11 Thrillers you need to read now

11 thrillers you need to read this spring- Wondering about what you should add to your TBR? Cozy up to these mysteries this spring.
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best 11 thrillers you need to read now if you’re thinking “What should I read next”  Hey, I don’t make the rules, I just relay them.

It’s something about reading the thriller genre in the wintertime that just screams cozy mystery vibes.

So head on down to a bookstore or a library and pick up these 11 murder mystery- thriller books that almost everyone is reading right now.

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Most of these are quick reads that you can read over the weekend or during your lunch period. Depending on how captivated the first few chapters are. 

This is a page turner books list filled with unputdownable thriller books. 

1. The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides Author

Goodreads Description: Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Reason why I picked this book up: 

I have been seeing this book all around the bookish community with great praises and I’m not sure what to expect. 

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2. The woman in the library by Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library Sulari Gentill Author

Goodreads Description: The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman’s terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone

inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.

Reason why I picked this book up (11 thrillers you need to read this spring): 

There’s a murder among them but they’re all strangers. Really interested to see how this plays out.

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3. A study in charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series #1) Brittany Cavallaro Author

Goodreads Description: The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

Reason why I picked this book up (11 thrillers you need to read this spring): 

I love when books are modern retellings of old stories. They don’t mention if Jamie is also a great-great-great-grandson of Dr. John Watson, Sherlock Holmes friend. But It’ll be interesting to read why Jamie’s first thought would be to stay away. And their dynamic to clearing their names. 

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4. People like us by Dana Mele

People Like Us Dana Mele Author

Goodreads Description: Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

Reason why I picked this book up (11 thrillers you need to read this spring): 

Sounds to me that this is a murder suicide. I’m interested to see what Kay is running from and why the dead girl left a computer coded scavenger hunt for her specifically. 

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5. You owe me a Murder by Eileen Cook

You Owe Me a Murder Eileen Cook Author

Goodreads Description: Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.

 Reason why I picked this book up (11 thrillers you need to read this spring): 

I did read One of us is lying and I was not a fan tbh. But this one sounds promising, Kim meets a stranger who jokes about killing Kim’s ex in exchange for kim killing her mother. Or at least Kim thinks it’s a joke until her Ex boyfriend is actually murdered. 

I’m excited to see if Kim will actually follow through on her end or if she will tell the authorities. Because if it was me My fingers would be on 9-1-1 so fast. 

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6. Night Shift by Alex Finlay

The Night Shift Alex Finlay Author

Goodreads Description: It’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Y2K is expected to end in chaos: planes falling from the sky, elevators plunging to earth, world markets collapsing. A digital apocalypse. None of that happens. But at a Blockbuster Video in Linden, New Jersey, four teenage girls working the night shift are attacked. Only one survives. Police quickly identify a suspect who flees and is never seen again.

Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage employees working late at an ice cream store are attacked, and again only one makes it out alive.

Reason why I picked this book up: 

1999 sounds like it was a good year, I wouldn’t know since I was only 3 but apparently there was a thought the world would end. Or a financial crash would happen. So people went all out as f it was the last day of their lives. That sound equally terrifying and fun at the same time. If I had a time machine I would go back in time just to see how different everything was. 

But another interest that made me pick this book up was the recurring murders that happened years later. Could the serial killer be a copycat or the original one.

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7. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs: A Novel Rachel Hawkins Author

Goodreads Description: A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense, perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Megan Miranda.

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

Reason why I picked this book up: 

I honestly really enjoyed Verity by Colleen Hoover so when I read that this had almost a similar feel I was hooked. I’m curious to see if Bea (the dead wife in question) is actually dead and if this is a haunting situation.

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8. They wish they were us by Jessica Goodman

They Wish They Were Us Jessica Goodman Author

Goodreads Description: A murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.

Reason why I picked this book up: 

Jill’s best friend dies. And the best friend’s boyfriend confesses to killing her only. He didn’t actually kill her. So why did he confess? During her senior year Jill gets anonymous messages and she decides to dig deeper in this mystery thriller, exciting!

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9. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager 

The House Across the Lake: A Novel Riley Sager Author

Goodreads Description: The New York Times best-selling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night is back with his most unexpected thriller yet. 

Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of liquor, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple who live in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is rich; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous. 

One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage is not as perfect and placid as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey becomes consumed with finding out what happened to her. In the process, she uncovers eerie, darker truths that turn a tale of voyeurism and suspicion into a story of guilt, obsession and how looks can be very deceiving. 

Reason why I picked this book up: 

My first thought when reading the description was that The wife killed herself and framed her husband, Because she already knows that Katherine is in the house nearby. Or it’s some kind of setup because we don’t know what the bad press is that katherine’s running from. I’m excited to read on and find out. 

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10. In my dreams I hold a knife By Ashley Winstead 

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: A Novel Ashley Winstead Author

Goodreads Description: Six friends. 

One college reunion. 

One unsolved murder.

A college reunion turns dark and deadly in this chilling and propulsive suspense novel about six friends, one unsolved murder, and the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other—and themselves—for a decade.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent—not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year. Ten years ago, everything fell apart, including the dreams she worked for her whole life—and her relationship with the one person she wasn’t supposed to love. 

Reason why I picked this book up: 

I’m curious to read if they have arrested a person at the time of the murder or if it was a situation where the killer was never found. Because In that case the murderer would be one of them. And I feel like the reasons could be obvious just from the “obsession and ambition” mentioned in the description. But I will hold my tongue because who knows, the ending could be super unexpected.

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11. And then there were none by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None Agatha Christie Author

Goodreads Description: First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion

When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.

Reason why I picked this book up: 

I could not have had a spring thrillers TBR list without adding in a book from the queen of mystery herself. 

I get the vibe of this book that these strangers aren’t really strangers. Maybe they met as kids and forgot. Or they had wronged the murder in some way. I like predicting most books before reading and that usually is my downfall. Because I’m either surprised or find the ending underwhelming. So I’m interested to see how the plot unfolds. 

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