Nothing you can read is quite as scary as the news in 2020. Luckily, books have always been a way to escape and the way things are looking, you might just need one. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite binge-worthy thrillers we’ve read this year to help you get out of your head. Happy reading!
Little Threats by Emily Schultz: This fun thriller follows twin sisters — one who was arrested for murdering their childhood friend, and the other who isn’t quite sure what the truth of that fateful night is. Fifteen years later, Kennedy, the twin who was arrested, is released, and all of a sudden questions surrounding the murder begin infiltrating their lives once again. This suspenseful whodunnit keeps you on the edge of your seat, seeking answers along with all of the suspicious characters in the book, until the very end. This novel stands out from others in the thriller category, and readers will appreciate that the answer isn’t obvious.
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon: Another novel from Jennifer McMahon, who is a master at sending chills down your spine, The Invited puts a modern twist on the classic haunted house tale. A happy young couple move out to the suburbs in search of a more quiet life, but their mission to build their own house comes with more than they bargained for. Local tales of a woman who lived on their property a century ago plague the town and soon they find themselves digging into her history and wondering if her spirit never really left.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid: This book is a few years old, but a Netflix adaptation of it came out this year, so it’s a perfect time to pick it up. This unique literary thriller begins with Jake and his girlfriend going on a road trip to meet his parents for the first time. Deep thoughts about relationships, the human mind, and loneliness are discussed throughout, drawing in readers with its relatability. Yet, something is amiss and quite creepy, but it’s hard to put a finger on it. If you’re in for a thought-provoking read, make it this, and leave time to go back and read it again. You’re going to want to.
The Current by Tim Johnston: If you fell in love with Johnston after reading Descent, you won’t be disappointed by this chilling story. Set in the coldest of winters in a small town in Minnesota, The Current begins when police find two young women have driven their car into a river. One survives, but the other is drowned. What’s clear is that it wasn’t a car accident that led them there, and the town recalls when another young woman drowned in the same river ten years prior. Determined to get answers, the surviving woman searches for clues, and discovers many things along the way. It will keep you reading late into the night.
The End of Her by Shari Lapena: From the same author that brought you The Couple Next Door, comes another thrilling tale involving the intricacies of a couple who aren’t quite what they seem. Married couple Stephanie and Patrick are navigating life with baby twin girls when a woman from Patrick’s past appears, making accusations about Patrick’s deceased ex-wife. Can Stephanie trust her husband? Can she trust this stranger? Things become murky as she seeks to find out the truth.
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