Page-Turning Mysteries and Thrillers That Will Keep You Up All Night

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Looking to pack the second half of 2023 with chilling thrills and gripping suspense? Then we’ve got the books for you. Here are 20 upcoming mysteries and thrillers that readers won’t want to miss—some are even already available to request on NetGalley!

The Last One by Will Dean

There’s no escape in Will Dean’s locked room thriller on the RMS Atlantica cruise liner. Caz boards excitedly for a vacation with Pete, only to wake up the next day to discover she’s completely alone on the ship.

The Final Curtain by Keigo Higashino

Police Detective Kyoichiro Kaga’s latest case hits close to home when two murders in Tokyo appear to be connected to the disappearance and death of his mother a decade earlier.

Manslaughter Park by Tirzah Price

Tirzah Price continues her YA Jane Austen Murder Mystery series with a queer retelling of Mansfield Park, where artist Franny and her best friend Edmund must team up to solve her uncle’s murder

Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal by Raquel V. Reyes

The Caribbean Kitchen mysteries continue in this third installment following amateur sleuth and cooking show star Miriam Quiñones on a trip to Puerto Rico that turns into a crime-solving mission.

How Can I Help You by Laura Sims

A nurse on the run with a murderous past begins working at a library, only to draw the suspicious attention of a failed novelist in this suspenseful novel about obsession.

Hatchet Girls by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Over a hundred years after Lizzie Borden was acquitted, the city of Fall River, MA is home to another gruesome axe murder. A sister seeks to prove her brother’s innocence in this YA thriller.

Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen by Sarah James

Take a trip to 1943 Hollywood this fall, where murder mystery playwright Annie Laurence is drawn into an investigation after a film critic is found dead at the star-studded Hollywood Canteen.

The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok

This suspenseful look at motherhood is told through the lens of two women: one fleeing China in search of her daughter and the other a publishing executive facing a scandal that could ruin everything.

Jane and the Final Mystery by Stephanie Barron

The long-running Jane Austen Mysteries comes to a close this fall with its fifteenth installment. This last case features Jane attempting to clear the name of her friend Elizabeth’s son after a murder at Winchester College.

A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui

Meriam Metoui’s sapphic YA paranormal thriller finds best friends Mira and Layla stranded at the remote Wildwood Motel in Indiana, where Mira keeps seeing visions of her dead brother.

The Woman Inside by M. T. Edvardsson

Everyone has a secret in this tale of a wealthy couple’s murder from their housekeeper studying law to the widowed father in desperate need of funds to the late wife and her controlling husband.

Missing by Savannah Brown

In this YA novel, a teenage runaway travels to the island resort Sandown in an attempt to uncover what happened to Roxy Raines, a young singer who disappeared 30 years earlier.

Viper’s Dream by Jake Lamar

Jake Lamar transports readers to Harlem in 1936 to follow Alabama jazz musician Clyde Morton on a suspense-filled descent into the city’s drug trade as he strives toward his musical dreams.

The Hunt by Kelly J. Ford

A serial killer known as the Hunter uses an Arkansas town’s annual Easter search for a gold egg to stalk and kill victims—or so rumor has it in this summer thriller from Kelly J. Ford.

What Never Happened by Rachel Howzell Hall

Obituary writer Coco Weber left Catalina Island years ago after a tragedy, now she’s back and worried history is repeating when she receives a threatening piece of mail: her own obituary.

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

After being blacklisted from top universities, Adina Walker enters a competition where the prize is powerful connections that could open Ivy League doors but it comes at a deadly cost.

Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan

NetGalley members who raved about Blackwater Falls can return to the Colorado town this fall to follow as Detective Inaya Rahman teams up with Lieutenant Wagas Seif to investigate the deaths of two young men by police.

Saint Juniper’s Folly by Alex Crespo

This queer YA novel takes readers to Saint Juniper, Vermont for a supernatural tale of a boy trapped in a haunted house and the two teens who begin investigating the home’s dark past.

Perfectly Nice Neighbors by Kia Abdullah

Tensions run high between neighbors after Salma Khatun and her Bangladeshi family move into a suburban development called Blenheim and are targeted by racist acts of vandalism.

Dark Ride by Lou Berney

When Child Protective Services fails to help two children in need, unambitious amusement park worker Hardly Reed finds himself intervening to help them escape from a traumatic home life.

Which mystery is at the top of your TBR?

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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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