Let’s step into the captivating world of literature, where mystery, thriller, and suspense genres have long held readers spellbound. With their gripping plots, enigmatic characters, and heart-racing narratives, these books have earned a special place on the bookshelves of countless readers. In this article, we’re delving deep into Amazon’s most-sold mystery, thriller, and suspense books to date. Get ready to unravel the secrets, twists, and turns of these literary gems that have kept audiences on the edge of their seats. From established authors to emerging voices, these ten extraordinary tales have not only conquered bestseller lists but also left readers craving for more. Join us on this thrilling journey as we explore the top 10 most-sold mystery, thriller, and suspense books on Amazon so far.
10 Most-Sold Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Books On Amazon So Far
- “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
- “Verity” by Colleen Hoover
- “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
- “The Martian” by Andy Weir
- “The Housemaid” by Freida McFadden
- “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
- “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
- “Behind Closed Doors: A Novel” by B.A. Paris
- “When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel” by Barbara O’Neal
- “The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel” by Laura Dave
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
Caught up in a failed marriage and a lackluster life, Rachel becomes fascinated by a seemingly perfect couple she watches from the train every day. Her obsession takes a dark turn when she witnesses something shocking and finds herself entwined in a web of deceit and mystery. Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train” offers a chilling, fast-paced journey into unreliable memories, shocking betrayals, and the alarming truth that Rachel must face. A compelling exploration of voyeurism, self-deception, and the disturbing realities beneath picture-perfect facades, this psychological thriller leaves you holding your breath until the very end.
“Verity” by Colleen Hoover
Plunging into a gripping romantic thriller, an upcoming novelist finds herself in the opulent yet eerie home of a successful, but mysteriously incapacitated writer. Hired to complete the writer’s latest novel, she uncovers a horrifying manuscript that blurs the line between fiction and reality. “Verity” by Colleen Hoover masterfully intertwines romance, suspense, and a chilling exploration of obsession and manipulation. It’s a haunting narrative that keeps readers guessing about truth and illusion until the very last page. A masterful blend of sinister mystery and heart-stopping romance, Hoover’s novel is a harrowing journey into the human psyche.
“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
A renowned painter, Alicia Berenson, lives a seemingly perfect life until one evening she shoots her husband and falls silent. This chilling act of violence, followed by her refusal to speak, sparks public intrigue. Alicia’s story is intertwined with that of a criminal psychotherapist determined to make her talk and unravel the truth behind the murder. Alex Michaelides’ “The Silent Patient” is a riveting psychological thriller that explores the depths of obsession, manipulation, and the human mind. With an unexpected twist and a cleverly woven narrative, this novel keeps readers on edge till the very end.
“The Martian” by Andy Weir
Stranded on Mars after a disastrous mission leaves him presumed dead, astronaut Mark Watney battles against overwhelming odds to survive. Using scientific ingenuity, he works to signal Earth, hopeful of rescue. Andy Weir’s “The Martian” is a gripping tale of survival, science, and human endurance against an unforgiving, alien environment. Balancing humor with technical accuracy, the novel is an engaging, thrilling journey into the vast and perilous landscape of Mars. Its captivating narrative and meticulously researched science make it a standout in the realm of science fiction literature.
“The Housemaid” by Freida McFadden
In “The Housemaid” by Freida McFadden, a wealthy couple hires a young woman to assist with their newborn baby, but her presence brings more harm than help. As strange events start to unravel and secrets from the past come to light, the home descends into a menacing environment of suspicion and fear. McFadden skillfully weaves a tale that is both suspenseful and chilling, bringing to life a psychological thriller that captivates readers from start to finish. Its unsettling atmosphere and palpable tension keep readers on the edge of their seats, questioning every character’s motives until the shocking conclusion.
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
A riveting exploration of a toxic marriage, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a couple whose lives unravel when Amy goes missing on their fifth anniversary. As evidence mounts against him, Nick becomes the prime suspect. Flynn expertly crafts a narrative rife with twists and unreliable narrators, crafting a suspenseful thriller that delves deep into the complexities of relationships, deceit, and the dark side of humanity. As readers are led down a maze of half-truths and manipulation, the stunning resolution leaves them questioning the nature of truth and illusion.
“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
In the seemingly perfect seaside town of Pirriwee, three women’s lives intersect, leading to unexpected friendship and turmoil. “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty offers a thrilling exploration of deceit, domestic tension, and the dangerous secrets that lie beneath the surface of ordinary lives. Moriarty deftly weaves together comedy and mystery, creating a gripping narrative that touches on critical social issues. The startling climax of the novel reveals how little lies can lead to big, tragic consequences. It’s a testament to Moriarty’s storytelling prowess that each character, each suspenseful moment, feels remarkably vivid and real.
“Behind Closed Doors: A Novel” by B.A. Paris
In B.A. Paris’ chilling novel, “Behind Closed Doors,” a seemingly perfect couple, Jack and Grace, harbor a sinister secret. Their picture-perfect marriage and luxurious lifestyle are a facade hiding a disturbing reality. The tale is a gripping exploration of psychological manipulation and control, weaving a web of suspense that pulls the reader into an unsettling, claustrophobic narrative. Paris masterfully crafts a tense atmosphere that leaves readers questioning every detail and anxious for the truth. This enthralling tale is a potent reminder of the horrors that can lurk behind the most polished exteriors.
“When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel” by Barbara O’Neal
“When We Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal is a compelling tale of love, loss, and the power of memories. It follows the story of a woman who believes she’s spotted her sister, presumed dead after a tragic accident years ago, on a news broadcast from New Zealand. This discovery propels her on a journey across the world, leading to profound revelations about her family and herself. O’Neal’s narrative is a deeply moving exploration of grief, forgiveness, and the bonds that link us forever. With its blend of mystery, romance, and emotional depth, this novel captivates until the very end.
“The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel” by Laura Dave
When her husband disappears leaving behind a cryptic note, a woman is thrust into a web of lies and dangerous secrets. “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave is a heart-wrenching story of love, betrayal, and the lengths one will go to protect their family. Dave deftly maneuvers the intricate plot, revealing shocking twists and building suspense at every turn. The relationship between the protagonist and her step-daughter forms the emotional core of this gripping tale. A compelling combination of family drama, mystery, and suspense, this novel lingers long after the final page.