Today, we will be listing the ten best thriller books of all time. There are many thriller classics and we will try to narrow it down to only the ten best. That is going to a difficult task but it wouldn’t be fun if it wasn’t!
Previously, we created the best thriller books of all time list and it came out well. Unlike most lists, it got fairly little complaints. That should change with this list as many classics will be left out because there were better ones. The thriller genre varies and has subgenres that makes it hard to properly define it. But we went forward anyway and this is the result.
The Ten Best Thrillers of All Time
- The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
- Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
- The Shining by Stephen King
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
- The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
A bunch of spy novels made the list because they were just that good. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth is a brilliant novel that is a page turner! Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy speaks for itself as it has effortlessly become a mainstream phenomenon.
Some books couldn’t be left out life Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. It is one of my favorite thrillers and made me appreciate thriller books. Another book that is pretty good is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. While the series does fizzle out in my opinion, the first book is great.
That is all for our ten best thrillers of all time list. Trying to get all the best books in a top ten list is never going to work but it highlights books that have come to define a genre. What books should have been on the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!