13 Can’t Miss Thrillers to Read Right Now

July 15, 2019
Jennifer Wattley
Riveted Editoral Board

Is there anything better than the gripping tension of a thriller? For me, the driving need to get to the next page, then the next, then the next until you’ve unraveled the mystery is one of the best parts of reading a thriller…even if I have to hide under the covers to do it! Here’s 13 can’t miss novels you’ve got to read if you’re a mystery fan like me.

13 Can’t Miss Thrillers to Read Right Now

1. The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Remy’s life was perfect. She had her boyfriend Jack and her best friend Elise who understood her better than anyone else in the world. But now, Jack is dead, shot through the chest, and it was Elise who pulled the trigger. As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her. Told in alternating timelines, this twisted psychologically thriller explores the dark side of obsessive friendship.

2. The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone

When recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship with Congressman Billy Beck in Washington, DC, he thinks it is his ticket out of small town captivity. He soon finds a friend and mentor in fellow staffer Ariel Lancaster, until she winds up dead…

As rumors and accusations about her death fly around Capitol Hill, Cameron’s low profile makes him the perfect candidate for an FBI investigation that he wants no part of. Before he knows it—and with his family’s future at stake—he discovers DC’s darkest secrets as he races to expose a deadly conspiracy.

If it doesn’t get him killed first.

3. All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

Amanda Kelly is the daughter of small town social climbers, dating real estate heir Carter Shaw. Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend against her Christian fundamentalist parents by carrying on a fake relationship with Carter on the side. Now, Amanda and Rosalie are roped into a bid to take Carter down and unmask their stalker, known as Private, before Private uproots their lives.

4. The Sisterhood by A.J. Grainger

Seventeen-year-old Lil’s heart was broken when her sister Mella disappeared. There’s been no trace or sighting of her since she vanished, so when Lil sees a girl lying in the road near her house she thinks for a heart-stopping moment that it’s Mella.

5. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

6. I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas

For high school seniors Anna, her boyfriend, Tate, and her best friend, Elise, spring break in Aruba is a dream come true. But this paradise goes south very quickly when Elise is found murdered. Now, Anna finds herself stuck as the primary suspect in this murder trial, not knowing who to trust and who to turn to.

7. Four-Letter Word by Christa Desir

Eight friends. One game. A dozen regrets. And a night that will ruin them all, in this high stakes gripping story of manipulation and innocence lost, from the author of Bleed Like Me.

8. A Void the Size of the World by Rachelle Alpine


Rhylee has to face the consequences of her actions after her sister disappears into the dark woods…and never comes home.

9. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten


Sasha does something to protect her best friend, however, what she does may haunt her for the rest of her life. Her best friend, Xavier, wants to help her but doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Then there’s, Ivy, just as twisted as vines spiraling on a house. All three of their stories come together and start something that will change everything, even to the point where no one knows what is made up or true.

10. Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill


A young con artist poses as Daniel Tate, a boy who went missing years ago. His family is thrilled he’s returned to them, but the young con man soon comes to find out that Daniel’s life and family isn’t all they seem.

11. Strange Truth by Maggie Thrash


After a cheerleader hurls herself off a bridge into the Chattahoochee River, Benny and Virginia go on a fact finding mission to uncover the reasons why.

12. Strange Lies by Maggie Thrash


Benny and Virginia are back doing their best to find out whether the maiming of the Winship Academy student body president was an accident or intentional.

13. Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger


Four friends gather in the woods for a weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie go horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense.

Looking for a bit more mystery? Check out these must-read mysteries you won’t be able to put down until the crime is solved.

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