5 Types of Suspenseful Reads

Want to learn more about the suspense genre, but aren’t sure which type is the right for you? You’ll definitely want to check out this guide to suspenseful reads to help find the perfect book to add to your collection.

Psychological Thriller

Featuring mind-bending twists and turns, this genre will always keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering just where things will go next!

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Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

 

 

Domestic Noir

There’s no place like home…right? These tales unearth the dark secrets between families and couples that reveal things aren’t always as happy as they seem.

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Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

They built a life on lies 

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

 

 

Romantic Suspense

For those of you who want a touch of romance with their mystery, this genre tends to end with a happily ever after.

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Gone in the Night by Anna J. Stewart

Psychologist Allie Hollister is still haunted by the unsolved death of her childhood best friend. She never expects her past to meet her present when a young patient is abducted and the cold case is reopened. Allie knows she shouldn’t get involved, but the child’s uncle, firefighter Max Kellan, needs her as much as she needs him.

Once, Max simply wanted to put his past to rest; now he demands nothing short of justice. As he and secretive, sexy Allie track a lethal criminal, their chemistry is an undeniable adrenaline rush. Their attraction will be put to the test when they confront their most dangerous threat yet: the truth.

 

 

 

Cozy Mystery

If you love less explicit stories featuring small communities and amateur detectives, you definitely want to check out Cozy Mysteries!

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Fashionably Late by Lisa Q. Mathews

It’s murder she wore…

Sporting a chic Florida outfit and designer baubles, seasoned model Angelica Downs belonged on the runway…not in the morgue. Summer Smythe and Dorothy Westin are determined to retrace her final moments—right up to her desperate plea for help.

The Ladies pin their suspects down to just a few questionable characters. But why would anyone target such a seemingly sweet, lovely woman?

To lure the murderer—and perhaps some accessories of the criminal kind—the Ladies hit Milano Fashion Week, even organizing their own charity event at Hisbiscus Pointe. Killer fashion may be this season’s drop-dead look, but Summer and Dorothy will be wearing little black funeral dresses if they don’t pin down the culprit soon.

 

 

Hard-Boiled Mystery

Unlike Cozy Mystery, this genre is all about gritty realism. There’s no shying away from the darker sides of humanity when you’re diving into these reads!

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A Devil’s Bargain by Jonathan Watkins

The devil you know…

Darren Fletcher and Issabella Bright are finally getting some romantic alone time when a letter arrives from the Fletcher Group. Luther, Darren’s brother and corrupt coheir to the ancient firm that Darren renounced years ago, has asked Darren to stop investigating the firm’s shady business dealings.

But a call from a friend in crisis means he has no time to brood about his past.

…is in the details

Theresa, the owner of Winkle’s Tavern, and one of Darren’s only friends, is the prime suspect in a murder that happened outside her bar. The victim is unknown to both Darren and Izzy, but the black key card in his wallet isfamiliar. Darren has one just like it; they’re given to all associates of the Fletcher Group.

Izzy knows that Darren won’t stop until he’s figured out exactly how Luther is involved in Theresa’s arrest. But it’s an older case, the one that derailed Darren’s career and haunts him to this day, that ultimately threatens all they’ve worked so hard to build.

 

What’s your favorite suspenseful genre? Let us know in the comments below!

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