15 Great Mystery Thrillers You Can’t Put Down

Embark on a journey into the enigmatic world of mystery and suspense with our handpicked selection of great mystery thriller books for 2024. As the year unfolds, readers seeking spine-tingling plots, captivating characters, and unexpected twists will find themselves immersed in a realm where every page holds the promise of uncovering secrets and solving puzzles.

From gripping psychological thrillers to intricate whodunits, this curated collection offers an array of captivating narratives that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence. Get ready to delve into a realm where every turn of the page brings a new revelation and every clue leads closer to the truth.

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In the Lonely Hours by Shannon Morgan

Set against the backdrop of Maundrell castle in Scotland, “Lake of Shadows” unfolds a tale of inheritance, ghosts, and mysteries.

Edwina Nunn inherits the castle, only to discover its haunting past and the legend of the Maundrell Red diamond. Alongside her daughter, Neve, Edwina delves into the island’s secrets, confronting family curses and hidden loves as Samhain approaches.

With the specter of tragedy looming, they must uncover the truth before becoming ensnared in the castle’s dark history.

The Body in the Ice House by Kate Hardy

Georgina Drake’s routine photoshoot at Hartington Hall turns into a chilling investigation when she discovers the lifeless body of Karen Berry, the hall’s second wife.

Suspicions arise as Georgina learns about Karen’s troubled relationships and the animosity she stirred among the household. With the police, led by the charismatic DI Colin Bradshaw, probing the case, Georgina’s curiosity deepens. During a walk with her spirited spaniel Bertie, they stumble upon a buried skeleton, linking past and present crimes.

Now, Georgina must unravel Hartington’s secrets to unveil the killer’s identity before more lives are endangered.

You Shouldn’t Be Here by Lauren Thoman

In the quaint town of East Henderson, Pennsylvania, Angie Stewart’s mundane life takes a thrilling turn when she starts hearing a mysterious voice in her house. Excited by the possibility of encountering a ghost, Angie is puzzled by why she’s the sole listener and what the voice desires from her.

Meanwhile, newcomer Madelyn Zhao, a first-year teacher, settles into her new home, determined to uncover the truth behind her cousin’s disappearance years ago, despite the town’s silence on the matter.

As Angie and Madelyn delve deeper, their separate investigations converge, revealing a sinister truth. But as they realize the danger lurking in the shadows, it becomes clear that uncovering the truth may cost them everything, with someone determined to keep their secrets buried at any cost.

The First Paper Cut: An Anniversary to Die For by Camille Cabrera

Amid the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Vivienne Whittemore enjoys the perks of fame and fortune with her esteemed screenwriter husband.

As they retreat to a secluded cabin in Northern California for their first anniversary, a sudden snowstorm traps them in Yosemite National Park. With resources dwindling and dangers lurking, Vivienne must embrace her role as a devoted wife while battling the unforgiving elements and unknown threats in a fight for survival.

As the actress confronts this real-life drama, she realizes that navigating the wilderness may be her most demanding performance yet.

Broken Girls by Nicky Downes

Leia Thompson’s seemingly normal outing to a shopping mall ends in tragedy, leaving Detective Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Kent suspicious of the circumstances. Investigating Leia’s background reveals a controlling mother and a complex medical history, raising unsettling questions.

As similar deaths occur, Jack uncovers disturbing connections and suspects, including Leia’s estranged father and the medical professionals involved. With each revelation, the case grows more sinister, leading Jack to fear for those close to her.

Racing against time, Jack must untangle a web of dark secrets and motives before the killer strikes again. This gripping crime thriller, filled with shocking twists, will captivate readers who enjoy Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, and Sally Rigby.

Middle of the Night by Riley Sager

In Riley Sager’s gripping thriller, Ethan Marsh grapples with the haunting disappearance of his childhood friend, Billy, from their idyllic New Jersey neighborhood thirty years ago. Returning to Hemlock Circle, Ethan is plagued by unsettling occurrences, including signs of Billy’s presence in his backyard and mysterious nocturnal wanderers in the cul-de-sac.

Determined to uncover the truth, Ethan delves into the past, reuniting with old acquaintances and exploring the eerie woods surrounding the neighborhood, where rumors of ghosts and clandestine research abound.

As Ethan’s investigation intensifies, he realizes that danger lurks in every corner, blurring the lines between past and present, and proving that no sanctuary, whether suburban or wooded, is truly safe from the shadows of history.

Secrets of Rose Briar Hall by Kelsey James

In this homage to “Gaslight,” set in the opulent world of early 20th-century New York, Millie Turner finds herself trapped within the grandeur of Rose Briar Hall, her husband’s mansion on Long Island.

As the wife of a prominent stockbroker, Millie’s life seems perfect, until a grand party turns into a nightmare, leaving her with gaps in her memory and a sense of isolation. Desperate to uncover the truth behind the mysterious events, Millie faces ostracization from her social circle and questions her own sanity.

With her marriage and safety on the line, Millie embarks on a journey to reclaim her identity and discover the dark secrets lurking within the walls of her home.

Perfect Little Monsters by Cindy R.X. He

At Sierton High School, the murder of popular yet polarizing student Ella Moore sends shockwaves through the community.

With numerous suspects and motives, including Ella’s friends who harbored resentment towards her, the police hone in on newcomer Dawn Foster as their prime suspect. As accusations fly and alliances shift, Dawn is determined to prove her innocence and uncover the truth behind Ella’s death.

With secrets from the past coming to light and revenge lurking in the shadows, Dawn races against time to unmask the real killer before more lives are shattered.

You Know What You Did by K.T. Nguyen

Annie “Anh Le” Shaw’s seemingly perfect life takes a dark turn when her mother, a Vietnam War refugee, passes away suddenly, triggering a resurgence of her long-buried obsessive-compulsive disorder.

As her mental health deteriorates, Annie becomes entangled in a sinister mystery surrounding the disappearance of a prominent art patron, drawing suspicion from the authorities. Alienated from her loved ones and grappling with self-doubt, Annie finds herself in a nightmarish scenario, waking up next to a dead body in a hotel room.

Desperate to shield her daughter from harm, Annie is willing to sacrifice everything, even her own sanity, in a gripping tale of suspense and sacrifice.

Better Left Buried by Mary E. Roach

Lucy Preston’s vacation takes an unexpected turn when she and her famous private detective mother stumble upon a body during a clandestine meeting at an abandoned amusement park.

As her mother dives into a top-secret investigation, Lucy becomes determined to uncover the truth behind their eerie discovery and her mother’s mysterious ties to the town. However, her quest for answers leads her to Audrey Nelson, whose own family secrets intertwine with Lucy’s investigation.

With tensions rising and dangerous secrets lurking, Lucy and Audrey must join forces to unravel the truth before another tragedy strikes. Filled with suspense and alternating perspectives, “Better Left Buried” keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final revelation.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Navigating the complexities of her new life at Alfred Nobel Academy, Sade Hussein finds herself plunged into darkness once again as her roommate, Elizabeth, disappears after their first night together.

With suspicions mounting against her, Sade reluctantly joins forces with the enigmatic Unholy Trinity, led by the captivating Persephone. Amidst the pressures of academic catch-up and the allure of newfound friendships, Sade and Elizabeth’s best friend, Baz, embark on a quest to unravel the mystery surrounding Elizabeth’s disappearance.

However, when tragedy strikes with the discovery of a student’s body, Sade realizes that the academy harbors secrets far deeper than she ever imagined. As she delves deeper into the labyrinth of deceit and intrigue, Sade uncovers truths that threaten to shatter her perception of reality, revealing a darkness that mirrors her own hidden past.

She’s Not Sorry by Mary Kubica

In the gripping tale of “No Remorse,” Meghan Michaels, a single mother juggling the demands of parenthood and her career as an ICU nurse, finds herself thrust into a web of intrigue when a patient named Caitlin arrives with a traumatic brain injury.

Initially believed to be a tragic accident, new revelations emerge suggesting foul play. As Meghan delves deeper into Caitlin’s case, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game of secrets and lies.

With her own safety and that of her daughter at risk, Meghan must race against time to uncover the truth before it’s too late. In a world where remorse is a rare commodity, Meghan realizes that not everyone is as they seem, and that the line between ally and adversary is dangerously thin.

Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice by Elle Cosimano

In the latest escapade of Finlay Donovan and her partner-in-crime, Vero, a supposed girls’ weekend getaway to Atlantic City quickly turns into a high-stakes mission involving negotiating with a dangerous loan shark, rescuing Vero’s childhood crush, Javi, and recovering a stolen car.

However, their plans are complicated when Finlay’s ex-husband and mother insist on joining the trip, adding unwanted complications to their already perilous mission. As they navigate the seedy underworld of the casino hotel, they discover that their rescue mission has taken an unexpected turn: their target, Marco, the kidnapper, is found dead, leaving them as prime suspects.

With the police closing in and a jealous ex-husband in tow, Finlay must juggle multiple challenges while trying to uncover the truth and save Vero’s missing boyfriend. Will she come clean about her actions or risk everything to keep her secrets hidden? Only time will tell as Finlay navigates the dangerous game of deception and betrayal in Atlantic City.

The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett

In this gripping mystery from the bestselling author of “The Twyford Code” and “The Appeal,” true crime journalist Amanda Bailey seeks to revive her career by delving into the infamous case of the Alperton Angels, a cult that convinced a teenage girl her baby was the anti-Christ.

As Amanda embarks on her investigation, she finds herself in a race against rival author Oliver Menzies to uncover the truth behind the cult’s dark secrets. However, as they delve deeper into the case, Amanda and Oliver realize that the story of the Angels is far more sinister and complex than they could have ever imagined.

With the risk of becoming entangled in the very story they seek to uncover, Amanda and Oliver must navigate treacherous waters to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston

In this thrilling tale of deception and intrigue, Evie Porter navigates a double life orchestrated by her mysterious boss, Mr. Smith. Operating under a false identity, Evie immerses herself in a picturesque Southern town, blending seamlessly into its fabric as she sets her sights on her target, Ryan Sumner.

However, as Evie delves deeper into her mission, she finds herself drawn to Ryan in unexpected ways, prompting her to question her allegiance to her secretive employer. With her past closing in and her true identity at risk of exposure, Evie must stay one step ahead while balancing the high stakes of her dangerous game.

As the tension mounts, Evie’s resolve is put to the test, revealing her resilience in the face of adversity and her unwavering determination to carve out a new future for herself.

There you have it, our 15 Great Mystery Thrillers You Can’t Put Down. Looking for more book recommendations?

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