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 summer 2020 mystery thriller books 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-FIVE of our most anticipated summer 2020 mystery thriller books!
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The Distant Dead by Heather Young
A body burns in the high desert hills. A boy walks into a fire station, pale with the shock of a grisly discovery. A middle school teacher worries when her colleague is late for work. By day’s end, when the body is identified as local math teacher Adam Merkel, a small Nevada town will be rocked to its core by a brutal and calculated murder.
Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay
Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth–her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page-turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession, and what we stand to lose in the name of love.
Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry
The riveting follow up to Jessica Barry’s debut Freefall–a controversial, of-the-moment thriller about two women fighting for their right to live.
Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore
From the author of The Islanders comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer, in the vein of Liane Moriarty.
The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
From Sandie Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hello Sunshine Book Club pick The Other Woman, comes The Half Sister; a compelling new domestic suspense novel about a family who is forever changed when a stranger arrives at their door.
The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest–a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick–comes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
For fans of Lisa Jewell and Liv Constantine, The Last Flight is the story of two women–both alone, both scared–and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.
All the Broken People by Leah Konen
A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Home Before Dark is the story of a house with long-buried secrets and a woman’s quest to uncover them–even if the truth is far more terrifying than any haunting.
The Dilemma by B. A. Paris
A woman’s birthday party takes a dark turn in a poignant, heart-stopping new novel from the reigning queen of suspense, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, and Bring Me Back.
The Shadows by Alex North
The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man.
The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton
From the internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend. Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase
Readers of Lisa Jewell and Simone St. James will delight in this haunting, touching story of mothers, daughters, and belonging–and the devastating lies families tell themselves in order to survive.
Playing Nice by JP Delaney
What if you found out that your family isn’t yours at all? How far would you go to protect them? A gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl Before.
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
His & Hers is a twisty, smart, psychological thriller. A gripping tale of suspense, told by expertly-drawn narrators that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
The Wife Who Knew Too Much is a decadent summer thriller about the lives of those who will do anything for love and money. Who is the victim? Who is the villain? And who will be next to die?
Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks
In Lies, Lies, Lies, Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in free fall in a mesmerizing tale of marriage and secrets.
Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins
The author of The Winter Sister returns with a darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades-old kidnapping and now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the past.
The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi
Alex Pavesi’s The Eighth Detective is a love letter to classic detective stories with a modern twist, where nothing is as it seems, and proof that the best mysteries break all the rules.
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of The Escape Room, a true-crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town’s dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.
Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks
From the author of Her One Mistake, comes a riveting new suspense novel about three ambitious women whose lives are turned upside down in the aftermath of a horrifying fire, which destroys a successful advertising agency and threatens to expose a tangled web of lies.
The Less Dead by Denise Mina
The Less Dead is a sharply modern new thriller from the bestselling author of Conviction, and a surprisingly moving story of daughters and mothers, secrets and choices, and how the search for the truth-and a long-hidden killer-will lead one woman to find herself.
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Winter Counts is a tour-de-force of crime fiction, a bracingly honest look at a long-ignored part of American life, and a twisting, turning story that’s as deeply rendered as it is thrilling.
Final Cut by S. J. Watson
A gripping new psychological thriller from S.J. Watson, the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, in which a documentary filmmaker travels to a sleepy fishing village to shoot her new film and encounters a dark mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local girl.
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