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Fall is nearly here, which means it’s the perfect time to dive into some chilling reads. Start your spooky season off right with these six mystery and thriller audiobooks.

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian, narrated by Brittany Pressley

The hunter becomes the hunted in this psychological thriller where a woman participating in a clinical study for psychopaths realizes someone is targeting her. Earlier this year we named this psychological thriller as a debut to read in the second half of 2021, and NetGalley members will be happy to learn the audiobook is now available now for requests on NetGalley and can be listened to in the NetGalley Shelf app. Just request before it archives in November!

How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott, narrated by Ell Potter, Jane Collingwood

Lexie Elliott’s crime thriller alternates between Georgie and Bronwyn, college friends who reunite at their friend Lissa’s funeral. Lissa reportedly drowned off the coast of the island she owned with her husband, though her body was never found. When Bronwyn receives an intimidating message and Georgie is attacked, it becomes clear that something—or someone—dangerous is on the island with them.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, narrated by Cara Gee

Horror buff Jade starts to feel as though she’s living out the plot of her favorite slasher films when tourists begin to go missing in the small town of Indian Lake. Meanwhile, tensions are rising as designated park lands are converted to a development called Terra Nova that’s drawing celebrity attention. Up on NetGalley now, be sure to request before it archives at the end of September.

The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue, narrated by Jennifer Fitzgerald, Clodagh Duggan

Fall is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop talking about the exciting books that came out this summer. Rachel Donohue’s debut novel transports readers to an Irish boarding school where a teacher and a student once disappeared. Twenty-five years later, a journalist begins investigating what happened and uncovers long-buried secrets.

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall, narrated by Susan Dalian

Rachel Howzell Hall’s new thriller is one of our most-anticipated September reads and with Susan Dalian behind the mic, the audiobook promises to deliver exciting chills. The book begins with digital archaeologist Michaela Lambert meeting with a client to discuss a virtual scrapbook. When her client passes, Michaela decides to continue the project but is interrupted by a series of increasingly threatening letters telling her to stop.

The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Jack Holden

Detective Matthew Venn is summoned to a crime scene in rural North Devon after Eve Yeo discovers her father’s body. He’d been stabbed with a shard from one of her homemade glass vases. Now available on NetGalley and archiving in October, this audiobook is already earning praise from NetGalley members with librarian Nicole C calling the narration “excellent” and “authentic.”

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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