Summer is the perfect time for a good psychological thriller, mystery, or suspense novel. After all, what’s better than spending a hot day indoors with a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Here are some of the most anticipated summer 2022 psychological thriller, mystery, or suspense novels. Whether you’re looking for something new to read or just want to get ahead of the curve, these books are sure to keep you entertained.
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb
Three lifelong friends plus a dangerous, sexy new stranger in town add up to a scorching summer of manipulation, obsession, and murder, from the acclaimed author of The Hunting Wives.
Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo
In this eerily riveting thriller—the follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August—Gus Monet becomes dangerously entangled with a powerful family whose wealth and success are built on dark and deadly secrets.
A secret can only stay buried for so long…
Deep Water by Emma Bamford
The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins.
Aurora by David Koepp
From the author of Cold Storage comes a riveting, eerily plausible thriller, told with the menace and flair of Under the Dome or Project Hail Mary, in which a worldwide cataclysm plays out in the lives of one complicated Midwestern family.
Tell Us No Secrets by Siena Sterling
This stunning debut thriller, set in a girls’ boarding school, will leave you breathless until the final page is turned.
The Wild One by Colleen McKeegan
In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly childhood secret that binds three young women threatens to destroy their lives.
The Recruit by Alan Drew
A Southern California detective stumbles upon a network of white supremacists lurking in the shadows of his quiet hometown in this gripping thriller.
Privacy by Nina Sadowsky
A successful therapist’s world is upended when her patients are targeted in a campaign of twisted psychological harassment in this propulsive novel from the author of Convince Me.
You never know who’s watching…
The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza
From the cocreator of Deadpool and author of Suburban Dicks comes a diabolically funny murder mystery that features two incredibly likable—and unlikely—sleuths investigating a murder that reveals the dark underbelly of suburban marriage.
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read . . . no lake house required.
The Second Husband by Kate White
A woman’s seemingly perfect second marriage is rocked by a discovery about the death of her first husband in this twisty psychological thriller from Kate White, the New York Times bestselling author whom Entertainment Weekly called “impossible to outwit.”
One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke
From the international bestselling author comes a twisty psychological thriller set on a stunning Greek island, One of the Girls tells the delicious story of a bachelorette trip that ends in murder. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Lucy Foley.
The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Jackson
In this deviously volatile, deliciously creepy standalone suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, the sole survivor of a brutal family massacre must uncover the shocking truth about the fateful night that left her forever marked…
Has she already had her final chance to be the final girl?
Take No Names by Daniel Nieh
A riveting thriller about a fugitive in search of a quick payday in Mexico City who finds himself in the crosshairs of a dangerous international scheme.
What Jonah Knew by Barbara Graham
A seven-year-old boy inexplicably recalls the memories of a missing 22-year-old musician in this psychological thriller about the fierce love between mothers and sons across lifetimes, a work of gripping suspense with a supernatural twist that will mesmerize fans of Chloe Benjamin and Lisa Jewell.
The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay
A cleverly voiced psychological thriller about an unforgettable—and unsettling—friendship, with blood-chilling twists, crackling wit, and a thrumming pulse in its veins—from the nationally bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Survivor Song.
Look Closer by David Ellis
From the bestselling and award-winning author comes a wickedly clever and fast-paced novel of greed, revenge, obsession—and quite possibly the perfect murder.
Reputation by Sarah Vaughan
The bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal—soon to be a Netflix series—returns with a new psychological thriller about a politician whose less-than-perfect personal life is thrust into the spotlight when a body is discovered in her home.
First Born by Will Dean
From the acclaimed author of The Last Thing to Burn, a psychological thriller about the dark secrets that emerge when a woman’s twin sister is murdered, with his signature “intense, gripping, taut, terrifying, moving, and brilliant” (Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author) prose.
Confidence by Denise Mina
A dazzling new thriller and sequel to the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick and national bestseller Conviction, in which Anna and Fin reunite for an even bigger adventure, as they once more go on the lam to solve a murder—and make another podcast.
Dark Objects by Simon Toyne
Forensics expert Laughton Rees hunts an unusually clever killer who appears to be staging murder scenes just for her in this twisty new psychological thriller by the bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy.
How do you catch a killer if the victim doesn’t exist?
The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman
From two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author Carol Goodman comes a new mystery, about a group of friends isolated on a remote island with a history of foul play.
Out of Her Depth by Lizzy Barber
For fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley, an atmospheric summer thriller set in the sun-drenched Tuscan countryside as a college student becomes embroiled in a group of privileged and manipulative young sophisticates.
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.
I Told You This Would Happen by Elaine Murphy
Elaine Murphy is back with a new thriller that will leave fans of Darcey Bell, B.A. Paris, and Samantha Downing utterly reeling.
The Swell by Allie Reynolds
Point Break meets And Then There Were None in a pulse-pounding beach read that explores the dangerous ties between a group of elite surfers who are determined to find the perfect waves at any cost…even murder.
The Birdcage by Eve Chase
In the spirit of Lisa Jewell and Kate Morton, a haunting tale of the fateful summer when an unusual sisterhood is tested, and the summer fifteen years later when each sister will be called to account.
Upgrade by Blake Crouch
An ordinary man undergoes a startling transformation—and fears that all of humanity may be next—in the mindblowing new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion.
Hokuloa Road by Elizabeth Hand
From Shirley Jackson Award-winner Elizabeth Hand comes a haunting and atmospheric new mystery about a young man drawn into a Hawaiʻian island’s darkest secrets—perfect for fans of Peter Heller and The White Lotus.
Point Last Seen by Christina Dodd
From New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd comes a brand new, standalone suspense about a reclusive artist who retrieves a seemingly dead woman from the Pacific Ocean…only to have her come back to life with no memory of what happened to her. With a strong female protagonist, a chilling villain, and twisty secrets that will keep you turning the pages, POINT LAST SEEN is perfect for the thriller/suspense category and for fans of Lisa Jewell, Jayne Ann Krentz and Sandra Brown.
The Other Guest by Helen Cooper
After a shocking death at a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women must question everything—and everyone—they love in order to untangle truth from lies in this twisty, captivating read.
The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland
Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia collide when a seemingly perfect new family moves into a neighborhood with ties to Langley in this gripping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know.
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda
New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?
The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas
The internationally bestselling author of Do Not Disturb and Just Like the Other Girls delivers a heart-pounding psychological thriller about a couple who inherit what seems to be their dream home, until they make a horrifying discovery—and the danger begins.
Reckoning by Catherine Coulter
Agents Savich and Sherlock are back in the latest installment in Catherine Coulter’s #1 New York Times bestselling FBI Thriller series, and this time both are enlisted to help women with traumatic pasts who are in mortal danger.
The Rule of Three by E. G. Scott
From E. G. Scott, an utterly gripping tale of suspense about three couples and an innocent game night that goes horribly wrong. Full of twists and turns that you’ll never see coming, this is a perfect summer read you won’t be able to put down.
Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose
Discover New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Rose’s brand-new series set in the sultry, crime-ridden city of New Orleans and featuring a tough team of high-end private investigators who are after justice—no matter what they have to do to get it.
Such a Good Mother by Helen Monks Takhar
Some women would do anything for their children. This thrilling novel cuts straight to the dark heart of modern motherhood, privilege, and the lengths we’ll go to get ahead, from the author of the “addictive” (People) thriller Precious You.
On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne
A veteran British journalist living in Hong Kong investigates the disappearance of a student protestor in this atmospheric novel from the New York Times notable author of The Forgiven—soon to be a major motion picture.
Alias Emma by Ava Glass
In this breakneck, race-against-the-clock thriller, a British spy has twelve hours to deliver her asset across London after Russia hacks the city’s security cameras. Can she make it without being spotted…or killed?
The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson
A riveting psychological thriller with a killer twist about a woman forced to confront the darkest moment in her childhood in order to move on from her past and open her heart to love.
A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon
From the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie, a delightfully sinister novel about a married woman living a nice, quiet suburban life—but things aren’t always what they seem…
The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
From Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Locus award-nominated author, Gabino Iglesias, comes a genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what’s left of his family, even if it means a descent into violence–both supernatural and of our own terrifying world.
Are You Sara? by S.C. Lalli
After a chance meeting at the campus bar, two girls mistakenly take each other’s rideshare home which leads to one being murdered on the other’s doorstep in this twisty thriller debut.
The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
A woman stops at nothing to find her husband’s murderer in this psychological thriller about twisted marriages, fractured families, and deadly obsessions—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “brilliantly chilling” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs.
The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding
A woman hires a housekeeper to care for her aging parents—only to watch as she takes over their lives in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author called “an ingenious master of domestic suspense” (Samantha M. Bailey).
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
From the host of the #1 true-crime podcast Crime Junkie, a propulsive debut novel featuring a journalist who returns to her hometown to solve a murder that has plagued her since childhood—but someone wants to keep the case cold.
Complicit by Winnie M Li
After a long-buried, harrowing incident, a woman whose promising film career was derailed has an opportunity for revenge in this visceral and timely thriller about power, privilege, and justice.
Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter
A pulse-pounding and twisting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her.
Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie
A “propulsive thriller about secret organizations, hidden agendas, and the lengths one woman will go to reclaim her life” (Laura Dave, author of Reese’s Book Club Pick The Last Thing He Told Me) from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine McKenzie.
The Darkness of Others by Cate Holahan
USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan delivers her latest nail-biting thriller, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.
Number One Fan by Meg Elison
A headlong rush of a thriller/horror that is Misery for Millennials, about a bestselling author who is abducted by her biggest fan and must figure out who he is, where she is, and how to survive and escape, set against the backdrop of fan and convention culture, the literati and the #metoo movement.
My Dirty California by Jason Mosberg
In this literary thriller, a young man descends into the Los Angeles underworld to find his family’s killer—aided by a group of strangers with their own shadowy past.
WAKE by Shelley Burr
For fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry or Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, a searing debut crime novel set in the Australian outback, where the grief and guilt surrounding an unsolved disappearance still haunt a small farming community…and will ultimately lead to a reckoning.
Are you looking forward to any of these books?
What thriller, mystery, and or suspense novels are you looking forward to in 2022? What books would you add to the list?
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