My TBR List: Thrillers I’m Dying to Read

TBR thrillers

It has been a while since I wrote a book post so I figured I’d let you know what books I’ve been wanting to read lately! I’ve been on a thriller kick, everything that sounds the most interesting to me lately classifies as a thriller. The first thriller book I can remember reading and loving was YOU by Caroline Kepnes and since then I’ve read HIDDEN BODIES (the sequel) and loved it just as much. I’m currently reading THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 and I’m hoping to finish it veryyy soon.

If you’re into thrillers, I recommend checking out YOU and HIDDEN BODIES but I won’t be talking about them because I’ve already read them and this post is about books on my TBR! For this list, I’m sharing the synopsis shown on Goodreads. Since I haven’t read the books yet, it’s hard for me to talk about them but I can share with you what caught my eye about each book.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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This book is by the same author of THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 and I’ve heard some really good things about it!

“In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.” [via Goodreads]

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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I guess this book is classified more as a “mystery” than a thriller but this is one I’ve been wanting to read for a while now! I have BIG LITTLE LIES but haven’t read it yet, but I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this author.

“My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.” [via Goodreads]

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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I think someone in one of the book groups I’m in recommended this so I added it to my list! It sounds perfectly ~thrilling~

“In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.” [via Goodreads]

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

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As soon as I read the synopsis for this I was hooked. I think it sounds so eerie and interesting!

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.
The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.” [via Goodreads]

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

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Pretty sure I received and ARC for this book but haven’t read it yet. I seriously need more hours in the day to read as much as I want to!

“Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.”  [via Goodreads]

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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This one has been popular on people’s lists for a few months now. I added it to my TBR as soon as I saw everyone was loving it and after reading the description I think it’s easy to figure out why!

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.” [via Goodreads]

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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This one just seems very “Girl On The Train”-y but in a good way. I’m so intrigued by this one!

“You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?” [via Goodreads]

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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This was another book recommended to me through a Facebook group. This one sounds amazing and is really high up on my list!

“On a flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning Lily Kintner. Over martinis, the strangers play a game in which they reveal intimate details about themselves, but what begins as playful banter between Ted and Lily takes a turn when Ted claims, half-seriously, that he’d like to kill his wife. Lily surprises him by saying she’d like to help.

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily forge an unusual bond and talk about the ways Ted can get out of his marriage, but Lily has her own dark history she’s not sharing with Ted. As Ted begins to fall in love with Lily, he grows anxious about any holes in their scheme that could give them away. Before long, the two are pulled into a lethal game of cat and mouse, one in which both are not likely to survive when all is said and done.” [via Goodreads]

Now that you’ve seen my list of thrillers, did any stick out to you? Have you read thrillers before? What type of books have you been into lately?

  • Gina Nichols

    Oooh The Girl Before sounds really interesting!! I am always on the hunt for a good book list and it sounds like we have very similar taste in novels. Thanks for sharing! I found you on #growyourblog :)

    • Thanks Gina! I’m glad you found some new reads!

  • Melissa Yvonne

    These all sound amazing! I love horror novels, I’m so happy I saw your post because I never know where to go to find great ones.

    • I follow @crimebythebook on Instagram, she usually posts a lot of good books similar to these! Goodreads is also a great place to find new books. Thanks for your comment Melissa :)

  • Molly O’Connor

    The Husband’s Secret and In a Dark, Dark Wood are two of my FAVES!! Thanks for these suggestions, can’t wait to try some of these!!

    • Have you read The Woman in Cabin 10? That’s what I’m working on now and I’m just getting to the good part!

  • Sara Holt

    The Husband’s Secret is a must read! I haven’t heard of The Couple Next Door but that cover intrigues me!

    • Right?! They say not to judge a book by its cover but it’s so hard not to!

  • These all sound awesome – I wish I was a reader. I need to work on it. I’d definitely love thrillers!

    • I absolutely hate scary movies but I love reading thrillers… go figure!

  • Jamie

    I have heard The Husband’s Secret is a great read!
    Love all of your recommendations.

    xx, Jamie

    • Thanks Jamie, hopefully you found a new book to check out!

  • Courteney Noonan

    All Is Not Forgotten sounds right up my street! I love thrillers – they’re probably my favourite genre to read :)

    • It’s a new genre for me, but I love it! I’m not a fan of scary movies but I’m absolutely loving these thrillers/mysteries!

  • I am always looking for book that will get me to keep reading!! Such great recommendations! xx

  • The couple Next Door is currently on my list but I will have to add Dark Matter since that one sounds crazy!

  • Based on all these, I’d say you would love One Was Lost! I just started it yesterday and I’m about half way through. It’s super suspenseful!

  • Oh my gosh these all look so good! I need to try to read more books for pleasure because I feel like I’m missing out!

  • Emily Jones

    Hello, I am a librarian so books are my thing – have you ever tried books aimed at Young Adults – I have just started to read some and am loving them – some real classics – would love you to write a post maybe about those – just an idea – going to work through your list though as running low

  • So many great books, I need to check these out. I haven’t been reading much. I really need to get back into it.

  • Whitney H

    I love thrillers! Memoirs are typically my genre of choice but I’m trying to get into reading more fiction. This is a great list. I definitely need to check these out!

  • Great suggestions! After going through my bookshelf recently, I’m trying not to buy any books this year but The Couple Next Door is definitely on my list!

    I love a good thriller (probably more than I should).

    Darrian |

  • Amber Hill

    I have been is such a thriller mood! I read The Couple Next Door at the beginning of the year, and finished it in 48 hours!! Pinning this for later!

  • Dark Matter for sure and All is Not Perfect sounds interesting!

  • Greta Hollar

    I love posts like this because I never know what to read and I can go through this post and check everything out of the library!

    Greta |

  • Miss ALK

    I’m not really into thrillers but my dad and some of my friends are- I’ll have to share this list! 😀

    xoxo A

  • The Husband’s Secret is so good! A lot of these are on my to read list as well.

  • Ahhh I’ve had In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 in my bookshelf from the library for a hot minute now…and they’re both due this week! I’m thinking I’ll pay the $2 overdue fee. It’s still cheaper than buying the books…ha! The Husband’s Secret is a MUST READ. I devoured it.

  • I’ve had a few of these on my list for a while and now you’ve added some more :) Thriller books are the best!

  • Ok I haven’t read any of these and seriously feel like I am missing out!! Adding ALL of them to my library list!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • This is an awesome list! I just wrote a few down on my list of books to read in 2017!

  • These all sound like great books! I’ll have to look into them.

  • Ashley Mason

    These books sound great! I wish I had more time to read but I’m totally adding them to my list :)

  • Bookmarked! They all sound awesome! I love thrillers!! Have you tried Tess Gerritsen? She writes amazing ones too! X

  • Ariana

    The Girl Before sounds SO intriguing!!! Will definitely have to read that one!

  • Ooooo, these all sound so good! I read the Couple Next Door and loved it… I finished it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. I’m so adding these to my reading list.

  • Victoria Stacey

    I’m excited about a lot of these! I loved Girl on the Train (have you seen the movie – I haven’t I’m not sure about it!) I’m reading Woman in Cabin 10 right now!

  • Ohhh these sound great! I need to look for them next time I’m at the library because I’m always all about a good thriller :) xo, sharon

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Ooooo…these sound good! I am intrigued by the couple next door though! Must add to my list!

  • Nicole Miller

    I loved The Husband’s Secret! The audiobook is really good, too – I normally prefer physical books but decided to download this for a long drive, and it kept me hooked the whole time.

  • Yes!! I have been wanting a new thriller book to read. After finishing “The Woman in Cabin 10″ and “Big Little Lies,” I’m not sure any books will measure up!!

    Great post, Kayla! I’ll be sure to check these books out!

    Sweetly, Sally //