Today, we’ve made a list of 15 mystery books to keep you guessing until the last page. We’re sure that the twists and turns these books have are absolutely strange and wild.
List of 15 Mystery Books to Keep You Guessing Until the Last Page:
- The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- In the Woods by Tana French
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- The Dry by Jane Harper
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
The original mystery novel that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve finished it, this one follows symbologist Robert Langdon. Robert gets entangled with the murder of a man he knows in the Louvre Museum. Sophie Neveu, the inspector aids him as they shuttle through Paris to resolve the mystery.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This famous Poirot novel follows detective Hercules Poirot’s attempt to solve a murder on board the Orient Express. The victim is discovered with twelve injuries on the body and Belgian detective must interrogate all the boarders.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
This book follows detective Philip Marlowe, as he tries to investigate the kidnapping of the daughter of former billionaire with a failing health. The man charges just over 25 dollars a day, and has gotten punished for it by various acts of violence. Yet, he endures. Why? That is what Philip means to solve, and you must read the book to find out.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This is the story of Camille Preaker, a reporter who must reconcile with the past for professional duties. She must cover, in her hometown, the unsolved murder of a preteen, and investigations regarding the disappearance of several others. Stuck in her home and forced to be with her hypochondriac mother and an ominous half sister, she is forced to confront her demons. All of this, while realizing how intensely she identifies with all the victims. This book is one hell of a ride, especially if you love dark mysteries.
In the Woods by Tana French
This is a spine chilling story of three children who go missing in 1984 Dublin. Of these, only one is found with bloody boots and no memory of the incident. Twenty years later, the same man becomes a member of the Dublin Murder squad, hiding his trauma and past from the world. But when a similar incident recurs, he must go in search of answers.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This true crime novel doubles as a mystery and follows the brutal murder of the Clutter family in Kansas in 1959. Capote has put the killers under a microscope and explained the events chronologically from the murder to the capture. This story is insanely suspenseful – beware, you might just end up reading it in one go.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This psychological thriller mystery is the story of Rachel, who catches the same train every morning and feels like she knows everyone she sees everyday. She feels like she knows them personally and even builds a story around them . However, one day, she sees something that changes her life. This book can get gruesome and disturbing but you won’t be able to put in down for sure.
The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah
This novel follows stand up comedian Kim Tribbeck who has received a white book that four other victims of a gruesome murder also possessed. The killer is dubbed Billy Dead Mates, and many people are at work solving the mystery. Kim has no close friends and a falling marriage – so she can’t see any motive, and then there’s the long time gap between the last murder and any other attempt. This book is absolutely delicious and impossible to put fown – consider it a challenge.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
This acclaimed mystery follows Alicia, who lives a seemingly perfect life as a fashion photographer’ wife. They’re wealthy, happy and in love. But all of that crumbles down when Gabriel, the husband, returns from work one day and his Alicia shoots him five times. Then she then goes silent and never speaks again. Meanwhile, a criminal psychotherapist, Theo, becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery behind Alicia’s silence. As he deals with Alicia, the story skyrockets and becomes an intense masterpiece that won’t let you sleep at night.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
This follows Flavia de Luce, a wealthy boy with a keen interest in poison. When a dead bird with a postage stamp attached to his beak appears, Flavia is intrigued. And then he sees a man lying in the cabbage patch die. His life has just become super interesting, and what ensues is a brilliant eccentric mystery that will blow your mind.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This novel hard to explain verbally but great to read. It follows several people and several crimes – mothers, daughters, students, friends, exes and more. There’s also an allusion to a horrible event at a public school fundraiser, but the causes and motives are unknown. This book is a journey of finding exactly those.
The Dry by Jane Harper
The title of the novel refers to a massive drought that has ravaged a farming community of Kiewarra. And the story follows the brutal murder of three people in a local family. This novel tells the tale of uncovering the deep dark secrets of the members of the family, and the process of solving the murder.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes couldn’t have not made it to his list. Doyle’s novel follows Holmes as he investigates a scintillating mystery on the moors. Charles Baskerville’s death is believed to be due to the hounds that haunt the family since generations. But Holmes believes this to be superstitious and untrue and sets out to solve the mystery.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
This novel is the story of a weird mystery where Miss Wonderley hires Sam Spade to track down her missing sister. However, Wonderley isn’t who she appears to be, and is in fact extremely dangerous. Spade on the other hand, is not entangled personally in this mystery that will definitely stay at the back of your mind, even when you aren’t reading.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
This historical fiction novel doubles as a mystery and explores the time and locale of the French Revolution. A mysterious intelligent Englishman by the name of Scarlet Pimpernel takes it upon himself to save French aristocrats from the guillotine. When his French wife’s police friend Chauvelin comes to England to uncover his identity, his life is in danger. This is a cozy novel, yet it will keep you on your toes and wanting for more.