Top 5 Thriller Books for the Summer

It’s the perfect time to kick back and read. In order to get back into the swing of things, something mysterious, fast, and thrilling can be exactly what one needs. Even if it isn’t the beginning of summer there’s still time to fit in all these amazing titles and more. So check out the top 5 thriller books that are perfect to read by the poolside!

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1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Start your summer off with a classic in the thriller genre and number 1 on the top 5 thrillers list, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn is one of the best thrillers of all time and if you haven’t read it yet, it’s time to! It tells the story of a wife, Amy Dunne, who disappeared with a struggle. Her husband looks high and low for her but becomes a suspect himself. We get both points of view from the couple as they give us insight into their relationship and the mystery surrounding Any Dunne.

If you have read “Gone Girl” try another Gillian Flynn novel like “Sharp Objects.” Both are thrilling pieces of literature and both also have adaptations you can enjoy after reading.

2. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter tells the story of Claire Scott and her missing sister Julia. With no evidence the mystery was never solved. Twenty years later another girl disappears and it seems all too familiar for Claire. She begins to investigate and when she comes across a new discovery, nothing will be the same.

An absolute shocker of a thriller. One of the most page turning books on this list!

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3. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing is about a seemingly normal couple who live just like the rest of us. They have kids, they love each other greatly, they live in the suburbs and are the perfect neighbors They just happen to also be getting away with murder.

A domestic fiction novel that will get you so engrossed! Though the plot seems simple, it’s a fun read that will take any reader on a tense and thrilling journey.

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4. The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

The fourth book on this top 5 thriller list is “The Familiar Dark” which tells the story of Eve Taggert, who recently lost her daughter to murder, takes it upon herself to figure out the truth of what really happened. Though, Eve might have to return to her own mother, to help her find out the truth. Her journey to find out the truth takes her through her poor town and eventually back to her own mother.

This story is tense and explores relatable topics like mother/daughter relationships. A great and fascinating read!

5. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The most recent release on this list and the last book on the top 5 thrillers list, “Mexican Gothic” is also a horror/historical fiction. The story is about Noemí Taboada who, after getting a letter from a cousin asking for someone to save her, travels to the Mexican countryside. Soon, she begins to unravel secret after secret about the family her cousin has married into. But Noemí begins to find it difficult to leave such a mystifying house.

Another great page turner, and because of its recent release date, is the perfect book to talk about with friends or in a book club!

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Here are just some of the top 5 thrillers you should read! They’re all full of suspense and the mysterious twist that keeps every reader on the edge of their seats.

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