7 New Thrillers You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

If you’ve already breezed through Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water and Fiona Barton’s The Child, fear not—this season has plenty more exciting page-turners.


Fierce Kingdom, by Gin Phillips

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As Joan and her four-year-old son are leaving the zoo, they witness a mass shooting at the exit and realize the gunman is still active. Joan’s only choice is to turn away from the exit and hide in the zoo. Phillips’ tense, engrossing novel plays out over the course of three hours. You might only need that many hours (and a beach!) to finish the novel.

To buy: $16; amazon.com.


Final Girls, by Riley Sager

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In Sager’s thriller, the media is obsessed with a group it calls “The Final Girls,” three women (Quincy, Lisa, and Sam) who all survived attacks but don’t know each other. Quincy has seemingly moved on from her tragedy—until Lisa is killed and Sam turns up at her apartment. Quincy must confront her past and try to unravel what happened to Lisa.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.


The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris

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In Paris’ latest novel since the bestselling Behind Closed Doors, we meet Cass. Ever since she discovered a dead woman in a car on a highway, Cass has been feeling forgetful—and guilty—but she doesn’t know why. Paris’ twists and surprises will keep readers guessing until the very end.

To buy: $16; amazon.com.


Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafka

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In Kukafka’s debut novel, Lucinda, a popular high school student, is found murdered in an idyllic Colorado suburb. As the investigation unfolds, Kukafka takes readers into the minds of a classmate who was obsessed with Lucinda and another who hated her, plus the cop assigned to the case. 

To buy: $19; amazon.com.


Are You Sleeping?, by Kathleen Barber

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Fans of true crime podcasts like Serial will love Are You Sleeping. Josie Buhrman has reinvented herself in the years following her father’s murder. Her partner, Caleb, knows nothing of her past, and she has lied to him about her name. But when an investigative reporter working for a hit podcast comes knocking and Josie’s absent mother is found murdered, Josie has to confront her painful past.

To buy: $18; amazon.com.


The Good Daughter, by Karin Slaughter

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Slaughter’s dark, character-driven novel follows two sisters, Sam and Charlie, who were victims of a botched home invasion that left their mother dead and Sam shot. Twenty-eight years later, the sisters—both working as lawyers—don’t speak to each other. But after Charlie witnesses a school shooting, her own wounds are reopened, and only her estranged sister can help.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.


A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena

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Karen Krupp is happily married to Tom, when one night, she turns up in the hospital after crashing her car. Blocks from the accident, a man is found dead. Karen can’t remember why she was driving or where she was going, and when she returns to her house, she can’t shake the feeling that someone else has been in it. Lapena’s page-turning domestic thriller will have readers suspiciously questioning everyone until the end.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.