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

Thrillers with an average 3.5 ranking on Goodreads.

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Picking up suspense-driven books with a slight fear factor to them has become second nature to me. Whenever I’m looking for the latest thriller or suspense novel, I look to Goodreads. Unsurprisingly, the results I am met with are suggestions promoted as the next Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. (Which I’ve yet to find, btw.)

But with each passing year, there comes a fresh new wave of promising writers along with it. I consider 2017 especially hopeful, as some of my favorite mystery writers are all due to release new books this year. Nevertheless, somewhere in the brush of popular writers are heat-seeking authors with equally gripping thrillers as engaging as their ancestors.

So if you’re a sucker for suspense, these are the 14 new and forthcoming thriller releases that will have you overloading your library holds queue quicker than you know it!


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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
the dry jane harper
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
fiona barton the child
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
jp delaney the girl before
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
the girlfriend michelle frances
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
lying game ruth ware
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
my husbands wife jane corry
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
river at night erica ferencik
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 thrillers have you read already this year?

Share some recommendations with us in the comments below! We’d love to hear!
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Paris Close

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