Caution: The best new thriller books are so addicting you’ll find yourself glued to the page. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Summer is here, which means it’s time to curl up poolside with a good book.
Of course, my summer reading list is full of all the best new thriller books I could find.
If you are a fan of page-turning mysteries, you’ll love this list of all the best summer thrillers of 2022. On my search for the best thrillers books of the year, I’ve included all the best thriller books I could find.
Whether you are looking for the best new psychological thriller books or prefer a good domestic mystery, there’s something for everyone!
New Psychological Thriller Books
Ruth Ware always tops my list of best new thriller books with her suspenseful writing. April was the first person Hannah met at Oxford, and they quickly became inseparable with their group of friends until April was killed. A decade after April’s murder, Hannah learns that the recently deceased convicted killer may have been innocent. With a journalist probing for details and the murderer likely still out there, Hannah reconnects with her old friend group to uncover their long-buried secrets.
A list of the best new thriller books of summer 2022 would not be complete without a new release from Riley Sager. After a slew of negative press, a recently widowed actress retreats to her family’s Vermont lake house. Casey passes the time spying on her neighbors across the lake: Tom the rich tech innovator and his gorgeous wife Katherine, a former model. When Casey and Katherine become friends, she realizes their marriage isn’t as idyllic as she assumed and becomes even more suspicious when Katherine disappears.
As a politician, Emma knows it only takes one slip-up to ruin your reputation. When her teenage daughter is bullied and a classmate commits suicide, Emma lobbies to tighten laws against online bullying. After a dead body is found in Emma’s house, she must do everything in her power to protect her family and save her reputation.
When Ariel Price wakes up in Lisbon, her husband’s side of the bed is empty. She immediately knows something is wrong. But as she goes to hotel security, the police, the American embassy, she begins to realize that she doesn’t know nearly as much about her new husband as she should. Why is he even in Lisbon and why did he bring her on his business trip? The clock is ticking and Ariel becomes so desperate she might even turn for help to the last person she ever wanted to ask.
Meg. Maggie. Melody. Whatever name she’s using at the moment, she’s a con artist who slides into your life and takes everything when she leaves. Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years to expose the con artist who upended her life. Yet, when the con artist returns, Kat finds matters much more complicated than she realized.
ICYMI: Psychological Thrillers From Spring 2022
New Mystery Thriller Novels
David Baldacci will keep you on your toes with one of the best new thriller books of summer 2022. Every day, Travis Devine takes the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan, staring out at all the mansions of the uber-wealthy. When his coworker and former girlfriend is found dead in a storage room at their investment firm, Travis is forced to secretly investigate the firm, uncovering a high stakes conspiracy that lands him directly in the crosshairs of a killer.
While protecting a judge getting death threats, newly US Marshal Andrea Oliver can’t resist investigating a cold case. On prom night in 1982, the popular Emily Vaughn is killed. Emily was hiding a secret, but her wealthy family and friends closed ranks after her gruesome murder. Not Andrea is determined to use her powers to find out what happened to Emily.
Even after a decade in her small North Carolina mountain town, Abigail Lovett feels like an outsider. Known for its outdoor recreation, Cutter’s Pass also has a history of mysterious disappearances. When a man arrives looking for his missing brother, the town closes ranks and Abigail learns how much she doesn’t know about her friends and coworkers.
In the sequel to her hit thriller, The Sanatorium, Sarah Pearse returns with a new mystery for Detective Elin Warner. Back from her extended leave, Elin investigates a woman who fell to her death at an eco-wellness retreat on an island off the English coast. When another guest dies, Elin begins to suspect something more is going on, possibly tied to the island’s past connection to a serial killer.
On her first assignment as a secret agent, Emma Makepeace has 12 hours to deliver the son of a Russian dissident into protective custody. When Russian assassins hack into the city’s widespread security camera network, Emma must use all her training and skill to deliver him across town without being spotted.
My list of the best new thriller books of summer 2022 would not be complete without this exciting debut from the host of the true podcast Crime Junkie. When she was six years old, Margot’s next-door neighbor and best friend, January, was murdered in their small hometown. Now a big-city journalist, Margot returns home to help care for her uncle when another girl disappears. Determined to find the missing girl and solve January’s murder, Margot begins to wonder how well she knows her neighbors.
ICYMI: Mystery Thrillers From Spring 2022
New Domestic Thriller Books
In a sequel to her dark thriller, The Family Upstairs, Lucy takes center stage. Living in London with her two children, Lucy is trying to help the family process their traumatic past, thinking she got away with the murder of her ex-husband, Michael. The police suspect gang influences, but Michael’s wife Ruth knows Lucy is the real killer and will let nothing stop her from proving it.
After a resurgence of popularity, E. Lockhart has penned a prequel to her TikTok sensation We Were Liars (a book I wholeheartedly recommend). Every summer, the Sinclair family vacations on their private island off the coast of Massachusetts. In Family of Liars, Lockhart takes you back a generation, to the parents’ youthful summer of secrets and sorrows that ends in betrayal, mistakes, and lasting consequences.
When Paris Peralta is arrested for her celebrity husband’s murder, found covered in blood standing over his dead body holding a straight razor, she knows she’s looking at a murder charge. Yet, Paris is more worried about her past secrets. Twenty-five years ago, Ruby Reyes was convicted for a similar murder in Canada. Unexpectedly released from prison, Ruby threatens to expose Paris’s past, which might force Paris to face two murder charges.
D. J. Palmer
While on vacation to New York City, Michael Hart is shocked when his wife, Natalie, and their kids disappear. When he realizes she left voluntarily after discovering secrets about his past, Michael will stop at nothing to find them. Meanwhile, Natalie’s escape plan hits a hurdle when she begins to have crippling insomnia which makes her question who she can trust.
Although from the outside her life appears perfect with all the trappings of success, Leah knows that you can never know what goes on behind closed doors. When Leah notices another woman, McKenna, whose life seems headed down a similar path, she surreptitiously begins to watch over her. Despite having never met, Leah decides that even if she can’t save herself, she might be able to save McKenna.
ICYMI: Domestic Thrillers From Winter 2022
Bestselling Mystery & Thriller Series
More Upcoming Thriller Books of 2022
Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
The sixth entry in the Cormoran Strike series has the private investigator and his partner Robin involved in another twisted case.
Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus
An intern at a true-crime show investigates the unsolved murder of one of her high school teachers with the help of her ex-best friend.
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
While celebrating Nana’s 80th birthday on a remote island, the members of the Darker family begin dying one by one.
The Butcher and The Wren by Alaina Urquhart
In the Louisiana bayou, forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller gets drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a brutal serial killer.
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
A small superstitious town is rocked when a suspected killer returns to bury his mother and confront his high school sweetheart.
The Prisoner by B. A. Paris
After marrying a billionaire with a lavish lifestyle, a woman wakes up a prisoner in a pitch-black room and begins to feel safer than she was with her husband.
Which of the best new thriller books are you most excited to read?