Most Anticipated Fall 2021 Thrillers, Mysteries, and Suspense Novels
If you’re a reader who lives for the thrill and you can’t get enough of those 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, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So check out our Fall 2021 most anticipated thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels!
Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight
In this relentlessly twisty literary thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight, a desperate intervention brings together a group of college friends 10 years after graduation–a reunion marked by lies, betrayal, and murder.
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
Never Saw Me Coming is a compulsive, voice-driven thriller by an exciting new talent in fiction that will keep you pinned to the page and rooting for a would-be killer.
Nice Girls by Catherine Dang
A pulse-pounding and razor-sharp debut with the emotional punch of Luckiest Girl Aliveand All the Missing Girls that explores the hungry, angry, dark side of girlhood and dares to ask: Which is more dangerous for a woman–showing the world what it wants to see, or who she really is?
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.
Think you know the person you married? Think again…
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another riveting work of psychological suspense about a beautiful young couple’s disappearance on a gorgeous summer night, and the mother who will never give up trying to find them…
Rizzio by Denise Mina
From the multi-award-winning master of crime, Denise Mina delivers a radical new take on one of the darkest episodes in Scottish history–the bloody assassination of David Rizzo private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the queen’s chambers in Holyrood Palace.
Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari
A debut thriller for fans of Lucy Foley and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will be brought to their knees.
The Missing Hours by Julia Dahl
From the critically acclaimed author of Invisible City and Conviction, The Missing Hoursis a novel about obsession, privilege, and the explosive consequences of one violent act.
Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Everyone knows Lily Atwood–and that may be her biggest problem. The beloved television reporter has it all–fame, fortune, Emmys, an adorable seven-year-old daughter, and the hashtag her loving fans created: #PerfectLily. To keep it, all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.
My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa
Paloma thought her perfect life would begin once she was adopted and made it to America, but she’s about to find out that no matter how far you run, your past always catches up to you…
The Stowaway by James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
From writer, producer, and actor best known as Murr on the hit television shows Impractical Jokers and The Misery Index, James S. Murray, and co-writer Darren Wearmouth, comes The Stowaway, a suspenseful masterpiece that leaves a cruise ship stranded at sea with a serial killer hiding aboard.
Dog Park by Sofi Oksanen
A captivating story of intrigue, betrayal, and murder in the global fertility market. Sofi Oksanen brings fearless psychological acuity to this captivating story about a woman unable to escape the memory of her lost child, the ruthless powers that still hunt her, and the lies that could well end up saving her.
We Know You Remember by Tove Alsterdal
A missing girl, a hidden body, a decades-long cover-up, and old sins cast in new light: the classic procedural meets Scandinavian atmosphere in this rich, character-driven mystery.
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim–the Thursday Murder Club–are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.
Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger
Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game, from the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45.
Sleepless by Romy Hausmann
Dark secrets past and present collide in Sleepless, a haunting novel of guilt and retribution from Romy Hausmann, the international bestselling author of Dear Child.
The Neighbor's Secret by L. Alison Heller
When late-night acts of vandalism target the women of the book club in increasingly violent and personal ways, they will be forced to decide how far to go to keep their secrets. At least they all agree on what’s most important: protecting their children at any cost–even if it means someone has to die.
The Savage Kind by John Copenhaver
Two lonely teenage girls in 1940s Washington, DC, discover they have a penchant for solving crimes–and an even greater desire to commit them–in the new mystery novel by Macavity Award-winning novelist John Copenhaver.
Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross
A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she’s found her entrée into a better life–only to discover instead she’s walked into a world of deception and dark secrets.
The Mother Next Door by Tara Laskowski
The annual Halloween block party is the pinnacle of the year on idyllic suburban cul-de-sac Ivy Woods Drive. An influential group of neighborhood moms–known as the Ivy Five–plans the event for months. Except the Ivy Five has been four for a long time.
No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield
A smart, witty, crackling novel of psychological suspense in which a girl from a hardscrabble small town meets a gorgeous Instagram influencer from the big city, with a murderous twist that will shock even the most savvy reader.
Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day
From the award-winning author of The Day I Died and The Lucky One, a captivating suspense novel about nurses during World War II who come to Agatha Christie’s holiday estate to care for evacuated children, but when a body is discovered nearby, the idyllic setting becomes host to a deadly mystery.
Silverview by John le Carré
Silverview is the mesmerizing story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In his inimitable voice John le Carré, the greatest chronicler of our age, seeks to answer the question of what we truly owe to the people we love.
A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz
The New York Times bestselling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murderand The Sentence Is Death returns with his third literary whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz.
Femlandia by Christina Dalcher
A chilling look into an alternate near future where a woman and her daughter seek refuge in a women-only colony, only to find that the safe haven they were hoping for is the most dangerous place they could be.
Fan Club by Erin Mayer
In this raucous psychological thriller, a disillusioned millennial joins a cliquey fan club, only to discover that the group is bound together by something darker than devotion.
As the Wicked Watch by Tamron Hall
The first in a thrilling new series from Emmy Award-winning TV Host and Journalist Tamron Hall, As The Wicked Watch follows a reporter as she unravels the disturbing mystery around the deaths of two Black girls; the work of a serial killer terrorizing Chicago.
The Unheard by Nicci French
In this new heart-pounding standalone from the internationally bestselling author that People calls “razor sharp,” a single mother suspects her young daughter has witnessed a horrible crime when the girl draws a disturbing picture–but the deadly path to unravel the truth could cost her everything.
Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband’s face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can’t quite meet her gaze….
Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest
A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series.
The Collective by Alison Gaylin
The USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of Never Look Back and If I Die Tonight plumbs the dark side of justice and the depths of diabolical revenge in this propulsive novel of psychological suspense that melds the driving narrative of Then She Was Gone with the breathtaking twists of The Chain and the violent fury of Kill Bill. Just how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong?
All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris
In this fast-paced thriller, Wanda M. Morris crafts a twisty mystery about a black lawyer who gets caught in a dangerous conspiracy after the sudden death of her boss . . . A debut perfect for fans of Attica Locke, Alyssa Cole, Harlan Coben, and Celeste Ng, with shades of How to Get Away with Murder and John Grisham’s The Firm. Everyone has something to hide…
Wish You Were Gone by Kieran Scott
For fans of the Netflix hit original series Dead to Me comes a novel about what happens when the death of a husband and father isn’t the tragedy everyone believes.
Everything We Didn't Say by Nicole Baart
From the author of Little Broken Things, a novel following a mother who must confront the dark summer that changed her life forever in order to reclaim the daughter she left behind.
The Days to Come by Tom Rosenstiel
A masterful political thriller thrusts veteran Washington fixers Peter Rena and Randi Brooks into a dark world of cyberattacks, a new era of foreign espionage, and a risky, classified plan to save the world from environmental disaster.
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What thriller, mystery, and or suspense novels are you looking forward to in 2021? What books would you add to the list?