7 Must-Read Thrillers of 2021

Maybe real life doesn’t need so much suspense, but when it comes to fiction and books, bring on all the thrills! Check out these seven thrilling reads that you won’t want to put down!

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Let’s hope 2021 is slightly less ‘thrilling’ than 2020! Maybe real life doesn’t need so much suspense, but when it comes to fiction and books, bring on all the thrills! If you’re looking for some must-read thrillers to start the year off right, check out these seven thrilling reads that you won’t want to put down!

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano


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Finlay Donovan is a single mom and novelist when a mistaken conversation leads her to murder. She accidentally accepts a job to get rid of someone’s husband and suddenly, the fiction she’s writing is nowhere near as thrilling and real as the life of crime she’s turning to.


The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins


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Jane is new to the neighborhood of Thornfield Estates and takes a job as a dog-walker. It’s easy to stay under the radar when no one knows who you are or what your real name is. But then she meets Eddie Rochester, recently widowed, and Jane thinks that she’s found her happily-ever-after. The only problem is that Eddie’s dead wife still looms large and is not quite that easy to forget.

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby


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A Black man and a white man have just lost their gay married sons to murder. Ike and Buddy Lee are ex-cons, trying to do good by the law now. Still, they have connections, and they want revenge on the person who murdered their boys. A story of redemption and change, Ike and Buddy band together to bring the murderer of their sons to justice.


Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering


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Despite OCD and trauma over the death of her mother at eleven years old, Skye feels that things are getting better when her boyfriend Burke asks her to marry him. But Skye doesn’t know that Burke is using her, and that he’s happily married – according to letters he’s written to his therapist. Thirty years earlier, we meet Heather, who is seventeen and trying to break up with her boyfriend Burke. The three perspectives will intertwine in an explosive story with an ending you won’t see coming.


One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk


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The badass bookselling private investigator Nikki Griffin is back with a vengeance in One Got Away. When she’s not running her bookstore, she’s tracking con-men. Nikki doesn’t like it when men hurt women, and she’s not afraid to punish the ones who deserve it. As she chases down her next con-man, she needs to make some decisions on who to save in the process, all the while keeping herself alive as well.

Burn It All Down by Nicolas DiDomizio


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Gia and Joey are best friends; they also happen to be mother and son, and each has an addiction for toxic relationships. When Gia’s latest relationship goes bad, she and her son go on a raging crime spree. Realizing they have done wrong, they head to Gia’s ex Marco’s lake house, where they hide out and try to figure out how to fix their mistakes.

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall


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Mickie is a digital scrap-booker, curating precious mementos and souvenirs so they aren’t lost. Her most recent client has just died from suicide but Mickie wants to honor Nadia’s last wish and complete the task of curating the twelve objects she left behind. But someone doesn’t want her doing her job, and Mickie starts receiving threats ordering her to leave Nadia’s things alone. The mystery is too much and Mickie dives in headfirst to figure out who is so intent on keeping Nadia’s past a secret.

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