List of Favorite Thrillers

I love a good thriller and so I compiled a list of my favorites. A few I have read recently and the rest are from my list on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Title: The Favorite Sister
Author: Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Format: Hardcover
Length:375 pages

Five castmates are fighting to be the most popular on Goal Diggers, a show about women that have accrued wealth by building businesses. Tension mounts between sisters Brett and Kelly. Kelly has always been the favorite of the family leaving Brett to find her own path and become the favorite cast member. Jealousy leaves Kelly fighting to steal the spotlight, but at what cost? If you are a fan of Desperate Housewives, then you will love the latest book release by Jessica Knoll, author of Luckiest Girl Alive.

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Jessica Knoll is a New York Times Bestselling Author and currently working on the screenplay based on her novel, Luckiest Girl Alive. She lives in L.A. with her husband. Visit her website and follow her on FB.

Title: A Stranger in the House
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Length: 305 pages

Tom and Karen Krupp seem like a happy and successful couple to their suburban neighbors until Karen vanishes one night in her car to the sketchier side of town. She leaves behind her cell phone and purse. The police knock on the door and tell Tom that Karen was in a car accident. Tom goes to see Karen in the hospital where he finds out that Karen has suffered a concussion and can’t remember any details about the evening or why she drove to the other side of town. She doesn’t believe anyone can be trusted, including her best friend and husband. Karen has the feeling her past is catching up to her and she may lose it all.

My Thoughts
I am a huge fan of thrillers and I absolutely loved A Stranger in the House due to its level of suspense. You begin to wonder who is lying-Tom, Karen or the nosy neighbor. The author slowly reveals all the details of what led Karen to that evening and the ending is perfect.

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Shari Lapena was a lawyer and teacher before beginning her career as an author. Her novels, The Couple Next Door and a A Stranger in the House, have been bestsellers. She currently lives in Toronto.
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Title:Pretty Girls
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date:September 29, 2015
Format: Paperback
Print Length: 548 pages
Karin Slaughter’s writing delights in this novel and it was one I could not put down. Lydia and Claire’s eldest sister, Julia, went missing twenty years ago. The two went separate ways with Lydia becoming a drug addict and Claire seeking safety with her husband, Paul. The sisters reconnect after another girl goes missing which leaves Claire convinced the disappearance is linked to Julia’s death. Claire is the main character and Slaughter does an excellent job creating her character. Claire goes from a weak, dependent woman to one of strength. I highly recommend Pretty Girls.

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Karin Slaughter is the author of the Will Trent and Grant County series. Her novels, Cop Town, The Good Daughter and Pieces of Her are in development for film and television. Slaughter currently lives in Atlanta. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook.

Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Length: 354 pages

A friend at church was talking about this book last Sunday, which was perfect timing since I had already started this blog. I went to my Goodreads list to see if I had read it, and I did. If you have not read novels by B.A. Paris, then you are missing out. They are that good. Jack and Grace look like the perfect couple on the outside, but inside is a completely different story. The story will make your heart race and play with your emotions so be warned.

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B.A. Paris is the author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Her next novel, The Dilemma, will be published in May 2020. She has five daughters and currently lives in France. Follow her on Facebook.

Title: A Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date:January 2, 2018
Format: Hardover:
Length: 449 pages

A.J. Finn’s newest novel is filled with twists and turns that make this book a fast, gripping read.
From the publisher:
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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A.J. Finn’s debut novel, A Woman in the Window, is being adapted for film and will be released on October 4, 2019. Finn currently lives in New York City. Follow him on Facebook.

Title: The Wife Between Us
Authors: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Format: Hardcover
Length: 346 pages
From the publisher:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. 
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing. 

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are the authors of The Wife Between Us, with movie rights being purchased by Amblin Entertainment. They are also the authors of the An Anonymous Girl (published January 2019), which is being adapted for a television series. Follow their websites-Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

Title: Never Let You Go
Author: Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Length: 406 pages

I recently read Never Let You Go and I cannot recommend this thriller enough. I love Chevy Stevens. Lindsey Nash escapes an abusive relationship by fleeing with her daughter into the night. Now her ex-husband is out of prison and Lindsey has a feeling he is stalking her again. Without her knowledge, her teenage daughter makes contact with him. Soon, Lindsey is receiving notes and gifts from an anonymous sender. Her ex-husband swears he has changed. Her teenager daughter says the same. Is he telling the truth?

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Chevy Stevens is the author of Still Missing, a New York Times bestseller. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her daughter and husband.

Title: My Husband’s Wife
Author: Jane Corry
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Length: 373 pages

This book is SO. ADDICTIVE. It has been over a year since I’ve read My Husband’s Wife, but I remember it as being a book I could not put down. I found the book at Target from their Target Club Picks selection and you can NEVER go wrong with one of their choices. Grab a Starbucks beverage and spend time browsing their book selections. You won’t be sorry.
Lily, a criminal defense attorney, and Ed, an artist, fall in love and soon their marriage deteriorates. Lily finds herself drawn to Joe, a convicted murderer that she meets during her first murder case. Lily and Ed’s next door neighbor, nine year old Carla, also has secrets as well. Ed starts to paint her when Carla spends more and more time at their house. Ed finds success with his portrait of Carla and Lily finds success with her first murder case. Twelve years later, Carla shows up on Lily and Ed’s doorstep with secrets she is ready to share, including information about the couple’s autistic son.

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Jane Corry is the author of My Sister’s Wife, Blood Sisters and the Dead Ex. Her newest novel, I Looked Away, will be available June 21, 2019. Corry spent time working as a writer in residence at a high security prison for men which helps inspire her novels today. She currently lives by the sea with her husband. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook.

Title: She’s Not There
Author: Joy Fielding
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Length: 368 pages

I love Joy Fielding and her book, She’s Not There, is one of my absolute favorites. The writing is just so good. I haven’t had a chance to catch up on her other works, but that is one of my plans for summer. This one I found on my Goodreads list as a book I finished almost two years ago. I do remember the novel as being emotionally intense and with a superb ending.

From the publisher: A lifetime ago, every year Caroline Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, fifteen years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated,Caroline is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha’s disappearance. However, this year when the phone rings, Caroline hears the sweet voice of a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter. Plunged back into the world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions that led the case to run cold so many years ago, Caroline doesn’t know what or who to believe. But when she starts to figure it out, she finds the answers dangerously close to home.

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Joy Fielding is a New York Times bestselling author and has more than 24 novels published to date. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook.

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Length: 323 pages

I read The Girl on the Train nearly four years ago and I remember absolutely loving this novel as it has all the ingredients of an excellent psychological thriller. This book will keep you guessing as to who is innocent, Rachel (aka the girl on the train) or the couple she is spying on through her train window every morning and evening on the way to work. One of my all time favorites.

From the publisher: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

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Paula Hawkins is the author of The Girl on the Train and her new mystery novel, Into the Water.She currently lives in London.

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