Best Thriller Books 2022 | riot book

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A new year means a whole host of new book releases to look forward to, especially when it comes to the best thrillers. 2022 is set to bring many highly anticipated new titles across all genres, including sci-fi and fantasy, romance, non-fiction, and of course, thrillers. Whether you enjoy heart-pounding murder mysteries, closed-room thrillers, or gripping family sagas, you’re sure to find something to suit your interests in this list.

Although it’s still early in the year, several of these trending novels are already in stores, waiting to be added to your bedside tables and shelves – and many more are on the way in the coming months. From a YA novel set in a small town to an engrossing dive into the world of classical music, these gripping leafers will keep you hooked until the very end (and if your top picks are still months away from release, you can also get your dose of suspense as you uncover 2021’s most under-the-radar mysteries in the meantime.)

So pull out your TBR list and read some of the best and most anticipated thrillers you won’t want to miss in 2022 below.

Nita Prose’s Maid

In this first animated novel from Nita Prose, 25-year-old Molly embarks on her job as a five-star hotel maid, fueled by her obsessive love for cleaning and etiquette. But her orderly life is thrown into chaos when she walks into the suite of a wealthy patron to find him dead – and herself the prime suspect in his murder.

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Noah Hawley Anthem

In this futuristic thriller, teenagers die by suicide in alarming numbers as the rest of the nation faces an increasingly divided political system and impending climate catastrophe. Amidst the chaos, three unlikely heroes embark on a question to take on an evil billionaire known as the wizard to save a friend.

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

In Rachel Hawkins’ latest thriller, a group of young people in their twenties go on a trip to the island of Meroe, a remote island in the South Pacific. Before embarking on the difficult journey, they agree to spend two carefree weeks exploring the place together. But what seems like a fun and exciting adventure soon turns ugly as tensions begin to rise on the remote island.

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The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen

After bonding over their messy divorces, new friends Sam, Margaret and Diana are thrilled to get out of town and go on a girls’ weekend. Halfway through their road trip, they find themselves stranded in a mountain town, where Diana suddenly disappears. As Sam and Margaret search for her, it soon becomes apparent that the three of them have gone into hiding.

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The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Immerse yourself in the world of classical music with this captivating book about a black musician who has dreamed of becoming a professional violinist since childhood in rural North Carolina. After years of hard work, he lands a place in the world’s greatest music competition – only to have his most prized possession, a beloved Stradivarius violin, stolen the night before. To recover his precious instrument, Ray will have to collect the clues before it’s too late. Slocumb’s stunning debut offers an unflinching portrait of artistry and resilience in the face of prejudice in an unforgiving world.

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Cold by Mariko Tamaki

A small community is shaken when the body of a 17-year-old gay high school student is found in the park. As detectives work to find out what happened to him, an introverted Georgia watches the investigation and can’t help but feel oddly connected to Todd. Unable to get rid of the feeling that she’s seen him somewhere before, she sets out to find out the truth about his death.

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Lucy Foley’s Paris apartment

The latest novel from The Hunting Party and The Guest List bestselling author centers on Lucy, an unlucky woman who asks to crash land with her half-brother Ben in Paris in an attempt to find a fresh start. After reluctantly agreeing, Jess shows up to find a nice apartment – and Ben has disappeared. As the days pass, Jen launches a search that reveals more questions and secrets not only about her brother, but also about the other tenants in the building.

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The Night Shift by Alex Finlay (March 1)

On New Year’s Eve 1999, amid the Y2K scare, four teenagers are attacked while working at Blockbuster, and only one survives. Nearly 15 years later, in the same small town, four other teenagers are attacked in an ice cream parlour, launching an FBI investigation into the connection between the two eerily similar incidents.

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The Cold Business Book by Simone St. James (March 25)

Forty years after being acquitted of two murders, Beth agrees to sit down with true crime blogger Shea for a series of interviews. As the two begin to meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, Shea begins to suspect something is wrong – and there may be dangers around Beth after all. Expertly bridged past and present, this atmospheric thriller delivers a chilling mystery that’s sure to keep you hooked until the last page.

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Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed (May 10)

In this poignant and gripping YA novel, Safiya is an aspiring young journalist whose life is turned upside down when she discovers the body of a murdered teenager. Investigating, she learns that Jawad was only 14 when he built a disguised jetpack that his teacher mistook for a bomb—a mistake that got him arrested and ultimately cost him his life. As she learns more details, Saifya is determined to uncover the terrible truth behind Jamad’s story and expose the hatred that caused his death.

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The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentil (June 7)

Four strangers are sitting at a table in the ornate reading room of the Boston Public Library when the tranquil atmosphere is suddenly shattered by a woman’s bloodcurdling scream. After security locks them in to start the investigation, the group begins to chat and friendships begin to form. But while all of them have plausible reasons for being in the library that afternoon, there’s no denying that some of them are hiding secrets – and one of them is the murderer.

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The daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (July 19)

In this reinvention of The island of Doctor Moreau in 19th century Mexico, a mysterious visitor visits the luxurious estate of Dr. Moreau, turning the lives of his loved ones upside down, including his daughter, Carlotta; his assistant, Montgomery; and his half-human, half-animal creations known as hybrids.

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The Last to Disappear by Megan Miranda (July 26)

Megan Miranda returns with another thrilling page-turner about big secrets in a small town. After a reporter goes missing while investigating a string of disappearances in the mountain town of Cutter’s Pass, his brother shows up looking for answers. But as the other residents turn their backs on the stranger, hostel owner Abigail Lovett feels compelled to share the incriminating evidence she found at her hotel, bringing them closer to uncovering the truth.

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Stay Awake by Megan Goldin (August 9)

In Megan Goldin’s latest thriller, Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi in New York with no idea how she got there or why there are writings on her hands that urge her to “stay awake”. When she tries to return to her apartment, she realizes that strangers are now living there. She soon realizes that nothing in her life is as she remembers it – and her horror is only amplified when she finds a bloody knife in her pocket. Told between multiple alternate timelines, this intricate and well-crafted mystery will keep you reading late into the night.

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The Storyteller’s Death by Ana Davila Cardinal (October 4)

This amazing family saga follows an 18-year-old girl in Puerto Rico who discovers a strange and mysterious ability after the death of her grandmother. When her grandmother passes away, Isla inexplicably finds herself having visions of the stories she has heard from her family throughout her life. But a vision presents her with the case of an old murder mystery, Isla realizes that the stories she once found fascinating might actually be dangerous.


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