24 New Voices to Discover in Mystery & Thriller

Posted by Marie on April 1, 2019
Goodreads Mystery & Thriller Week 2019

Every genre has its breakout stars, and mystery & thriller is no exception. For this roundup, we took a look at new and emerging authors from 2016 onward and listed their biggest hits so far. We measured this popularity by narrowing in on the titles that have been feverishly added the most to Goodreads members' Want to Read shelves.

From rising stars, including Riley Sager, B.A. Paris, and Jane Harper, to recent debuts like My Sister, the Serial Killer and The Silent Patient, how many of these new voices have you read?



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How many of these new voices have you read, mystery & thriller fans? Tell us in the comments!

Check out the complete coverage of Mystery & Thriller Week:
Top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers on Goodreads
My Favorite Murder Podcast Hosts Share Their Favorite True-Crime Reads
Let's Play: Create An Ominous-Sounding Mystery Title


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message 1: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana I've only read "The Woman in the Window" and "The Wife between Us" and they're both amazing!


message 2: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I have read The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Girl Before, Behind Closed Doors, and The Woman in the Window. All are fantastic, but Behind Closed Doors is still the most chilling thriller I've read to date!


message 3: by Maureen (new)

Maureen I've read 10 of these books and have others on my TBR list! The Woman in the Window and The Widow were favorites.


message 4: by Hasnamezied (new)

Hasnamezied I have read six of these books. Then she was gone is a fantastic book.


message 5: by Kelly (last edited Apr 01, 2019 11:17AM) (new)

Kelly Martin I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...


message 6: by Anissa (new)

Anissa I've read five and have four on my TBR list. I bought American Spy this past weekend.


message 7: by Cathy (new)

Cathy MacCloud just 4


message 8: by Makiya (new)

Makiya Walker I read My Sister, the Serial Killer and it is AMAZING! Looking to read The Wife Between Us and I'm kinda excited about it!


message 9: by Anna (new)

Anna Pearce My Sister, The Serial Killer was delightful and I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it.


message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Nolan I've read four on this list and I have and I have 10 of this list on my want to read shelf.


message 11: by Daniela (new)

Daniela Jane Harper's The Dry was really great. I also loved My Sister, the Serial Killer. Two of my favorites in the genre. :-)


message 12: by Vicki (new)

Vicki I have marked 5 of these TO READ and have read Then She Was Gone (5 stars) by Lisa Jewell, one of my favorite authors, and Something in the Water (3 stars).


message 13: by Karen (new)

Karen Bate How do you get your books on Goodreads?? I have four murder mysteries....


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet Swanson I have read 9 of these books. Thrillers are my favorite genre.


message 15: by Marti (new)

Marti Mart Kelly wrote: "I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20......"
And it was a terrible book! He couldn't even copy well!


message 16: by Liz (new)

Liz Nichols I read The Woman in the Window. The author has a readable style BUT he completely mashed up the films Rear Window, Copy Cat, & Gaslight. He has no original ideas of his own, thus no talent he can rightly claim. In fact, he has been outed as stealing from others for this book online in the news, has been called a serial liar, and admits to lying about having cancer. The New Yorker website (in Feb 2019) says: Mallory “has a history of imposture, and of duping people with false stories about disease and death.” This is a very bad thing to do, take others' work & use it as one's own. Even so, he has written a slow moving, easily foreseeable story that I had to force myself to finish reading. This person should have his laptop taken away.


message 17: by Leonie (new)

Leonie Marais Woman in the Window must be the biggest rubbish out. How anybody can like it is beyond me.
As is The Chalk Man! Are people no longer reading the good stuff?


message 18: by Rosanne (new)

Rosanne To anyone who has yet to read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, please do yourself a favour and pick this one up. It is the most unique and mind-blowing book I’ve read in ages.


message 19: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Anne Kelly wrote: "I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20......"

That was a very interesting article, much better than his book.


message 20: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Kelly wrote: "I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20......"

I was just about to post this! He's a con artist and a liar!


message 21: by Aimee (new)

Aimee Bender I hated "The Woman in the Window" and "Sometimes I Lie" but I seem to be in the minority.


message 22: by Dawna (new)

Dawna Boudreaux Something in the water was one of the best books I have read in months. I highly recommend it. It definitely keeps you guessing until the end.


message 23: by EILEEN (new)

EILEEN Dawna wrote: "Something in the water was one of the best books I have read in months. I highly recommend it. It definitely keeps you guessing until the end."

Who's the author?


message 24: by Allie (new)

Allie I’ve read 11! But I’m a sucker for new books and mystery/thrillers are my favorite genre, so that makes sense. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was far and away my favorite new voice, it was amazing!


message 25: by EILEEN (new)

EILEEN Who's the author of "Something in the Water"?


message 26: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Ep wrote: "Who's the author of "Something in the Water"?"

Something in the Water


message 27: by Dee (new)

Dee Read 14 of these....great thrillers


message 28: by Ana (new)

Ana I've read 4 and there are more on my TBR, some are books I want to get to soon, others are just on my general TBR.


message 29: by Jan (new)

Jan Bowman Ive read 9 books. The Woman in the Window gets 5 stars. It is fabulous and it willsoon be a movie. Unputdownable.


message 30: by Emma (new)

Emma Kinsman The Woman in the Window was the slowest book I've ever read... couldn't stand it!


message 31: by Russ (last edited Apr 03, 2019 05:37AM) (new)

Russ Snyder Black Kayak and the sequel Relentless Pursuit, by Russ Snyder (myself), are a 'who-done-it' written in a definite change of pace style. The first book involves what appears to be an accidental death while the second tackles the human trafficking/sex slave trades. Both have received all 5 Star Reviews. Snappy dialogue with humor inserted at the right times compliment the plot twists and sometimes brutal action. Give these a try.


message 32: by Lynn (last edited Apr 03, 2019 08:23AM) (new)

Lynn I've read 15! The Widow and The Last Mrs. Parrish are my top two favorites.


message 33: by Peggy (new)

Peggy H Derek wrote: "Nomad's Island I am the author of Nomad's Island, Derek E. Keeling. My new novel features tons of mystery and suspense, as well as action, adventure, romance, and plenty of twists a..."

You lost me with the romance...sorry!


message 34: by Shonda (new)

Shonda I've read a few book on this list and they were all 4 or 5 star reads for me! Great list!!


message 35: by Jezzy (new)

Jezzy most of these are in my "want to read" list. I won 'The Other Woman' from a giveaway but still haven't read it yet.


message 36: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Jezzy wrote: "most of these are in my "want to read" list. I won 'The Other Woman' from a giveaway but still haven't read it yet."

I enjoyed it! I got an ARC of her new one, The First Mistake, I think/hope it's coming today!


message 37: by Mary (new)

Mary RaCo I have 9 of them on tbr and 4 on my wish list.


message 38: by Cheyenne (new)

Cheyenne Wow! I’ve already read 14 on this list and have another 6 on my TBR list. Guess I like thrillers.


message 39: by Kate (new)

Kate Kelly wrote: "I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20......"

Very interesting! Thanks for the link.


message 40: by Pridgen (new)

Pridgen Green I really enjoyed reading The Silent Patient, and could definitely see it as a movie. I stopped reading The Last Mrs. Parrish close to the end...it just became too dark and disturbing for my tastes. The Woman in the Window was very slow going and kind of "meh." My Sister the Serial Killer was a fun, light read.


message 41: by Carey (new)

Carey Calvert ... currently reading American Spy; read (of course) The Couple Next Door (best airport book ever).


message 42: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Jankowski Wow I have read 19!! I will have to check out the other ones.


message 43: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Kelly wrote: "I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20......"

What the what did I just read?
Holy hell he's nuts. Actually makes me not want to read the book now /:


message 44: by Flávia (new)

Flávia I've read 4 of them: The Couple Next Door (2 stars), The Last Mrs. Parrish (3), Final Girls (4) and The Woman in the Window (4)!


message 45: by NILTON (new)

NILTON TEIXEIRA I have read 13 and own 3 others. I did not like and would not recommend to my friends: The Woman in the Window, The Wife Between Us, The Good Son, The Dry, 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcadtle, The Couple Next Door and The Perfect Mother. I loved The Silent Patient (probably the best choice in this list). I enjoyed The Widow, The Chalk Man, The Girl Before, Final Girls.


message 46: by SℓιM (new)

SℓιM There's a few I like in this list; I think ill read


message 47: by JPT (new)

JPT Kelly wrote: "I have to wonder why AJ Finn (The Woman in the Window) is included here as a breakout voice. The guy's a nutjob, and the book is pure plagiarism: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20......"

Agree. I didn't outright dislike the book, but it was predictable. The author's true life story was far more outrageous and shocking. I won't support the author by buying/reading any future books. Shame on him and his publisher.


message 48: by TanuSree (new)

TanuSree can you plz share the link to download #behind the closed doors?


message 49: by Matthew Parkin (new)

Matthew Parkin Behind closed doors


message 50: by Sharyn (new)

Sharyn I've read 5 and enjoyed them all, but Before the Fall was especially good. Woman in the Window was good but I figured things out fairly early on.


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