The most anticipated thrillers of 2020

most anticipated thrillers 2020

Thrillers have become a staple in the book world with readers dying (no pun intended) to get their hands on books by some of the best authors in the genre. With a new year comes a ton of great new thrillers and we can’t wait to dive into both the debut releases and those written by bestselling authors we know and love. These are the most anticipated thrillers of 2020.

What Lies in Paradise by Leah Cupps

Sydney Evans is an Instagram influencer who has her eyes set on getting a picture-perfect photo at her best friend’s extravagant destination wedding. But when she blacks out on the plane ride and regains consciousness only to realize that someone else has been poisoned to death, she finds herself being roped into an intense FBI investigation. With a killer on the loose and a wedding just days away, Sydney must track down the murderer or her life will be on the line.


The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

Gwendolyn always thought her relationship with her sister Estella was great – until Estella poisons the entire family leaving Gwendolyn the sole survivor and in a coma. As Gwendolyn regains consciousness, she begins to unveil the shocking secrets of her family to discover what made Estella commit such a brutal crime.


The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

Piper Reynard has just moved to Connecticut where she has set up a new business and has her eyes set on Leo, a married man. Falling under Piper’s spell, Leo is prepared to leave his wife Joanna, promising her that she can still see their kids if they divorce. But Joanna isn’t prepared to let her husband leave her family and she begins digging into Piper’s past. What Joanna finds shocks her but she’ll need proof of Piper’s dark past if she wants to keep Leo and her family safe.


He Started It by Samantha Downing

Siblings Beth, Portia and Eddie haven’t been close for years but when their grandfather dies, they must embark on a cross-country road trip if they want to reap the benefits of his inheritance. But this road trip won’t be a walk in the park as all the siblings are hiding dark secrets and one – or more of them – is a killer.


Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her family moved into a Victorian estate that they later fled from in the middle of the night. In the present day, Maggie is still adjusting to life as the girl who lived at Baneberry Hall as her father wrote a nonfiction book about their experience in the house. Not believing the house was haunted the way her father did, Maggie returns to the place now that her father has passed in order to renovate and sell it. What she doesn’t expect is to experience the things her father once wrote about, making her wonder if her father was right after all.


Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman

When an unidentified man is found unconscious on a British beach, everyone is baffled. Knowing they need to find out who he is, the hospital staff assessing him asks neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Emma Lewis, to travel to a small town in the English countryside to tend to the unknown man. But for Emma, traveling back to this town brings her past back in full force and the more she learns about this strange man, she realizes he may know things about her that she hadn’t anticipated.


When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

Now that serial killer Jacob Ness is dead, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren believe that his terrible crimes are over. But when the two find a new piece of evidence connected to Jacob in Georgia, they come to the conclusion that the man’s worst secret was never revealed and the most disturbing crime of their careers must still be solved.


The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

Years ago, Tabitha Girard had her heart broken by Connor Ford. Now, Connor has reappeared in her life and upon reconnecting, they pick up right where they left off… even though Connor is married to a woman named Nina. Assuring Tabitha he only married his wife for money, everything takes a dramatic turn when Nina takes her own life. With Nina out of the picture, Connor convinces Tabitha that the two are now free to be together. But when Tabitha finds a diary Nina kept, she begins to question everything about the man she believes she loves.


Agency by William Gibson

When Verity Jane takes a job as a beta tester for a new digital assistant named Eunice, it doesn’t take long for her to realize just how intuitive the technology is and decides to keep this fact to herself. One hundred years later, the survivors of an apocalypse called “the jackpot” are trying to restart their lives. Among these survivors is Wilf Netherton. He and his boss can look into the past where they see Verity Jane and Eunice and the decisions they made that led to their own apocalypse. Can Wilf change Verity’s past mistakes to help save their world or is it already too late?


The New Husband by D.J. Palmer

Nina’s life was thrown into chaos when her husband went missing. Even worse, she found out that he was living a separate life with another woman. Left without answers for his affair or why he disappeared, Nina eventually moves on with her life a year and a half later. When she meets Simon, also a widower, the two hit it off. While Nina’s son admires Simon, her daughter is suspicious of him. Now planning to spend her life with Simon, Nina begins to look into his past to ensure he’s the man he says he is, only to discover more than she ought to know.


The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

Naomi Pine has just disappeared and no one but television crime attorney Hester Crimstein is taking the matter seriously. He enlists the help of Wilde, a man with a talent for finding people. But in order to find Naomi, Wilde must return to a place that neglected him – a place that holds terrifying secrets that could destroy the lives of millions.


The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

Detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner have just been put on a case where a woman was found murdered with a pattern of intricate lines carved into her face. It doesn’t take long for the detectives to find a connection between the victim and her larger-than-life landlord. Even more suspicious is when they realize that the victim is a character in the landlord’s latest mystery novel. But not all is what it seems and to find the real killer, Anette and Jeppe will have to put everything on the line and get to the bottom of this intricate mystery.


Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman

Bestselling thriller author Lisa Power lives a secluded life in Thief River Falls, Minnesota after the death of her entire family. When she’s least expecting it, a boy arrives at her door claiming to have just escaped death after witnessing a horrific murder. Now, Lisa must protect the boy and herself if she wants to keep them both alive in a dangerous town full of mystery and murderous secrets.


The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

Leslie hasn’t been close to her sister in years as she stayed in New Mexico to take care of their ailing father. But now their father has passed away and in order for Leslie to get her half of the money he left behind, she has to split it with her sister Robin. Unfortunately for Leslie, Robin has just been found dead, making Leslie fear she’ll never see her half of the money she so desperately needs. Everything changes when Leslie finds a woman, Mary, who looks identical to her sister. She hires Mary to play the role of her dead sister, but it doesn’t take long before both women discover how dangerous their plan really is.

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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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