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The Most Anticipated Fall 2020 Psychological Thrillers, Mysteries, and Suspense Novels

From bestselling authors you’re already acquainted with to debut authors making their mark.

Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

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If you’re a reader who lives for the thrill and can’t get enough plot twists that you’re always trying to predict, this book list is just for you. From bestselling authors you’re already acquainted with to debut authors making their mark in the genre, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So make space on your bookshelves, make those library requests, reserve these titles and check out TWENTY THREE of our most anticipated thriller, suspense, and mystery novels of Fall 2020!

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

A gripping thriller in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning.

One by One by Ruth Ware

A suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

They said she walked away. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?
A compelling and emotionally powerful story of a daughter’s desperate search to find her mother before it’s too late.

To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan

A serpentine thriller that cleverly blends atmosphere, tarnished memories, mystery, and twisty secrets from the past into a potent, intense read that will leave you questioning everything you believe.

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, Rachel Howzell Hall’s And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club.  When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The Searcher by Tana French

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Devil and the Dark Water brings a chilling new spin to the Sherlock Holmes detective duo in a thriller of supernatural horror, occult suspicion, and paranormal mystery on the high seas.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

A riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.  Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Lena is held captive with her two children. Her routine is dictated by her captor and strict rules must be followed. But when Lena manages to break free nothing is quite as it seems and when the police start to help, things don’t quite match up. Twisty, dark, original and clever!

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy

An irresistible psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

An intricate thriller about a young woman’s disappearance and a group of strangers whose lives intersect in its wake.

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

A dynamic psychological thriller about two women who give bad men exactly what they deserve.

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

A seductive debut thriller about greed, lust, secrets, and deadly lies involving identical twin sisters.

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

A wildly charming and fast-paced mystery written with all the panache of the hardboiled classics, Fortune Favors the Dead introduces Pentecost and Parker, an audacious new detective duo for the ages.

Little Threats by Emily Schultz

Both a taut whodunit and a haunting snapshot of the effects of a violent crime, Little Threats tells the story of a woman who served fifteen years in prison for murder…and now it’s time to find out if she’s guilty.

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo, translated by Robert Ferguson

Roy and Carl have spent their whole lives running from the darkness in their past, but when Carl finally returns to make peace with it, the two brothers are inexorably drawn into a reckoning with their own demons.

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Brilliantly clever, relentlessly suspenseful, full of twists that will keep readers guessing with each revelation and clue, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction from one of its greatest masterminds, Anthony Horowitz.

Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March

Based on a true story, and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial India,  Murder in Old Bombay, brings this tumultuous historical age to life.

The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton

A modern-day noir featuring a twisty cat-and-mouse chase, this dark debut thriller tells the story of a woman who makes a living taking down terrible men…then finds herself in over her head and with blood on her hands. The only way out? Pull off one final con.

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

A taut psychological thriller in which family secrets and hidden pasts build to a violent climax in a guesthouse among the idyllic Welsh mountains.

Piece of My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke

Television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew–just days before her wedding.

The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce

A dark new psychological thriller about the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect family — and the perfect murder.

What do you think about the books on this list?

Are any of these books on your TBR?  Have you read any of these books? Have you discovered any new favorites?  What thriller, suspense, or mystery novels are you looking forward to reading this fall?

Fall 2020 Psychological Thrillers and Mystery

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