Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021



Books in the mystery fiction genre consist of puzzle-like stories in which one or more characters remain unknown till the end of the story. These genre novels emphasize the mystery-solving skills of the readers. The mystery genre is also related to the crime genre. Mainly, mystery novels revolve around characters that commit a crime, and the reader tries to figure out the actual criminal. Some novels also involve supernatural powers that are not a part of the crime. They might also include supernatural horror elements. The thriller and suspense fiction genre covers novels that keep the readers in suspense until the end of the story; it gives goose and bumps if something unexpected happens in the novel. This genre of books keeps the readers too absorbed in reading. Since the end is unpredictable, the reader experiences pleasurable fascination and excitement. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.

1. Apples Never Fall


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

"Australian narrator Caroline Lee is an amazing performer who digs so deeply into her characters' personas that listeners will become addicted to each witty, insightful, and gutsy one." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner) From Liane Moriarty, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers , comes Apples Never Fall , an audiobook that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest. The Delaney family love one another dearly - it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other.... If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings. The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after 50 years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable? The four Delaney children - Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke - were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon. One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted. Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure - but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Life

                 

2. Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven (Stephanie Plum Book 27)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

From “the most popular mystery writer alive” ( The New York Times ), the twenty-seventh entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series isn’t just the biggest case of Stephanie Plum’s career. It’s the adventure of a lifetime. When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur’s new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair…and the keys to a life-changing fortune. But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli’s treasure, they discover that they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Two dangerous enemies from the past stand in their way—along with a new adversary who’s even more formidable: Gabriela Rose, a dark-eyed beauty from Little Havana with a taste for designer clothes. She’s also a soldier of fortune, a gourmet cook, an expert in firearms and mixed martial arts—and someone who’s about to give Stephanie a real run for her money. Stephanie may be in over her head, but she’s got two things that Gabriela doesn’t: an unbreakable bond with her family and a stubborn streak that will never let her quit. She’ll need both to survive because this search for “fortune and glory” will turn into a desperate race against time with more on the line than ever before. Because even as she searches for the treasure and fights to protect her Grandma Mazur, her own deepest feelings will be tested—as Stephanie could finally be forced to choose between Joe Morelli and Ranger.

  • Author: Janet Evanovich
  • Publisher: Atria Books (November 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

3. What's Left Unsaid: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

An enthralling novel of secrets, second chances, and confronting the past by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When I’m Gone . After a series of devastating losses, Chicago journalist Hannah Williamson has landed in Senatobia, Mississippi, to care for her bedridden grandmother and endure grunt work at a small newspaper. But in cleaning out its archives, Hannah discovers a compelling distraction from her life: a series of rejected articles from the 1930s that illuminate a long-hidden mystery. The articles, penned by a young woman named Evelyn, are haunting accounts of first love, trauma, and surviving a mysterious shooting that left Evelyn paralyzed at the age of fourteen. The articles stir up more questions than answers, and Hannah becomes consumed by what’s left unsaid. Encouraged by Guy Franklin, a local middle school teacher, Hannah’s investigation into Evelyn’s past becomes more personal with each new reveal. For Hannah, as both a journalist and a woman bearing her own emotional wounds, this is a chance to move forward and bring closure to the story of the girl whose secrets are buried in Senatobia. What Hannah’s about to discover next is that, even after nearly a century, the truth she’s been looking for still has the power to change lives. Especially her own.

  • Author: Emily Bleeker
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

4. Misjudged: A Legal Thriller (Sam Johnstone Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

When a disabled veteran takes a new job as an attorney in a small Wyoming town, he is thrust into a mysterious murder case. “James Chandler’s experience as a lawyer and Army veteran shines in every page of his brilliant legal thrillers." —Jason Kasper, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Spider Heist Sam Johnstone was hoping for renewal when he took a job at a boutique law firm in rustic Wyoming. The mountains and streams of the west would be a refreshing, quiet place to start over after years of war and turmoil in his personal life. But after a local woman is brutally murdered, Sam realizes that things aren’t so quiet in this rural American town. The accused is one Tommy Olsen, a known delinquent who had been sleeping with the victim. Sam is repulsed by the crime and wants nothing to do with the case, but meets with Tommy to make sure he has legal representation. Yet things are not as they seem. What begins as a cut-and-dry case becomes infinitely more complicated as new facts are uncovered, and Sam agrees to serve as Tommy’s defense attorney. With the killer’s identity still unknown, Sam is enveloped in the small-town politics and courtroom drama of a murder investigation that keeps getting more shocking. But if Sam can’t uncover the truth, an innocent man might be punished...while the real killer watches from the shadows. ______________________ "Few seasoned authors can deliver what James Chandler has with his debut novel. I'm already waiting in anxious anticipation of his next installment." —Brian Shea, author of the Boston Crime Thriller series

  • Author: James Chandler
  • Publisher: Severn River Publishing (November 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

5. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

Number-one New York Times Best Seller Selection of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club A Highly Anticipated, Best Book of Summer Selected by * Vogue * USA Today * Entertainment Weekly * CNN * Town & Country * Parade * Bustle * and more! A “gripping” ( Entertainment Weekly ) mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life - until he disappears. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her . Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers - Owen’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity - and why he really disappeared. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future - one neither of them could have anticipated. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

  • Author: Laura Dave
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Life

                 



6. The Girl in Cabin 13 (Emma Griffin™ FBI Mystery Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

Knock…Knock… When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood. FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified. To Emma there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI. Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In Cabin 13 there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly her worlds collide. With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising. The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either she reveals them or risk them claiming her too. In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems. The Girl in Cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own. The Girl in Cabin 13 is the first book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.

  • Author: A.J. Rivers
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

7. Verity


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

A number-one best seller in several categories with over 14,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads.  From the number-one New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Colleen Hoover comes "A stand-alone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!" ( Mel Reader Reviews )  Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of best-selling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.  Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered.  Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.  Sexy. Twisted. Consuming.  Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for listeners 18+.

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense, Suspense

                 

8. Right Behind Her (Bree Taggert Book 4)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

The discovery of human remains unearths another nightmare from Sheriff Bree Taggert’s past in a bone-chilling thriller by #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh. Twenty-seven years ago, Sheriff Bree Taggert’s father killed her mother, then himself. Now Bree and her younger brother, Adam, find human bones on the grounds of their abandoned family farm. The remains are those of a man and a woman, both murdered in the same horrible way. When the investigation determines the murders occurred thirty years ago, Bree’s dead father becomes a suspect, forcing Bree to revisit the brutal night she’s spent most of her life trying to forget. The only other suspect is an unlikely squatter on the Taggert farm who claims to know secrets about Bree’s past. When he mysteriously disappears and Bree’s niece is kidnapped, the cold case heats up. Bree has stoked the rage of a murderer who’ll do anything to keep his identity—and motives—a secret. To protect everyone she loves, Bree must confront a killer.

  • Author: Melinda Leigh
  • Publisher: Montlake (September 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

                 

9. The Chaos Kind


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

The assassins of Barry Eisler’s #1 bestseller The Killer Collective are back—and this time, it’s chaos. Assistant US Attorney Alondra Diaz hates traffickers. And she’s determined to put one of America’s most powerful financiers, Andrew Schrader, in prison forever for his crimes against children. But Schrader has videos implicating some of the most powerful members of the US national security state. To eliminate Diaz, the powers that be bring in a contractor: Marvin Manus, an implacable assassin whose skills have been forged in intelligence, the military, and the hardest prisons. Enter former Marine sniper Dox and black-ops veteran Daniel Larison with an unusual assignment: not to kill Diaz, but to keep her alive. A lot of players are determined to acquire the videos and the blackmail power they represent. But with Seattle sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, “natural causes” killer John Rain, and ex-Mossad honey-trap specialist Delilah, the good guys might just have a chance. They’re not going to play by anyone else’s rules. They’re not going to play by any rules at all. They want a different kind of fight. The chaos kind.

  • Author: Barry Eisler
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

10. Billy Summers


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - October 2021

Number-one New York Times Best Seller From legendary storyteller Stephen King, whose “restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained” ( The New York Times Book Review ), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job. Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything. This spectacular pause-resisting novel is part war story, part love letter to small-town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption. You won’t hit pause, and you won’t forget Billy.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery