Book List | Thriller Recommendations

Hello, fellow readers! Unfortunately, shelter-in-place/quarantine for COVID-19 has not ended here. My state closed school for the remainder of the semester., so I am finding myself with even more time than usual on my hands! I thought I would do something useful and recommend some thriller books to help you pass the time and forget about what is going on in the world.

Note: I will be including books if they are classified as a thriller on Goodreads. 


1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

I am a huge fan of Riley Sager’s books, but Lock Every Door is without a doubt my favorite so far. I read the entire book in one night because it was so captivating and fast paced. A young woman, Jules, takes a job apartment sitting at a high-profile building in Manhattan. Jules learns from another apartment sitter, Ingrid, that the building has a dark past. Ingrid disappears the next day, and Jules begins to investigate what happened to her and discovers Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing. The incredible Gothic setting really captured my interest in this one!

2. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I hate to even give a synopsis of this book because you need to go in knowing as little as possible! Louise meets a man at a bar and they share a passionate kiss. She discovers on Monday that the stranger is her new boss, David, who also happens to be married. Louise meets a new friend, Adele, and discovers she is David’s wife. Adele seems to be terrified of David, but Louise thinks they have the perfect marriage. Louise becomes caught in the middle of the couple and discovers how far someone will go to hide their secrets. You will never guess the ending of this one!

3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

This is a book I picked up solely for the setting. I love a good hotel/motel setting, especially when it involves the supernatural. In 1982, Viv disappeared while working the night shift at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. Thirty-five years later, her niece, Carly, arrives in Fell, determined to solve the mystery of her aunt’s disappearance. Carly ends up taking a job working the same night shift as Viv at the motel. As Carly searches for clue about her aunt, she discovers a pattern of murders in Fell that have remained unsolved for years. The slight supernatural element gives this thriller a unique twist!

4. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware’s books are very hit or miss for me. I’ve enjoyed almost all of her books, but her endings always leave me wanting just a little bit more closure. She really nailed it with The Turn of the Key last year. Rowan takes a job as a live-in nanny for two young girls. Almost immediately after Rowan’s arrival, the parents depart for a work trip, leaving Rowan alone with the two girls. Rowan discovers that the past few nannies have all abruptly quit, leading her to wonder if the rumors about the house being haunted are true. You will be immediately engrossed in this one and will want to have all of the lights on while you read it!

5. No Exit by Taylor Adams

This book reads like a movie, and I think that is why I loved it so much! It was very fast paced since the entire book takes place in one day. Darby is on her way home during a terrible snowstorm. The roads become impassable, and she is forced to stop at a rest area in the mountains with four other strangers. Desperate to get a cell phone signal, Darby goes outside to call home. While she searches for a signal, she finds a child in the back of a van. The child is in a cage, and Darby suddenly wonders who she can trust inside the rest stop.


Leave your thriller recommendations in the comments! I am always looking for more books to add to my TBR.

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