There’s nothing like a good thriller to take us into Fall. With the release of Utopia, a new Amazon series adapted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn from the original, we’re in the mood for ALL the chilling reads we can find. So, if you love a good domestic thriller like Flynn’s Gone Girl, you’re in for a treat. Here are thrillers like Gone Girl that you won’t be able to put down.
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
From the outside, Alice seems to have it all: an adoring husband, two beautiful children, a successful business, and a home to be admired. But for Alice, nearly a decade after the death of her first husband, she’s still struggling to survive. The only constant in her life is her best friend, Beth. But when things start going haywire at home, in her marriage and in her business, Alice begins to wonder if her trust has been misplaced.
Author Sadie Jones shocked us with The Other Woman and she exceeded our expectations with this thrilling tale all over again.
And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rachel Howzell Hall is back with a new thriller that follows a new private investigator who gets her first big case: find mysterious woman Isabel Lincoln. Isabel may be missing but that doesn’t mean she wants to be found. Investigator Grayson Sykes has her own struggles and secrets to keep, and this investigation threatens to unravel both women.
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
Nina had every intention of not falling into her mother’s con artist lifestyle. But after gaining a fancy liberal arts degree that was leading nowhere fast, she quickly changed her tune. Alongside her boyfriend, Lachlan, she scammed the filthy rich, targeting high rollers in LA who prized the spotlight. So, when her mom falls ill, she takes on her biggest scam yet: an Instagram influencer and heiress with whom she has a tangled past. But what happens when the scammer gets scammed? Nina’s forced to find out just how far she’ll go.
Deception and destruction just keep coming in this page-turner that’s being produced for the screen by Nicole Kidman.
The Last Mrs. Parish by Liv Constantine
Amber’s bitterness and jealousy could eat her alive, but she’s not going to let it. Instead, she’ll use it to fuel her plan to take Daphne Parrish’s life right out from under her, complete with her husband, her house, all the privilege, and her fairytale mansion. She begins with entangling herself into every part of Daphne’s life. But when a skeleton from her past threatens to expose dark secrets, all her work could be for nothing.
This co-author sisterly duo pulls it off again, and we loved every delicious calculating twist and turn.
What She Found by Emerald O’Brien
When Tabitha’s relationship falls apart, her friends are there to pick up the pieces and whisk her away for the weekend for some relaxation, wine, and a blind date. But when a stranger appears at their rental house and refuses to let them call an ambulance in spite of a head wound, the night takes a turn for the worse. The friends become separated, they lose track of the stranger, and in the morning fog, police are asking questions. Their stories don’t add up. Someone is lying.
Suspenseful and quick-paced, this thriller is captivating and fresh.
Don’t Ever Forget by Matthew Farrell
In this mind-bending page-turner, police investigator Susan Adler is called to the roadside murder of a state trooper. As she follows the dash cam footage to a missing nurse and her elderly patient. At the old man’s home, she finds evidence from two previous cold cases. As acquaintances begin to turn up dead, Adler is in a race against the clock to uncover the truth before the past catches up to her.
Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker
In this sophisticated domestic thriller, Sag Harbor has just named Dr. Robert Hart “Man of the Year.” He’s the envy of his friends and neighbors, with his thriving practice, picture-perfect family, historic home, and brand-new boat. And when his wayward son, Jonah returns, it’s just icing on the cake. But when the family welcome’s Jonah’s friend to stay in their guesthouse, things begin to slide off balance. Robert has a secret and he’ll stop at nothing to keep it covered.
If you’re looking for something scandalous and quick-paced, look no further.
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
In this New York Times bestseller, one neighborhood will never be the same after a local teen begins breaking in and sneaking onto their computers. He steals nothing but secrets. But when a neighbor is mysteriously murdered, it leaves the neighbors pointing fingers at one another. How far will everyone go to protect their secrets?
This is exactly the kind of suburban suspense for which Shari Lapena is known and beloved!
We chatted with author Shari Lapena earlier in the year. Read the interview here.
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Beth Murphy is finally on the run and she’s been looking forward to this day for far too long. She’s calculated her every move, anticipating where her husband might look, and staying one step ahead of investigators. Miles away, Sabine Hardison is missing and police suspect foul play. But as the detective on the case gets closer, the lines between the two women begin to blur. Someone is lying, someone’s in danger, and it’s just a matter of time before the truth is exposed.
Just when you think you’ve figured it out, you’ll realize you still have no idea.
The Housekeeper by Natalie Barelli
Claire used to have it all, and now she’s hit rock bottom. And she blames Hannah – now Mrs. Carter – for it all. So, when Claire spots Hannah at an upscale salon, she comes up with the perfect scheme for revenge… all she has to do is weasel her way into Hannah’s house as a housekeeper, and voila. What Claire doesn’t anticipate is that the Carter home has a few secrets of its own. And once she’s in, she may never be able to claw her way back out.
Conniving, evil and mysterious – this domestic thriller has it all.
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine – a pressurized oxygen chamber that offers therapeutic benefits to patients for conditions that range from autism to infertility. But when an explosion occurs, everyone starts pointing fingers. Someone left a burning cigarette, someone is lying, and someone is unknowingly holding the key to it all.
Domestic drama, jealousy, courtroom drama, and murder – this debut thriller has twists you won’t see coming.
If you loved Miracle Creek, here are 12 more books you might enjoy!
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Millicent and her husband have two children and live in the suburbs. They seem happy enough, and to outsiders, they appear like any other couple. But unlike most couples, these two have a secret darker than any other – they’ve gotten away with murder and it’s just a matter of time before their secrets come out.
This one’s twisted and dark, and you won’t be able to put it down.
Need more? Here are 15 chilling thrillers from 2020 you can add to your list.