I’ve been on a huge thriller kick lately. So to my delight, this year’s new book releases have been killing it in the thriller genre!
I’m sharing some of my favorites below (and what I thought about them), so you can enjoy them yourself! I’ll also include some I haven’t read yet, but that I’ve heard rave reviews about.
I’ll start with the ones I’ve read so far, in no particular order.
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Best Thrillers of 2020
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
A perfect storm. That’s how I’d describe this thriller.
I’m a sucker for novels set in isolated places: give me cabins in the middle of nowhere, dark & winding forests, and desolate islands all day long. So of course, I was intrigued by this book.
Y’all: it REALLY delivers.
Set on a remote Irish island during a wedding celebration with a cast of characters holding dark secrets abound, The Guest List was exactly what I hoped it would be (and more).
It was wonderfully Agatha Christie-esque, with all the teeth of a twisted, modern day whodunit. But the victim isn’t revealed until the end: that’s all part of the mystery.
Every twist and turn built up to a wild (but inevitable) crescendo. Each secret revealed itself, a piece of the puzzle coming together to form the gripping conclusion.
The story had quite a few POV characters (a few times I had to go back and check whose chapter I was reading), but getting into the head of each character was a necessary (and powerful) way to show us just how much our actions have consequences and can affect others.
All that to say: READ THIS. Just make sure you’ve cleared your calendar, because you won’t be able to put it down!
Release date: June 2, 2020
The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine
This was exactly what I wanted in a twisty, cat-and-mouse thriller.
A man’s wife (Joanna) and the ritzy, New-Age woman who wants to steal him (Piper) are pitted against each other in an all-out battle.
To save her marriage and her family, Joanna’s only choice is to dig into Piper’s secret past, and she finds out Piper has a LOT to hide.
Of course, things begin spiraling out of control and dark secrets come to light.
This book made my blood boil – in the best way – and I couldn’t stop reading. You will have to suspend your disbelief a bit with this one, but it’s worth it!
All in all: the Wife Stalker makes for an entertaining and addictive summer read.
Release date: May 19, 2020
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Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
For me, this book hit reaaal close to home.
Not only am I easily paranoid (just ask my husband), but I’m also a blogger. And while I’m not nearly as social-media obsessed or over-sharing as the main character here, parts of this book were SO relatable.
(Lightroom presets, Google analytics…Kathleen Barber is either a blogger herself or she really did her homework!)
The plot: Audrey, an uber-popular Instagram influencer & blogger, picks up and moves from New York to DC for a new job at an elite museum. As she settles into her new life, she slowly starts to realize that all that social media over-sharing might have attracted a stalker into her life. (And a particularly determined one, at that).
The story sucked me right in, and I loved swapping between the 3 POVs. Both Cat & Audrey felt like they could leap off the page and walk right into our world as real people.
Though the main character, Audrey, is clearly flawed (a little self-centered), I still found her likable. As the reader, it was so interesting to see others’ perspectives on her versus her own perspective & intentions.
This is a solid thriller with a fascinating and highly entertaining concept. And it’s SO relevant to this day & age.
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!
Release date: February 25th, 2020
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
This is the type of thriller that claws its way into your mind and doesn’t let go (a.k.a the best kind!). It’s an emotional hard-hitter with an action-packed plot.
The main character, Marin, was easy to root for. Some of her actions were fueled by emotions rather than reason (but we’re all human, and we all make mistakes).
Her son – her entire world – was taken from her, with no explanations. I could imagine myself in her place, and as the story evolved, it felt both devastating and hopeful (depending on the moment).
I especially loved that this story was set in my hometown in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA). I felt like I was transported back there – to the bustle of Pike Place market and the rolling hills of Queen Anne.
I recommend going into this book blind. Don’t read the synopsis. It’s best to find out each twist and turn as you go, and I think the summary gives too much away. Even knowing what was going to happen in the first third of the book, though, my attention never waned.
Release date: April 21st, 2020
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
This fabulous thriller-writing duo has done it again.
I loved how twisty Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s first book (The Wife Between Us) was.
I’m happy to report: their third book together is just as addicting as their first!
I mean, I finished it in less than 24 hours, so that tells you something. But it wasn’t JUST the intense plot that kept me glued to the page. I loved the unique statistics angle, and the protagonist was relatable. Who hasn’t felt lonely at some point in their lives?
Sure, there are a few places you’ll have to suspend disbelief (as with many thrillers). But when it comes to entertainment factor: this book delivers!
Release date: March 3rd, 2020
More thrillers released in 2020 with lots of buzz (I still need to read these!):
- The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore
- Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
- One of Us is Next by Karen McManus
- The Better Liar by Tanen Jones
Hope you enjoy these stellar thriller books! What’s been your favorite suspense read this year?
If you’re looking for more awesome books to read, check out my list of the best fiction books releasing in summer 2020!
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