The most chilling thriller novels of 2019

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Who doesn’t love a chilling thriller, the type of book that makes your breath quicken and goosebumps sprout on your arms? We’ve got some of this year’s best thrillers that will chill you to the core. Make sure to lock the doors and turn up the lights when you settle in to read these chilling thriller novels!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Famous painter Alicia Berenson has the perfect life – married to an equally famous photographer and living in a beautiful London home. When she shoots her husband in the face five times, she goes mute. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes consumed with getting Alicia to talk, and to tell her story of what drove her to such a crime.


Those People by Louise Candlish

Lowland Way is the kind of suburban street families love. With strict rules in place to keep the neighborhood running smoothly, everything is disrupted when Darren and Jodie move into the corner house. Blasting their music, running a used car business from their front yard and renovating their home, their neighbors aren’t amused by their daily activities. But then someone dies and as police look for witnesses, they’ll find that everybody has secrets they’re desperately trying to hide.


The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

Though sisters, Chloe and Nicky Taylor couldn’t be more different. Having spent over a decade apart, the two will come back together for a rocky reunion when Chloe’s husband is murdered in their Hampton’s beach house. Due to Nicky’s past marriage with the dead man, she is reluctantly accepted into Chloe’s perfect world yet again as they get to the bottom of the murder and the dark family secrets that haunt them.


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Jessica agrees to take part in a psychological study so she can earn some extra money. When the study starts to blur the lines between what is real and what is not, Jessica begins to wonder what kind of experiment she has become involved in and what Dr. Shields has planned.


Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

Becky Gerard is the type of mother who would do anything to make sure her daughter is well, making regular visits to the hospital to get to the bottom of her mysterious illness. But the doctors are suspicious of something: Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Now having to prove her own innocence to her family and the medical team surrounding them, this determined mother will put everything on the line to show that her daughter does have a real illness and that there may truly be other malevolent factors at play.


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

A thriller for those who love Dexter and the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, My Lovely Wife is a compulsive read. A perfectly normal couple decides to spice things up and make their dreams come true… dreams that involve murder.


The Accident by Natalie Barelli

When Katherine’s friend Eve convinces her that she can drive home after having far too many drinks, their lives are turned upside down when there is an accident. But, do they really need to tell anyone what happened? The Accident is a twisty, fast-paced read!


The Housewife by Valerie Keogh

When the housewife sees a woman in a shop that reminds her of something, she is triggered into what feels like insanity. She begins to forget small things, and even big things, like forgetting to get her daughter from nursery school. When things start getting out of control and she can’t even trust herself, what will the housewife do?


Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell

When Lisa finds a suicide note in the beautiful room she is renting in a large house, and the renters insist no one else has rented from them, she begins to doubt herself. Someone is keeping something from Lisa, and suddenly, the room isn’t as cozy as she original thought. Will she become the next victim, or are these strange feelings and occurrences just part of her imagination?


My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

Emily’s sister’s disappearance has been an unsolved mystery for 20 years. When a VHS tape of a horrible crime is found she seeks to find the truth about what happened to her sister Madeline. Elusive neighbors may know something, but no one is talking, and it’s up to Emily to solve the mystery.

Stephanie Elliot

Contributing Writer and Copyeditor

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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