Best Thriller Books of 2022: The Most Anticipated Titles

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It’s thriller book season again. From psychological thrillers to crime thrillers, thriller fans won’t be disappointed by this list. 

Thriller books are some of the most suspenseful and exciting novels that you can read. They keep you on the edge of your seat, constantly guessing what will happen next. 

With incredible plot twists you’ll never see coming and psychological elements that will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime, these thriller books are top picks.

If you’re looking for your next thriller fix, look no further! These are the most anticipated thriller books of the year.

Happy Reading!

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Most Popular Thrillers 2022

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The Younger Wife

 by Sally Hepworth

On Sale: April 5, 2022

Sally Hepworth’s latest novel is a domestic suspense story about the tangled vines of family secrets. Heart surgeon Stephen Aston is getting married again, but his daughters Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets – and who their father really is. With their mother in a precarious position, the sisters want to know about Heather, Stephen’s new wife and younger than both of them. As they all close in on the truth, dangerous secrets are revealed that could have explosive consequences. The Younger Wife is a smart, suspenseful story about family dynamics and the power of secrets. It will keep you glued to the pages until the very end.

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The It Girl

by Ruth Ware

On Sale: July 12, 2022

An atmospheric and suspenseful murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware. Hannah Jones befriends April Clarke-Cliveden, the It girl of their group of friends, and she quickly pulls Hannah into her orbit. Until in the second term of their studies, April is found dead. A decade later, Hannah’s world is rocked when new evidence comes to light. As she reconnects with old friends and investigates the new evidence, she realizes that everyone she thought she knew has something to hide…including a murder.

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The Cartographers

 by Peng Shepherd

On Sale: March 15, 2022

Nell Young’s life revolves around maps. As the daughter of a legendary cartographer, she grew up hearing stories about the power of maps and the adventures they can take you on. When her father is suddenly killed, Nell discovers that he was hiding a map – one that leads to a mysterious collector who has been destroying every copy he can find. Determined to uncover the secret behind the collector’s obsession, Nell sets out on a dangerous journey that will take her to the truth about her family’s dark history.

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An Honest Lie

 by Tarryn Fisher

On Sale: April 26, 2022

In this seething, gut-punch of a thriller, Rainy is forced to revisit her own past in order to save her friend Braithe. Living at the top of Tiger Mountain, Rainy is able to hide from the disturbing past she wants to forget. But when Braithe doesn’t return to the hotel room after a night in Vegas, Rainy gets a text message from her phone saying that someone has her – and Rainy knows why.

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Top Domestic Thrillers 2022

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The Golden Couple

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

On Sale: March 8, 2022

Writing partners for over a decade, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, return with a story about a perfect couple who have it all until cracks in their seemingly flawless marriage appear. Marissa and Mathew Bishop are the golden couple-until Marissa cheats. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods. When therapy starts, all three are set on a collision course because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.

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The Paris Apartment

 by Lucy Foley

On Sale: February 22, 2022

From New York bestselling author Lucy Foley comes a locked room mystery about a girl who goes to Paris to her half brother in search of a new beginning. But when Jess arrives, he’s not there, and the longer Ben is away. With everyone suspecting each other and keeping their own secrets, Jess must find out what happened to Ben as she attempts to flee her history.

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I’ll Be You

by Janelle Brown

On Sale: April 26, 2022

The novel tells the story of Sam and Elli, two siblings who were once very close but have since grown apart. When their father calls out of the blue with news that Elli’s life has fallen apart, Sam sets out to find her sister and figure out what has happened. Along the way, she discovers that their bond is more complicated than she ever knew. I’ll Be You is a gripping tale of family, secrets, and betrayal that will keep readers hooked until the very end.

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Unmissing

Unmissing

 by Minka Kent

On Sale: February 15, 2022

Merritt Coletto and her husband, Luca, have a perfect life until one night, Lydia, Luca’s first wife, presumed dead, knocks on their door and tells the tortuous story of her kidnapping.

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Most anticipated thrillers of 2022
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The Lies I Tell

 by Julie Clark

On Sale: June 21, 2022

A domestic thriller that explores the lives of two women who are determined to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future. The story follows con artist Meg Williams, who uses different identities to con unsuspecting people out of their money. When she comes up against Kat Roberts, a woman who has been waiting for years for her to return, the two begin a cat-and-mouse game that will have you guessing until the very end.

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Debut Thriller Books 2022

A Flicker in The Dark

A Flicker in the Dark

 by Stacy Willingham

On Sale: March 15, 2022

A brilliant debut thriller about a young woman who must confront her past when teenage girls go missing in her small Louisiana town. When Chloe Davis was twelve, six young women disappeared from her village. Her father confessed his crime leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to figure out what happened and try to go on. Now twenty years have passed, and Chloe is about to marry, but when a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, Chloe begins to fear that history may be repeating itself. As she begins to investigate, she must confront her dark past and the secrets that have been buried for two decades.

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Other People's Clothes

Other People’s Clothes

by Calla Henkel

On Sale: February 1, 2022

Zoe Beech flies to Berlin to avoid thinking about the recent death of her best friend, relying on the plans of fellow exchange student Hailey Mader, an aspiring art star. Jumping at the opportunity of a high-ceilinged prewar sublet by well-known thriller writer Beatrice Becks, they also enter on a spiral of events taking a turn for the worse.

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Greenwich Park

by Katherine Faulkner

On Sale: January 25. 2022

Helen’s life starts changing as she attends her first prenatal class and becomes friends with Rachel, an unpredictable single mother-to-be who might destroy her perfect life.

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Psychological Thrillers 2022

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Reckless Girls

by Rachel Hawkins

On Sale: January 4. 2022

For fans of The Wife Upstairs,  Rachel Hawkins returns with a deliciously wicked gothic suspense.  When Lux and her boyfriend are hired to sail two women on an isolated Pacific island, it appears like a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. But then it begins to feel as though the island is forcing them on a perilous journey of discovery.

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Fake

by Erica Katz

On Sale: February 22, 2022

Emma Caan is a fake. She’s a forger, and an artist specialized in nineteenth-century paintings commissioned by museums and ultra-wealthy collectors looking to preserve their assets. When oligarch art collector Leonard Sobetsky unexpectedly arrives with an invitation, Emma sees an opportunity. But every invitation comes with its own strings attached. As she gets pulled deeper into Leonard’s opulent world, she will discover what lies beneath the glitz and glamour.

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Insomnia

by Sarah Pinborough

Mystery & Thriller
On Sale: April 12, 2022

As her fortieth birthday approaches, Emma stops sleeping. Her mother stopped sleeping just before her own fortieth birthday. She went mad and did the unthinkable because of it. As Emma’s insomnia worsens, she starts to experience terrifying hallucinations. Is it the demons of her past that are coming back to haunt her? Or is something more sinister waiting in the darkness?

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Mystery Thrillers 2022

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The Book of Cold Cases

 by Simone St. James

On Sale: March 15, 2022

In 1977, two men were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Today, Shea Collins, a true-crime blogger has the chance to interview Beth Greer, the woman acquitted of the murders. As they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a ruthless murderer or is there another threat lurking in the darkness of the Greer home?

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The Club

by Ellery Lloyd

On Sale: March 1, 2022

Behind the glamour and glitz, the members of the Home Group are hiding dangerous secrets. As the body count piles up, some of the guests will begin to wish they’d never made the guest list.

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This Might Hurt

 by Stephanie Wrobel

On Sale: February 22, 2022

Guests at Wisewood’s private island off the coast of Maine sign up for six-month stays. They’re not permitted to communicate with the outside world during this time so that they may discover their “maximized selves.” But after Kit Collins has checked into Wisehood for six months, her sister Natalie gets a frightening e-mail from a Wisewood account threatening to expose the secret she’s been keeping from Kit.

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead

by Elle Cosimano

On Sale: February 1, 2022

Be ready for the funny and heart-pounding sequel to Finlay Donovan is Killing It. Finlay Donovan struggles to complete her next book and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the brighter side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to help her out, as well as the only dead body she’s dealt recently is that of her daughter’s pet goldfish. With the deadline for her next book looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is at the end of her rope. She can only pray there isn’t a noose at the end of it.

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Run Rose Run

by Dolly Parton & James Patterson

On Sale: March 7, 2022

AnnieLee Keyes is a young songwriter on the run. She’s come to Nashville to fulfill her destiny- but it doesn’t turn out to be the escape she was looking for.

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Crime Thrillers 2022

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The Night Shift

by Alex Finlay

On Sale: March 1, 2022

With its fast-paced plot, The Night Shift is a page-turner twisty thriller you won’t be able to put down. On New Year’s Eve in 1999 four adolescent girls working the late shift are assaulted, only one of them survives and a suspect vanishes without a trace. Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage employees working late at an ice cream store are murdered, and only one of them survives. Both survivors recall the murderer uttering just a few final remarks before he left: “Goodnight, pretty girl.”

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The Maid

 by Nita Prose

On Sale: January 4, 2022

In this utterly original debut novel, solving the mystery of a guest found murdered in her bed will turn upside down the life of an unconventional hotel maid, Molly Gray.

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A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons

by Kate Khavari

On Sale: March 1, 2022

A fast-paced mystery set in 1923 London. A research assistant named Saffron must use her knowledge of botany to clear her mentor’s name after he is accused of poisoning a professor’s wife. Along the way, she must navigate the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field and deal with the expectations of society. This entertaining examination of society’s expectations is perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery.

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What Happened to the Bennetts

 by Lisa Scottoline

On Sale: March 29, 2022

After being carjacked at gunpoint by members of a dangerous drug-trafficking organization, the Bennetts are forced to enter the witness protection program. But WITSEC was not designed to protect law-abiding families, and the Bennetts quickly fall apart. Jason Bennett realizes that he must take matters into his own hands if he wants to save his family.

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Nine Lives

 by Peter Swanson

On Sale: March 15, 2022

Nine strangers receive a list that predicts who will die next and they all have one thing in common. FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out.

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Homicide and Halo-Halo

 by Mia P. Manansala

On Sale: February 8, 2022

Lila’s little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she previously won—a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin/rival Bernadette. However, when the pageant’s head judge is murdered and Bernadette is charged with the crime, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case.

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MYSTERY AND THRILLERS 2022

I hope you had fun exploring what in my opinion are the best thrillers worth reading this year and, hopefully, this list will be useful to plan your next most thrilling reading list.

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