Table of Contents
- 1 Bestselling Thriller Novels 2021 – With Price & Ratings
- 2 1. Gone Girl
- 3 2. The Outsider
- 4 3. The Wife Between Us
- 5 4. The Woman In The Window
- 6 5. The Shining
- 7 6. Strangers
- 8 7. Then She Was Gone
- 9 8. Death Of Mrs. Westaway
- 10 9. The Girl On The Train
- 11 10. Force Of Nature
- 12 11. Rebecca
- 13 12. Something In The Water
- 14 13. The Chalk Man
- 15 14. In The Woods
- 16 15. The Hound of the Baskervilles
- 17 16. The Expendable Man
- 18 17. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
- 19 18. The Da Vinci Code
- 20 19. Murder On The Orient Express
- 21 20. Tell No One
Thriller novels are perfect for those who love a fast paced and intriguing story where every page leaves you with more questions than answers. Authors like Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King have ruled this genre with almost every new story more lure than the previous.
Find out below the top thriller novels that we feel should definitely be on your reading list.
Bestselling Thriller Novels 2021 – With Price & Ratings
Bestselling Thriller Novels
|The Wife Between Us||Rs.1671||3.9/5|
|The Woman In The Window||Rs.238||3.9/5|
|Then She Was Gone||Rs.364||3.9/5|
|Death Of Mrs.Westaway||Rs.416||4.2/5|
|The Girl On The Train||Rs.205||3.8/5|
|Force Of Nature||Rs.320||3.7/5|
|Something In The Water||Rs.994||3.6/5|
|The Chalk Man||Rs.519||3.9/5|
|In The Woods||Rs.887||3.7/5|
|The Hound of the Baskervilles||Rs.149||4.3/5|
|The Expendable Man||Rs.912||4.3/5|
|The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo||Rs.399||4.4/5|
|The Da Vince Code||Rs.186||4.6/5|
|Murder On The Orient Express||Rs.135||4.4/5|
|Tell No One||Rs. 432||4.2/5|
1. Gone Girl
Gone Girl is a mystery thriller that stems from the uncertainty about a protagonist, Nick Dunne. The novel builds up the suspense of whether Neck murdered his wife, Amy or not. The use of unreliable narration, plot twists and suspense will not let you keep this book down until you reach the very last page. It was also adapted as a film in 2014.
Author: Gillian Flynn
Number Of Copies Sold: More than 15 million copies
2. The Outsider
The story of The Outsider revolves around the murder case of an eleven-year-old. While the eyewitnesses and fingerprints point that Little League coach, Terry Maitland committed the crime, he has a different alibi that suggests that he was out of town that day. As detective Ralph Anderson starts to investigate the case, horrifying answers begin to emerge.
Author: Stephen King
Number Of Copies Sold: More than 15 million copies
3. The Wife Between Us
The Wife Between Us offers unnoticeable assumptions about a jealous ex-wife and her obsession with her replacement. It seems like an easy love triangle to crack. However, as you turn the pages, this tangled story becomes even more twisted and breathtaking. The novel exposes complexities of an enviable marriage and its dangerous truths and secrets.
Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
4. The Woman In The Window
The story of The Woman in the Window revolves around Anna Fox who lives in the haunted rooms of her old New York house. She sits there like a ghost, lost in her memories and unable to venture outside. One day she sits gazing through her window when she notices her new neighbours, the Russels. Anna is immediately drawn towards this perfect family of three, which reminds her of her good old days. One specific evening, Anna witnesses a scene that no one was supposed to see. Now she must do all in her will to uncover the truth, but will anybody believe her?
Author: A.J. Fin
Number Of Copies Sold: Over 2 million copies
5. The Shining
The Shining is an unsettling and unforgettable thriller that describes the story of a troubled man’s slow descent into madness. Jack Torrance starts a new caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel to spend time reconnecting with his family and work on his writing. As the harsh winter sets in, the idyllic location feels more sinful. Jack’s son, Tony who is a uniquely gifted five-year-old is the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces around the property.
Author: Stephen King
Number Of Copies Sold: More than a million copies
Stranger masterfully blends the elements of espionage, terror and science fiction. The story talks about six strangers who are unaccountably seized by nightmares, attacks of bear and bouts of uncharacterized behaviour. They are drawn towards the isolated Nevada motel seeking each other through puzzling photographs and messages. The ingeniously twisted plot is bound to give you the chills.
Author: Dean Koontz
Number Of Copies Sold: 75,000 copies for the first print run
7. Then She Was Gone
Ten years after her daughter’s disappearance, Lauren still hopes to find Ellie some day. Alongside her search, Lauren is swept off her feet by a charming and charismatic stranger named Floyd. Before its too long, Lauren finds herself staying the night at his place only to discover that his nine-year-old daughter is a spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. Will Lauren find the answers to her haunting questions? Read this psychological suspense to find out.
Author: Lisa Jewell
8. Death Of Mrs. Westaway
The story unfolds when Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter dictating that she has inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother. Soon enough, she realises that the letter was sent to the wrong person. However, the money is like a dream come true for Westaway so she decides to use her cold-reading skills honed as a tarot card reader to claim the money. She finds herself at the funeral of the deceased but to her shock, it is a strange situation there.
Author: Ruth Ware
9. The Girl On The Train
The Girl on the Train is a story that revolves around Rachel, an emotional woman struggling through her feelings for her ex-husband. She manages to shift her attention during the daily commute by gazing at a home near her former place and their occupants, who seem happy and very much in love. Only one day, Rachel’s eye catches a shocking incident at the house that changes everything. Rachel is now a part of their lives and no more just ‘The Girl On The Train’.
Author: Paula Hawkins
Number Of Copies Sold: 15 million copies worldwide
10. Force Of Nature
Force of Nature is a tale about five women who reluctantly hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges. The corporate retreat advertises the same to encourage office colleagues to step out of their comfort zones and stimulate teamwork and resilience in them. However, only four come out on the other side of the Australian bushland and Alice goes missing. The four returning women tell Falk, a Federal Police investigator about the fears, violence and fractured trust that they encountered during their journey. As Falk investigates the disappearance of Alice, the only person who knew secrets about the company and its people, he suspects dangers far deeper than anyone knew.
Author: Jane Harper
Number Of Copies Sold: 100,000 copies in the UK
Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, Rebecca’s life is a reflection of everything bleak. Until on a trip to Monte Carlo, she meets a dashing widower, Maxim de Winter who swept her off her feet. Unable to believe her luck, she agrees to his proposal of marriage and together they move to his massive country estate. Soon enough, Rebecca finds Maxim as a changed person and realizes how the large shadow his late wife has cast over their lives. This haunting story unfolds into Rebecca being consumed by love and struggle to find her identity.
Author: Dalphne Du Maurier
Number Of Copies Sold: 2.8 million copies between 1938 and 1965
12. Something In The Water
Piercing insight and fascinating twists form the plot of Something in the Water. The story revolves around two lovers, Erin, a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakdown and Mark, a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionate and so in love, the couple heads out for a honeymoon in the paradise of Bora Bora. Soon enough, they discover something so shocking that it changes their lives forever.
Author: Catherine Steadman
Number Of Copies Sold: 125,000 copies in the first week
13. The Chalk Man
The novel starts in the year 1986 when Eddie and his friends were kids and used to leave messages for each other on little chalk sticks. One fine day, a mysterious chalk man leads them to a dismembered body and nothing remains the same from that day. Cut to 2016, Eddie is all grown up and believes to have put the past behind. But thereafter, he and his friends receive a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. Soon, one of them turns up dead making Eddie realise that the only way to save himself is to figure out what had happened all those years ago.
Author: C.J. Tudor
Number Of Copies Sold: 30,000 copies in all formats
14. In The Woods
In the Woods is a thriller about missing children. As dusk approaches a small suburb in 1984, mothers start to call their kids back home. However, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. The police are able to find one of them dreaded with terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall any of the details from the previous hours. Twenty-two years later, the same boy, Rob Ryan is assigned as the lead detective for a girl’s murder in the same woods. To his shock, the details of the case turn out to be chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Ryan now has the chance to uncover the truth for both the incidents.
Author: Tana French
Number Of Copies Sold: 30,000 copies in all formats
15. The Hound of the Baskervilles
Featuring the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes and his friend, Dr. Watson, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a murder mystery. The sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville restarts a rumour in the neighborhood that a legendary hound is haunting the Baskerville family. However, Dr. Mortimer is certain to believe that there is more to that. He turns to Holmes and Watson to ensure the safety of Sir Charles’ only heir, Sir Henry. Holmes’ investigation leads him face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past.
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Number Of Copies Sold: 25,000 copies for first run print
16. The Expendable Man
The tale of The Expendable Man describes an innerving plot. The story describes how a doctor who travels in the Southwest gets involved in a murder investigation. Even though this novel is an intriguing thriller, it also incorporates larger sociopolitical themes that evoke a sense of social, racial and moral tensions of the earlier times. The gripping story of this novel beautifully turns into a social indictment.
Author: Dorothy B. Hughes
17. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a murder mystery that combines aspects of family, love and financial intrigue into a complex yet appealing novel. The story describes how the uncle of Harriet Vanger who disappeared forty years ago is still convinced that a member of his own close-knit yet dysfunctional family killed her. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced financial journalist and Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed and truculent computer hacker to investigate the case. Their search unravels the darkest secrets of the family’s history and other astonishing truths. The book’s title comes from Salander’s perspective who believes that hatred is the motive behind crimes against women.
Author: Stieg Larrson
Number Of Copies Sold: 15 million copies in the US
18. The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code is a mystery thriller that explores religious history. The story revolves around a professor of symbology, Robert Langdon. He is framed in the murder of the Louvre Museum Curator. He teams with French cryptographer, Sophie Neveu to escape and trace the real killer. This scintillating novel was later converted into a multi-million dollar Hollywood movie.
Author: Dan Brown
Number Of Copies Sold: Approximately 80 million copies
19. Murder On The Orient Express
The novel is set on a luxurious train called the Orient Express. An American tycoon who happens to be a passenger on the train nervously suspects of his life being in danger. He calls for Poirot’s help. Poirot dismisses his plea. Soon enough, Poirot discovers him dead in his compartment during a sudden snowdrift that stops the train. Now, he must find the culprit responsible for the man’s death. This gripping novel was also adapted for a film.
Author: Agatha Christie
Number Of Copies Sold: 3,00,000 copies sold in 1974 when the film adaptation opened
20. Tell No One
Tell No One describes the story of David Beck who was knocked unconscious eight years ago while his wife Elizabeth was kidnapped and murdered. Shattered by the loss, Beck spends his days reliving the horror of what had happened. One afternoon, he receives an anonymous email instructing him to log on to a certain website with a warning to keep it confidential. When he does so, he discovers a picture of his wife and her possibility of being alive. Beck is determined to find out if his wife really is alive. But whoever he turns to for help seems to end up DEAD.
Author: Harlan Coben