10 new mystery and thriller books from 2021 to watch


There’s no denying that 2020 has been a great year for the books. And this year doesn’t seem to be an exception, especially when it comes to mysteries and thrillers. Yes, there are a number of atmospheric thrillers hitting shelves over the next 12 months that will have you absolutely hooked.

Whether you’re a fan of slow-burning psychological mysteries or gripping thrillers that will keep you going, here are some of the new mystery and thriller books to check out in 2021.

1. Don’t ask questions by Claire Allan | January 21, 2021

Don’t ask questions

Ask No Questions is a meandering, slow-moving thriller about a journalist trying to shed light on a tragic event that shook a community deep within himself. The perfect read for Adele Parks and CJ Tudor fans.

Eight-year-old Kelly Doherty disappeared 25 years ago on Halloween. She had been out with friends – but was discovered three days later, floating face down on the banks of the reservoir, by two of her young classmates.

Today, journalist Ingrid Devlin investigates the crime that deeply affected Derry. But it quickly becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her to find out the truth. Because while digging, Ingrid discovers that the Doherty family are not quite what they appear to be – but will she be able to uncover the truth about that night before it’s too late? ?

2. Thrill by Allie Reynolds | January 21, 2021


If the mysteries of the locked room (or the ones that take place in snowy resorts) are more to your liking, then be sure to take Shiver. Long-buried secrets begin to be revealed when a group of old friends reunite and their reunion takes a dark and twisted turn.

It all starts when Milla receives an invitation. There is a reunion in the French Alps, in the resort which experienced the peak of her snowboarding career. And while she’d rather not remember what really happened that winter, the invitation comes from Curtis – the one person she can’t seem to leave behind – and so she drops everything to go.

The group hasn’t seen each other for a decade, when the enigmatic Saskia disappeared. But when the icebreaker game takes a dark turn, they begin to realize that they don’t really know who brought them there – and how far that person is willing to go in search of the truth. . It is time for the secrets of this winter to finally be revealed.

3. Black Widows by Cate Quinn | February 4, 2021

Black widows
Black widows

A little detective, a little why, and a whole bunch of twists and secrets: fans of the genre will not be able to let go of this addicting domestic thriller.

Blake Nelson and his three wives have moved to an expanse of off the beaten track land in the Utah wilderness. There was Rachel, the chief woman: obedient and adoring excessively. Tina, meanwhile, is everything Rachel isn’t – and Emily, the youngest of them all, doesn’t know much else.

But when Blake is found dead one morning, questions start to mount. The three women don’t know who would want to kill a good man like Blake – at least that’s what they decide to tell the cops.

4. The man with the puzzle by Nadine Matheson | February 18, 2021

The man with the puzzle
The man with the puzzle

If spooky cat and mouse games are your go-to thriller genre, you should definitely make sure to add The Jigsaw Man to your reading pile this year.

After the bodies begin to wash on the banks of the Thames, DI Henley is convinced it could be someone: Peter Olivier, the famous Jigsaw Killer. But there is a problem – he is behind bars. She knows it, since she was the one who put it there.

And while Henley had always hoped that she would never have to see his face again, she also knows that Olivier may be the only way to stop the impersonator killer. But when she tells him what’s going on, it turns out that helping Henley is the last thing on his mind. Now all bets are off: there is a race to catch the killer, and the number of bodies keeps increasing. But who’s going to tackle the copier first – Henley or the Puzzle Killer?

5. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay | March 2, 2021

Every last fear
Every last fear

A twist on the age-old saying, Every Last Fear is about keeping your family close – because your enemies are closer. Told through a number of points of view – as well as alternating between past and present – it’s both a page-turning thriller and a family drama.

Matt Pine is devastated when he learns that almost his entire family has been found dead while on vacation in Mexico. Local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI aren’t so convinced – and they won’t tell Matt why. The tragedy also forces the family back into the limelight.

Matt’s brother Danny is serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend. He was also the subject of a true viral crime documentary, which claimed that Danny had been wrongly convicted – but Matt was never fully convinced of his brother’s innocence. Now the murder of the family is starting to overlap with Danny’s case, and Matt is determined to uncover the truth about what happened to send Danny to jail, even though he has to face all of his fears.

6. The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | April 1, 2021

The girls are all so nice here
The girls are all so nice here

A dark and twisted story about friendship and female obsession, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is perfect for fans of My Dark Vanessa and Mean Girls.

Since graduating from college, Ambrosia Wellington has worked hard to create a whole new life for herself. But then she receives an invitation to their ten-year reunion – along with an anonymous note that says, “We need to talk about what we’ve been up to tonight.” It seems that the secrets of her past are not buried as well as she once thought.

Amb begins to focus on what exactly she did, as well as who she did it: her former best friend, the larger-than-life Sloan ‘Sully’ Sullivan, who could make Amb do anything. . During the reunion, the couple begin to receive threatening messages and it soon becomes clear that someone wants revenge for what happened ten years ago – and they will stop at nothing to get it.

7. Jo Spain’s Perfect Lie | May 13, 2021

The perfect lie
The perfect lie

The Perfect Lie is an intense thriller that explores how much we really know and what they can be capable of – and which will have you hooked from the very first chapter.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy left Ireland for New York following a family drama. Now she and her detective husband are happily living in quaint Newport, Long Island. But everything changes when, one morning, Erin opens the door to one of Danny’s fellow police officers. Behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth floor apartment and jumps to his death.

A year and a half later, Erin is in court and charged with the murder of her husband. During those eighteen months, Erin learned things about Danny that she never thought possible. She thought they had a perfect life, but it turns out it was all built on the perfect lie.

8. The murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe | June 10, 2021

Graham Catton's murder
Graham Catton’s murder

Perfect for fans of true podcast and crime thrillers, The Murder of Graham Catton will leave you guessing – delivering gripping twist after twist and packing plenty of emotional hits.

Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she conveniently remembers nothing from that night. Someone else was charged with the crime and the police put him in prison for life. And Hannah and her six-year-old daughter quickly left London. But now their peace is threatened when the viral true crime podcast Conviction does a series about the murder of Hannah’s husband.

They claim that the police set up the man who was convicted; and that Hannah has many more suspicious secrets than the fact that she can’t remember that night – like her story of volatility, quotes from the clinic where she worked as a psychiatrist. The only person she thinks she can confide in is her former colleague, Darcy, who has suddenly come back into her life, but who may have her own motivations. But Hannah can’t even tell Darcy her deepest secret: that she is still tormented by the memory of her husband and the giant hole he has dug in his life.

9. For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing | August 5, 2021

For your own good
For your own good

Another highly anticipated thriller to add to your playlist this year, fans of Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, and Tarryn Fisher will be absolutely hooked on For Your Own Good.

Teddy Crutcher won the Teacher of the Year award at the prestigious Belmont Academy, the home of the best and brightest students. And he says his wife couldn’t be prouder, even though no one has seen her for a little while. Teddy can’t be bothered by the death of a school parent (who looks more and more like murder), or even the student digging a little too deep into Teddy’s personal life. It has only one objective: to push these children to their full academic potential.

He is committed to improving his students and knows which of them needs it the most. He just wants his coworkers (and the ever-intrusive parents) to stay away. But while everyone agrees that Teddy has his best interests at heart, it’s just a shame that sometimes excellence can come at such a high cost.

10. A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins | August 31, 2021

A slow-burning fire
A slow-burning fire

Notice to all fans of The Girl On The Train: You won’t want to miss A Slow Fire Burning. Hawkins’ latest novel explores how “no tragedy happens in isolation” and how “trusting the wrong person at the wrong time can completely derail a life.”

Laura has spent most of her life being judged. Some people see her as hot-tempered, while others think she’s a loner – and some even call her dangerous. But Miriam knows that just because Laura saw her leave the scene of a horrific crime with blood on her clothes, that doesn’t make her a killer. Because experience has taught him that it is very easy to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Carla, meanwhile, is in shock after the brutal murder of her nephew. She absolutely does not trust anyone, because even good people are capable of terrible and terrible deeds. But how far is she really prepared to go to find peace? Innocent or guilty, everyone is hurt. Some are damaged enough to be killed.

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