The 40 Must Read Thriller Books of All Time

Reading thriller novels is a feeling like no other. Great writing makes these novels impossible to put down. That is why curated a list of the 40 must read thriller books of all time!

While 40 novels may feel like a lot, it only begins to cover this genre. There are tons of amazing thrillers and some authors cannot write a bad novel. This list should only be the start of your journey into the thriller genre. You can see the full list below!

The 40 Must Read Thriller Books of All Time

Must Read Thrillers

Stephen King may be one of the best authors to pick up a pen in the mystery and thriller genre. He knows how to pique reader’s interest and never stops with the pace picking up after every chapter. The Shining is a classic but to be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of his novels.

The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs

Is there a better thriller novel than Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris? When you are reading the novel, it doesn’t feel like there is. What makes this novel interesting is that it isn’t even the first novel in the Hannibal series. But it is definitely the best book partly because it centers around Hannibal. 

Some of my favorite novels are spy novels. A few made this list that should be read by everyone who enjoys a good thriller. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth is a brilliant novel and one of the best when it comes to spy novels! Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy speaks for itself as it has effortlessly become a mainstream phenomenon.

American Psycho book
American Psycho by Bret East Ellis

A novel that many people either love or hate is American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I enjoyed the book but it isn’t an easy read. And while I liked the novel, it is not a novel I would revisit because of how violent and unfiltered it is.


That ends this list of the 40 must read thriller books of all time. How many of these books have you read? What thrillers should should have made our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “The 40 Must Read Thriller Books of All Time

  1. Connie Jo Garcia says:

    I have several of these books but will love more.


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