Top 10 Best Thriller Books 2017

Featuring curious crimes, sinister circumstances and deadly individuals, these adrenaline-fuelled novels are sure to get readers' hearts racing. Immerse yourself in compelling mysteries with the very best thriller books you can read in 2017.

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1. He Said/She Said

  • £4.99

Erin Kelly

This twisted thriller follows Laura and her boyfriend Kit, who witness a brutal attack in the shadows of night. They call the police shortly after the incident, but four lives change almost immediately. Fifteen years later, the couple are still living in fear. Laura believes she was right to speak out, but knows that no-one will ever establish the truth. She also knows that someone is hiding something - but she could never have guessed what it is.



 

2. Death of a Ghost

  • £4.99

M. C. Beaton

Quick-witted but unambitious policeman Hamish Macbeth returns in this white-knuckle novel. He hears reports of a castle outside the village of Drim which some believe is haunted. Mysterious lights have been spotted at night, but Hamish expects it to be local youths gathering to take drugs. He decides to spend a night in the castle with his colleague, Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson - but when Charlie falls through the floor and Hamish finds the corpse of a boy in the cellar, things take a very sinister turn. Hamish's claims are dismissed as the words of a drunk, and he must take it upon himself to identify the body and its killer before the 'ghost' strikes again...

 

3. Murder on the Orient Express

  • £7.19

Agatha Christie

Surely no-one can beat the master of mystery, Agatha Christie, for classic, compelling crime writing. This renowned novel begins with a snowdrift, which stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment with a dozen stab wounds, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and aware that there's a killer roaming the carriages, it is up to detective Hercule Poirot to get to the bottom of this distressing case - before the killer can strike again.


 

4. Try Not to Breathe

Holly Seddon

Alex is sinking. Drink has become her one true love. But when she is forced to write an article about a 15-year-old girl who is equally lost, her life is changed forever. Amy was attacked and left for dead, her attacker never found, and she has since drifted into a lonely, lifeless place. Not even her doctors are sure how much she understands. As Alex delves further into Amy's life, she realises how similar they are, having grown up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys... As she gets closer to the truth about the attack, Alex's life is increasingly at risk from the very same danger... 


5. Herring in the Smoke

Herring in the Smoke - Hardback - 9780749021863 - L.C. Tyler
  • £3.99

L. C. Tyler

20 years ago, Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle - and never returned. After years of wild speculation, he has officially been declared dead. But at his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings, claiming to be Roger. Roger's partner, Tim MacDonald, was due to pick up his inheritance, but now 'Roger' wastes no time making himself at home in his old flat, evicting Tim and conjuring up a plan to prove his right to the money at stake. Crime writer Ethelred Tressider has been commissioned to write a biography about Roger, and finds the person claiming to be him full of vague and scurrilous anecdotes. It seems that many people would rather Roger had remained dead, his tales buried with him, but as it is, it's up to Ethelred to get to the bottom of it...

 

6. The Birdwatcher

  • £4.99

William Shaw

This dark novel follows Police Sergeant William South, who is desperate to avoid being part of murder investigations - because he is a murderer himself. His victim was a passionate birdwatcher and his only friend. Now, he's teamed up with newly-recruited Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi to crack the case of a body found violently beaten inside a wooden chest. Memories come flooding back for South, and when they track down a suspect - Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland - he's horrified to realise they knew each other in their youth. Could South's violent and aggressive past be exposed? This compelling book touches on themes of grief, guilt and humanity.

 

7. Sharp Objects

  • £8.09

Gillian Flynn

When two girls are abducted and murdered in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her hometown to report on the crimes. Haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds an unsettling grip on the town. As Camille works to unravel the truth of the violent crimes, she finds herself relating to the young victims a little too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to confront her own past to get to the bottom of the story...

 

8. Into the Water

  • £16.00

Paula Hawkins

This absorbing psychological thriller is guaranteed to grip its readers from first page to last. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up, ignoring her sister's plea for help. Now, Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the place she'd hoped to escape for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid of long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. Most of all, she's afraid of the water - and the place they call the Drowning Pool.

 

9. The Cuckoo's Calling

  • £8.09

Robert Galbraith

J. K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, turns her attention to crime in the first captivating Cormoran Strike novel. A troubled model has fallen to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony. It is assumed that she committed suicide, but her brother has doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. Psychologically and physically wounded by war, Strike is given a financial lifeline by this case - but it comes at a huge personal cost. As he delves deeper into the model's complex world, things get ever more sinister, and Strike finds himself in terrible danger...


 

10. The Butcher's Hook

  • £4.99

Janet Ellis

This engrossing novel is set in Georgian London and follows 19-year-old Anne Jaccob, the daughter of a well-to-do family, who decides to reject her arranged marriage in favour of finding love on her own terms. When Anne meets butcher's apprentice Fub, she begins to imagine a passionate life with him, but her parents have found someone they deem far more suitable. Fiercely independent, Anne decides to follow her own dreams - even if that means getting blood on her hands. This atmospheric tale will stay with its readers long after the final page is turned.