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19 Best Suspense Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Suspense books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Suspense books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    2
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 3

    Gone Girl

    Gillian Flynn

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5

    Rebecca

    Daphne Du Maurier

    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6

    Misery

    A Novel

    Stephen King

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    The Silent Patient

    Alex Michaelides

    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 8

    The Shining

    Stephen King

    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11

    Bird Box

    A Novel

    Josh Malerman

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Patricia Highsmith

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14

    Fingersmith

    Sarah Waters

    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15

    The Dry

    A Novel

    Jane Harper

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16

    Big Little Lies

    Liane Moriarty

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17

    The Dinner

    Herman Koch

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Suspense books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 19 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Suspense books on the internet.

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