Caution: The best new thriller books are so addicting you’ll find yourself glued to the page. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Fall is probably my favorite season: gorgeous leaves, crisp air, and plenty of spooky reads.
Of course, my fall reading list is full of all the best new thriller books I could find.
If you are a fan of page-turning mysteries, you’ll love this list of all the fall thrillers of 2023. In my search for the best thrillers books of the year, I’ve included all the best thriller books I could find.
Whether you are looking for the best new psychological thriller books or prefer a good domestic mystery, there’s something for everyone!
New Psychological Thriller Books
In a sequel to The Night Swim, podcaster Rachel Krall returns to assist the FBI in investigating a case. Popular true crime podcaster Maddison Logan interviewed soon-to-be released serial killer Terence Bailey in prison and then disappeared. But Maddison Logan seems to only exist online. Going undercover at a popular influencer convention, Rachel discovers a fierce world of competitors and suspects that Bailey might have an accomplice on the outside.
On her forty-fifth birthday, Alix Summers runs into Josie Fair, who happens to also be celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. Soon Alix runs into Josie again, and the two become friends. Josie thinks her interesting life would be a great subject for Alix’s true crime podcast. Josie manipulates her way into Josie’s life and home before vanishing. Suddenly, Alix finds unexpectedly finds herself the subject of her own podcast and must uncover Josie’s dark secrets to protect her family.
Ten teenage influencers are invited to a remote island to film “In Real Life,” a reality show where they live unplugged for three weeks. With several friends-turned-enemies invited, the influencers quickly realize that the producers are looking for maximum drama. When the production crew fails to show on the first day and one influencer dies, they realize they are trapped on the island without any way to escape. A mysterious “Sponsor” is pulling strings backstage, revealing their secrets to the entire world as more influencers end up dead.
Eighty-year-old Edith is busy hatching her escape plan from the nursing home. As Edith becomes friends with Patience, a nursing home employee, they try to solve a twenty-year child abduction and a recent murder. Yet, Patience is lying to Edith about almost everything and they are about to find they are connected in ways they never imagined.
When Holly Gibney receives a call at the Finders Keepers Detective Agency, she should decline the job. Her mother just died and her partner has Covid. But Holly can’t help but want to help Penny Dahl find her missing daughter. Yet Holly’s search leads her to an octogenarian couple – two ruthless professors with an unholy secret in their basement that may lead to Penny’s daughter.
As a teenager, Madeline Martin was the only surviving victim of Evan Handy, who was convicted of murdering her best friend Steph and suspected in the disappearance of two other friends. Now Madeline runs a thriving bookstore while caring for her aging father, the former sheriff. When true crime podcaster Harley Granger arrives just before Christmas, he suspects there is more to the story. Women are still disappearing and Harley wonders if Evan might have had an accomplice.
ICYMI: Psychological Thrillers From Summer 2023
New Mystery Thriller Novels
Children’s book author Elle Portman is enjoying a rare night out with her two-year-old son at a Texas county fair when a gunman randomly opens fire into the crowd. Arrogant and selfish corporate consultant Calder Hudson goes from celebrating his latest victory to recovering from a gunshot wound. When Elle and Calder meet at the police station, they find themselves drawn to each other. But can their attraction survive the trauma of the event, especially since the gunman remains at large.
Fifteen years ago, a night out with friends ended in a violent attack that changed Sara Linton’s life forever. Sara has finally remade her life; she’s now a successful doctor engaged to be married. When a young woman arrives at the ER after a brutal attack, Sara struggles to keep her alive. As GBI Special Agent Will Trent investigates, it becomes clear that this current attack is eerily similar to Sara’s.
In a sequel to her high-action spy thriller, Alias Emma, which was one of my favorite books of 2022, British spy Emma Makepeace returns with another thrilling case. When an MI6 operative is assassinated, Emma determines to find the killer without becoming a victim herself. Before his death, he was investigating two Russian oligarchs he believed were spies with ties to a mysterious third man. But MI6 told him to drop it. As Emma goes undercover on a Russian oligarch’s yacht, she finds the killer might be closer to home than she ever imagined.
Private Investigators Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott take on another case in the 7th book of the series. Other than the title and release date, details are scarce on J. K. Rowling’s latest entry. When we last left them, Cormoran and Robin were both debating whether they wanted a romantic relationship. Yet, Robin might have started dating a new fellow, complicating matters for the business partners.
In a sequel to his debut thriller, The Firm, John Grisham returns to tell you what happened to Mitch and Abby McDeere after they exposed the crimes of his corrupt Memphis law firm. Fifteen years later, Mitch and Abby are living in Manhattan where Mitch is a partner in the world’s largest law firm. When Mitch gets caught up in another sinister plot with worldwide implications, he must do all he can to stay one step ahead of his enemies.
In a sequel to The 6:20 Man, Travis Devine is sent to a small coastal Maine town to investigate the murder of CIA Agent Jenny Sikwell. The town’s residents don’t take well to outsiders and Devine isn’t sure if he can get anyone to talk, including Jenny’s siblings. With government secrets on the line, Devine must once again act as a chameleon to find the truth.
In a sequel to the hit bestseller, The Maid, return to the five-star Regency Grand Hotel where Molly Gray is now the Head Maid. When famous author J. D. Grimthorpe drops dead in the hotel’s tea room, the entire staff are suspects in his murder. Yet, Molly has her own secret. As a child, Molly worked with her grandmother cleaning Grimthorpe’s mansion. Can Molly solve the mystery and save the hotel’s reputation?
ICYMI: Mystery Thrillers From Summer 2023
New Domestic Thriller Books
Ruth Sterling and her daughter Catherine have always been a pair, just the two of them against the world. But Catherine is ready to move out and begin a life of her own and Ruth is desperate for her to stay. There’s a reason that Ruth has kept them on the move for years. As mother and daughter begin a chess match for power, danger lurks for both of them from without and possibly from within, as well.
One day, twenty-two-year-old Olivia is spotted on CCTV camera entering a dead-end alley and never coming out again. When Julia is assigned the case, she dreads spending so much time away from her daughter while dealing with a frantic family. Yet Julia soon realizes that her family’s safety depends on framing someone else for Olivia’s murder.
Alison has always hated Christmas, but her holiday season gets worse when her mother calls and tells her she only has a few weeks to live. Reluctantly, Alison agrees to take in Mavis despite Alison’s traumatic memories of her abusive alcoholic mother. Instead of healing the relationship, Alison begins to suspect her mother is not who she thought. When other-worldly things begin to happen, Alison must decide how far she is willing to go to save her family from this nightmare.
At a swanky engagement party on a secluded Maine Island, Sierra Prescott can’t help but sense that something is amiss. When a dead man is found in the trunk of a car with a note about telling the truth, Sierra learns everyone else is hiding secrets. One graduation day, twelve years ago, a student was killed and another committed suicide. The police closed the case, but Sierra’s friends all know more about it than they let on.
ICYMI: Domestic Thrillers From Summer 2023
Bestselling Mystery & Thriller Series
Upcoming Thriller Books of 2024
Midnight by Amy McCulloch
A woman is trapped at an art auction on a luxury Antarctic cruise when someone starts murdering the passengers and crew.
The Fury by Alex Michaelides
A Hollywood starlet invites her old friends to her private Greek Island, starting a cat-and-mouse game that ends in murder.
No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
Once accused of her parents’ murders, a woman is forced to move back to her their estate and reconcile with her estranged sisters.
The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger
A couple inherits a luxury apartment in New York City only to discover that something darker is happening behind the perfectly constructed facade.
Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth
When a body is discovered on the farm where they grew up, three foster sisters find themselves the prime witnesses, and possibly suspects.
Which of the Best New Thriller Books are You Most Excited to Read?
What do you think? What best new thriller books did I forget to add to my list? Did I include any overhyped authors? As always, let me know in the comments!
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