15 Best Mystery Novels & Thrillers of 2020

2020 best mystery and thriller books novels

The 2020 new releases have included so many fantastically twisty and suspenseful mystery and thriller books. I’m having a lot of fun (and a lot of late nights spent reading instead of sleeping!) going through these titles.

Here’s my list of the best bets for 2020. This list is based on my personal preferences, early reviews for soon to be released books, and others’ reviews that I’ve read. I’ll be updating it as more books get released through the year, so stay tuned!

The Guest List
Lucy Foley | William Morrow

What It's About: The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher...

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Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Home Before Dark
Riley Sager | Dutton

What It's About: In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?

What was it like? Living in that house...

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Publication Date: June 30, 2020

A Good Marriage
Kimberly McCreight | Harper

What It's About: Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call...

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Invisible Girl
Lisa Jewell | Atria Books

What It's About: The author of the “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs returns with another taut and white-knuckled thriller following a group of people whose lives shockingly intersect when a young woman disappears.

Owen Pick’s life is falling apart...

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

The Sun Down Motel
Simone St. James | Berkley

What It's About: The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel...

Publication Date: February 18, 2020

Moonflower Murders (Susan Ryeland #2)
Anthony Horowitz

What It's About: Featuring his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders, a brilliantly complex literary thriller by Anthony Horowitz. The follow-up to Magpie Murders.

Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is living the good life. She is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her longterm boyfriend Andreas...

Publication Date: January 1, 1970

Mexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Del Rey

What It's About: An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar)...

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Publication Date: June 30, 2020

The Boy from the Woods
Harlan Coben | Grand Central Publishing

What It's About: Dertig jaar geleden werd er een kind gevonden in de bossen, een kleine jongen. Hij was volkomen verwilderd en had geen idee wie hij was of hoe hij in de bossen terecht was gekomen. De naamloze jongen werd Wilde gedoopt.

Nu is er weer een kind verdwenen, Naomi Pine, maar niemand is er zeker van of het meisje niet gewoon een soort uit de hand gelopen verstoppertje speelt...

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

The Night Swim
Megan Goldin | St. Martin's Press

What It's About: After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help...

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

The Shadows
Alex North | Celadon Books

What It's About: The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man

You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile--always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet--and inspired more than one copycat...

Publication Date: July 7, 2020

One by One
Ruth Ware | Gallery/Scout Press

What It's About: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.

Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm...

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

One of Us Is Next
Karen M. McManus | Delacorte Press

What It's About: The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There's a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there's a whole new set of rules.

Come on, Bayview, you know you've missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could...

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

The Last Flight
Julie Clark | Sourcebooks Landmark


Two women. Two Flights. One last chance to disappear.

Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious...

Publication Date: June 23, 2020

2020 best mystery and thriller books novels

2020 best mystery and thriller books novels

2020 best mystery and thriller books novels