While scary movies tend to steal the spotlight this time of year, we're partial to thriller books. The kinds of chilling reads that are filled with so many twists and turns that you're kept guessing until the 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 books to your Amazon 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 thriller books that will have you pulling all-nighters.
The River at Night is as much a whitewater thrill 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 Gone Girl and 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 good.
Fans of the genre will instantly recognize Paula Hawkins as the best-selling author of one the insanely popular psychological thriller The Girl on the Train. Her much-anticipated second novel, Into the Water, is just as smart, chilling, and impossible to put down.
Another book that is soon to be a movie, The Girl Before is hands down one of the buzziest books of the year. 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 last page.
This drama-filled thriller 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.
Of Jane Corry's thriller, 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, and we think you will too.