There is no better way to relax after a long day with a thriller novel. You will forget all about your problems as you lose yourself in the novel. And with this list of the best thriller books to read in 2023, you will have a bunch of books to choose from!
The thriller genre is one of my favorite ones because it will have you on the edge of your seat. Many of them challenge you to guessing the killer or solving the mystery of the novel. And before you know it, you will have finished the novel and not know what time it is. Keep reading to see the full list below!
The Best Thriller Books to Read in 2023
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Misery by Stephen King
- Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
- Psycho by Robert Bloch
- Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Hunt for the Nation’s Most Elusive Serial Killer by Robert Graysmith
- The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Zone One by Colson Whitehead
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
- The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
- Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
- Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
- Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker
- Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
- Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
Many Great Thriller Books to Read
This list contains many novels that you will enjoy. With many big-name authors such as Stephen King, Truman Capote, and Liane Moriarty, you will be kept busy. What I love about the thriller genre is that is has a bunch of subcategories that make each novel feel fresh.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is a great novel that everyone should read. The movies are great but they don’t compare to the novels. Or if you like novels that will send chills down your spine, then Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is perfect for you.
This list combines classics with newer novels that will eventually be heralded as classics in time. Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley is unlike anything else. Or read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and see why everybody was talking about this novel when it came out.
No matter what type of novel you like to read, this list has it. How many books on this list have you read or plan to read? What other thriller novels should have made this list? Let us know in the comments below!