15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

As promised, we are so excited to bring you our blog post, 15 Thrillers To Read This Summer. For those of you who want to be turning pages at the rate of a speeding bullet, or finding yourselves staying up into the wee hours of the morning because you just can’t put the book down, we’ve got you covered! Dive into these heart-pounding thrillers and prepare for an unforgettable summer reading experience.

If what you fancy are easy summer romance reads, then check out our blog ‘The 15 Best Books For Summer Reading’

Also, keep an eye out for my own personal Summer Fantasy TBR list. While I have already added some romance and thrillers to my list, I’m mostly looking forward to getting lost in some good old-fashioned fantasy. (You know me, I’m a fantasy kinda girl).

So, let’s get to it, it’s a long one so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

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 Her Last Summer – Emily Freud

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer
Her Last Summer by Emily Freud –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

I thought we could start of with a book that contains the word ‘Summer’ in it, keeping to the theme of this blog and all that. Anyways, this story screams ‘unputdownable’. I’ve never read any books by this author, but I am more than willing to give it a go. Something tells me it’s going to be a good one. A definite add to my Summer Thriller TBR.

Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, Mari vanished while backpacking through Thailand with her boyfriend, Luke. Accused of murder, he has always insisted on his innocence, especially since her body was never found.

Now, Luke is finally ready to talk, and filmmaker Cassidy Chambers is determined to uncover the truth about what happened in the dark of the jungle.

As Cassidy delves deeper into the past, she begins to fear the secrets buried along the way and what lies ahead.

None Of This Is True – Lisa Jewell

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer
None Of This Is True by Lisa Jewell –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

‘None of this is true’ was voted crime novel of the year 2024, and was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller. But what else do you expect from a book written by Lisa Jewell. Having read a few of her previous books before, I can assure you, her storytelling never disappoints.

Synopsis:

Podcaster Alix Summer is celebrating her 45th birthday at her local pub when she meets an unassuming woman named Josie Fair, who is also turning 45.

A few days later, they run into each other again outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie suggests she would make an interesting subject for Alix’s podcast, mentioning that she is on the brink of significant changes in her life.

Intrigued, Alix agrees to a trial interview and discovers that Josie’s life is both strange and complicated. Despite finding Josie unsettling, Alix can’t resist delving deeper.

As Alix uncovers more, she realises Josie is hiding some very dark secrets. Before long, Josie has insinuated herself into Alix’s life and home.

Now, Alix must confront the unsettling question: Who is Josie Fair really, and what has she done?

Everyone Here Is Lying – Shari Lapena

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer
Everyone Here Is Lying
by Shari Lapena –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

If you enjoy stories with twists and turns, then I suggest you jump onto the Shari Lapena bandwagon. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years. With well-paced storytelling and Shari’s capacity to effortlessly drop clues here and there, it came as no surprise when I added this book to my Summer TBR before it was even released.   

Synopsis:

Welcome to Stanhope—a safe neighbourhood and a haven for families.

On the surface, William Wooler is a devoted family man. But he’s been entangled in an affair, which ended disastrously this afternoon at a nearby motel.

Returning home, devastated and furious, William finds his difficult nine-year-old daughter, Avery, unexpectedly back from school. In his rage, he loses his temper.

Hours later, Avery is reported missing by her family.

Suddenly, Stanhope doesn’t feel so safe anymore. And William isn’t the only one on his street with secrets.

As witnesses come forward with potentially unreliable information, Avery’s neighbours grow increasingly unstable.

Who took Avery Wooler?

Listen For The Lie – Amy Tintera

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer
Listen For The Lie by Amy Tintera –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

A hint of dark comedy never goes amiss, right?  A funny murder mystery? Sign me up!

‘Listen For The Lie’ hits all the right marks for a captivating and thrilling page-turner. A classical tale of whodunit, with a touch of crime-com, poured into the mix. Yep, another one for my TBR. 

Synopsis:

Am I a murderer? That’s the question, isn’t it?

You’re likely familiar with my story. I’m Lucy Chase—the woman who can’t recall killing her best friend.

It’s understandable that you all suspect me. After all, being discovered wandering the streets drenched in her blood isn’t exactly innocent-looking.

Believe me, I share your frustration. I’m desperate to uncover the truth about whether I’m a murderer. It’s the kind of thing one should definitely know about oneself, right?

Thanks to the true-crime podcast Listen for the Lie, I finally have a shot at unravelling the mystery. But if I discover I’m guilty, can I live with that?

And if I’m not, will delving into the forgotten events of that night make me the next target of whoever is responsible?

If Something Happens To Me – Alex Finlay

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer
If Something Happens To Me
by Alex Finlay –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

Alex Finlay’s latest work promises to deliver suspense and intrigue, along with elements of psychological tension. The perfect combination for a hot summer’s day at the beach. If the reviews are anything to go by, this book will be binged in a day.

Synopsis:

The crushing blow to the head. Hands yanking him from the vehicle. His girlfriend’s piercing scream…

For the past five years, Ryan Richardson has been haunted by that terrible night. With Ali abducted and no trace of her found, suspicion clouds his life, even though he was never charged. Determined to move on, Ryan changes his name and enrols in law school.

During a summer trip to Italy, Ryan receives a shocking call: his missing car has been discovered, submerged in a lake in his hometown. Inside the car are two dead men. The only clue about Ali is a cryptic note, the envelope in her handwriting stating, “If something happens to me…”

Stunned by the news, Ryan spots the man who has haunted his nightmares since Ali’s disappearance. But how could this be possible, so far from home? His quest for answers takes him to England and France, yet the truth might lie with two very different individuals back in the USA.

The Mother – T.M Logan

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer
The Mother by T.M Logan –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

There’s something about the premise of this book that just calls out to me. Maybe it’s the fact that as human beings we have little to no control over what happens in our lives. In this story, this mother’s life was thrown off balance in an instant. According to the raving reviews, ‘The Mother’ will have you turning pages like your life depends on it, and finishes off with one hell of a twist. 100% Summer TBR material.

Synopsis:

You wake up to find your husband dead, and YOU are the prime suspect. Your children have been taken away, your life thrown into chaos, and you can barely remember anything about the night you lost everything.

Ten years later, you are released from prison. What do you do? Do you accept your fate and your conviction, leaving your children to be raised by someone else?

Or do you stop at nothing to uncover the truth about what really happened that night and reclaim your family?

What Lies Between Us – John Marrs

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

Time to throw in some recommendations, based on my own reading experience. What Lies Between Us was the first book I read by John Marrs. I cannot recommend it enough. It took me on a ride and then some.  With the change of POVs between mother and daughter, I kept second-guessing my own judgement of character. It’s that well-written. I literally did not know who was the guilty party, and the twists had me doing mental backflips. If you only add one thriller to your summer TBR, make sure it’s this one, and then for good measure, make sure you read it. 

You can find my review here!

Synopsis:

Nina harbours an unforgivable grudge against Maggie, one she’s determined to never release. She’s equally resolved never to let Maggie escape.

As the saying goes, every house conceals its own secrets, and the one Maggie and Nina have long shared is no exception. The difference is that these secrets are not buried in the past. 

Their peculiar routine unfolds;  dinner together every other night, followed by Nina’s assistance in escorting Maggie back to the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Maggie must pay for the transgressions she’s committed against Nina, it is time for her to pay the price.

Yet, lurking in the shadows of their shared history are things Nina remains blissfully unaware of, and Maggie is hell-bent on maintaining that ignorance, even if it kills her.

In this house, the truth is more dangerous than lying.

Keep It In The Family – John Marrs

Keep It In The Family by John Marrs –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

My second recommendation by John Marrs is just as brilliant as my first. While I’ve read several of his books, these two truly stand out. I have to say, this one is DARK, in every sense of the word. After reading the first chapter, I thought, ‘I can’t possibly continue, right?’ Wrong. I read it, loved it, and was both thrilled and disturbed that someone could write something like this. I’ll let you be the judge.

Once again, it’s full of twists and jaw-dropping revelations. You can find my review here!

Synopsis:

Mia and Finn renovate their dream home, but a shocking message hints at a sinister past. Investigating, they uncover the house’s history as a murder site. Despite the trauma, Mia can’t let go of the past, fixated on the crimes above them. As they unearth a dark truth, Mia becomes desperate for answers, willing to confront previous tenants to protect her family. The danger, however, looms terrifyingly close, and she must navigate the secrets shrouding the attic to unveil the mystery.

His And Hers – Alice Feeney

His And Hers by Alice Feeney –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

I had to add ‘His And Hers’ to our list, simply because this book keeps popping up everywhere. Every time I open Amazon, it’s there staring at me. And, it’s on Kindle Unlimited, so chances are I will read it at some point between sitting at the beach or lounging by the pool while on my holidays in Portugal this July.

Reviews describe it as dark, twisted and oh-so-good. Yep, I will definitely read it. 

Synopsis:

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.

Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown Village, newsreader Anna Andrews is hesitant to cover the case. Her ex-husband, DCI Jack Harper, initially suspects her involvement, but soon finds himself a suspect in the murder investigation.

Someone is lying, and some secrets are worth killing for.

Every Move You Make – C.L Taylor

Every Move You Make by C.L Taylor –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

I have a friend who keeps recommending C.L Taylor, and after reading the synopsis of ‘Every Move You Make’ I just had to add it to my Summer TBR. Finally giving this author a go, and I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. 

The only way to stop a stalker is to become one yourself? I mean if that doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what will.

Synopsis:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

Alexandra, Lucy, Bridget, River, and Natalie—five friends who wish they’d never met. What binds them together is the worst part of their lives: they are all being stalked.

When one of them is murdered just days after their stalker is released from prison, time stands still. They know their lives could end just as brutally at any moment—all it takes is for their worst fears to catch up with them.

Receiving a threat that one of them will die in ten days, their daily terror becomes all-consuming. But they refuse to remain victims—it’s time to turn the tables and seek revenge.

Because the only way to stop a stalker is to become one yourself…

Just Between Us – Adele Parks

Just Between Us by Adele Parks
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

Adele Parks is one of those authors whose books are all over TikTok and Instagram, yet I’ve never read any of her work. After some research, I discovered that ‘Just Between Us’ boasts an impressive number of 5-star reviews. Described as a dark and compelling thriller, it’s exactly what you are looking for—impossible to put down!

Synopsis:

Lost. Missing. Murdered?

And both her husbands are suspects…

The entire nation is captivated by the scandal of bigamist Kylie Gillingham’s disappearance. Being married to two men was a huge risk. But did she run away, or was she taken? Is she dead or alive?

Both husbands insisted she was their everything until she vanished. But DC Clements knows that love is just a step away from hate, and either can drive people to the cruellest acts.

Only one person knew her secret. Did they make her pay the ultimate price?

The Wrong Daughter – Dandy Smith

The Wrong Daughter
by Dandy Smith –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

Oh, the synopsis of this book gave me the chills. Which is exactly what you want when in search of the perfect thriller.  There’s a reader online who reviewed this book and stated that not only was ‘The Wrong Daughter’ her favourite book of the year, but also her favourite of the decade. I mean I need to see for myself if this book is THAT good. I will let you know.

Synopsis:

The phone starts vibrating in my hand. It’s my father. He never calls. Pulse racing, I sit up in bed and answer. “Caitlin,” he says. “You need to come to the house. Right now. It’s Olivia. She’s back.”

On the night Caitlin and Olivia’s parents leave for a dinner party, both girls are excited about finally being old enough to stay home alone.

What they don’t see is the figure watching them through the open window. And after they fall asleep, this figure turns the handle of the unlocked back door.

When their parents return, they find Olivia’s bed empty. Their eldest daughter is gone. Never to return—until now.

But is the woman who claims to be Olivia really who she says she is? Is everything Caitlin said she saw that night the whole truth?

The family has dreamed of this moment, but both sisters are keeping more than one secret. What price will they all pay if they believe the wrong daughter?

The Intruders – Louise Jensen

The Intruders by Louise Jensen –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

You know, I’m a sucker for stories that involve houses with a dark history and innocent new tenants, who despite the warnings, refuse to pack their bags and get the hell out of there. 

The Intruders has been described as ‘a galloping pulse-pounder’ by Heat. Well, it would be rude not to read, in my opinion.

Synopsis:

They were told to leave. They should have listened.

The perfect opportunity…

Cass and James have been saving for a deposit on their own home for so long that a manor house available rent-free to house-sitters is an offer too good to miss.

Despite being abandoned for almost thirty years after a home invasion left almost all the inhabitants dead, it seems like an amazing chance for them to build their future.

But is it worth the price?

Shortly after moving in, things take a sinister turn. Objects disappear and reappear in odd places, the clock always stops at the same time, the house feels strangely oppressive, and sometimes it seems like Cass and James are not alone.

Newington House may have bad energy and a dark reputation. But surely there’s no reason for history to repeat itself, right?

Ask For Andrea – Noelle W Ihli

Ask For Andrea – By Noelle W Ihli
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

I read ‘Ask For Andrea’ back in April. Since then, I’ve recommended it countless times, and since then, countless readers and friends have got back to me thanking me for such a great recommendation. It was that good. 

You can read my review here!

Synopsis: 

Three women, Meghan, Brecia, and Skye, share a grim connection—they were all victims of the same man’s murderous spree. Online, he lured them in with the guise of an eligible bachelor, only to end their first dates with a trip to a shallow grave. Despite three successful murders, his next victims may not be so easy to claim, as Meghan, Brecia, and Skye unite beyond the grave, determined to halt his killing spree. The hunt is on, as these women seek justice from beyond the realm of the living.

I Will Find You – Harlan Coben

I Will Find You by Harlan Coben –
15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

I bought ‘I Will Find You’ back in January while I was in the UK, and it’s been staring at me from my bookshelf ever since. So without a doubt, this will be the first thriller I read this summer. 

I’ve never read any of Harlan’s books, but I have watched a few of his TV adaptations. So looking forward to diving into this one, possibly before it’s turned into a Netflix TV show.

Synopsis: 

David and Cheryl Burroughs are living the dream—married, with a beautiful house in the suburbs and a three-year-old son named Matthew—when tragedy strikes in the worst possible way.

David wakes up covered in blood, but it’s not his own—it’s his son’s. Despite knowing he didn’t murder his son, the overwhelming evidence against him lands him in prison indefinitely.

Five years into his imprisonment, Cheryl’s sister arrives with a bombshell.

She has a photograph taken by a friend on vacation at a theme park. In the background, the boy seems familiar. Even though David knows it can’t be, he realises it is.

It’s Matthew, and he’s still alive.

Have a thrilling summer and like always, happy reading!

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