12 Suspense, Mystery Books Goodreads Users Are Raving About (Part 2)

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12 (More) Thrillers Mystery Suspense Books Goodreads Users Are Raving About

A few months back, I thought it’d be cool to roundup several Goodreads favorites that were tinged with suspense, thriller, mystery, and psychological elements, you know, to feed your thumping heart. Due the immense response, I’ll be returning every now and then with a new set of books, just for you.

A lot of time has passed since our first roundup, which means more books! (Sadly, none of these are by Gillian Flynn, she’s too busy working on Sharp Objects over at HBO, so we forgive her.) So as a follow-up, I’ve put together another list, this time of new additions in the same genres as before.

From breakneck thrillers by Riley Sager to crazy whodunnits by Erin Kelly, here are the 12 books Goodreads users cannot stop gossiping about.

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1. Final Girls, Riley Sager
Sager’s Final Girls Book of the Monthwas nominated as a selection for July.

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5

This is a atmospheric thriller I could not stop reading. It has a compelling narrative that grips, you get drawn into into the shaky and unreliable world of Quinn Carpenter. It is so well plotted to ramp up the suspense and the feeling of fear that pervades the book keeps you on tenterhooks.” — Paromjit’


2. Do Not Become Alarmed, Maile Meloy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.59/5

Well plotted, culturally aware, this story is very frightening in its reality. Motto: Do not ever, but especially in a foreign country, take your eyes off your children.” — Diane S




3. Every Last Lie, Mary Kubica

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.51/5

Mary Kubica, you have a real winner here. You painted this canvas with life-like characters in life-like situations. It’s a bit of a view into what drives and what motivates us to survive in such an uncertain world that can suffocate the best of us at times. Bravo, Ms. Kubica.” — Linda




4. Watch Me Disappear, Janelle Brown

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.85/5

The title is super-important, as you’d expect. She disappears. You question the entire time you’re reading the book… “Who is saying those words?” Is is the mother, the daughter or the father? It could be any one of them. I liked that aspect. It’s the perfect title, also because the word “disappear” can mean so many things: physically, emotionally, due to fear, due to memory loss… really engaging for those reasons.” — James


5. Beautiful Animals, Lawrence Osborne

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.57/5
Beautiful Animals is not a typical “hang on to the seat of your pants” thriller; rather, it is a fascinating psychological study of Naomi and her influence on those around her. Naomi’s ability to “step quietly from one life into another” is an insightful look about how a sociopathic mind works and how regret is not a useful emotion for those without empathy.” — Jill



6. He Said/She Said, Erin Kelly

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5

If you read thrillers, or even watch crime-type shows on television, you’ve seen this story before, and you have a feeling what will happen. At least you think you have. But Kelly never rests on plot-as-usual; she stretches everything to the limit, so just as some of the things you expect to happen do, the next second you’re shocked by what else unfolds.” — Larry H



7. Don’t Close Your Eyes, Holly Seddon

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5

This book grabbed a hold of me from the get go and didn’t let go until I devoured the last words. This was one emotional journey–one that I recommend everyone needs to experience.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone buying the rights to this and making it into a movie. I know I’d spend money to go see it!” — Jan



8. Blame, Jeff Abbott

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.11/5

Oh, this book is good. Blame is the kind of book that I felt right from the start will turn out to be great. I’ve read a book by Jeff Abbott before (The First Order book 5 in the Sam Capra series) and I knew he can write, and I was eagerly awaiting the day I could start reading this book.” — Magdalena



9. The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.13/5

Whoa . . . now this is how a thriller is done! It’s storylines like this that get my blood pumping and reignite my love for the creepy and twisted. It’s dynamic characters like this that manage to garner my unwavering attention. It’s secrets like this that keep my insides twisted in knots with anticipation of what’s to come. It’s writing like this that makes me want to toss everything else aside and devour the author’s backlist. In a saturated genre, this is a true standout—a wholly addicting thriller that had my eyes glued to the pages in incredulity and disbelief.” — Melissa

10. Little Monsters, Kara Thomas

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5

There were so many layers to this dark and disturbing thriller and my mind was constantly attempting to assume and presume where the plot would take the reader. I did ultimately guess who the perpetrator was… but not before also guessing every other character the book alongside them!” — Dannii Elle



11. The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92/5
This was a great book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was listening. There is something to be said for a book that can still make you want to check under your bed for monsters. If you’re in the mood for something creepy and disconcerting, this is the one.” — Candace




12. Here and Gone, Haylen Beck

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.02/5

Author Haylen Beck has created a tense, fast-paced thriller. From the get-go, the reader sympathizes with Audra, fearing for the safety of the children. Her uphill battle is wrought with continual accusations by her ex-husband, child services and law enforcement. “Here and Gone” is a gem of a thriller.It would play well on the big screen!” — Fran

14 Suspense Books Goodreads Users Can’t Keep Quiet About This Year

The following article was originally written by Editor-in-chief Paris Close

1. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
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Riverhead Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.66/5

“There’s a sinister air throughout, with unknown voices and footsteps on creaking floorboards in the dead of night. There are lots of threads to the storyline, lots of frayed edges, but Paula Hawkins pulls them all together to create a fascinating read.” — Maureen

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2. The Dry, Jane Harper
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Macmillan Australia

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09/5

“Please put this on your radar folks if you haven’t yet. If you enjoy an excellent mystery that is a police procedural not heavy on the mundane details, this is for you. Incredibly well done and I’m absolutely FLOORED that this is a debut novel. I believe we’ll be seeing much more of Harper to come.” — Chelsea Humphrey

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3. The Child, Fiona Barton
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Transworld Digital

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5

“I devoured this book in a single day…Told from multiple points of view, the mystery of who this baby is will keep you turning pages.” — Theresa

Due to release June 27. Preorder it here

4. Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough
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Flatiron Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.79/5

“Sarah Pinborough’s new book, Behind Her Eyes is one crazy book, one that at different times had me totally hooked, rolling my eyes, predicting (incorrectly) how the plot would be tied together, and then, ultimately, re-reading the last few chapters a few times to make sure what I thought happened actually did.” — Larry Hoffer

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5. The Girl Before, J.P. Delaney
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Ballantine Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.71/5

“I was pulled and it got right inside my head. I had to know what was going to happen! A thrilling story about a house I would NEVER want to live in, (seriously I could not handle any of the rules) but I sure enjoyed reading about it.” — Deanna

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6. The Girlfriend, Michelle Frances
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Pan Macmillan

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.13/5

“I loved the character dynamics in this – seriously twisted, I’m not sure if I’m talking about the Mother or the Girlfriend to be honest – it is also quite an intriguing little take on how money divides us. The haves and the have not’s, how just a little bit of jealousy can turn into an untenable situation.” — Liz Barnsley

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7. Dead Letters, Caite Dolan-Leach
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Random House

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.64/5

“Though on the face of things, I wouldn’t have thought this was my kind of book, I was pulled into the twisted clues Ava was following, and the history of emotional manipulation and damage and destruction between Ava, Zelda, and their parents and closest friends. It helps that Caite Dolan-Leach has a writing style that is just a bit overly wordy, but is entirely accessible and approachable, hitting just the right balance for a literary mystery novel.” — Sam

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8. Long Black Veil, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Average Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

“This was the first book in my life that made me realize the extreme difference between enjoyment and engagement. The book was definitely a page-turner, and I read it in quickly in two hours, but the experience itself really wasn’t that enjoyable.” — Catherine

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9. I See You, Clare Mackintosh
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Average Goodreads Rating: 3.93/5

“She has done it again, she has excelled herself in her writing ability to not just pull you into the book, oh no, you are ‘shoved’ into it with full force and eagerness, so much so, that its a case of ‘one more chapter’ one more chapter’ and so it goes on until your eyes are dropping.” — Sue1958

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10. The Lying Game, Ruth Ware
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Gallery/Scout Press

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5

“THE LYING GAME reads like a grown-up version of the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars (a personal favorite of mine)…Addictive, absorbing, and laced with menace, THE LYING GAME is a summer must-read for psychological thriller fans.” — Abby

 Due to release July 25. Preorder it here

11. Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens
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St. Martin’s Press

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.05/5

“NEVER LET YOU GO by CHEVY STEVENS is an angst-driven, chilling, gripping, and suspenseful domestic psychological thriller novel that explores the darkness of love, manipulation, and obsession.” — Norma

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12. Everything You Want Me to Be, Mindy Mejia
everything you want me to be
Atria Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5

“This book was perfection..for me anyways. It’s one of those that you know you should look away from but it wraps it’s twisted little story around your mind and you just can’t look away. ” — Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

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13. My Husband’s Wife, Jane Corry
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Pamela Dorman Books

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.65/5

“In a story crammed full of twists, Jane Corry has focused on the human aspects. The characters are complex, it can be difficult to establish the motivations for some of their actions, but this is often how real people can be like. You are drawn into the relationships and want to know more.” — Paromjit

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14. The River at Night, Erica Ferencik
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Gallery/Scout Press

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.54/5

“This is a beast of a good read. Forego anything and everything from your usual grab bag of reality. Let the leaves crunch under your feet and allow the uncertainty of the raging waters to take you through this one. And you’ll know what lies in ‘the black well of dreams.'” — Linda O’Donnell

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Which suspense reads have you been enjoying this year?

Share your thoughts with us, and who knows? We may just feature them in Part 3!
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Written by Paris Close

Paris Close

Editor-in-chief at Paperback Paris. Saving myself for Andy Cohen. Give me Gillian Flynn, or give me death.