The Ultimate Thriller Guide
All thrillers are suspenseful, compelling, and intensifying, but the genre runs both broad and deep. We present here, a list of thrillers we recommend. We categorized them to illustrate the many variations on the Thriller genre.
Note: Many titles fall into two or more categories. For example you might find psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator -- I'm looking at you Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, or something that is both historical and hard-boilded.
Complexities aside, this is a good primer for readers looking to find their place in the genre.
Hard-boiled & Gritty
Witty, Offbeat, Darkly Funny
Science Fiction & / or the Supernatural
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Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!