We’re back again with another “recommend me books” feature. Check out the other posts if you haven’t yet. There are A LOT OF AWESOME recommendations!!! Thank you so much to all the bloggers and readers who have participated. 😀
I was a huge fan of mystery, horror and thriller books when I was in junior and senior high school. You would never find me without a book of this genre in my hands. I had a few years of reading hiatus during college and literally didn’t read any novels. My busy college life and life in general during those years had taken away the joy of reading stories out of me and after graduation, it was the romance novels that brought me back to reading constantly.
I miss this genre especially after reading many reviews from the blog I’ve been visiting. I want to give this genre a try soon and am in a dire need of your recommendations. I don’t quite remember the titles of the books I read before college and I know there are awesome new ones released lately. It’s been more than ten years and my memory is not that good, so I need your help. I know many of you are big fans of this genre. Please recommend me your favorites.
What are your favorite mystery, horror, thriller books?
Nadene at Totally Addicted To Reading: I have fallen down on this genre.
Melissa at Melissa’s Book World: Last year I started reading Young Adult Horror and I fell in love with several books. I’d really recommend:
And I’ve still got several books unread on the shelves I’m really looking forward to reading:
And I’m really looking forward to the new release of Stephanie Perkins next month, which is a YA horror as well, “There Is Someone Inside Your House.”
Jennifer at Book Den: I don’t know where to begin! 🙂 Obviously, if you ask for horror recommendations, Stephen King is going to come to mind. One of his newer books called Joyland encompasses the mystery/thriller/horror trio, and it’s a quick read. I think it would appeal to your romance side as well.
Nadene just mentioned Agatha Christie. Her novel “And Then There Were None” is one of my favorites.
Shanah Bionic Book Worm: A Head Full of Ghosts is one I read a year ago and still wonder if I saw everything properly. This is one that gave me the chills so bad! Also You by Caroline Kepnes and My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. Hope this helps!
Erica at The Broken Spine: Oh my you’re so in my wheelhouse with asking for recommendations for these genres. I could go on and on. Hope this helps. If you have questions about anything let me know.
- Gillian Flynn‘s Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl
- Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
- Can’t go wrong with Agatha Christie, I would probably start with her Poirot series
- Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
- Sherlock Holmes
- Henning Mankell
- Jo Nesbo
- House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.
- Shirley Jackson starts with The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in a Castle.
- Classic Horror authors like Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Bram Stoker.
- I can’t really recommend Stephen King‘s later work. Not a fan of his but if you want to give him a whirl go with his earlier works.
Christy at Christy’s Love of Books: Horror is my jam, man! lol. Here we go …
- Brother by Ania Ahlborn
- The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
- The Fireman by Joe Hill
- The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens
- Normal by Graeme Cameron
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman (he’s a hottie)
- Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
- The Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga
- The Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda
- This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
- Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
- The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
- The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
- Pretty When She Dies series by Rhiannon Frater
- The Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry
- The Passage series by Justin Cronin
- Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
- You by Caroline Kepnes
- Sadie Walker is Stranded by Madeleine Roux
Okay, I’m stopping there. 😀
Greg at Greg’s Book Haven: I love a good mystery/ thriller. TEN by Gretchen McNeil was kinda fun (and there’s a movie coming next month on Lifetime. There’s Someone Inside Your House is one I’m looking forward to also, and of course, Christie who I haven’t read much but plan to?
Lexxie at (Un)Conventional Bookviews: You already have quite a nice list here, Geybie. Of course, I have some recs, too 😉
- Brown and de Luca series by Maggie Shayne (mystery/thriller)
- Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
- The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles by Brenda Novak
- Fairham Island series by Brenda Novak
- One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
- Jammer Davis Thriller series by Ward Larsen
- He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
- If You Wrong Us by Dawn Klehr
- A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
- Ruined by Jus Accardo (this is part of a series, but I’ve only read the first book)
- Made for You by Melissa Marr
- Keye Street series by Amanda Kyle Williams
- The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
- Need by Joelle Charbonneau
- Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason
- The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr
- Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Some of these are standalones, and all of them got at least 4 stars from me 🙂
Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag: Oh, I love this genre. If you want to read Christie – I recommend The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – or Halloween Party, for the upcoming season. Love those two. I’m a big fan of the series by M.J. Arlidge too (it starts with Eeny Meeny).
Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: I have always had a very tough time with mystery, horror, etc, so I am going to have to give some of these a try! I definitely want to read Anna Dressed in Blood, There’s Someone Inside Your House and Shutter. I really liked Dangerous Girls, that has to be one of the ones that blew me away the most- and it’s hard to do, apparently. I also liked Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes, Sweet Madness (which is a historical mystery based on Lizzie Borden) by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Curry, Feed by Mira Grant (if you’re into some paranormal with your horror/thriller!), Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett, When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I think that’s about it! Hope you can find some good ones. 😀
Trish at Between My Lines: I love mystery and psychological thrillers, and my favorite author is Tana French. Her books are set in Ireland in a detective murder squad. They can all be read as standalones but the same characters appear in lots of them. A good one to start with is The Likeness.
I also highly recommend Agatha Christie, and my favorite is And Then There Were None.
Sophie Hannah is another author I love, her mysteries are always so clever and unexpected. I thought her book A Game For All The Family was the ultimate mind game, and I was so confused!
And finally, Liane Moriarty is perfect if you want a puzzle to solve but in a more light hearted way. I suppose The Husbands Secret is the most well known, but I’ve enjoyed them all.
Joy at Joy’s Book Blog: I enjoy mysteries, especially ones set in England. I’m working my way through the Maisie Dobbs novels by Jacqueline Winspear—they’re set between the wars and feature a female private investigator (very unusual for that time period). For a modern setting, I’m enjoying the Lacey Flint series by Sharon Bolton.
Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality: I love the series by Caroll O’Connell. Such a great mystery series! I really love it!
Emma at Once Upon A Little Field: Some great books on people’s lists. I think a little it depends on how tolerant you are of things that might be a bit gory. I love Jo Nesbo but there can be gruesome scenes, same with the M J Arlidge series, which is great. If you want to start a newer series try Helen Fields’s Perfect Remains and Perfect Prey.
Renee at Addicted To Romance: Some wonderful books you have listed here! I read quite a bit of mystery and thrillers too when I was a teenager. I was a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark, and then Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy were my favorites too. Tom Clancy is pretty complex though so not all his books are easy to read. Clive Cussler is fantastic. I can’t recommend him enough. His Dirk Pitt series is my favorite.
Amy at A Magical World of Words: Definitely think you will LOVE Gillian Flynn’s books, and also The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. And The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker is a thriller/horror novel, and it’s so good and suspenseful too. The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt is another brilliant read (very intense, but excellent).
Karen at Kissin Blue Karen: There are almost too many books I love to mention in these three genres. These are all my 5-star reads;
- The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft
- Trust No One by Paul Cleave
- Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
- Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
- Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King (actually anything by Stephen King)
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- You by Caroline Kepnes
- Normal by Graeme Cameron
- The Botanist by L.K. Hill
- The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy
- The Deep by Nick Cutter
- The Fireman and NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
- The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
- The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Thanks for asking! I hope you find something you love from these recommendations.
Lily at Night Owl Book Cafe: I just read a bunch of stuff by Katie Alender and I love her work, she does really good YA creepy ghost stories that are fast to read. Now I’ve been wanting more ghosts. I’d give Amanda Stevens Graveyard Queen a shot if you have not yet, that series is amazing. Also, Ellie Jordan by J.L. Bryan is freakin’ awesome for creepy ghost stories if you want to give that a shot; one of my fav series out there with the Graveyard Queen. Karin Slaughter is an excellent thriller writer as well.
Rita at Paging Through Books: This is my fave genre (not horror… but mystery, romantic suspense, thriller). May I suggest authors of books, instead of titles? Elly Griffiths, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Laura Griffin, Tami Hoag, Meg Gardiner, Karin Slaughter… to name just the tip of the iceberg here. I could keep going and going! Enjoy!
Vanessa at Blushing Geek: This is my favorite genre! I’ll try to narrow down my list because there are really a lot (most of them or should I say, all of them were from my favorite author, Mary Higgins Clark):
- We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark
- No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
- I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
- The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark
- Weep No More My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark
- The Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark
- Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark
- Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark
- I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark
- Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
- On The Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark
- A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark
- Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark
- Loves Music Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
- Blog This by Cami Checketts
- You’ve Got It Coming by James Hadley Chase
- The Case of the Black-eyed Blonde by Erle Stanley Gardner
There’s still a lot more but I forgot the title, need to check out my list. 🙂
Uma at Books Bags Burgers: Oh, I haven’t read much horror but Asylum by Madeleine Roux was a good one I read last year! As for Mysteries, I’ll go with others and say, Agatha Christie! Especially her Poirot mysteries. Adding a lot of these books to my TBR list. 😀