Looking for a suspenseful new read as the temperatures begin to cool down? These are the most anticipated thrillers of fall that we are dying to dive into next. Oh and did we mention they’re all written by talented female authors? Double win!
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
There’s something about psychological thrillers that just really amps up my fall reading. I’ve been a huge fan of Mary Kubica since her debut novel came out and let me just say this; she is a force to be reckoned with. Her novels are atmospheric, chilling and emotional. Kubica has the talent and determination to really tug at your heartstrings while also making you sweat a little. This one sounds a bit darker than her other novels which makes me think that Kubica is going to once again blow my mind.
Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
Mejia’s last novel Everything You Want Me To Be is by far one of my favorite books ever and a huge go-to recommendation – it’s a dark and dangerous thriller with heart. Mejia’s new novel seems to be nothing short of original and creepy as well. This one features a plot that is really unlike anything I’ve heard of or read and I am really excited to get lost in another world created by Mejia. The reviews so far have been wonderful and that is exactly what I expect out of this read.
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
This one is described as perfect for fans of Ruth Ware (which I am) and it sounds so incredibly dark that I am so excited for the brisk fall day that I can completely devour this one with a pumpkin spiced latte (because I will) and just really live my life to the fullest. The plot kind of reminds me of Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land because it has that whole aspect of being the child of a serial killer. I love Moretti’s writing and I know that she is going to turn this into psychological suspense gold and I am ready for it.
Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall
The plot to this one could make me salivate. It features a girl who is spellbound by the most popular and glamorous girl around and her disappearance 12 years later, leaving her friends to question who she really is. It is giving me some serious Gone Girl-esque vibes and I am over the moon excited to read this novel. When the show Pretty Little Liars was announced and started to get some buzz, I quickly went out and read the series before the show started (and all of the books after) and have found that ever since reading them I am intrigued by novels that feature female relationships and their dark secrets that always threaten to be unleashed. Laura Marshall can not only write about female relationships, but she’s an expert at crafting thrilling stories that will leave you gasping for air.
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
There was a moment in time shortly after I started my blog that everyone on Bookstagram was buzzing about Behind Her Eyes. The story seemed interesting enough: A woman meets a man in a bar, they kiss and she reports to work the following Monday to find out he is her boss! Scandalous. Then, she ends up befriending his wife and gets a little too involved with their lives. Super scandalous. However, there is so much more brewing in the background to this story that I found myself greedy for more as the pages flew by. What was the result? An ending that was so chilling that I will never, ever forget this novel. Now, Pinborough is back with a new psychological thriller that features a stalker and secrets of this woman’s past that makes her fear for her life and her daughter’s life as well. Give. Me. More. Pinborough’s writing is captivating and haunting and I know this one is going to be another book that Bookstagram will love.
I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan
I’ve read Macmillan’s debut novel and I really enjoyed it. It was harrowing, brilliant and extremely tense. This one sounds brutally chilling and features a newer trend in the mystery and thriller genre that I can really get behind. I Know You Know features a cold case murder of our protagonist’s friends and the main character is determined to start a podcast as he travels back home to investigate what really happened all those years ago. I can tell this one is going to step it up with the creep factor and from the plot, it seems like I won’t be getting much sleep once this one is in my hands.
The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Bolton’s novel Dead Woman Walking was one of the most beautifully written and scariest reads I have ever had in my hands. The novel was atmospherically terrifying, the characters were dazzling and the plot had so many twists that I was completely immersed in this one I actually lost track of time. Now, Bolton is back with a novel that sounds even eerier. This one features a prosecutor who put away a child murderer decades ago and now, more murders start to pop up. Was it the wrong man? Looks like it. Is it a copycat? Could be. Will my head be spinning by the time I get to the bottom of this one? Knowing Bolton, yes. Yes, it will.
Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb
Wendy Webb’s new novel sounds supernaturally gothic, suspenseful and thrilling. I’m always looking for something to get me to step out of my comfort zone within the thriller genre so this will be the perfect book for me. I am excited to read a novel that doesn’t just feature a whodunnit but explores the life of a woman who is found dead in the beginning.
River Bodies by Karen Katchur
This one is a no brainer for me. While I love a good book series, it’s really hard for me to get into them with my ever-growing #TBR list but I’m determined to devour this one before the sequels arrive. River Bodies features a murder mystery that may be related to a cold cast murder, two characters who are reconnected after being apart for years and plenty of small town secrets. The only thing that could improve this for me is if Ariana Grande did a soundtrack for the book. Thomas & Mercer know where it’s at when it comes to unique and addictive thrillers, so this series is another one by them that I am dying to begin.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies is one of my favorite novels of all time and I am obsessed with the TV show. Naturally, whatever Moriarty releases will be something I am going to be obsessed with. When nine strangers enter a facility that promises to improve their lives, they’ll find the place isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While this isn’t a straight-up thriller like the rest, there’s a hint of mystery and suspense that makes it a must-read. Either way, Moriarty will always be at the top of my list and I cannot wait for the day in November that I open this novel and let Liane Moriarty take the wheel.