Six Mystery Audiobooks for Your 2020 TBR

Are you seeking solace from the summer heat in front of the AC? Try cooling down with a chilling mystery! These six audiobooks are sure to leave you in so much suspense you won’t want to hit pause for anything. 

The Shadows by Alex North, narrated by Hannah Arterton and John Heffernan

There is a ton of buzz about this book, and when I saw it available to Listen Now, I quickly downloaded it to the brand new NetGalley app. Paul Adams reluctantly returns home when his mother’s health begins declining. The town holds horrific memories of friends who were murdered by Charlie Crabtree, who then vanished. When another brutal crime takes place and his mother begins insisting there’s a presence in the house, Paul starts to fear that Crabtree may have returned.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power, narrated by Lauren Ezzo

Rory Power won me over with Wilder Girls, a body horror YA tale set on an isolated island, and I’ve been looking forward to diving into Burn Our Bodies Down for months. This book follows Margot, who travels to the town of Phalene to find the answers her mother refuses to provide about their extended family. I enjoyed Lauren Ezzo’s narration of The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, and am looking forward to hearing how she tackles this creepy tale from Power.

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard, narrated by Alana Kerr-Collins and John Keating

This thriller features a killer working as a security guard. Jim Doyle is passing the time reading a true crime memoir written by Eve Black. Eve is the only one who escaped alive the night the Nothing Man murdered her family, and she’s never given up her determination to find him. As Jim reads her book, he realizes she’s dangerously close to discovering his identity. I’m particularly excited that this audiobook features two narrators for the two POVs, allowing us to really get into the minds of Eve and Jim.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole, narrated by Susan Dalian and Jay Aaseng

I absolutely loved the audiobook for Alyssa Cole’s The A.I. Who Loved Me, and her upcoming thriller is one of my most-anticipated reads of the year. When No One Is Watching takes readers to a Brooklyn neighborhood where families are disappearing—claiming to be moving to the suburbs only to disappear. Sydney Green and her neighbor Theo suspect something terrible is happening and team up to uncover the truth.

Treasure by Oyinkan Braithwaite, narrated by Adepero Oduye

Part of the Hush thriller collection, Treasure is a novella that can be listened to in a single breathless sitting. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, it follows Treasure, who hopes to become an Instagram influencer. She broadcasts her life to her 5,000 followers, and unknowingly attracts the attention of a mechanic who is determined to be with her. Readers who enjoyed the audiobook for My Sister, the Serial Killer, will be excited to learn that narrator Adepero Oduye returns for Treasure.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Tiffany D. Jackson is a master at weaving suspense and feelings of uneasiness into her young adult novels, and Grown promises more of the same. When aspiring singer Enchanted Jones is singled out by R&B star Korey Fields, she believes it’s finally her time to shine. But Korey is far more controlling than his on-stage persona would let on, and when he mysteriously dies, all eyes turn to Enchanted. I listened to Jackson’s last book (Let Me Hear a Rhyme) on audio and absolutely loved it, so I cannot wait for this one.

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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