazz is a tale of gruesome murders, secrets and lies, set against the backdrop of a vibrant and violent city . . . 

My Sister, the Serial Killer

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2019, My Sister, the Serial Killer is a dark comedy, a page-turning thriller and a commentary on dysfunctional familial relationships. Korede has always been a good big sister, stepping in to help her little sibling clean up her messes. Unfortunately, Ayoola’s messes tend to be lethal.  In fact, she’s dispatched her last three boyfriends in ‘self-defence’. Family comes first, until Ayoola starts dating the doctor at the surgery where Korede works . . . 

The Fishermen

by Chigozie Obioma

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A mesmerising debut from author Chigozie Obioma, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize when it was released in 2015. The story follows a family in ruins in the style of a classical Greek tragedy; four brothers decide to fish at a forbidden local river when their strict father is away, but encounter a local madman in a frenzy, who tells them a prophecy that one of the brothers will kill the eldest son of the family. From this encounter, Obioma's novel grows in scope by gaining incredible complexity and emotional power as it spirals towards a heartbreaking ending. 

The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks

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This shocking and intelligent domestic thriller is the debut novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Unstable Vanessa is obsessed with her ex-husband and his new, younger fiancé, and she’ll stop at nothing to make sure they don’t get married. But what’s really driving her obsession – is it jealousy or something else? 

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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This twisty psychological thriller became a phenomenon when it was published, selling over twenty million copies worldwide and being adapted into a hit film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. When Nick Dunne wakes up on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife missing, he quickly becomes the police’s chief suspect. Amy’s friends reveal she was afraid of him, there are strange searches on his computer and persistent calls to his mobile phone, but Ben swears he knows nothing about any of this. So what really happened to Amy Dunne? 

All Her Little Secrets

by Wanda M. Morris

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As well as being a captivating thriller with a moral dilemma at its heart, All Her Little Secrets is also an exploration of race and the legal system. Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney, great friends, and a no-strings-attached relationship with a rich, charming executive – her white boss, Michael. But everything changes when Ellice goes to meet Michael and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head. And this is just the start – as the case unravels, Ellice discovers shady dealings, forcing her into an impossible decision. 

The Talented Mr Ripley

by Patricia Highsmith

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In Patricia Highsmith's psychological thriller, we meet Tom Ripley, a young man with a talent for deception. Sent to Italy to retrieve a wealthy heir, Tom becomes enamored with the lifestyle of the privileged. As he weaves a web of lies, obsession takes hold, and he embarks on a twisted journey of manipulation and murder. Named one of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World, Highsmith's masterful storytelling and complex characters will keep you on the edge of your seat, craving every twist and turn in this dark and captivating tale.

The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides

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Alicia Berenson, a renowned painter, mysteriously shoots her husband and never utters a single word again. As her enigmatic silence captures the public's fascination, criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes obsessed with unraveling the truth behind her chilling act. In a relentless pursuit of answers, Theo's own motivations are tested, leading him down a twisted path that threatens to consume him. A gripping tale of obsession and unraveling mysteries, The Silent Patient reveals the dark depths of the human psyche.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by Ken Kesey

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Set within a mental institution, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest follows the charismatic Randle McMurphy, who rebelliously disrupts the tyrannical rule of Nurse Ratched. As McMurphy's anarchic spirit sparks a glimmer of hope and freedom among the patients, a battle of wills ensues, revealing the power dynamics and the fragile line between sanity and madness. With its unforgettable characters and searing social commentary, this thought-provoking novel will leave you questioning the nature of control and the resilience of the human spirit.

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

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This multi-million copy global bestseller has cemented itself as a must-read for all thriller fans. In it, we meet Rachel, a troubled woman who finds solace in observing the lives of others during her daily train rides. But when she witnesses something deeply unsettling, she becomes entangled in a chilling mystery that tests her sanity and places her at the centre of a gripping investigation. With its intricately woven plot, complex characters, and relentless tension, this psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the very last page, as you unravel the truth alongside Rachel.

Brighton Rock

by Graham Greene

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Set among the seaside amusements and dilapidated boarding houses of Brighton’s pre-war underworld, Brighton Rock is both a gritty thriller and a study of a soul in torment. Pinkie Brown, a neurotic teenage gangster commits a brutal murder – but it does not go unnoticed. Rose, a naive young waitress at a rundown cafe, has the unwitting power to destroy his crucial alibi, and Ida Arnold, a woman bursting with easy certainties about what is right and wrong, has made it her mission to bring about justice and redemption. A classic of modern literature, it maps out the strange border between piety and savagery. 

In the Winter Dark

by Tim Winton

Book cover for In the Winter Dark

In the Winter Dark is a haunting tale that explores the depths of human fears and secrets. In a remote Australian valley, four individuals are inexplicably drawn together by a series of unsettling events. As the winter darkness closes in, tensions rise, and an elusive and malevolent presence threatens their fragile peace. Winton's lyrical prose immerses readers in a chilling exploration of isolation, primal instincts, and the fragile nature of existence. Brace yourself for a gripping journey into the shadows where the line between reality and the supernatural blurs, leaving you captivated until the final page. 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Book cover for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

With 100 million copies sold worldwide, and named one of the Bookseller's 30 most influential books of the last 30 years, a thriller listicle is not complete without Larsson's page-turner. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and enigmatic hacker Lisbeth Salander join forces to uncover the truth behind a decades-old disappearance. As they delve into a labyrinth of corruption and twisted secrets, their lives become entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. With its intricate plotting, complex characters, and a relentless pursuit of justice, this gripping Swedish thriller will keep you eager to unravel the dark mysteries hidden within its pages.