45 of the Best Thriller Books from the Last 80 Years

Causing sleepless nights for decades.

best thriller books

The 1930s

best thriller books

Rebecca

By Daphne DuMaurier

best thriller books

And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie

The 1940s

best thriller books

Dark Passage

By David Goodis

The 1950s

best thriller books

Strangers on a Train

By Patricia Highsmith

best thriller books

The Killer Inside Me

By Jim Thompson

The 1960s

best thriller books

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

best thriller books

Red Dragon

By Thomas Harris

Buy Night Sky at Amazon

Night Sky

By Clare Francis

best thriller books

When the Bough Breaks

By Jonathan Kellerman

Buy Live Flesh at Amazon

Live Flesh

By Ruth Rendell

best thriller books

Misery

By Stephen King

Best Horror Books

The Girl Next Door

By Jack Ketchum

The 1990s

Buy Nemesis at Amazon

Nemesis

By Joyce Carol Oates

best thriller books

See Jane Run

By Joy Fielding

best horror books

American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

Buy To Die For at Amazon

To Die For

By Joyce Maynard

best thriller books

Along Came a Spider

By James Patterson

best thriller books

Tony & Susan

By Austin Wright

Buy Hunting Down Amanda at Amazon

Hunting Down Amanda

By Andrew Klavan

The 2000s

Killer Kids

We Need to Talk About Kevin

By Lionel Shriver

books with surprise twist endings

Shutter Island

By Dennis Lehane

thrilling beach reads

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

best thriller movies

In the Woods

By Tana French

best thriller books

Await Your Reply

By Dan Chaon

The 2010s

Buy The Girl in the Basement at Amazon

The Girl in the Basement

By Ray Garton

best thriller books

Defending Jacob

By William Landay

best thriller books

The Silent Wife

By A.S.A. Harrison

Psychological Thrillers You Caroline Kepnes

You

By Caroline Kepnes

books with surprise twist endings

We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart

best thriller books

The Life We Bury

By Allen Eskens

best horror books

Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

books with surprise twist endings

In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware

best thriller books

Eileen

By Ottessa Moshfegh

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The Highest Stakes

By Rick Reed

best thriller books

You Will Know Me

By Megan Abbott

Psychological Thriller

The Passenger

By Lisa Lutz

Psychological Thrillers

Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch

best thriller books

Behind Her Eyes

By Sarah Pinborough

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