2018 was a great year for psychological thrillers, true crime, and other suspenseful reads. Make sure you didn't miss these six books if you're a fan.

By Elizabeth Entenman
Updated November 21, 2018
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The best thrillers, mysteries, and true crime stories keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. They make you feel tense, make you suspicious of everyone, and fill you with dread. And yet, despite feeling uncomfortable, you want more. You press on and keep reading, because you know something is about to happen. If that’s your favorite kind of book, make sure you’ve didn’t miss these six thrillers, true crime books, and mysteries from 2018.

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1
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, by Michelle McNamara

This is without a doubt the best true crime book that came out this past year. It might even be one of the best books of the year, period. Up until her sudden death in 2016, Michelle McNamara was consumed by the unsolved case of the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who claimed dozens of victims in California in the 1970s and ‘80s. McNamara interviewed victims, studied police reports, and compiled as much information as she could in hopes of catching the killer. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which was finished and published posthumously in February, revived interest in the case. Just two months after it was released—almost to the day—the Golden State Killer was taken into custody.

To buy: $19, amazon.com.

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2
The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager

We weren’t sure Riley Sager could top 2016’s Final Girls, but he delivered beautifully with The Last Time I Lied. It centers around Emma, a woman who takes a job at a summer camp she attended 15 years prior. She has a plan: Find out what really happened to her friends who disappeared one night without a trace. The Last Time I Lied has all the markings of an addicting psychological thriller: an alternating timeline, an eerie setting, and palpable suspense.

To buy: $14, amazon.com.

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3
The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Here’s a bold statement: The Wife Between Us had the most unexpected plot twists of 2018. Now, we know what you’re thinking—that you’re a thriller expert, and can spot spoilers a mile away, especially in a domestic thriller. But trust us on this one. Everything you think you know about the husband, wife, and mistress will be wrong. You’ve never read anything like The Wife Between Us, and you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what really happens.

To buy: $14, amazon.com.

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4
A False Report, by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

In 2008, an 18-year-old named Marie reported that a man broke into her apartment and raped her. The police turned the tables and began investigating her, causing her to switch her story. Marie confessed that she lied and was charged with false reporting. Two years later, the man who harmed her was found and convicted for a string of similar attacks. What happened? Why did Marie change her story, even though she was telling the truth? A False Report isn’t an easy true crime story to read, but it couldn’t be more timely or important.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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5
Jar of Hearts, by Jennifer Hillier

Jar of Hearts centers around three best friends: one who was killed, one who went to prison to protect the truth, and one who wants to know what really happened. But there’s a problem with the truth. Once you learn it, it’s always so much more complicated than you expect. And once the truth comes out in this story, it’s only the beginning—of the secrets, lies, and murders.

To buy: $14, amazon.com.

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6
The Outsider, by Stephen King

This is the Stephen King novel you’ve been waiting for. The Outsider is a supernatural horror story with stomach-churning suspense about a little league coach accused of murdering an 11-year-old boy. It’s a slow, well-paced read stuffed with details that ultimately lead you to some seriously creepy conclusions. It’s Stephen King at his finest.

To buy: $18, amazon.com.