See All the Twists & Turns in These Crime Thriller Books

Get lost in these stories of betrayal, murder, and secrets! With incredible characters leading the way, these mind-boggling crime thriller books will leave you reeling.

What is a crime thriller book?

Crime thrillers, typically characterized by shocking murders, an unpredictable plot, and a dark atmosphere, are most popular in the literary fiction subgenre. A long-standing and popular genre of writing, crime thrillers have been published since the early nineteenth century. For some people, reading a crime thriller is a form of escapism from their daily life. For others, it’s a way to explore their darker side. Either way you look at it, there are lots of reasons to read this genre! Check out this list of five riveting, heart-stopping crime thrillers.


Crime Thriller Books - Girl, Alone (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller Book 1)

1. Girl, Alone (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller Book 1)

by Blake Pierce

With her sister being murdered when she was younger, FBI Agent Ella Dark has studied serial killers from the time she could read. Throughout the years, with her photographic memory, she has obtained knowledge of every serial killer, every victim, and every case. But when a new serial killer emerges in the swamps of Louisiana, Ella learns she has to rely on her gut rather than her encyclopedia of killers to help her solve the case.

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Crime Thriller Books - Blood in the Bayou (FBI Agent Jade Monroe Live or Die Series Book 1)

2. Blood in the Bayou (FBI Agent Jade Monroe Live or Die Series Book 1)

by C.M. Sutter

The town’s most beloved surf idol, twelve-year-old Sophie Williams went to a Girl Scout summer camp and never came home. Three months later, her body was found in Cocoa Beach inside of her sleeping bag. As another boy goes missing, this time a well-known senator’s son, with a disturbing video sent to his parents by whoever took him, FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas plunges into an investigation.

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Crime Thriller Books - A Flicker in the Dark

3. A Flicker in the Dark

by Stacy Willingham

Chloe Davis was just twelve when six girls in her town went missing-by the end of that summer, her father confessed to these crimes and was put away for life. Twenty years later, as local teenagers start to go missing around her, that terrifying summer and all that has happened to her start crashing back into her life. Is she paranoid? Seeing parallels from the past that aren’t actually there? Or is it happening again-and will she unmask yet another killer?

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Crime Thriller Books - The Guest List

4. The Guest List

by Lucy Foley

On a remote island in Ireland, guests gather to celebrate. The groom, a television star, and the bride, a magazine publisher, hosting the wedding of the century. What can go wrong? With spotty cell phone reception and ocean waves getting a bit rough, someone turns up dead. With groomsmen, bridesmaids, and old friends in the mix, who doesn’t wish the happy couple well? And, more importantly, why?

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Crime Thriller Books - The Dark Hours

5. The Dark Hours (Renée Ballard Series Book 4)

by Michael Connelly

LAPD detective Renée Ballard joins forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city that is in fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve. Old and new cases intersect and the two detectives must utilize their skills in an uphill battle against the perpetrators.

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