The Best Thrilling Books To Give Yourself A Scare This October


Looking for the best thrillers to read in 2020? As the nights draw in, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a book that you can’t put down. There’s nothing quite like a whodunnit or thriller to sink your teeth into. Whether it’s a gritty crime or a psychological thriller or a domestic noir, they’ll be sure to make you want to sleep with the lights on. But with so many books to read, where do you start?

1. And then there were none by Agatha Christie 

A timeless classic and the best selling murder mystery book of all time, And then there were none is where ten strangers are lured to an island in England by a mysterious host. They sit down for dinner and a recording plays from their host, who accuses them of hiding a secret. With a violent storm stranding them to the island, the guests begin to die one by one, but who’s the killer? Agatha’s chilling murder mystery will make you second guess everything you think you know about the characters. It’s a masterclass on murder mystery, an absolute must read. 

Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None Available Here

2. Someone We Know by Shari Lapena 

If you love a domestic thriller, Shari Lapena has got you covered! In Someone We Know a missing woman is found dead in the boot of her car in the bottom of a lake. As one secret unravels so do many others and it turns out that nobody knows their neighbours as well as they thought. This is definitely one of the best thrillers to read in 2020.

Shari Lapena – Someone We Know Available Here

3. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce 

Holy moly, what a book. Blood Orange follows a barrister who spends too much time at work, neglects her husband and daughter, has an affair, tries and fails frequently (it seems) to change her life. But she’s not the only one keeping secrets. All of the characters are unlikeable. It’s a gripping ride filled with shocking twists, you won’t be able to put it down. 

Harriet Tyce – Blood Orange Available Here

4. What You Did by Claire McGowan

What You Did is the perfect example of a picture-perfect life crumbling around you. Six friends reunite twenty-five years after they’ve left university, they haven’t seen each other in years and are excited to catch up. But the night soon changes when someone is accused of rape and then nothing is ever the same again. It’s a gripping domestic thriller that will give you chills throughout. 

Claire McGowan – What You Did Available Here

5. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

If you loved Get Out, then you will be obsessed with When No One is Watching. Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. For all the conspiracy-lovers this will absolutely fascinate and grip you.

Alyssa Cole – When No One is Watching Available Here

By Jess Bacon


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