For some, fall is the best time to pick up a book. Spooky seasons is officially in process, the weather is chilly, and nothing is cozier than a sweatshirt, a warm beverage, and a book that will send chills up and down your spine. If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the best thrillers coming out this fall. From Labor Day to Thanksgiving, your TBR is covered with these brilliant stories from the best writers in crime fiction.
I’m Not Done with You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutanto (8/22)
Jane is living a life she didn’t necessarily want. She’s in an underwhelming marriage, she’s barely scraping by with her bills, and her books aren’t necessarily flying off the shelves. The only person who’s ever really seen Jane for who she is was her best friend, Thalia, a fellow writer Jane met during the Creative Writing course they took at Oxford. The friendship came crashing down after a blood-soaked night resulted in Thalia disappearing…until now. Now, Thalia Ashcroft’s name is at the top of the New York Times bestseller list making Jane stop at nothing to reunite with her.
Good Bad Girl by Alice Feeney (8/29)
Twenty years after a baby is snatched from its stroller, a woman is murdered in a home for the elderly. Eighty-year-old Edith is planning her escape from a nursing home after she feels that she’s been tricked into being there, so she bonds with Patience, who works at the nursing home. What Edith doesn’t know is that Patience is lying to her about everything. Meanwhile, Edith’s daughter, Clio, does not speak to her mother and is about to have a surprise knock at her door. Now, these women will solve a crime with three suspects, two murders, and one victim to get to the bottom of what happened to that baby twenty years ago.
The Coworker by Freida McFadden (8/29)
From the author of runaway TikTok sensation, The Housemaid, comes another heart-pounding thriller. Dawn is unusual. She gets the side eye from everyone in the office for her quirky and quiet demeanor. The only thing anyone really knows about her is that she arrives promptly at 8:45 every single day. Until she doesn’t. When the strange woman fails to come in her (perfect and pretty) coworker Natalie receives and anonymous call. Soon she is pulled into the mystery world Dawn has been living and discovers she was being targeted. Now Natalie is caught in the same tangled web.
Redemption by Deborah J Ledford (9/1)
Deputy Eva “Lightning Dance” Duran is investigating the disappearances of four women from the Taos Pueblo reservation, one of which is her best friend, Paloma. Eva is frustrated with her departments lack of interest in these disappearances, pushing her even harder to find out the truth. Eva enlists the help of Cruz “Wolf Song” Romero, a tribal police officer, to help her with her investigation. When the women begin to turn up dead, Eva finds herself torn as she battles her loyalty to her friend, her tribe, and herself.
Beneath the Surface by Kaira Rouda (9/5)
Billionaire Richard Kingsley has invited his adult children on an overnight voyage to Catalina Island, his newest wife in tow. To his children, this is a glimmering opportunity to secure their futures, and to the patriarch, the succession is a fun game for him to control. The night takes a turn when Richard’s estranged daughter shows up unexpectedly. One will be crowned heir by the end of the weekend as long as they can survive the storm of deceptions.
Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll (9/19)
While a serial killer the media dubbed the “All-American Sex Killer” haunts the Pacific Northwest, a group of sorority sisters at the Florida State University’s Tallahassee campus are getting ready for a night of fun. That night, Pamela Schumacher, president of the sorority, wakes up in the middle of the night to a strange noise only to find two of her sorority sisters maimed and two others dead. In Seattle, Tina Cannon is desperate for answers regarding the sudden disappearance of her friend, Ruth. Convinced that the same man is responsible for the attack on the sorority and the disappearance of her friend, Tina heads to Florida on a quest for answers.
The Taken Ones by Jess Lourey (9/19)
Although there is an urban legend that the Bendy Man haunts the woods of Minnesota in the summer of 1980, three girls go into the forest anyway. Only one emerges, but with no memory of what happened in the woods. Now, in the summer of 2022 cold case detective Van Reed and forensic scientist Harry Steinbeck are investigating the homicide of a woman who was buried alive, clutching a necklace that belonged to one of the girls who vanished in 1980. While the two are determined to catch the killer, they also have ties to the original case from 1980 that they are hiding.
Midnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead (10/3)
Although her father is the voice in command at Holy Fire Baptist, librarian Ruth Cornier has always felt like an outsider in her hometown of Bottom Springs, Louisiana. The residents of Bottom Springs are God-fearing people haunted by the legend of the Low Man, a vampiric figure that allegedly sneaks into the bedroom of sinners and kill them on moonless nights. When a skull is found in the swamp next to mysterious carved symbols, Ruth and her friend, Everett, are the only two who have the answers to what is really happening in Bottom Springs.
The Intern by Michele Campbell (10/3)
Madison Rivera’s hard work finally pays off when she gets an internship working for Judge Kathryn Conroy, but she’s hiding a huge secret. Her brother, Danny, has been arrested and Judge Conroy is the one who has his case. When Danny goes missing after accusing the judge of corruption, Madison is thrust into the judge’s world as she looks for answers that erupts in a dangerous cat and mouse game where no one is truly as they seem.
Shadowheart by Meg Gardiner (10/3)
In the fourth book in the UNSUB series, Efrem Judah Goode is a prisoner in Tennessee who spends his days drawing disturbing portraits of the women he claims he has killed as the families of the victims are desperate for answers. Meanwhile, a killer is out there who is posing duct-taped bodies at the sites of Goode’s murders, leaving the two serial killers in a terrifying rivalry that only FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix can handle. Caitlin must find the connection between the two killers as she risks everything to find a brutal killer.
Christmas Presents by Lisa Unger (10/24)
Madeline Martin is the owner of a bookshop who is trying to move on from a dark and terrifying past in which she was the only survivor of Evan Handy, the man who was convicted of murdering Madeline’s best friend and is suspected in the disappearance of two sisters who were also Madeline’s friends that have been missing for a decade. Now, a popular podcaster named Harley Granger has arrived to dig up things about Madeline’s past with Evan Handy. Harley is questioning not only what happened that night, but how Handy could be responsible when three other women have gone missing since he’s been in jail.
Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie (10/31)
Fifteen years ago, Syd Walker barely escaped from unspeakable violence in her Oklahoma hometown and swore she would never go back. Now, Syd works as an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and protects Rhode Island’s land. When Syd’s sister, Emma Lou, disappears and a skull is found near the crime scene she escaped in Oklahoma, Syd returns home knowing that her sister’s disappearance and the skull cannot be ignored like so many other missing and murdered Indigenous women have. When Syd gets home and begins her investigation, she finds other cases of missing Indigenous women that go back decades.
When I’m Dead by Hannah Morrissey (10/31)
Medical Examiner Rowan Winthrop is investigating the death of her daughter’s best friend, only to find that her daughter, Chloe, has vanished. Chloe has left behind a mosaic of chilling clues that make Rowan and her husband wonder how well they knew Chloe, if they even knew the real her at all. As Rowan and her husband start to put the pieces together in this chilling puzzle, they find Chloe has been hiding things from them that could tear the whole family apart.
It Takes Monsters by Mandy McHugh (11/7)
The time has come for Victoria Tate to kill her controlling husband, Warren. Victoria runs into an issue with her plan when the biggest social event of the year falls on the same date she planned for Warren to take his last breath. Then, Warren turns up dead and not by Victoria’s plan. Now, Victoria is in the center of a murder investigation in which she’s actually innocent. Now, with a killer harassing her and the town against her, Victoria must find out who really killed Warren as she digs into the secrets he’s been keeping from everyone.
After Dark by Minka Kent (11/14)
Afton Teachout has been an outcast in her hometown for twenty years since she was accused of murdering her mother’s lover in a fit of rage. Afton’s life hasn’t been very easy since. She lives with her grandmother, works the night shift at a hotel, and uses pills to sleep during the day. Afton thinks things are finally going to turn around for her when she receives an unexpected sum of money and decides to use some of it to help her best friend, Sydney, escape her horrible marriage. Things go back to her typical bad luck when Afton begins to get disturbing phone calls and believes someone is stalking her outside of her home.