Atmospheric Thrillers & Mysteries

By Susan the Librarian

By Susan the Librarian
The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

Simone St James

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An abandoned boarding school provides a haunting backdrop as a journalist begins a reinvestigation of the decades old murder of her sister.

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

Ruth Ware

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A smart home, an unreliable narrator, an incarcerated madwoman, and a dead child set the stage for a modern Gothic mystery.

The Distant Hours

The Distant Hours

Kate Morton

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A decaying castle and generations of secrets provide an eerie backdrop for this romantic thriller.

The Stranger Diaries: A Mystery

The Stranger Diaries: A Mystery

Elly Griffiths

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A scholar of Gothic literature is swept into a real-life Gothic thriller when a colleague is murdered.

The House of Whispers

The House of Whispers

Laura Purcell

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With bizarre rituals, medical experiments, and a crumbling house by the sea, this psychological thriller is beyond eerie.

The Secret History

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

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A fluid morality that keeps pulling the characters further into darkness creates a suspenseful atmosphere in this unnerving novel.

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

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When a girl dies and her family fractures, only the youngest child knows the truth in this psychological thriller set in a small town.

The Little Stranger (Movie Tie-In)

The Little Stranger (Movie Tie-In)

Sarah Waters

$17.00

A crumbling old manor, family secrets, and a possible haunting come together to create a modern Gothic.

Eileen

Eileen

Ottessa Moshfegh

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A dysfunctional family and a desire for connection spurs a young woman to participate in a horrific crime in this spine-tingling thriller.

Black Widows

Black Widows

Cate Quinn

$16.99

A rich, isolated setting provides the backdrop for this psychological suspense novel about three sister-wives accused of murder.

In the Woods

In the Woods

Tana French

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Nothing is creepier than a dark, silent forest and a child covered in blood--and that's exactly what starts this psychological thriller.

The Marsh King's Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter

Karen Dionne

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The daughter of a murderer joins a manhunt in a sinister marsh for the vicious man who raised her.

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn

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A former mental patient faces off against girl with an unnatural influence over the people in the small town where she grew up.

The Ice Twins

The Ice Twins

S. K. Tremayne

$14.99

A dysfunctional family, an isolated island, and a deadly storm set the stage for this psychological thriller.

The Forest of Stolen Girls

The Forest of Stolen Girls

June Hur

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Set in 15th century Korea, this historical mystery is suspenseful, atmospheric, and thought-provoking. It gripped me from start to end.

The Silver Blonde

The Silver Blonde

Elizabeth Ross

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I loved this atmospheric noir mystery! Though WWII historical fiction is ubiquitous, this novel takes a fresh look at the War (and post-War) in Hollywood and the subtle, insidious ways that ordinary people get swept up in hateful movements. There are frequent reminders of the many American Nazi sympathizers before Pearl Harbor (including famous figures like Walt Disney and Henry Ford) and the way microaggressions create a culture of discrimination. Though it is set in the past, this novel is (sadly) timely.

Phantoms

Phantoms

Dean Koontz

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An abandoned town filled with bodies an an ancient supernatural enemy form the crux of this eerie, blood-chilling thriller.

The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man

C. J. Tudor

$8.99

A dismembered body in the woods, a secret code, and sinister messages that portend a vicious death.

Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel

Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel

Dean Koontz

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Incredibly suspenseful and slow-moving (in a good way), this mystery features an an unreliable narrator, quirky characters, and a haunted small town.

The Unheard

The Unheard

Nicci French

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Fans of psychological suspense won’t want to miss this mystery with a possibly-crazy narrator and an edge-of-your-seat climax.