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28 Best Thriller Books of All Time


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

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Thriller books" and study the top 6 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

    The Silent Patient

    Alex Michaelides

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2

    Gone Girl

    Gillian Flynn

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

    The Shining

    Stephen King

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6

    You

    A Novel

    Caroline Kepnes

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    My Lovely Wife

    Samantha Downing

    Appears in 3 articles
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    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10

    Verity

    Colleen Hoover

    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12

    One of Us Is Lying

    Karen M. McManus

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16

    Rebecca

    Daphne Du Maurier

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Patricia Highsmith

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23

    No Exit

    A Novel

    Taylor Adams

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    In the Woods

    Tana French

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Thriller 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 28 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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