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Best Books: Mysteries, Suspense, and Thrillers

If you're looking for your next gripping read, look no further: these are the best of the best in thrillers and suspense this year.

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Thin Ice by Paige Shelton

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Thin Ice by Paige Shelton (available in December) is an atmospheric mystery set in a cold, remote village in Alaska where everyone seems to have something to hide. In this book, her first in a new series, Shelton introduces a complex and fascinating protagonist to a community of memorable, oddball characters and combines it all with a great plot and a terrific sense of place. The result is a good read to cozy up to this winter. Don’t forget to add these best true crime books to your reading list too.

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A Deadly Turn by Claire Booth

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Readers have really taken to Claire Booth’s mystery series featuring family man and small-town sheriff, Hank Worth. In A Deadly Turn, the investigation of a tragic car accident turns up much more than just bad driving and a dangerous curve. Sheriff Worth must get to the bottom of just who was in that car, and why. Assisting him is his deputy sheriff (and comic-relief sidekick)—one terrific character and scene-stealer. Add this to the list of 50 books you need to read by 50.

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Layover by David Bell

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What happens when a middle-of-the-road, regular guy throws caution to the wind to follow a woman he’s just met in an airport bar during a layover? Well, quite a lot when said woman turns out to have a past she’s running from. In Layover by David Bell, our protagonist could be anyone’s husband, son, friend, or brother—and that’s part of what makes this book so appealing. It’s a terrific cat-and-mouse suspense with a great setup, clever plot twists, and an extremely likable and believable main character. Here are more great thriller books to add to your nightstand.

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The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

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From the author who brought you The Woman in Cabin 10The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller placed in a remote Scottish mansion (that’s possibly haunted). The cast of characters includes an unsuspecting nanny, a creepy housekeeper, and a hunky groundskeeper amid the mists and heather, crumbling stone walls and creaky attics. What more could you ask for? Find more good books you really should have read by now.

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A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

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A Beautiful Corpse is the second mystery in a series by Christi Daugherty featuring investigative reporter Harper McClain. In this story, a twisted trail of obsession and jealousy leads Harper to find the murderer of a young woman she knows. Check out these best books to give to someone who’s read everything.

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A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

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This time around, bestselling author Robert Crais focuses his story on series sidekick Joe Pike in A Dangerous Man. Pike is about as tough and unflappable as they come, but even superhero-esque tough guys have to do mundane things like their banking. It’s as Pike is leaving his local branch that he witnesses a woman being forced into a car. He charges into Good Samaritan mode and saves her but gets himself involved in a world of trouble. Once it starts, the action doesn’t stop. If you didn’t read these books in high school, you should give them a read as an adult.

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Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

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Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong received stellar reviews, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly. It’s a gripping tale of a missing child—but it’s the uniquely-skilled, lone eyewitness-to-the-crime heroine with the complicated past who will grab your attention. Find out the 10 books everyone lies about reading.

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The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross

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Our readers have a passion for historical fiction, especially World War II stories, and The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross fits that bill. This fast-paced novel begins in New York City in 1939 and begs the question, “What would you do if you thought your kindly elderly neighbors were Nazi spies?” Next, don’t miss 100 of America’s favorite novels.

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Amy Reilly
Amy Reilly is executive editor of Reader's Digest Select Editions.

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