From detectives hot on the trail of a missing child to deranged stalkers gaining on their prey, there’s nothing that gets our blood pumping like the best suspense books. Occasionally horrifying and always thrilling, these books will have you on the edge of your seat, pulse racing.
If you’re up for the chills and thrills, look no further than these 10 books guaranteed to keep you turning the page.
A struggling single mother takes a teaching job in a remote Wyoming town, replacing someone who died mysteriously. Suddenly, she begins having horrifying nightmares, all featuring the same man. Little does she know, this man is real: And he’s dreaming about her, too.
Speaks the Nightbird
In the 17th century colonial-American settlement of Fount Royal, a young woman is accused of witchcraft and set to be hanged. When a young lawyer assisting with her case begins to doubt the charges, however, he begins his own investigation, and soon finds himself sucked in to the mysterious and dark world of the new settlement.
The House of Stairs
In this page-turner, writer Lizzie Vetch reunites with her friend Bell Sanger for the first time in nearly 20 years. Bell has been serving time in prison for murder and has only recently been let out. Lizzie agrees to let Bell move back into her boarding house, where the two women, each with her own secret motives and agenda, face off.
In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, NYPD Detective Ben Dyer wakes up in the hospital after a tumor-removal surgery to find his fiancee has vanished without a trace. Dyer is determined to find her, and sets out on a quest filled with many a shocking twist and turn.
Though most of King’s horror is set in the realm of the supernatural, Misery is firmly grounded in reality—albeit, a horrifying reality. When famous writer Paul Sheldon is involved in a car wreck in a remote area, he is rescued by the strange Annie Wilkes and brought to her isolated Colorado home. In fact, the “rescue” is an abduction: Annie has no intention of letting Paul leave, ever. Misery will have you on the edge of your seat with terror and suspense as Paul attempts to escape from under Annie’s watchful eye.
And Then There Were None
In what is widely considered to be her masterpiece, Christie’s And Then There Were None follows a group of strangers, each one of whom is lured to an isolated island under a different pretext. When they arrive, a mysterious gramophone recording accuses them of being complicit in different murders and of, thus far, having avoided punishment. Trapped on the island and unable to escape, the strangers are slowly killed off, one by one.
When Beck, a young woman living in New York, strolls into a book shop, she has no idea that she has caught the eye of Joe, a psychotic and manipulative stalker. Joe develops an intense infatuation with Beck, and begins tracing and secretly controlling her every move through social media and in person. It soon becomes clear that Joe will do anything to rid himself of those who prevent him from possessing his prize.
The infamous nameless narrator of Rebecca is a young woman who is abruptly swept off her feet by a mysterious and handsome widower, Maxim de Winter. Maxim marries the narrator, and brings her to his estate, Manderley, once run by his impossibly perfect deceased first wife, Rebecca. It soon becomes apparent to our poor narrator that though Rebecca might be dead, her spirit is still very much alive at Manderley … and she is not at all pleased with a newcomer in her home.
The Hammond family thinks they’ve found the perfect haven for their neuro-atypical daughter Tilly: A safe and isolated community where they’ll live with several other families. “Camp Harmony” is run by a man named Scott Bean, a guru for children with special needs. As the youngest Hammond daughter Iris soon realizes, however, there is more to Scott that first meets the eye, and what starts out as a bucolic place of healing becomes increasingly—and dangerously—fraught.
In the Woods
Twenty years ago, Rob Ryan, now a Dublin detective, wandered into the woods near his home with his friends. The friends were never seen again, and Rob has no memory of what happened to them. Now, as Rob, along with his partner Cassie, begin investigating a case with striking similarities to the one that destroyed Rob’s childhood, he must confront the disturbing secrets of his past to solve the mystery.
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