25 Great Standalone Thrillers from the Decade So Far

Better than sleep...

The days when you would be able to discern the latest bestselling thriller simply by gazing around your bus or train may have gone, but the thriller is still in rude health. We have sliced through recent records to present these 25 novels that each stand a chance of entering the thriller canon. 

Mr Mercedes cover

1. Mr Mercedes

Stephen King
Wolf Border cover

2. The Wolf Border

Sarah Hall
Angelmaker cover

3. Angelmaker

Nick Harkaway
Dodgers cover

4. Dodgers

Bill Beverly
Long Drop cover

5. The Long Drop

Denise Mina
Cutting Season cover

6. The Cutting Season

Attica Locke
Coffin Road cover

7. Coffin Road

Peter May
Flesh Wounds cover

8. Flesh Wounds

Chris Brookmyre
Orphan Choir cover

11. The Orphan Choir

Sophie Hannah
Perfidia cover

12. Perfidia

James Ellroy
Gone Girl cover

13. Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn
Eileen cover

15. Eileen

Ottessa Moshfegh
Hit and Run cover

16. Hit and Run

Doug Johnstone
Pretty Girls cover

19. Pretty Girls

Karin Slaughter
Dare Me cover

20. Dare Me

Megan Abbott
Delicate Truth cover

22. A Delicate Truth

John le Carre
Thicket cover

23. The Thicket

Joe R Lansdale

24. Rubbernecker

Belinda Bauer
His Bloody Project cover

25. His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet

List created by

Danny Scott
Danny Scott

Danny Scott is Scottish Book Trust's Digital Marketing Manager

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