5 Shocking Thrillers

Since my Freshman year of college I have become totally obsessed with thriller and mystery novels. After I picked up Gone Girl and tore through it, my reading life has never been the same.

I love everything from supernatural thrillers to murder mysteries, but what I really desire from all of these is to be surprised and shocked. If you like twisted material and surprising turns, check out some of the books on this list:

Heart-Shaped Box

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5

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This novel by Joe Hill is a paranormal thriller that will keep you on your toes. It’s about a self-absorbed former rocker, Judas, who collects paranormal objects. None of the objects, such as Gacy sketches and a hangman’s noose, seem to be legit… until he finds a suit that is allegedly possessed by a ghost. The owners claim that the ghost that is attached to the suit is their father’s and that his soul only needs a new home.  When the dead man’s suit arrives in a heart-shaped box things take a turn very quickly. This book is extremely eerie and there is more to the story than meets the eye. Make sure to read with the lights on.

The Couple Next Door

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5

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The Couple Next Door is the debut mystery novel of Shari Lapena. It focuses on the relationship between a married couple after their baby has gone missing while they are at a dinner party next door.  Suspicion is on the parents as both of their secrets unfold. This novel is full of twists as readers try to figure out who could have kidnapped the child, why, and if she is even still alive. I’ve talked about another one of Lapena’s novels, A Stranger in the House, but this debut novel is much better.



Sharp Objects

Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5


This is another novel by Gillian Flynn and is about to become a mini-series with Amy Adams. Reporter Camille Preaker returns home to investigate the murders of two adolescent girls. While there she stays with her hypochondriac mother and younger half-sister. The relationship between mother and daughter is extremely strained as Camille investigates the murders. Flynn is known for creating complex characters with twists and turns, and she doesn’t disappoint in this novel.

The Kind Worth Killing

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


I tore through this book by Peter Swanson while on our honeymoon and I absolutely loved it. This is by far one of my favorite mystery novels I have ever read. The central character is Ted Severson, who meets a mysterious girl named Lily on a plane. They share secrets and he reveals that his wife Miranda seems to be having an affair. He jokingly says that he would like to kill his wife for her infidelity when Lily snaps back that she would like to help. They begin plotting against his wife, but Ted hasn’t taken into account he hardly knows anything about this mysterious stranger he met on a plane.

Luckiest Girl Alive

Goodreads Rating: 3.48/5



I just want to say this story was not at all what I originally thought it was about. Some may find the central character to be annoying, but if an interesting plot is more important to you than a likable narrator, this book is for you. It is about Ani Fanelli who is living a glamorous life with her handsome fiancé, wonderful job, and snotty attitude. Anyone would think she had been born into this lifestyle, until her past comes to haunt her. Secrets from high school begin bubbling to the surface, and she is torn between living in this new world she has created for herself, or speaking up and revealing the truth.

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