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10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels

Updated on October 2, 2015

Do You Know Which Ones They Are?

There are so many great suspense thriller novels, but there are only a select few which can be declared as the best ones to recommend to you.

I have always enjoyed reading suspense thrillers and in my capacity as a freelance writer and avid reader I have compiled this list of the ten best novels after a lengthy review of hundreds of suspense thrillers.

Now for your reading pleasure I present to you here the list of the 10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels, each with its own personal review to whet your appetite for the story that is contained within.

Browse through the 10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels list and choose the novel that most appeals to you, then you can sit back knowing that you have selected one of the best and that you will enjoy a really good read.

Welcome to 10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels

Introduction To This List

Do you enjoy reading great suspense thriller novels then you are in for a treat.

Listed below in reverse ranking order you will discover the very best suspense thriller stories, all with personal reviews which will give you an insight into what each novel has to offer you.

Enjoy browsing through the list and see if any of them appeal to you. And when you get to the end could you leave a comment with your thoughts about these suspense thriller novels.

So with no more suspense from me, here are the 10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels.

#10 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

Spook Country - William Gibson

Spook Country
Spook Country

Tito is in his early twenties. Born in Cuba, he speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a NoLita warehouse, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer. Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn't exist yet, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It's odd, even a little scary. Milgrim is a junkie. A high-end junkie, hooked on prescription antianxiety drugs. Milgrim figures he wouldn't survive twenty-four hours if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying those little bubble packs. What exactly Brown is up to Milgrim can't say, but it seems to be military in nature. At least, Milgrim's very nuanced Russian would seem to be a big part of it.

 

#9 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

Point of Rescue - Sophie Hannah

Point of Rescue (Culver Valley Crime)
Point of Rescue (Culver Valley Crime)

Sally is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she ought not to recognise: Mark Bretherick. Last year, a business trip Sally had planned was cancelled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from her busy life juggling her career and a young family, Sally didn't tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she booked a week off and treated herself to a secret holiday. All she wanted was a bit of peace - some time to herself - but it didn't work out that way. Because Sally met a man - Mark Bretherick. All the details are the same: where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the man on the news is a man Sally has never seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Bretherick are both dead ...

 

The Art of Creating Suspense

The art that these authors use to create suspense in these thriller novels is a mixture of intrigue and mystery, but they also add their own special ingredient which is their writing style.

Through the words that they employ they are able to make you feel that you almost know the characters personally and that you are being given the capability of predicting what is going to happen to them.

And just when you think that you have solved the mystery they make the twists and turns in the story that suspense thriller writers have become famous for.

This is why suspense thriller novels are so popular and enjoyable to read.

#8 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

In the Dark - Mark Billingham

In the Dark
In the Dark

On a rainy city night, a handgun is fired at random. A struck car swerves and plows into a bus stop, killing an unsuspecting bystander. In an explosive instant, a cold-blooded gang initiation ends one life and forever changes three others: the desperate teenager who pulled the trigger . . . a policewoman on maternity leave . . . and an aging gangster plotting a terrifying revenge. The truth about the shocking incident will tie them all together in a lethal blood knot. And nothing is what it seems. In the Dark is the most powerful and unflinching novel yet from Mark Billingham—a gripping journey into the modern urban darkness where violence is both indiscriminate and meticulously planned, and youth gangs take on established criminals for rule of the streets.

 

#7 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island LP: A Novel
Shutter Island LP: A Novel

The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new ­partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.

 

#6 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

What Makes A Thriller Great?

Suspense, intrigue, the twist and turns of the story and the uncertainty of how it is all going to end are some of the elements that make a thriller novel great.

But all of us know when we are in the company of a great suspense thriller and the effect that it is going to have on us.

It is when we get so wrapped up in the story that we can't put the book down until we find out exactly how it all plays out.

A great suspense thriller is a rewarding reading experience.

#5 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larrson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series Book 1)

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues is a eponymous, pierced and tattooed, emotionally troubled young hacker-investigator.

 

#4 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

Whiteout - Ken Follett

Whiteout
Whiteout

A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come. As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people, Toni among them, converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks—jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, and rivalries—crackle, with desperate secrets revealed, and hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn.

 

#3 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

The Cairo Diary - Maxim Chattam

Cairo Diary
Cairo Diary

British-occupied Cairo, 1928: Several young children have disappeared and were then found, horribly mutilated, in the tombs just outside the city. Panic is spreading among the locals after a cloaked giant is sighted. Mont-Saint-Michel, 2005: Marion has taken refuge in the wind-swept and remote monastery located on a spit of land on the west coast of France.In the wake of a scandal, caused by her own revelations, that is now reverberating through the French capital, she has been spirited away from Paris and brought here by the Secret Service for her own protection. When she finds a diary dating from 1928 in the monastery library, penned by Jeremy Matheson and hidden inside the jacket of an Edgar Allen Poe book, she is inexorably pulled into the past as she is being watched, and taunting notes and riddles urge her to give back what is not hers...

 

Take A Pause

You are about to see the last two suspense thriller novels in the list, any guesses as to which ones they might be?

Please leave a comment and let me know which suspense thriller novels you liked from the list or the name of a suspense thriller that is your favorite.

#2 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

Deadline - Simon Kernick

Deadline
Deadline

It’s evening, you’re back late from work—and the house is in darkness. You step inside, and the phone rings. You answer it—and your world is turned upside down. Your fourteen-year-old daughter has been taken, and her kidnappers want half a million pounds in cash. They give you 48 hours to raise the money. If you call the police, she will die. Trying desperately to remain calm, you realize that your husband—the man you married two years ago—is also missing. But he can’t be involved in your daughter’s abduction. Or can he? As the nightmare unravels, you can be certain of only two things: that you will do anything to get your daughter back alive— and that time is running out.

 

#1 Best Suspense Thriller Novel

The Likeness - Tana French

The Likeness
The Likeness

The body of a young woman is found in the ruins of an old stone cottage in a village outside of Dublin. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? Lacking suspects or leads, the victim is reported by the police to be injured but alive, leaving Cassie to step into the dead woman’s life as a Trinity College graduate student and the housemate of four other students. Despite the tensions of being undercover, Cassie quickly learns to love her quirky, insular housemates and her new life in a once-grand house, even as the Murder Squad investigation yields little. Someone stabbed her doppelganger to death, and Cassie must find the killer.

 

A Few Words From Your Reviewer

Ever since I was a kid I have loved to read any book that has a suspense thriller story. You have just had the chance to explore my reviews and recommendations of these 10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels. I hope that it has provided you with the information that you were seeking so that you can make your choice of the next suspense thriller novel that you will be reading.

Tell Me What You Think About These 10 Best Suspense Thriller Novels - Which Is Your Favorite Suspense Thriller Novel?

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      MrTibbs 5 years ago

      Great list, thanks! huge Dennis Lehane fan

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tip on Whiteout, just finished Jackdaws and will have to give this title a shot.

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      SadSquid 4 years ago

      Funny, even though I love thrillers, I have not read any of the books on your list, except for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I didn't like very much incidentally. However some of the other books sound intriguing, and I definitely add them to my reading list!!

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      Golfman7 4 years ago

      I'm reading the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo next.

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      anandma 4 years ago

      have not read any of them .will check them out thanks

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      bskcom 4 years ago

      I enjoyed the book Deadline. It is my favorite from your list.

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      Of those featured here, I enjoyed Shutter Island the most. There are a few that I haven't read though, so I'm adding them to my list. Thanks for sharing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These Suspense Thriller Novels really sound interesting. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Gillian Flynn's noverls. Gone Girl and Sharp Objects are amazing thrillers!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I don't have a favourite novel because I love so many of them, but anything by John Connolly will do me. He can be seriously scary.

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      I love Tana French. I've read all of her books.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting selection of books.

      I enjoy suspense thriller novels, have all my life, it is a book that I can start reading and it holds my attention, that when I leave it, I can't get back quick enough to continue reading.

      I would enjoy reading all of these books, have bookmarked this article, thanks for sharing.

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      I'm not a big reader, I should read more. I have seen some of the movies based on these books and they were great, so maybe I should buy some of the books. Greets, Joebeducci

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Well, I thought I had read many of the best ones, but haven't even heard of most of these. What fun, a whole new list to explore! Thanks for sharing!

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      jamesgod 3 years ago

      John Connolly is a must in my book. Start with Every Dead Thing.

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      raqeem 2 years ago

      gr8 list loved shutter island

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      Işın Tuzcular 2 years ago from Istanbul

      Great list thanks :) I also like Christophe Grange books.

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      Fatimaaa 15 months ago

      This is a wonderful list. Great work! :)

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