16 best thrillers of all time



We still have a few months – at least – to get the thrills of theme parks, sporting events and escape rooms, but adrenaline junkies still have a place to turn to find. their solution: the library. For fans of thrilling crime and suspense stories, there’s nothing better to get away from reality than a good detective story. Fortunately for these people, we have kept track of the best. Read on for a list of our 16 best thrillers of the 21st century and beyond.


Missing Girl by Gillian Flynn

There’s a reason Gillian Flynn is such a household name: She’s the queen of 21st century thrillers, her prose is compulsively readable, her troubled heroines – and her villains – cultural icons in themselves. Whatever your favorite book, there’s no denying it Missing girl, the story of a missing woman and her husband suspected of her disappearance, which shapes the times, is a post-recession classic.


The Woman in Ruth Ware’s Cabin 10

If Gillian Flynn is the queen of modern suspense, Ruth Ware is the knight presiding over the Round Table. Often compared to a modern day Agatha Christie, Ware excels in thrillers set within the confines of closed spaces, such as The woman in cabin 10, aboard a cruise ship where a travel journalist witnesses a murder. When she finds no evidence the victim was ever on board, writer Lo begins to question her own sanity.


Your house will pay by Steph Cha

We’ve featured this novel before, because it’s so good: an urgent (and suddenly timely) review of racial tensions in Los Angeles, Steph Cha’s latest is a page turner on two families – one black and one Korean – who must grapple with the legacy of a crime that rocked their two families in the months leading up to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.


The guest list by Lucy Foley

Relative newcomer Lucy Foley has refined her unique brand of upside-down suspense into science – and thank goodness for that. A sin The hunting party, 2018 Foley’s escape thriller, The guest list– set at a posh wedding gone awry on a remote Scottish island – starts with a murder, then plays a game of estrangement with the identity of the victim until the very last pages.


You, volume 1 by Caroline Kepnes

We all owe a debt to Caroline Kepnes for writing the source material that gave us Penn Badgley’s terrifying performance as Joe Goldberg on the hit Netflix serial killer show. You-corn the original book is not to be sneezed at either. The first in a series (volumes 3 and 4 are on their way, according to Kepnes), this perfect thriller shakes up genre conventions by immersing us in the mind of the killer himself.


Patricia Highsmith’s talented Mr Ripley

God is a woman, but make her “the original master of the psychological thriller.” Although Patricia Highsmith is best known today as the author of classic lesbian romance Carole, she made a name for herself in the mid-20th century as the author of captivating thrillers like Strangers on a train (yes, like in the Hitchcock movie) and Deep waters. Without forgetting that she is the feather behind the fantastic Ripliade series, which traces the traces of a brilliant and dangerous crook.


Rising black water by Attica Locke

You already know the work of Attica Locke, whether you realize it or not: The author is also an accomplished screenwriter who matters Empire, when they see us, and Small fires everywhere among his television credits. But it’s her acclaimed debut novel, set in 1980s Texas and follows an unlucky lawyer who takes over after saving a woman from drowning, which you should know by now.


A Wild State by Roxane Gay

Bad feminist, it’s not. Released the same year as her collection of breakout essays, Roxane Gay’s debut novel tells the story of a Haitian-American woman who is kidnapped and subjected to brutal torture when her wealthy Haitian developer father refuses to pay her ransom.


The perfect nanny by Leïla Slimani

Remember Nanny diaries? Well, it’s like somebody’s brushing the pages of this book with arsenic. Inspired by a real event which took place on the Upper West Side in 2012, Leïla Slimani’s first book to appear in the United States starts from the unthinkable: a nanny murders the two children in her care, then tries to commit suicide. The story then goes back several months in time, inviting readers to try and understand how and why this terrible thing happened.


They all fall by Rachel Howzell Hall

Who doesn’t love a good thriller “strangers united by a horrible secret”? In the thrilling standalone novel by James Patterson collaborator Rachel Howzell Hall, seven people are invited to travel to a remote private island, only to discover that they have been summoned there under false pretenses and that their mysterious host has a deadly agenda. .


The misery of Stephen King

When it comes to exciting and terrifying books, Stephen King is the GOAT. Newcomers to his job could do worse than start with Misery, who follows popular writer Paul Sheldon as he is rescued from a snowy car crash by superfan and former nurse Annie Wilkes, only to discover he is now in even more danger.


Han Kang’s Vegetarian

Part national thriller and Kafka allegory, the three-part novel by International Man Booker Prize winner Han Kang centers on a woman who decides to become a vegetarian after waking up from a horrific bloody nightmare. Sounds harmless, right? It’s not: The Vegetarian is brutal and relentless, following its main character through sexual assault, eating disorders, and psychological torment.


The good son of You-Jeong Jeong

Ah, the unreliable narrator – a staple suspense genre trope. When Yu-jin, 25, wakes up to discover his mother’s corpse at the bottom of the stairs of their elegant apartment, he realizes that he has no memory of the day before other than the vague memory of his mother calling. her name. As he desperately searches for the truth about what happened that night, Yu-jin uncovers family secrets that cannot be re-buried.


These bones are not my child by Toni Cade Bambara

Toni Cade Bambara These bones are not my child is not just a gripping thriller; it is a masterpiece of American literature. (Just ask Toni Morrison – she was Bambara’s editor and longtime friend.) Published posthumously and in the context of the Atlanta Child Murders of 1979-81, Bambara’s latest novel follows a mother whose worst nightmare comes true when her teenage son goes missing.


The dragon girl tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Released in Stieg Larsson’s native Swedish language in 2005 and in English in 2008, The girl with the dragon tattoo introduced the hacker-vigilant Lisbeth Salander to the world and became an almost instantaneous literary phenomenon in the process. Larsson’s first novel published posthumously Millennium The series puts Lisbeth and her co-protagonist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a woman from a wealthy family who mysteriously disappeared 40 years ago.


You will know me from Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott’s name may not be as well-known as Gillian Flynn’s, but she’s just as essential as a writer for fans of suspense and thriller, and You will know me showcases the author in his best light. Abbott’s novel follows Katie and Eric Knox, the intense stage parents of a 15-year-old gymnastics star, as news of a violent death disrupts the Olympic gymnastics hopeful community to which the Knoxes belong.

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