Best mystery thriller books

Mystery thriller novels are an escape to a world of absurd situations, crimes, deep observations .

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

~Arthur Conan Doyle

There really is no better distraction than a good mystery novel. We picked 10 of the best mystery thriller novels for any mood or inclination, whether true crime, modern mysteries, there is something here for everyone.

1.The Da Vinci code

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a mystery thriller book. He writes this in at next level. The book continually keeps the stakes high for every moment. It provides us with an exhaustively researched page turner about secret religious societies, ancient cover ups and savage vengeance.

It doesn’t have metaphors, similes or something like that but the author has weaved magic with the story style. The building of characters and the style of their introduction in such a skimmed manner is truly appreciable.


  • The action kicks off in modern day Paris with the murder of the Louvre’s chief curator , whose body is found laid out in a symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa.
  • Two people – Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu are called in want to investigate the case. Then with every flip, the tables turn. With every end of chapter you’ll drop your jaws in awe. Riddles are related to art, fresco, scientists and most importantly Christianity.

The author has beautifully lifted the story. You will learn a myriad of facts and have fun decoding the codes along the story.
The “Da Vinci Code” has a strong start and end. If you are looking for a suspenseful yet informative book full of bantering and character developement Dan Brown this mystery covers it all. Trust me you are gonna biting your nails while going through this book… So don’t wait go and straight buy this fabulous mystery.

2.The silence of the Lambs

‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is a fictional mystery thriller novel by Thomas Harris, which tells the terrifying tale of an FBI agent’s thrilling encounters with a serial killer, while searching for the kidnapper and killer of many missing women.


  • Agent Clarice Starling meets Hannibal Lector, she faces the clever, intelligent, and strategic mind of a brilliant psychiatrist.
  • In her search for a serial killer, Clarice must know how that kind of thought process works, and the twisted mind of Hannibal Lector is the perfect place for her to learn.
  • Lector agrees, on the condition that Starling reveal details of her early life for analysis. Lecter is a polite man, but you’re never sure whether he is more interested in picking Starling’s brains or pickling them

3.And Then there were none

‘And Then There Were None’  is one of the greatest masterpiece novels by none other than the Queen of mystery Agastha Cristie. I love reading books that have their plots on suspense and thriller. Agatha Christine’s novels, especially ‘And Then There Were None’ meets all of these.


  • This novel encounters ten strangers that are sent invitations they could not refuse to the illustrious Soldiers Island by the wealthy Mr. Owen. None of the characters have ever met before.
  • After reaching there, they get a recorded message which accused each of them of a heinous crime. And soon, they find themselves trapped in the island, totally isolated from the mainland.
  • One by one they begin to die. They are murdered in a manner proposed by a nursery jingle. Each participant is a murdered in some way shape or form. Now the people of the house are dropping like flies, but who’s the murderer?

The story has a strong background that is bound to take every reader with it.
This book is a easy read, direct and easily keeps the reader engaged. It’s the perfect book for you if you are looking for a mentally stimulating yet quick read.
It’s a must read masterpiece by Agatha Christie which I strongly recommend to my mystery lovers.

4.Shutter Island

Lehane’ s Shutter Island is a wild read, an impressive mystery thriller and also an intense psychological thriller. Dennis Lehane is a talented writer, who understands what readers want and expect in a suspense novel, and he gives it all to his Shutter Island especially in overdose quantity.


  • In summer 1954, two US marshals, protagonist Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, arrive on Shutter Island –hospital for most criminally insane people.
  • So as to investigate the disappearance of a patient Rachel Solando from the hospital. The marshals’ digging gets them nowhere fast, as they learn of Rachel’s apparently miraculous escape past locked doors and myriad guards.
  • And as they encounter roadblocks and lies strewn across their path – most notably by the hospital’s chief physcian. And pick up hints of illegal brain surgery performed there on that island.
  • The muster is founded on confusion and vague facts;nothing seems real or authentic. Nothing makes much sense….until end. The entire time, Lehane is building towards something explosive and deadly, and the last one hundred pages deliver the climax of mind rattling intensity.

All of the characters are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot on dialogues with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvellous prose that enriches the narrative.

This novel will captivate and submerge you in a constant and eerie surrealism.
For me, really, there is no mystery about how good this book is; it’s a tour de force.

5.The prestige

The Prestige by Christopher Priest takes us into the world of 19th-century stage, magic. And thereafter, into an altogether more fantastical world of doubles, disappearances and duplicity.


  • Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier are two talented magicians.They are both attempting to confound audiences with their feats of ‘bilocation‘-the ability to appear in two places at the same time.
  • But what really fuels their mutual obsession with one another is their inability to see how the other pulls off the ‘prestige’– the moment at which the trick is finally effected.
  • They are not able to believe the evidence of their eyes. And are put in the same open-mouthed position as their audiences.

You don’t have to be a fan of magic to find yourself absorbed in a narrative full of twists, turns and revelations. This is an intelligent and thoughtful novel about the nature of illusion and secrecy.

6.Walk the wire

Walk the wire by David Baldacci is a mystery thriller series which revolves around the identification of the body, with a mysterious past.


  • The case is authorized to Amos Decker and Alex Jamison,  FBI Investigators.The investigation begins with seeking answers from the  local community in London, north dakota, fracking industry.
  • Oil, money and deep rivalry enriches the industry. Where they soon discover that the “Air force station”, may hold some secretive clues leaving the entire country destabilised.

If you are a hardcore fan of thriller series, you’ll love watching Decker and Jamison running into circles. And the suspense will get you more and more excited. In short it’s a combination of complication and entertainment.

7.The Silent Patient

The silent patient by Alex michaelides is one of the best psychological mystery thriller novel. It’s about a murder of designer by his wife. And unfolding and unraveling the motive and mystery behind his death.


  • Alicia Berenson, a famous painter and Gabriel a  fashion designer, are married to each other. They lived in a grand house in a desirable place in London.
  • One evening, Gabriel, is returning late from a fashion shoot, Alicia shoots him five times in his face and refuses to speak and give a desirable explanation. This tragedy turns into a mystery which goes public and casts Alicia into notoriety.
  • She’s hiding from tabloids and spotlight in a secure forensic lab in north London named Grove. Where she meets Theo faber, a criminal psychotherapist, He determines to unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband.

The silent patient is a mysterious psychological novel with an exquisite plot. If you love jaw dropping novels, then this is a great treat which you shouldn’t miss out. An entertaining novel with a massive complex storyline wrapped up with exemplary writing is a true masterpiece,worth reading.

8.Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters. Also about schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive!!


  • We first meet Madeline on her 40th birthday. She marries the steadfast Ed. With him she has two young children, Chloe and Fred. She’s also mother to teenage Abigail.The father of the , Nathan, abandoned him when Abigail was an infant.
  • Madeline has nurtured her grudge against Nathan for 14 years. Fortifying it with growing resentment over the fact that he now appears to be a good father to his own daughter.
  • She has a friend named Celeste, who is “unacceptably, hurtfully beautiful.” She lives with her wealthy husband and their twins in a beautiful house. Of all the secrets hidden in this book, Celeste’s are the ugliest.

The protagonist, Madeline is passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community. And their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest kid.
And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her.

9.Gone Girl

This mystery thriller novel by Gillian Flynn is a hall of mirrors where everything is empty reflection, including the people who live there. The title of the novel itself is a dead giveaway to the general direction the novel progresses.


  • Nick Duney’s wife, Amy, goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. And the journey that progresses to find the gone girl herself is maddeningly twisted.
  • Amy and Nick went from polar opposite strangers to hanging precariously off the fraying edges of the troubled marriage in small town Missouri.
  • Told through alternating voices, a chilling investigation progresses. And day by day the skeletons in the closet begin to tumble out.

Gone girl packs a winning formula, by frightening, enchanting, disturbing and intriguing you all at once. Although this is a book that takes its own sweet time to pick up the pace and become the juicy thriller you go in anticipating, it’s definitely worth the wait and the page turning.

10.In cold blood

“In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote is a classic of true crime genre- the mystery thriller book. The one against which all others are judged, and the most disturbing, compelling book I’ve ever read.

Capote uses a number of different perspectives to weave his story together. He wrote In Cold Blood like a novel, recreating the dialogues.


  • This mystery novel is based on real life incident where Capote himself solves the Case. His non fiction novel is one of the best selling crime stories of all the time.
  • Capote had closely followed the investigation of the quadruple murdering Kansas. And was doing a bit of interviewing himself before they caught the murder. As a result, he fills his book with twists and turns you would not expect.

The challenge for Capote, and the reason it’s the perfect book to read now, is that he managed to make the story gripping even though you know the end.
For me this novel is vivid, painstakingly constructed, simultaneously fevered and lingeringly sad,”In Cold Blood” is a transfixing read.

So what are your favorite books. And which mystery thriller book do you like the most. Do tell us in the comment section below. If you wish to buy any of these mystery thriller books go and buy from the link given above. This will also help us to gain some commission.

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