While scary movies tend to steal the spotlight when it gets close to Halloween and Day of the Dead, we're partial to thriller books year-round. We can't get enough of the kinds of chilling reads that are filled with so many twists and turns that you're kept guessing until the very last page. And if your bookshelf is full of novels by the likes of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Megan Abbott too, we're betting you're going to want to add these chilling books to your Amazon shopping cart ASAP.
From a psychological thriller that'll have you looking over your shoulder as you read to a murder mystery that'll haunt you long after you've put the book back on your shelf, we're recommending seven novels that are so compulsively readable that you shouldn't even bother with a bookmark. Trust us—once you pick up these books, you won't be putting them down until you've read every word.
Ahead are seven nail-biting books that just might have you pulling all-nighters.
The River at Night is as much an exhilarating whitewater ride through the harsh Maine wilderness as it is a story about friendship, humanity, and survival. The novel is so masterfully written that it's hard to believe it's Ferencik's debut.
Drawing comparisons to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train, this utterly addictive novel reconstructs a year in the life of a young woman whose mysterious double life ends with her brutal murder. You won't be able to put it down.
Reese Witherspoon's production company is already developing this page-turner about a mysterious murder in a small Australian town for the big screen, so you know it's going to be good.
Fans of the genre will instantly recognize Paula Hawkins as the best-selling author of the insanely popular psychological drama The Girl on the Train. Her much-anticipated second novel, Into the Water, is just as smart, chilling, and impossible to put down.
The Girl Before is hands down one of the buzziest books published in 2017 and it's set to be made into a movie, too. Set in a mysterious home that has as much of a chilling power over its occupants as its architect, this suspenseful read will keep you guessing until the very last page.
This drama-filled novel about a young girl grappling with that fact her brother may be a murderer builds the suspense until the very end. Like Gardner's runaway hit Find Her, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat.
This tale unfolds over 400 pages, but this layered story by Jane Corry is so well written it flies by more like a novella. The Washington Post raves, "the novel's plot is as provocative as its title." Filled with love, marriage, and murder, we can't help but agree.