10 Thrillingly Fabulous Books That Will Make You Scream (With Joy!)

I Devoured Over 45 Thrillers This Year—Discover the Ultimate Five-Star Gems

45 Thrillers I Gave Five Stars This Year

Are you a thrill-seeking, fashion-forward bookworm who craves heart-pounding excitement? Well, then my friend, you’ve come to the right place! As a self-proclaimed thrillaholic, I know a thing or two about hair-raising tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat (or stiletto heels). So, buckle up and get ready for a fashionably frightening adventure through the best thrillers of the year!

1. Ashley Audrain’s “The Push”

Recommendation Level: Off the Charts

Imagine this: You’re determined to be the warm, comforting mother you never had, but your baby doesn’t behave like most children. Cue the gripping plotline that plunges deep into motherhood, where expectations shatter like a dropped glitter bomb. “The Push” is the must-read thriller that’ll have you questioning every coo and cry from your own little fashionista-in-training. It’s the perfect blend of suspense and maternal madness that’ll leave you gasping for breath – and a little extra patience.

The Push

2. Paul Tremblay’s “The Cabin at the End of the World”

Warning: Prepare to Sleep With One Eye Open

Let me set the scene: You’re enjoying a serene vacation at a remote cabin, surrounded only by nature’s beauty. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, not for little Wen and her parents. One day, a stranger appears out of thin air, claiming that saving the world requires their assistance. It’s a chilling game of survival where innocent laughter turns into bone-chilling screams. “The Cabin at the End of the World” will have you questioning the very meaning of trust and the true price of salvation.

The Cabin at the End of the World

3. Gillian McAllister’s “Wrong Place Wrong Time”

Reese Witherspoon Approval Alert

Picture this: It’s a dark October night, and your rebellious teenage son does the unimaginable. Armed and dangerous, he commits a shocking act of violence right outside your door. The moment hangs in the air like a designer dress on a hanger, leaving you in despair. Suddenly, time does a dizzying spin, and it’s yesterday all over again. “Wrong Place Wrong Time” is the Reese’s Book Club-approved rollercoaster ride that explores the depths of a mother’s love and the terrifying consequences that follow.

Wrong Place Wrong Time

4. Stacy Willingham’s “A Flicker in the Dark”

Beware: Mind-Blowing Endings Ahead

When a book leaves you breathless and eager to text your friends about its brilliance, you know you’ve struck literary gold. “A Flicker in the Dark” is that hidden gem that shines brighter than the brightest Hollywood star. Delve into the haunting past of a small Louisiana town where the disappearance of six teenage girls haunts the residents to this day. As the mystery unfolds, secrets are unveiled, and the echoes of that terrifying summer resonate through time. This book is a flickering candle that will both illuminate and haunt your dreams.

A Flicker in the Dark

5. Romy Hausmann’s “Dear Child”

Warning: Twisted Minds at Work

Gone Girl meets Room in this spine-tingling masterpiece that will leave you questioning your own sanity. Imagine escaping from a shack in the woods after years of captivity, only to face a family who refuses to believe you are who you claim to be. Are you ready for “Dear Child”? Brace yourself for family secrets, psychological warfare, and a tormentor who will stop at nothing to reclaim what they believe is rightfully theirs. It’s a psychological rollercoaster that will make you kiss your comfort zone goodbye.

Dear Child

6. Mary Kubica’s “Local Woman Missing”

Pulse-Pounding Suspense – Guaranteed

Ever crave a book that grips you from page one, making it impossible to put down? Look no further than “Local Woman Missing,” an electrifying tale that will leave you breathless. In this nail-biting thriller, disappearances rock a once-peaceful community to its core. Then, after 11 long years, a miraculously returned person disrupts the fragile peace. But be warned: the truth is far darker than anyone could have imagined. Mary Kubica’s storytelling mastery is on full display in this heart-stopping thrill ride.

Local Woman Missing

7. Minka Kent’s “Unmissing”

Psst, BookTok Fans! Don’t Miss This One

Quick question: How would you react if someone presumed dead for 10 years miraculously reappeared at your doorstep? Welcome to the extraordinary world of “Unmissing” by Minka Kent, the hidden gem that’s taking BookTok by storm. Get ready for a gripping story of lost time, shattered dreams, and dark secrets that threaten to unravel the life you’ve meticulously crafted. With riveting twists and turns that will leave you gasping, “Unmissing” is the ultimate thrill for lovers of heart-racing suspense.


8. Heather Gudenkauf’s “The Overnight Guest”

Sleepless Nights Await You

Imagine retreating to an isolated farmhouse, seeking solace and inspiration for your next true crime masterpiece. Sounds idyllic, right? Well, buckle up because “The Overnight Guest” is about to challenge your perception of reality. When true crime writer Wylie Lark stumbles upon a child in the snowy night, her life takes a dark turn. Secrets from the past, gruesome murders, and an enigmatic new neighbor combine to create a whirlwind of unease. Don’t read this one at night unless you’re prepared for restless dreams and heightened paranoia.

The Overnight Guest

9. Stacy Willingham’s “All the Dangerous Things”

The Art of Surprises: Perfected

Hold on tight because Stacy Willingham is about to take you on a mind-bending journey filled with jaw-dropping twists. “All the Dangerous Things” will keep you guessing until the very last page (and beyond!). A mother’s worst nightmare comes true when her toddler son is snatched from his crib. With little evidence to go on, she embarks on a sleepless quest for the truth. But when sleep deprivation blurs the line between reality and imagination, she must confront the shadows lurking in her own mind. Prepare for a thrill ride of epic proportions!

All the Dangerous Things

10. David Ellis’s “Look Closer”

Mysterious Minds at Play

Get ready for a whirlwind of deception, unexpected twists, and a level of suspense that will make your heart race like a top fashion model on the runway. “Look Closer” introduces us to Simon and Vicky, the picture-perfect couple harboring secrets darker than a little black dress. When a beautiful socialite meets a gruesome fate, their carefully constructed facade begins to crumble. Lies, lies, and more lies intertwine, leaving you questioning who’s conning whom. If you’re a fan of unexpected surprises, this one’s a sartorially stunning match made in literary heaven.

Look Closer

Get Your Thrill On!

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts because these thrilling books will take you on a heart-pounding adventure that’ll leave you breathless and craving more. Whether you’re a seasoned thriller enthusiast or a fashionista looking to add a touch of excitement to your reading list, these captivating tales are sure to satisfy your every thrill-seeking need. So, grab your designer sunglasses, curl up with a cozy blanket, and get ready for a wild ride that’ll have you screaming…for the next book recommendation!

Which of these tantalizing thrillers are you excited to read? Let us know in the comments below!