13 Best Suspense Books To Read Now – Favbookshelf

How often can you find a book that keeps your attention from the first page? Keeps you guessing, the majority of the time proving to be unpredictable and just satisfying overall? Unfortunately, the suspense thriller is one genre that’s a hit or a miss in storytelling, much less plot intrigue. So here we recommend you thirteen suspense books that are a must-read.

best suspense books to read
Best Suspense Books To Read

P.S. The books are arranged in alphabetical order, and you should just read them all.


#1 Deception Point by Dan Brown


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Deception Point by Dan Brown

Title: Deception Point

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Publisher: Pocket Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 556

Goodreads Rating: 3.7 / 5

Something very unique and unusual buried deep in the Arctic ice is found by one of the NASA satellites. Naturally, this will mean a great deal and will increase the chances of winning the election for the current president. So, along with a team of experts, Rachel Sexton, the main character, is sent there to verify the discovery’s authenticity. But then, what they find after arriving there is hugely shocking.

This book is filled with deception, mystery, discoveries, and suspense.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book has a fantastic plot. And it just keeps throwing surprises after surprises at you. It did keep me on the edge until I finished it. It is a definite read for a fan of suspense books who wants to read something that keeps them on their toes guessing.

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#2 Deep Sleep by Steven Konkoly


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Deep Sleep (Devin Gray Book 1) by [Steven Konkoly]
Deep Sleep by Steven Konkoly

Title: Deep Sleep

Author: Steven Konkoly

Genre: Mystery, Action, War

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Type: Standalone

Pages: 365

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Helen Gray was paranoid, or so everyone thought. Former CIA officer believed she was about to save her country by preventing a massive terrorist act. Everyone else, including her son, felt she was chasing after delusions. Until Countersurveillance expert, Devin Gray found out what his mother left behind. The country’s future is at stake, and Devin isn’t sure he can save the day. Luckily for him, his mother left behind a team of covert operatives, so he isn’t quite as alone as he thought. Now it’s up to Devin to destroy the organization threatening his country and vindicate his mother by seeing the mission to its very end.

Why do we recommend this book?

A chase thriller where each clue reveals the depth of the conspiracy, Deep Sea reminded me a lot of Dan Brown’s book. Though the writing isn’t quite as good, it’s nevertheless a fun ride from start to finish, and the suspense about whether they would be able to get the terrorists on time or not keeps one on edge. So if you are a lover of suspense books and always wanted to read this but had doubts, go for it. You will definitely like this.

P.S.: This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read this book for free.

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#3 Family Money by Chad Zunker


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Family Money by [Chad Zunker]; suspense books to read
Family Money by Chad Zunker

Title: Family Money

Author: Chad Zunker

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Adult

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Type: Standalone

Pages: 239

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Alex Mahan has everything he could ever wish for. He has a beautiful home where he lives with his wife and his two daughters, and his big start-up business is about to get even bigger thanks to his supportive father-in-law, Joe. But his dreams for a better future are destroyed when Joe is kidnapped and murdered during a family vacation. With him dead, Alex isn’t sure how to tell his grieving wife that the man they loved and idealized wasn’t exactly who they thought they were. But, the more Alex finds out about Joe’s mysterious life, the more he realizes that the secrets he has been hiding from them are in no way small. Or harmless. Because those secrets not only put Alex himself in a financial bind and put his family in deadly danger.

Why do we recommend this book?

Not the best book on the list, but a good enough read nevertheless. Family Money had great potential though its execution is average at best. Still, the plot intrigue keeps the reader invested until the end (or at least until the truth about Joe and his murderer is revealed). So give it a read and decide whether this book is for you or not.

P.S.: This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read this book for free.

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#4 First Born by Will Dean


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First Born: Fast-paced and full of twists and turns, this is edge-of-your-seat reading by [Will Dean]
First Born by Will Dean

Title: First Born

Author: Will Dean

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 368

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Molly Raven is an introvert, and she is happy being alone. She finds comfort in her still, boring life in London. However, her identical twin sister, Katie, is the exact opposite of her sister. Outgoing, adventurous, Katie is the life of every party in New York. So when Molly hears the news about Katie’s mysterious death, she is thrown into a life she never thought she would ever have to face. But the more Molly chases the truth about Kate’s death, the more Molly realizes that she never really knew anything about Katie. That Katie led a more spontaneous and dangerous life than she thought. And that her death is very much connected to both the sisters’ life.

Why do we recommend this book?

It’s a psychological thriller, and who doesn’t like those? It’s dark and weird, but like, completely awesome. Molly was an exciting narrator because you really can’t quite understand what was happening around her. She was unreliable, and that made for such a great read. The writing is spectacular, and the plot twists are crazy and unpredictable. Must read for fans of suspense and thriller books!

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#5 I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas


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I'll Never tell; suspense books to read
I’ll Never tell by Abigail Haas

Title: I’ll Never Tell

Author: Abigail Haas

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Type: Standalone

Pages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4.0 / 5

Anna and her friends have gone to Aruba for a spring break. It’s a paradise in all sense. But then something gruesome happens. Anna’s best friend Elise is brutally murdered. And, nothing like this has ever happened in Aruba. The police are dedicated to finding the killer and closing the case as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Anna is arrested and is accused of killing her best friend. But obviously, this isn’t true, right? Or maybe not? This book is about Anna’s trial and her journey. It is filled with reservations, surprises, court trials, pain, loss, and hope.

Why do we recommend this book?

This book is a fun and exciting read. Unfortunately, a few loose ends are left unexplained at the end of the book. But other than that, the book is an exciting and gripping read. If you’re looking for a crime thriller, this book is for you.

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#6 Nine Lives by Peter Swanson


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Nine Lives: The chilling new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author that 'keeps you guessing right to the end' Peter May by [Peter Swanson]
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Title: Nine Lives

Author: Peter Swanson

Genre: Mystery, Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Type: Standalone

Pages: 336

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

When nine strangers receive a list with their names on a mail, they brush it off as a prank. But then strange things start happening to these people, one by one. There is something bizarre about the way they are being targeted, but no one is sure what it means. What exactly is it that connects these nine lives? What do they have in common? FBI agent Jessica Winslow, one of the names on the list, takes it upon herself to find out what is happening with them. Is it a work of a psychopath or a serial killer who is on their back? Is there a reason why these nine people were specifically chosen?

Why do we recommend this book?

A reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none, Nine Lives comes close to being a retelling of the famous mystery novel. Thankfully, the author put a refreshing spin and twist on it, making it a memorable story on its own. The plot never loses its pace, and I loved that the book never wasted my time by prolonging any element of the mystery of this book. I was hooked from start to finish. Read this book if you are a fan of suspense books and looking for something close to Agatha Christie’s work.

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#7 Or else by Joe Hart


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Or Else: A Thriller by [Joe Hart]; suspense books to read
Or else by Joe Hart

Title: Or Else

Author: Joe Hart

Genre: Mystery, contemporary, Adult

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Type: Standalone

Pages: 253

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Andy Drake is a novelist and recently came back to his hometown to take care of his father. When he meets his childhood friend, Rachel, it turns into a love affair, and they both are sure they can keep it a secret. But then Andy receives a note – ‘End the affair. Or else.’ Andy would have thought they were caught by Rachel’s husband, David. But when weeks later, David is shot dead, he isn’t sure what to make of it. To add to the mystery, Rachel and her kids are gone, vanished without leaving a single trace. If Andy doesn’t want to get tangled up in the murder case, he needs to solve the mystery fast. It would have been a lot easier if his town was really as it seemed. Here, everyone has something to hide. And the next victim could be anyone.

Why do we recommend this book?

Of course, since it’s a murder mystery, the novelist has to be a crime fiction writer. I have no problem with this cliche, though. The suspense was well executed, and I loved the small-town setting of the book. The events were easy to follow, and while some twists were predictable, the book was still a satisfying read overall.

P.S.: This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read this book for free.

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#8 The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James


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The Book of Cold Cases by [Simone St. James]; suspense books to read
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

Title: The Book of Cold Cases

Author: Simone St. James

Genre: Horror, Adult

Publisher: Berkley

Type: Standalone

Pages: 352

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Shea Collins is a medical receptionist by day and a blogger by night. She runs the Book of Cold Cases, a blog about true unsolved crimes. She meets Beth by chance, an elusive woman who was the prime suspect in the 1977 Lady Killer Murders, where the same gun murdered two men. Though Beth was seen fleeing the crime scene, she was acquitted. Shea asks Beth for an interview, and she gets one. She begins visiting Beth in her house and slowly realizes that there was much more to the murders. But getting to the bottom of the case is the last thing in Shea’s brain, as the more time she spends in the mansion, the more creepy it gets. What exactly is the truth about Beth? Is Shea growing closer to a maniac, manipulative murderer? And are there even more secrets hidden behind the walls of her house?

Why do we recommend this book?

This book was creepy. The writing is so eerily beautiful! I liked that we got answers to so many questions early on in the book. Still, we were left with new mysteries with almost every chapter. It was fascinating that though we were given an accurate description of the past through flashbacks, we were still kept in the dark throughout the book. And Shea and Beth were both such interesting characters. So, for the lover of suspense books who wants to read something creepy, give this book a try.

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#9 The Murder Between Us by Tal Bauer


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The Murder Between Us by Tal Bauer

Title: The Murder Between Us

Author: Tal Bauer

Genre: LGBT, Suspense, Romance, Crime

Publisher: WGW Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 280

Goodreads rating: 4.3 / 5

FBI Agent Noah Downing had questions about his sexuality that a single night in Vegas should have answered. And then, one night, when Noah meets Cole, all his doubts are cleared. They both, Noah and Cole, plan to meet the next day again. But then they don’t, as Noah gets an urgent call from his home. There is a vicious serial killer on the loose who suddenly resurfaced after six years. And Noah has to catch him anyhow. And in between this, Cole gets stood up by Noah. But when Noah’s team requests a profiler from the FBI, he doesn’t expect that person to be Cole. So this book is about Noah and Cole, how they get past their awkwardness and how they try to catch the killer.

Why do we recommend this book?

There are many twists and turns. Some I saw coming, and some I didn’t. And, don’t get me started on the relationship between Cole and Noah. It was everything I thought it would be and more. I loved it. It was fun guessing who the murderer might be. You will love reading this book!

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#10 The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf


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The Overnight Guest: A Novel by [Heather Gudenkauf]; suspense books to read
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

Title: #8 The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Genre: Adult, Horror, Contemporary, Mystery

Publisher: Park Row

Type: Standalone

Pages: 352

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Wylie Lark is a true-crime writer, and she really couldn’t care less about the snowstorm as long as the farmhouse she has retreated to can give her material to write something. Decades earlier, the farmhouse witnessed two horrific deaths while a teenage girl disappeared. So the mysterious house is bound to provide something for her to write about. When she finds an injured boy out in the snow, almost frozen to death, she takes him in as her overnight guest. Soon it becomes clear that their place isn’t relatively as isolated as she would have liked, and the answers to the mysteries of both the past and the present lie within the house. And someone out there isn’t going to let a blizzard hold them down from stopping Wylie from finding the truth.

Why do we recommend this book?

Oooh, atmospheric thrillers are my favorite. The snowstorm added to the mysterious air surrounding the house and its secrets that are decades old. Also, I liked that it had so many points of view of different characters (though this depends on readers; some won’t appreciate the plot getting unnecessarily complicated because of the vast number of characters). Overall, it was pretty solid suspense despite the plot holes and predictability, and it’s a perfect re-reading material.

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#11 This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher


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This lie will kill you
This Lie Will Kill You

Title: This Lie Will Kill You

Author: Chelsea Pitcher

Genre: Murder Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.2 / 5

This book is about a night in an isolated mansion. There is a contest with a grand prize of $50,000. It is to be held in an estate. At least it’s what they are told. They are Ruby, Gavin, Brett, Parker, and Juniper. So when they arrive there, all of them feel a bit creeped out. But then they still decide to go in as they all need that money. However, this mansion is not what it seems. Exactly one year back, a boy had died. And this night is about finding out who is responsible for that. This book is filled with clues, fire, games, and dangers.

*This book has mentioned suicide

Why do we recommend this book?

While reading this book, my heart was beating so fast. There is so much suspense and mystery in this book!! And the ending is shocking. I didn’t see it coming at all. So, if you’re looking for a heart-racing thriller, this book is for you. So, the lovers of suspense books and thrillers, don’t forget to add this book to your to-read list.

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#12 What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline


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What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

Title: What Happened to the Bennetts

Author: Lisa Scottoline

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Adult

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Type: Standalone

Pages: 400

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Jason Bennett and his family are on their way home when suddenly two carjackers hold them at gunpoint. One gunshot later, the Bennett family’s whole life has changed. The last thing they need after that horrifying night is to get in the middle of another crossfire between the members of the drug trafficking organization. Taken from the life they knew, Bennetts is slowly unraveling, trying hard to survive in their new, unfamiliar living situations. But, Jason’s life takes another turn when he finds out the truth about the organization that ruined his family’s life. Now it’s up to Jason to take charge of getting to the bottom of the crime and protect his family from further dangers.

Why do we recommend this book?

The author does a great job in making the readers connect with the characters (because that only makes everything hit much closer to home. The suspense wasn’t much to talk about, but the storytelling was immaculate. My favorite part of the book was the writing. The author did a fantastic job of creating so much anxiety and tension in the reader from the beginning.

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#13 Wilde Series by Harlan Coben


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Wilde Series by Harlan Coben
Wilde Series by Harlan Coben

Title: Wilde

Author: Harlan Coben

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 The Boy from the Woods, #2 The Match

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods with no memories of his past. Now an adult, Wilde still doesn’t know who he is or where he belongs. Hester Crimstein is a television criminal attorney, the only person who seems to want to find a missing girl, Naomi, and the only thing she knows about the girl is that she was bullied in her school. So when she asks Wilde to use his unique skills to find her, Wilde is forced to return to society, one where he has never once fit in. But he can’t just leave an outcast in trouble alone, so he ventures out of the woods to solve the mysterious disappearance of Naomi. Not knowing how deep the case will take him socially and personally.

Why do we recommend this book?

I love Hester! She is so badass and so classy even at the age of 70. And people who have been following Coben’s works for years would be well aware of this character, who finally gets her time to truly shine as the main character (another reminiscent of Christie’s books. Poirot’s universe, anyone?). Wilde is excellent too, and I want more of him, even two books later. Also, this is one of those very rare suspense thrillers where the mystery progression and character growth go hand in hand. This means this series is quite perfect.

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That’s all for the recommendations. Reminder: Don’t forget to keep your schedule free before starting these books because they are unputdownable.

P.S: Some books recommended here are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, you can read these books for free. Check out this article: Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

SO, to conclude, here is the list of the Best Suspense books to read:

1Deception Point by Dan BrownBuy Now
2Deep Sleep by Steven KonkolyBuy Now
3Family Money by Chad ZunkerBuy Now
4First Born by Will DeanBuy Now
5I’ll Never Tell by Abigail HaasBuy Now
6Nine Lives by Peter SwansonBuy Now
7Or else by Joe HartBuy Now
8The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. JamesBuy Now
9The Murder Between Us by Tal BauerBuy Now
10The Overnight Guest by Heather GudenkaufBuy Now
11This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea PitcherBuy Now
12What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa ScottolineBuy Now
13Wilde Series by Harlan CobenBuy Now
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