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The Best Thriller Books, Suspense & Mysteries of 2023

From sensational mysteries to spine-tingling psychological thrillers, there is something for everyone on our list.

Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

The 2023 Best Thriller Books, Mystery Books, Suspense Novels

Are you eager to take a wild ride into the unknown? Do you love getting lost in stories so intense and gripping that your heart begins to race and your palms become sweatier as you flip the pages?  Then look no further than our list of the best 2023 thriller books, mystery books and suspense novels.  We’ve picked out some of the most thrilling reads from this year’s lineup – ones guaranteed to keep you glued to their pages late into the night.  From sensational mysteries to spine-tingling psychological thrillers, there is something for everyone on our list.  So settle down with your favorite beverage, prepare plenty of snacks, and buckle up for an unforgettable reading experience!

New The Best 2023 Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Books

The Best 2023 Thriller Books, Suspense & Mysteries

  1. The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone
  2. The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
  3. Blaze Me a Sun by Christoffer Carlsson, Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
  4. What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall
  5. Exiles by Jane Harper
  6. The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
  7. The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz
  8. How I’ll Kill You by Ren DeStefano
  9. A Death at the Party by Amy Stuart
  10. Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
  11. What Have We Done by Alex Finlay
  12. I Love It When You Lie by Kristen Bird
  13. The Last Word by Taylor Adams
  14. The Eden Test by Adam Sternbergh
  15. The Stolen Coast by Dwyer Murphy
  16. Beware the Woman by Megan Abbott
  17. All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby
  18. Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum
  19. Drowning by T.J. Newman
  20. The Quiet Tenant by Clémence Michallon
  21. Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez
  22. The Bones of the Story by Carol Goodman
  23. I Did It For You by Amy Engel
  24. Tell Me What I Am by Una Mannion
  25. Ashes in the Snow by Oriana Ramunno
  26. The Interpreter by Brooke Robinson
  27. Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll
  28. The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson
  29. The Professor by Lauren Nossett
The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone

The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone

An atmospheric thriller set on an isolated Scottish island where nothing is as it seems and shocking twists lie around every corner.

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The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

Two friends reconnect on a girl’s trip to an Italian villa that was the site of a celebrity murder, but as the truth starts to emerge, hidden secrets come spilling out.

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The Villa is one of the books in The 2023 Winter Reading Guide.

Blaze Me a Sun by Christoffer Carlsson, Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Blaze Me a Sun by Christoffer Carlsson, Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

A serial killer in a small Swedish town commits his first murder the same night the prime minister.

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What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall

What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall

Three girls put a dangerous serial killer behind bars, but they lied, and now a secret kept for decades is threatening to emerge.

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What Lies in the Woods is one of the books in The 2023 Winter Reading Guide.

Exiles by Jane Harper

Exiles by Jane Harper

Federal Investigator Aaron Falk is on his way to a small town deep in Southern Australian wine country for the christening of an old friend’s baby. But mystery follows him, even on vacation.

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The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

The mysterious connection between a teacher’s disappearance and an unsolved code in a children’s book is explored in this novel – a fiendishly clever, maddeningly original crime novel for lovers of word games, puzzles, and stories of redemption.

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Click here to tune in to the podcast to hear Janice Hallett talk about The Twyford Code.

The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

An aspiring novelist attending an exclusive writing retreat with a book deal prize at stake now has to focus on survival when one of the participants disappears.

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The Writing Retreat is one of the books in The 2023 Winter Reading Guide.

How I'll Kill You by Ren DeStefano

How I’ll Kill You by Ren DeStefano

Your next stay-up-all-night thriller is about identical triplets who have a nasty habit of killing their boyfriends and what happens when the youngest commits their worst crime yet: falling in love with her mark.

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Click here to tune in to the podcast to hear Ren DeStefano talk about How I’ll Kill You.

How I’ll Kill You is one of the books in The 2023 Spring Reading Guide.

A Death at the Party by Amy Stuart

A Death at the Party by Amy Stuart

In this tense, spellbinding thriller set over the course of a single day, a woman prepares for a party that goes dreadfully wrong.

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Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

A gripping psychological thriller that is Shakespearean in its wit, drama, and immersion in character and is an unflinching examination of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

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What Have We Done by Alex Finlay

What Have We Done by Alex Finlay

From Alex Finlay, the author of Every Last Fear and The Night Shift, comes an action-packed new thriller about the lives we leave behind and the secrets we carry with us forever.

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I Love It When You Lie by Kristen Bird

I Love It When You Lie by Kristen Bird

A twisty psychological suspense about four women in an iconic Southern family who close ranks when a stranger is missing—or is he?—to protect dark secrets of their own.

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The Last Word by Taylor Adams

The Last Word by Taylor Adams

After posting a negative book review, a woman living in a remote location begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy—or very, very dangerous—in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.

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The Last Word is one of the books in The 2023 Spring Reading Guide.

The Eden Test by Adam Sternbergh

The Eden Test by Adam Sternbergh

From Edgar Award-finalist Adam Sternbergh, an electrifying new work of domestic suspense for fans of White Lotus and The Last Thing He Told Me, about a couple who are forced to the ultimate extremes to save their marriage — and themselves.

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The Eden Test is one of the books in The 2023 Spring Reading Guide.

The Stolen Coast by Dwyer Murphy

The Stolen Coast by Dwyer Murphy

A man who helps fugitives of all kinds disappear and his shady lawyer ex-girlfriend plan a heist to steal diamonds worth millions but their crew runs into a slew of bad luck.

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The Stolen Coast is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.

Beware the Woman by Megan Abbott

Beware the Woman by Megan Abbott

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott, an eerie and prescient novel about a family outing that takes a terrifying turn.

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All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby

All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby

New York Times bestselling and LA Times Book Prize-winning author S. A. Cosby is back with a new novel about the first Black sheriff in a small Southern town , and his hunt for a killer.

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Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum

Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum

Set in a fictional exclusive summer haven on Fire Island, a group of upper-class New Yorkers summer is upended when a dead body is discovered face down off the side of the boardwalk.

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Bad Summer People is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.

Drowning by T.J. Newman

Drowning by T.J. Newman

A plane makes an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean after an engine explodes, but then it sinks to with passengers trapped inside and it’s up to the rescuers to save them before they sink to the point of no return. 

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Drowning is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.

The Quiet Tenant by Clémence Michallon

The Quiet Tenant by Clémence Michallon

A Hudson Valley family man and serial killer has a hostage who convinces him to move her into his new house and when she meets the other women she wonders if they will help or hinder her.

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The Quiet Tenant is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.

Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez

Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez

In this shocking thriller, two unlikely mothers race to uncover the truth behind a horrific attack—even after it becomes clear that the truth will destroy one of their families.

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The Bones of the Story by Carol Goodman

The Bones of the Story by Carol Goodman

A twisty locked-room mystery about a group of former classmates trapped by a winter storm on their college campus and they discover there is a murderer in their midst.

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The Bones of the Story is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.

I Did It For You by Amy Engel

I Did It For You by Amy Engel

A woman starts her own investigation when two teens are killed under identical circumstances to her sister fourteen years prior even as she fears becoming a target herself.

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I Did It For You is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.

Tell Me What I Am by Una Mannion

Tell Me What I Am by Una Mannion

Two women wrenched apart by a family member’s disappearance must find a way back to each other in this haunting page-turner by the author of A Crooked Tree.

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Ashes in the Snow Oriana Ramunno

Ashes in the Snow by Oriana Ramunno

A spellbinding murder mystery with the plotting and characterization of Louise Penny or Agatha Christie set in Auschwitz at Christmas, 1943.

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The Interpreter by Brooke Robinson

The Interpreter by Brooke Robinson

With the taut psychological drama of The Silent Patient and the propulsive storytelling of The Club, a chilling debut thriller about a London-based interpreter with dark secrets—and the enemy determined to take her down.

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Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll

Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll

The only eyewitness to a horrible crime must confront the past when she receives a mysterious letter thirty years later.

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Bright Young Women is one of the books in The 2023 Fall Reading Guide.

The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson

The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson

An American art student in London is invited to a seemingly charming English village for the holidays, but soon discovers dark secrets and a sinister history lurking beneath the festive façade.

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The Christmas Guest is one of the books in The 2023 Fall Reading Guide.

The Professor by Lauren Nossett

The Professor by Lauren Nossett

A disgraced former detective is drawn back into investigating a case involving a professor accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

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The Professor is one of the books in The 2023 Fall Reading Guide.

What do you think about these 2023 mysteries, suspense, and thriller books?

Have you read any books from this list?  What are your favorite 2023 mysteries, suspense, and thriller books?  What books would you add to the list?  Let’s talk all about thriller books, suspense, and mysteries in the comments.

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