The Unputdownable Domestic Suspense Thrillers of 2018

Posted by Marie on June 14, 2018
This Year's Must-Read Domestic Suspense Thrillers

Sponsored by Scout Press.

The danger is always close to home in domestic suspense thrillers. Here, the narrators are unreliable, the terrors are psychological, and the settings are as familiar to us as our own backyards. Yet the unique hallmark of this subgenre is the suspect: They could be your spouse, your neighbor, or even your own children. They amplify the chill factor because they force us to question just how well we know our loved ones.

Now that we're halfway through 2018, we decided to take a look at the year's current and upcoming domestic suspense thrillers. To create this list, we rounded up books that best represent the subgenre's characteristics and only included titles with a 3.7 star rating or above. Make sure to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf and share your own recommendations in the comments!

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What domestic suspense thrillers are you most excited to read? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Miss M (new)

Miss M Go retro and give Celia Fremlin a try. First published in 1959:

The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
The Hours Before Dawn

Discover the original psychological thriller...
Winner of the 1960 Edgar Award for best mystery novel
Louise would give anything - anything - for a good night's sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden and bothering the neighbours. Forget her husband who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine.

Or would it? What if Louise's growing fears about the family's new lodger, who seems to share all of her husband's interests, are real? What could she do, and would anyone even believe her? Maybe, if she could get just get some rest, she'd be able to think straight.

In a new edition of this lost classic, The Hours Before Dawn proves - scarily - as relevant to readers today as it was when Celia Fremlin first wrote it in the 1950s.


message 2: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand I love that word, "unputdownable." That's something my native Swedish needs. I think you'd say "ofrånsigläggbar."


message 3: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Miss M wrote: "Go retro and give Celia Fremlin a try. First published in 1959:

The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
The Hours Before Dawn

Discover the original psychological thriller...
Wi..."


Miss M wrote: "Go retro and give Celia Fremlin a try. First published in 1959:

The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
The Hours Before Dawn

Discover the original psychological thriller...
Wi..."


I LOVED this book! Read it decades ago and have never forgotten it. I so wish there were more books with this quality of writing.


message 4: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Rae I just read The Lost Island by Lee Child. It was a great action adventure novel with some fantasy thrown in as the hero and heroine search for a mysterious island with lotus buds that cure wounds quickly. Carolyn Rae, Romancing the Doctor.


message 5: by Jay (new)

Jay DiNitto A bevy of "broad in a bind" books.


message 6: by Kay (new)

Kay Find you in the dark by Nathan Ripley...


message 7: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Bruso I'm reading Lisa Jewell's THEN SHE WAS GONE. Beautiful and haunting.


Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕ I DNF'd Sometimes I Lie and absolutely LOVED Then She Was Gone.
I have The Death of Mrs. Westaway on my possible read list and will have to check out the others.


message 9: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Bruso Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕ wrote: "I DNF'd Sometimes I Lie and absolutely LOVED Then She Was Gone.
I have The Death of Mrs. Westaway on my possible read list and will have to check out the others."


Anything by Ruth Ware is unputdownable.


message 10: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Stevens I really loved Then She Was Gone - I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. And The Wife was so great! I’m glad it’s inuded on this list. Added some good ones to my TBR list here!


message 11: by Monique (new)

Monique I put The Wife Between Us down several times.


message 12: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Jamison Monique wrote: "I put The Wife Between Us down several times."

I did not love The Wife Between Us.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Trespassing was very good!


message 14: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent was insanely good. I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading it. And I very much enjoyed The Woman in the Window from the beginning of the year. I read The Wife Between Us last year and enjoyed that but not in that "I have to tell everyone about this!" way. I have given up on Ware as I've only liked one and felt two I'd read of hers, middling and a letdown.

From this list, I have several on my TBR. I wasn't captivated by Clare Mackintosh's newest but I do enjoy her books.

At the moment, I'm currently reading, The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton and so far, it's ridiculously good.


message 15: by Liz (new)

Liz Nugent Anissa wrote: "Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent was insanely good. I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading it. And I very much enjoyed The Woman in the Window from the beginning of the year. I read..."
Whoop! Thank you.


message 16: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Anything by Linwood Barclay is a must - looking forward to the newest Robt
Dugoni, Alex Kava Creed series, and BA Paris’ new one.


{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } Sometimes I Lie is one of my all time favorites! I haven't read any of the others but they are on my list!

Thanks to this list, I added a few new ones!


message 18: by Diane (new)

Diane Vener The Woman In the Window is definitely a new favorite. Different main character . I recommend this book to all my friends that like " a twist".


message 19: by Bobbie (new)

Bobbie Katsuro wrote: "I love that word, "unputdownable." That's something my native Swedish needs. I think you'd say "ofrånsigläggbar.""

Of course your country practically invented the “unputdownable” novel with your Scandinavian detective genre. Love it!


message 20: by Maggie (new)

Maggie This list is awesome! I just discovered a bunch of new books to read! I am surprised there's no Shari Lapena on this list -- The Couple Next Door is one of my all-time favorites. I'm actually reading another book of hers right now -- A Stranger in the House -- so far, so good!

Thank you, Goodreads, and other fellow Goodreaders, for all these great recommendations!!!


message 21: by Aqsa (new)

Aqsa Thanks GR!


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