If you’re an avid fan of thriller fiction, chances are you devour books like a kid devours candy. You only need to get hooked once and you suddenly find yourself constantly yearning for stories that are intense, suspenseful, and mysterious.
And the more books you read, the more difficult it becomes to find one that you haven’t read yet. So it’s great that there are tons of thriller writers who are always up for the challenge to satisfy your literary cravings.
Best New Thriller Books
Ready to dive into some mystery and mayhem? From unrestrained crime thrillers to psychological page-turners, below is a list of new thrillers books released in 2022.
1. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Jess, ever the bad decision-maker, leaves her job under less than ideal circumstances. Broke and alone, she decides to travel all the way to Paris and crash with her half-brother Ben. But when she shows up at his very nice apartment, Ben is nowhere to be found.
The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess digs into his disappearance. But it’s difficult to search for clues when the neighbors are downright hostile. They know something, and it’s up to Jess to find out exactly what.
2. A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
When Chloe Davis was only 12, six teenage girls went missing in her town during the summer. Her father confessed to the crimes, leaving her family shattered.
Now Chloe’s all grown up and preparing for her wedding. Determined to keep the happiness she’s worked hard to achieve, everything needs to be perfect. But then a local girl goes missing, quickly followed by another.
For the second time in her life, is Chloe about to confront another killer?
3. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Meroe island lies in the middle of the Pacific, far away from anything else. It’s a paradise with a history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and murder—the perfect place for an adventure.
A party of six settle down for the perfect vacation—until a stranger sails in looking for a different kind of relaxation. Cracks begin to emerge as each couple is revealed to be not as perfect as they claim.
When one of them goes missing and another ends up dead, those remaining begin to wonder what darkness lies beneath this sunny paradise.
4. Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Nine people receive a list with their names on it in the mail. They don’t know each other, they each have different professions, and they’re located all over the country. They dismiss the list as junk.
But then horrible things begin happening to the people on the list. First, a well-liked man is found drowned in Maine. Then a man is shot in the back in suburban Massachusetts.
FBI agent Jessica Winslow, also on the list, seeks to find the connection between all of them. As she struggles to identify what binds them all, she must also discover whose name will be crossed off next.
5. The Maid by Nita Prose
Molly Gray struggles with social skills and regularly misreads other people’s intentions. With the help of her gran, she learns how to navigate the world. Gran’s been dead for a few months, but Molly’s coping just fine and focusing on her job as a hotel maid… that is, until she enters a suite and finds the infamous Charles Black dead in his bed.
And because of her unusual demeanor, the police quickly peg Molly as the culprit. Good thing she has friends to help her crack the case before she’s sent away for a crime she didn’t do.
6. The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
In 1977, two men were killed seemingly at random, but with the same gun. The prime suspect, rich and eccentric Beth Greer, was acquitted and subsequently isolated herself in her mansion.
Fast forward to 2017: Shea Collins runs the Book of Cold Cases, a true-crime website she started to cope with trauma from her past. In need of a story for the site, she asks Beth for an interview and is surprised to be granted one at Beth’s residence.
But unseen dangers lurk in Beth’s mansion. And the deeper Shea dives into the case, the more she worries that she’s being manipulated by a stone-cold killer.
7. The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
New Year’s Eve, 1999. Four teenagers working late at a Blockbuster Video are attacked and only one survives. Police quickly identify the culprit, the boyfriend of one of the victims, but he flees before they can arrest him.
Fifteen years later, teenagers are once again attacked, this time in an ice cream store. Again, only one of them survives.
Now FBI agent Sarah Keller must delve into the events of both nights, looking for a connection. To do so she must stir up the memories of the first survivor and the brother of the accused, who has always maintained his brother’s innocence.
8. Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner
Helen lives an idyllic life in London’s upscale Greenwich Park. The only thing missing is a child she and her husband can dote on. And after suffering multiple miscarriages, their dream is finally on the way.
Everything’s thrown out of the loop when Helen meets the reckless, single mother-to-be Rachel in maternity class. She smokes, drinks, and is the opposite of everything maternal—but she’s always fun to be with.
As their friendship grows, Rachel’s behavior becomes more erratic. Soon, Helen realizes that Rachel has a secret that could ruin all of their lives.
9. The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen
Sam, Margaret, and Diana all bond after going through their divorces at the same time, but they don’t really know each other that well. Still, they plan a weekend getaway to distance themselves from their bad experiences.
Trouble starts when their car breaks down halfway into their trip. Stranded in a remote mountain town, they begin to realize how little they know about each other.
Then Diana fails to return after a night out, and an ex-boyfriend shows up. As odd coincidences pile up, they begin to realize that their unfortunate detour may not be an accident after all.
10. The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks
Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem like the perfect couple—until Marissa cheats. Now she’s desperate to fix things for the sake of their eight-year-old son, and because she loves her husband.
Avery Chambers is a therapist. And while she’s lost her license, her unorthodox methods are so successful that clients keep flocking to her door. From children of domineering parents to assault victims, she can help those desperate to leave their trauma behind.
And the Bishops are desperate. But as Avery looks deeper into their relationship, there is much more than any of them suspect.
11. The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub
Nora Howell, her husband, and their two daughters are eager for a fresh start. As newcomers to Brooklyn, they expected to live in a shoebox. But the brownstone they find is not only bright and gorgeous, but has a huge kitchen and a backyard.
The catch: its previous owners were victims of a triple homicide that remains unsolved. Strange things begin happening around the house and the eldest daughter becomes convinced that a stranger is watching them.
And one of the Howells will know his face, because one of them is hiding a secret that can shatter the family.
12. Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow
Farah Turner is one of only two black girls in her community, and the only one with black parents. The other girl, Cherish Whitman, was adopted by a wealthy white family.
Cherish’s parents spoil her at a level that even upper-class black parents can’t reach—something Farah likes to exploit. And when Farah’s family is unexpectedly faced with foreclosure, she is determined to embed herself in the Whitmans’ lives—even when strange things begin happening in their household.
But when the Whitmans take her in closer, she begins to wonder who’s really in control.
New Thriller Books in 2022
There are definitely a lot more must-read thriller books out there aside from the ones on this list. And the year’s still young, so expect tons more to be released. That’s probably going to be more than you can read, but still, if you’re a book lover, you’ll probably put a respectable dent on your reading list this year.
Whether you’re looking for serial killers, deranged cults, cozy murders, and other thriller staples, I hope you find this list helpful. Happy reading!
Cole is a blog writer and aspiring novelist. He has a degree in Communications and is an advocate of media and information literacy and responsible media practices. Aside from his interest in technology, crafts, and food, he’s also your typical science fiction and fantasy junkie, spending most of his free time reading through an ever-growing to-be-read list. It’s either that or procrastinating over actually writing his book. Wish him luck!