Nothing is creepier than an old fashioned stalker story. Whether it involves a victim who doesn’t know they are being watched or someone who knows there’s someone out there playing a deadly game, these stories of obsession and terror are guaranteed to leave you double-checking all of those locks before you go to bed…if you can sleep at all.

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Valentine by Tom Savage

Valentine is a thriller from the ’90s that still holds up to this day as the OG of stalker stories, with twists and reveals you’ll never see coming. Jillian Talbot is a suspense author living in Greenwich Village who has a stalker calling himself “Valentine” that leaves her threatening messages. Not only is this menacing man stalking Jillian, but he has killed other women before, and Jill is next on his list. As Valentine’s Day looms closer the threats become more terrifying, and Jill must look into her past for the answers as to why this man has targeted her.

Stalker by Lars Kepler 

Although this is part of the Killer Instinct series, Stalker can easily be read as a standalone. This high octane thriller features some cinematic and terrifying moments that will ensure you double-check all your locks before going to bed at night! The Swedish National Crime Unite receives a video of a young woman in her home, unaware she is being watched. But before the police can find out who she is or where she is, she is found brutally murdered. When the police receive a second video of another woman, they call in Joona Linna to help them hunt down this taunting murderer before the bodycount begins to pile up.

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

The way Rachel Howzell Hall combines elements of a mystery, a thriller, and a suspense novel made this story addictive and impossible to put down. One thing I didn’t expect was how unsettled I would feel while reading the scenes including a stalker, and as much as I loved this one, I definitely lost sleep while I was reading it. Mickie Lambert creates digital scrapbooks for her clients of their most precious memories. When Mickie’s latest client, a curio shop owner dies unexpectedly, Mickie decides to finish the scrapbook in her honor. As Mickie begins to get further into the project, she starts to receive threatening messages from a dormant serial killer and feels like she’s being stalked. As Mickie takes it upon herself to investigate her clients ominous past, her life spirals into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

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I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney is a masterful storyteller, and I Know Who You Are is her eeriest story yet. Combining a dark secret and a stalker storyline, nothing will prepare you for the finale of this goosebump-inducing tale. Aimee Sinclair has that face—the kind of face where you know her from somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. But someone is stalking Aimee, and they know her deepest and darkest secret. Even the sudden disappearance of her husband makes Aimee hold this secret, but that’s not going to stop the person who is watching Aimee, hoping her sanity cracks.

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The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

Combining a stalker element with a murder whodunnit, Liv Constantine knows how to keep their readers fully engaged throughout a story. This book is so engaging from the first chapter that you could easily devour it in one sitting. Dr. Kate English is an heiress with the perfect life, but it all comes crashing down when someone murders her mother. After her mother’s murder, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire, who comes to her side without any question. Things take a quick turn when Kate receives an anonymous text threatening her and she believes whoever killed her mother is coming for her, leaving Blaire to take matters into her own hands to find out who could hate this family so much that they would be capable of murder.

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber 

Moving to a new area is scary, and Kathleen Barber takes that anxiety and kicks up by combining a stalker using social media to hunt her prey. Featuring multiple POVs—including the stalker—Barber chills her readers to the core by showing just how close someone can get to you before you can look over your shoulder. Audrey Miller is a social media influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers who just got her dream job at the Smithsonian after relocating to Washington, DC. What Audrey doesn’t know is that her decision to relocate has brought her within arms reach of a deranged stalker who has been obsessively following her social media for years. Now, with Audrey close enough to touch, her stalker isn’t going to let the opportunity pass for him to make Audrey his and nothing will get in his way.

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Jennifer Hillier changes the game forever with Jar of Hearts. A perfectly written story of first love, murder, and aspects of a coming-of-age, about what it’s like falling in love with the serial killer who murdered your best friend. Angela, Georgina and Kaiser were the best of friends in high school, until Angela disappeared without a trace. Fourteen years later, her remains are found in the woods behind Georgina’s house, and Kaiser, now a detective, is working on the case. Soon, the police realize Angela was the victim of serial killer Calvin James—who just happened to be Georgina’s first love. For fourteen years, Georgina knew what happened to Angela and now, Brody is closer than ever to finally being revealed.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

In this story, Lisa Jewell combines a whodunnit it murder plot with domestic suspense and a stalker storyline that plants her readers right in the middle of a wealthy suburb that is jam-packed with secrets. Jewell gives her readers a murder mystery where not only is there a large list of suspects, but a large list of possible victims as well. From newlyweds to a teenager who watches his neighbors a little too closely ,to a young schoolgirl dealing with her mothers deteriorating mental health, someone in this large cast of characters is bound to be a victim—and another a killer.

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