The best thrillers by women of 2019

thrillers by women 2019

Thrillers are a treat for readers everywhere and as the years progress, more and more chilling suspense novels are seen topping bestseller lists around the world. As huge fans of the genre, She Reads likes to focus on the female thriller writers who are taking the world by storm. In honor of ThrillHER Month, we’re bringing you the 12 best thrillers by women of 2019.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

In Ruth Ware’s latest thriller she takes readers along on a terrifying journey as Rowan Caine begins a new job that will only end in tragedy. Down on her luck, Rowan jumps at the chance to become a nanny to a wealthy family in Scotland. But the family is more strange than she could have ever imagined and soon she’s being blamed for the death of one of the children. If she wants to regain her freedom and walk away from the case unharmed, she’ll have to prove her innocence and find the person who really did it.


The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz

Edie was living her best life in New York City after graduation, with a great group of friends. But when she is found dead from an apparent suicide, her friends are shocked and confused, and because of the loss, they all go their separate ways. Ten years after Edie’s death, Lindsay stumbles upon a video that makes her think that Edie was murdered and that she might have been involved. She needs to get to the bottom of the mystery even if it causes her to discover a horrible truth about the night Edie died.


Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

When nine-year-old Levi King goes missing, Darren Mathews is on the case, determined to find the boy. As he digs into the case, he finds suspicious connections to the last case he worked on as well as mysterious ties to the boy’s wealthy grandmother who cares more about her profiting company than her grandson’s wellbeing. It will be a race against the clock to find Levi and expose the prejudices that plague the Texas town in Attica Locke’s Heaven, My Home.


Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

When Lily Bushwold moves to Bolivia to start a new job as a teacher, she is looking forward to the opportunity to start anew. But just as things come into focus, she loses her job and is at a loss in a place she is unfamiliar with. Then she meets and falls in love with Omar, who has claimed that a jaguar took the life of his four-year-old nephew. She follows him into the isolated Bolivia jungles to avenge the child’s death. When she comes up against perilous dangers, she will have to rethink her entire life.


The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

Although Alice misses her late first husband, she knows she has it good with her new husband, Nathan. With a man who makes her happy and her best friend Beth by her side, Alice truly feels like she has it all… until Nathan starts acting strangely. When Alice confides in Beth about her concerns, she starts to wonder who her best friend really is and has she put her trust in the wrong person all this time?


The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

For almost a decade, Sadie and Avery spent their summers together in Littleport, Maine, sharing an unlikely friendship. But everything changes when Sadie is found dead and it’s ruled a suicide. Despite the coroner’s ruling, people in the community can’t help but be suspicious of Avery, thinking she played a part in Sadie’s death. In order to clear her name, Avery will need to find out what really happened to her friend in this Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, The Last House Guest.


Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova

Lana Stone’s life changed forever when she decided to follow her “anonymous” egg donor Katya in order to get close to her. But when the two come face-to-face, Lana has no choice but to make it seem like an organic meeting, and the two become friends. Just when Lana starts to feel like Katya has become the biggest blessing in her life, she disappears. Since Lana was quite possibly the last person to see Katya before her disappearance, she takes it upon herself to find her, uncovering horrifying secrets along the way.


I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

In Alice Feeney’s 2019 thriller, she tells the story of actress Aimee who is harboring treacherous secrets she’s convinced someone knows about. When her husband goes missing, the police start to suspect that Aimee is somehow involved and as she tries to keep all aspects of her life together, she realizes that her past will come back to haunt her and ruin her life once again.


American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

As a young black woman in the FBI in 1986, Marie Mitchell feels voiceless. Sick of working in the office and filling out paperwork, she jumps at the opportunity to infiltrate a community and bring down Thomas Sankara, a man America is targeting due to his ideology. While Marie secretly admires Thomas, she doesn’t let it affect her job and ends up seducing him and bringing him down. While it brings her happiness in her career, this mission is one that will change her and everything she believes in.


The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Laura Lochner hopes to find some kind of regularity when she moves in with her sister Rosie and her family. She’s gone through brutal heartbreak but is determined to try at love again. When she disappears after going out with a man she meets online, Rosie will do everything in her power to find her sister and bring her back home.


The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

In Tarryn Fisher’s new thriller, she depicts an unusual marital arrangement. Thursday is one of her husband’s many wives and when she finds out he’s been talking to another woman, Hannah, she assumes it’s another wife of his. When she befriends Hannah to find out what’s going on, she will unravel the story behind who her husband really is. Who did she marry and should she be afraid for her life if she stays with him?


Reputation by Sara Shepard

All hell breaks loose in Reputation when the emails of 40,000 people at Aldrich University are hacked into and uploaded to an easily accessible server. While scandal and affairs seem to be the worst of the hack, everything is thrown into chaos once again when Dr. Greg Strasser is murdered, leaving his wife and her long lost sister to find the killer before he strikes again. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series returns this fall with a fascinating thriller that will keep you guessing up until the final page.

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Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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