45 of the Best Thriller Books from the Last 80 Years

Causing sleepless nights for decades.

best thriller books

The 1930s

Buy Rebecca at Amazon


By Daphne DuMaurier

Buy And Then There Were None at Amazon

And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie

The 1940s

Buy Dark Passage at Amazon

Dark Passage

By David Goodis

The 1950s

Buy Strangers on a Train at Amazon

Strangers on a Train

By Patricia Highsmith

Buy The Killer Inside Me at Amazon

The Killer Inside Me

By Jim Thompson

The 1960s

Buy The Collector at Amazon

The Collector

By John Fowles

The 1970s

Buy Harvest Home at Amazon

Harvest Home

By Thomas Tryon

Buy Requiem for a Dream at Amazon

Requiem for a Dream

By Hubert Selby Jr.

Buy Poe Must Die at Amazon

Poe Must Die

By Marc Olden

Buy Endless Love at Amazon

Endless Love

By Scott Spencer

The 1980s

Buy Nightmare Country at Amazon

Nightmare Country

By Marlys Millhiser

Buy Red Dragon at Amazon

Red Dragon

By Thomas Harris

Buy Night Sky at Amazon

Night Sky

By Clare Francis

Buy When the Bough Breaks at Amazon

When the Bough Breaks

By Jonathan Kellerman

Buy Live Flesh at Amazon

Live Flesh

By Ruth Rendell

Buy Misery at Amazon


By Stephen King

Buy The Girl Next Door at Amazon

The Girl Next Door

By Jack Ketchum

The 1990s

Buy Nemesis at Amazon


By Joyce Carol Oates

Buy See Jane Run at Amazon

See Jane Run

By Joy Fielding

Buy American Psycho at Amazon

American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

Buy To Die For at Amazon

To Die For

By Joyce Maynard

Buy Along Came a Spider at Amazon

Along Came a Spider

By James Patterson

Buy Tony & Susan at Amazon

Tony & Susan

By Austin Wright

Buy Hunting Down Amanda at Amazon

Hunting Down Amanda

By Andrew Klavan

The 2000s

Buy We Need to Talk About Kevin at Amazon

We Need to Talk About Kevin

By Lionel Shriver

Buy Shutter Island at Amazon

Shutter Island

By Dennis Lehane

Buy The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at Amazon

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

Buy In the Woods at Amazon

In the Woods

By Tana French

Buy Await Your Reply at Amazon

Await Your Reply

By Dan Chaon

The 2010s

Buy The Girl in the Basement at Amazon

The Girl in the Basement

By Ray Garton

Buy Defending Jacob at Amazon

Defending Jacob

By William Landay

Buy The Silent Wife at Amazon

The Silent Wife

By A.S.A. Harrison

Buy You at Amazon


By Caroline Kepnes

Buy We Were Liars at Amazon

We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart

Buy The Life We Bury at Amazon

The Life We Bury

By Allen Eskens

Buy Bird Box at Amazon

Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

Buy In a Dark, Dark Wood at Amazon

In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware

Buy Eileen at Amazon


By Ottessa Moshfegh

Buy The Highest Stakes at Amazon

The Highest Stakes

By Rick Reed

Buy You Will Know Me at Amazon

You Will Know Me

By Megan Abbott

Buy The Passenger at Amazon

The Passenger

By Lisa Lutz

Buy Dark Matter at Amazon

Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch

Buy Behind Her Eyes at Amazon

Behind Her Eyes

By Sarah Pinborough

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