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13 Mystery & Thriller Book Excerpts That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat

Mystery and thriller books are guaranteed to get our hearts racing. The sheer terror of a murderer on the loose, a frightening police chase, or someone close to you harboring dark secrets is enough to make you double lock your doors.

These mystery and thriller books will have you on the edge of your seat, bracing for what comes next. Read about these mysteries and thrillers, and then click to read book excerpts from these frightening stories.

Cage of Bones, by Tania Carver

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When Detective Inspector Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito make a horrifying discovery in the basement, they don’t realize they’ve disturbed a killer who’s hidden in plain sight for thirty years. They rescued a frightened little boy, but now the killer wants him back.

Read an excerpt of Cage of Bones here.


The Murder Bird, by Joanna Hines

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When Sam Waller’s mother turns up dead in her own bathtub, she can’t believe it’s a suicide and decides to take matters into her own hands—investigating to find the truth, no matter what dangers lie ahead.

Read an excerpt of The Murder Bird here.


Harriet Said, by Beryl Bainbridge

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Inspired by the 1954 murder of Honorah Parker by her daughter, Pauline, and her daughter’s friend, Juliet, Harriet Said follows a 13-year-old, unnamed narrator as she and her best friend Harriet attempt to humiliate a local man in their English coastal town. But as the narrator’s crush on this man develops, it leads the girls into frightening territory they’re not prepared for.

Read an excerpt of Harriet Said here.


Night Passage, by Carol Davis Luce

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When the brutal death of her mentor Caroline Holt is ruled a suicide, investigative reporter Roni Mayfield is certain of foul play—especially after receiving a message of distress from Caroline hours earlier. But shadowy secrets lurk below the surface of this eerie Nevada town, secrets that may cost Caroline her life.

Read an excerpt of Night Passage here.


The Other Side of Silence, by Bill Pronzini

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Published on 14 Mar 2017

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