Get Out of Your Reading Rut with Mystery's Rising Stars

Posted by Cybil on July 26, 2019
Are you stuck in a mystery & thriller rut? Sure, you have your favorites you've been turning to for years, and they always deliver. But—just hear me out here—perhaps it's time to update your Want to Read shelf with some new voices?

If you don't know where to begin, we've rounded up some authors who've started to make a mark on the genre over the last few years. Some of these writers are new authors, and a couple have moved over from other genres. What they have in common is that they are quickly establishing themselves and earning fans.

For this list, we focused on authors who have recently published at least two popular books in the genre. Hopefully, this gives you plenty of reading material!


Riley Sager
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Jane Harper
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Lisa Jewell
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Ruth Ware
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B.A. Paris
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Joe Ide
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Wendy Walker
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Shari Lapena
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Jessica Strawser
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Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
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Liv Constantine
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C.J. Tudor
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Alice Feeney
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What mystery & thriller author would you recommend to your fellow readers? Let's talk in the comments!

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Comments Showing 1-17 of 17 (17 new)

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Suaad (I just want a cat) So many good books to read...


message 2: by José (new)

José Domingos Riley Sager has been such an excellent surprise. Final Girls was terrific, such a compelling book. Can't wait to read the next two.


The Joy of Erudition I think some of those cover designers are the ones in a rut.


message 4: by Dana Al-Basha (new)

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا What's with women and thrillers? Many angry females...




Juliet the Book Slayer "Final Girls" is one of the few books I've ever rated 1 star. AT LEAST 30% of that was the main character baking! Horrible, boring and so disappointing. She took a great concept, ate it and shat it out again.


message 6: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Riley Sager quickly became a go-to author for me. I read Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied shortly after they came out and loved both. Of course I had to get Lock Every Door ASAP; I’m about halfway through it now and can’t put it down. I had the opposite experience with Ruth Ware—just goes to show everyone has different tastes.


message 7: by Tucker (new)

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader) Juliet Fevang wrote: ""Final Girls" is one of the few books I've ever rated 1 star. AT LEAST 30% of that was the main character baking! Horrible, boring and so disappointing. She took a great concept, ate it and shat it..."

Riley Sager is male 😂


Juliet the Book Slayer He/she, whatever. It’s a crappy book.


message 9: by Tucker (new)

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader) Juliet Fevang wrote: "He/she, whatever. It’s a crappy book."

I can't agree or disagree because I haven't read it. Hopefully your next read it better


message 10: by Dora (new)

Dora The Last Time I lied really blew my mind away.


message 11: by Naomi (new)

Naomi Welp, my tbr list just got longer. Some of these books sound really good. And I've only heard of three authors on this list.


message 12: by Tina (last edited Jul 27, 2019 05:19AM) (new)

Tina Haigler The Joy of Erudition wrote: "I think some of those cover designers are the ones in a rut."

I wholeheartedly agree, and it's not just mystery writers. At least Ruth Ware's covers look completely different. I'll probably read her books first.


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Gabel Jo Nesbø


message 14: by Tasha (new)

Tasha Hall Juliet Fevang wrote: ""Final Girls" is one of the few books I've ever rated 1 star. AT LEAST 30% of that was the main character baking! Horrible, boring and so disappointing. She took a great concept, ate it and shat it..."

Riley Sager is a male who uses an ambiguous pen name


message 15: by Veronika (last edited Jul 31, 2019 02:29AM) (new)

Veronika I recommend John Sandford's Lucas Davenport & Virgil Flowers series. Quick read, great characters, smart plots!


message 16: by Allen (new)

Allen Juliet Fevang wrote: ""Final Girls" is one of the few books I've ever rated 1 star. AT LEAST 30% of that was the main character baking! Horrible, boring and so disappointing. She took a great concept, ate it and shat it..."

Dana Al-Basha wrote: "What's with women and thrillers? Many angry females...

"
Darling, a man wrote the book


message 17: by Mary (new)

Mary Jane Then She Was Gone is an excellent read, as are all of her books.


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