Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - August 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. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel

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


2. The Moonlight Child

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

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It's a definite must read.” - Reader Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   A gripping and emotional novel that will leave you wondering about the neighbors next door... On a cold January night, Sharon Lemke heads outside to see a lunar eclipse when she notices something odd at the house behind her backyard. Through her neighbor's kitchen window, she sees what appears to be a little girl washing dishes late at night. But the Fleming family doesn't have a child that age, and even if they did, why would she be doing housework at this late hour? It would be easy for Sharon to just let this go, but when eighteen-year-old Niki, a former foster child, comes to live with Sharon, she notices suspicious activity at the Flemings' house as well. When calling social services doesn't result in swift action, the two decide to investigate on their own.

  • Author: Karen McQuestion
  • Publisher: NIGHTSKY PRESS (September 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


3. A Familiar Sight (Dr. Gretchen White Book 1)

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

A shocking murder carries echoes of the past for a psychologist in a startling novel of suspense by a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author. Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White is a specialist in antisocial personality disorders and violent crimes. She’s helped solve enough prominent cases for detective Patrick Shaughnessy that her own history is often overlooked: Gretchen is an admitted sociopath once suspected of killing her aunt. Shaughnessy still thinks Gretchen got away with murder. It’s not going to happen again. When a high-profile new case lands on Shaughnessy’s desk, it seems open and shut. Remorseless teenager Viola Kent is accused of killing her mother. Amid stories of childhood horrors and Viola’s cruel manipulations, the bad seed has already been found guilty by a rapt public. But Gretchen might be seeing something in Viola no one else does: herself. If Viola is a scapegoat, then who really did it? And what are they hiding? To find the truth, Gretchen must enter a void that is not only dark and cold-blooded, but also frighteningly familiar.

  • Author: Brianna Labuskes
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense


4. Billy Summers

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

From legendary storyteller and #1 bestseller 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 can’t-put-it-down 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 put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 3, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
  • ISBN: 978-1982173616
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 1.7 x 9.25 inches


5. The Cellist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 21)

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

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a timely and explosive new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon. Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion in Chelsea’s exclusive Cheyne Walk is one of the most heavily protected private dwellings in London. Yet somehow, on a rainy summer evening, in the midst of a global pandemic, Russia’s vengeful president finally manages to cross Orlov’s name off his kill list. Before him was the receiver from his landline telephone, a half-drunk glass of red wine, and a stack of documents.… The documents are contaminated with a deadly nerve agent. The Metropolitan Police determine that they were delivered to Orlov’s home by one of his employees, a prominent investigative reporter from the anti-Kremlin Moskovskaya Gazeta . And when the reporter slips from London hours after the killing, MI6 concludes she is a Moscow Center assassin who has cunningly penetrated Orlov’s formidable defenses. But Gabriel Allon, who owes his very life to Viktor Orlov, believes his friends in British intelligence are dangerously mistaken. His desperate search for the truth will take him from London to Amsterdam and eventually to Geneva, where a private intelligence service controlled by a childhood friend of the Russian president is using KGB-style “active measures” to undermine the West from within. Known as the Haydn Group, the unit is plotting an unspeakable act of violence that will plunge an already divided America into chaos and leave Russia unchallenged. Only Gabriel Allon, with the help of a brilliant young woman employed by the world’s dirtiest bank, can stop it. Elegant and sophisticated, provocative and daring, The Cellist explores one of the preeminent threats facing the West today—the corrupting influence of dirty money wielded by a revanchist and reckless Russia. It is at once a novel of hope and a stark warning about the fragile state of democracy. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is regarded as his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue.

  • Author: Daniel Silva
  • Publisher: Harper (July 13, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


6. Verity

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

A thrilling, instant bestseller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.  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 bestselling 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.  She 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.  Due to extremely mature content, this book is recommended for readers 18+. Sensitive topics that may be triggering to some readers include graphic death/murder, child abuse, graphic sex

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc. (December 7, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Romance


7. False Witness: A Novel

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

He saw what you did. He knows who you are.... From the New York Times best-selling author of Pieces of Her and The Silent Wife , an electrifying stand-alone thriller. An ordinary life... Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defense attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilized - her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be. ...hides a devastating past... But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood that was far from average...a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence. ...but now the past is catching up... Then a case lands on her desk - defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given - a case that could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened 20 years ago and why Leigh has spent two decades running. ...and time is running out. If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her estranged younger sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice....

  • Author: Karin Slaughter
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense, Psychological Thrillers


8. Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 15)

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

New York Times Bestseller: A baker in small-town Minnesota finds the heat is on after a musician is murdered…   When bakery owner Hannah Swensen hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at Lake Eden, Minnesota’s Weekend Jazz Festival, she's more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections to welcome them to town. Before the festival even begins, tragedy strikes when the tour bus overturns. Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band’s beloved keyboard player. His injuries appear minor, until his condition suddenly takes a turn for the worse—as in dead. Hannah’s no doctor, but she suspects that the surgical scissors someone plunged into Buddy’s chest may have something to do with it.   Fortunately, she’s on the case, because she knows from experience that nothing’s sweeter than bringing a killer to justice… Features cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Peaches and Cream Cookies and Chocolate Caramel Bars! “Joanne Fluke is the doyenne of deadly desserts with her deliciously popular Hannah Swensen series.”— Publishers Weekly “Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans.”— Booklist

  • Author: Joanne Fluke
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


9. Mrs. Rochester's Ghost: A Thriller

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

In a modern and twisty retelling of Jane Eyre , a young woman must question everything she thinks she knows about love, loyalty, and murder. Jane has lost everything: job, mother, relationship, even her home. A friend calls to offer an unusual deal—a cottage above the crashing surf of Big Sur on the estate of his employer, Evan Rochester. In return, Jane will tutor his teenage daughter. She accepts. But nothing is quite as it seems at the Rochester estate. Though he’s been accused of murdering his glamorous and troubled wife, Evan Rochester insists she drowned herself. Jane is skeptical, but she still finds herself falling for the brilliant and secretive entrepreneur and growing close to his daughter. And yet her deepening feelings for Evan can’t disguise dark suspicions aroused when a ghostly presence repeatedly appears in the night’s mist and fog. Jane embarks on an intense search for answers and uncovers evidence that soon puts Evan’s innocence into question. She’s determined to discover what really happened that fateful night, but what will the truth cost her?

  • Author: Lindsay Marcott
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery


10. Every Last Secret

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

Welcome to the neighborhood. Watch your husband, watch your friends, and watch your back. Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality. Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world. This beautiful new town is a step in the right direction. It’s also making Neena aware of what she doesn’t have. Namely, William. When Neena’s infatuation escalates into obsession, it’s just a matter of eliminating a few obstacles to get the life she wants. The life next door. As Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous.

  • Author: A. R. Torre
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense