The 60 Hottest New (and Upcoming) Mysteries & Thrillers

Posted by Cybil on April 5, 2021


Psychological thrillers that will leave your head spinning. Cold cases, detectives hot on a trail, unreliable narrators, and a dash of poison for good measure. For mystery and thriller readers, this is the perfect time to get lost in the pages of a new book. 

We sleuthed through our data to find the hits of the genre so far this year, which include the unputdownable debuts The Push and Every Last Fear, as well as the much-buzzed-about sci-fi clone thriller The Echo Wife.  

We also uncovered the titles your fellow mystery lovers cannot wait to read next through the end of the year. Get ready for some masterful mysteries from Riley Sager and Alex Michaelides, as well as noir from Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a crime caper from Colson Whitehead, and the return of Liane Moriarty.

Scroll over the covers below to learn more about each novel, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!

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Highly Anticipated Mysteries & Thrillers Coming Soon...


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Which new and upcoming mysteries and thrillers are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!


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message 1: by Twerking (new)

Twerking To Beethoven 43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!


message 2: by jhnm (new)

jhnm Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"
Someone knows how to count. TOXIC MATHEMATICS!!


message 3: by Léa (new)

Léa Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

it's about time women writing thrillers are recognised!


message 4: by TMR (new)

TMR Ooh interesting list.


message 5: by user (new)

user I knew I shouldn't have clicked on the banner. So disappointing...


message 6: by Anissa (last edited Apr 05, 2021 08:03AM) (new)

Anissa Great list! I have 12 from this list on my TBR, I've read and enjoyed Who Is Maud Dixon? and there are about 5 more I could see myself reading based on a casual glance at the summaries. Looking forward to more of Mystery & Thriller week.

I've read a lot of mysteries & thrillers (from Classic Crime to Cozy Mysteries) so far this year and I am glad to add more (though this is getting in the way of my science fiction reading). Good problems to have. :)


message 7: by Abigail Reilly (new)

Abigail Reilly I’m so excited for so many of these 💕


message 8: by Scott (new)

Scott Kauffman Looking forward to some great reads!


message 9: by Audra (new)

Audra ‘The Push’ is my next read. I’m about halfway through ‘Covet’ by Rachel Harley right now. I don’t hate it, but I’m not exactly in love with it either. Eh.


message 10: by Meryl (new)

Meryl Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Thank you! I couldn't agree more. I hardly use Goodreads anymore for recs or highlights. Even "honest" book reviews are hard to find without some woke af person pushing an agenda. UGH!

"They'll" more likely say that it's my own damn fault that most of my favorite books are written by either a male author or have a male lead character. Oh well...


message 11: by Olga (new)

Olga Levitzki So exciting! Can't wait to read!


message 12: by Vikka ☾ (new)

Vikka ☾    Meryl wrote: "Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Thank you! I couldn't agree more. I hardly use Goodreads anymore for recs or highlights. Even "honest" bo..."


What's wrong with Goodreads promoting female authors?


message 13: by Karla (new)

Karla Schneider That Michael Jackson silhouette on the right side, got exactly what I had in mind.


message 14: by AlwaysV (new)

AlwaysV I'm a huge lover of mystery/thriller ~ checking out what GR has promoted here makes me grin BIG 😝 None I'm interested in 😝

My highly anticipated new releases ~
#1 ~ What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr, #16) by C.S. Harris What the Devil Knows will download @ midnight tonight 💝 Can't wait! (British narrators? if yes ~ I'll definitely add that on too)

#1 ~ The Rock (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #18) by L.J. Ross The Rock will download on April 28th 💝 I think I'll add audible too~ nothing can compare to delicious British narrators💞

#1 ~ Murder in Unsound Mind (Doyle & Acton, #13) by Anne Cleeland Murder in Unsound Mind already read & loved it in February 2021 💝

#1 ~ Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh Quiet in Her Bones ] already read & loved it in February 2021 💝

Yes! all written by amazing female authors 💞


message 15: by Emily (new)

Emily Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

I wish there was a feature to like comments :(. Because I most definitely like this comment. Hilarious and so true XD


message 16: by Gina (new)

Gina Because women write the best thrillers.


message 17: by Tht kid (new)

Tht kid Lost in Books.. so many books to read, but so little time


☾ ⋆ mayari ⋆ ☽ Mother May I
The Lost Village

Two of my most anticipated reads this year!! I hope I like it ✨


message 19: by Mark (new)

Mark I've tried many books by female authors but I really prefer male authors because they tend to be more to the point. Less sidetracking, less romance and more manly I guess. Is this maybe a common thing among other readers? That they prefer male or female authors in general? Not here for a flaming war, but looking to understand my own book preferences.


message 20: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Morawski Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Take a hike dickhead. Sheesh.


message 21: by Claes (last edited Apr 06, 2021 04:22AM) (new)

Claes Meryl wrote: "Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Thank you! I couldn't agree more. ... "They'll" more likely say that it's my own damn fault that most of my favorite books are written by either a male author or have a male lead character."


No one here is complaining about you liking books written by or about men. That is a fantasy in your head.

You, on the other hand, are complaining about other people liking books written by women.

So ...maybe try not to do the exact thing you accuse others of doing?


message 22: by Colleen (new)

Colleen Great list - even more on my tbr list now. So refreshing to have a list with a majority of female writers on it!


message 23: by Eli (new)

Eli Abbott This site is extremely slanted to female authors only. I hate this site. Barely look at the emails anymore. When I do, I continue to get turned off


message 24: by Tony (new)

Tony da Napoli Did not see any of the great UK-Euro-Nordic noir writers. Too provincial.


message 25: by Fenris (new)

Fenris Eli wrote: "This site is extremely slanted to female authors only. I hate this site. Barely look at the emails anymore. When I do, I continue to get turned off"

So why are you still here?


message 26: by Fenris (new)

Fenris I am really looking forward to Stacey Abram's novel, While Justice Sleeps! I had no idea she was a novelist, I am sad to admit. I also will be reading Later by Stephen King, and The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. Oh, and for all of you poor misogynists who cannot abide women authors, go crawl back under your rocks.


message 27: by Betty (new)

Betty I read mostly mysteries, and there is no book on this list that has I want to read. Two of may are Lady Darby by Anna Lee Huber and one by David Rosenfeld one on new series about K-9 dogs. A woman and a man.


message 28: by bohemianrhapsody32 (last edited Apr 06, 2021 09:14AM) (new)

bohemianrhapsody32 Mirrorland

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone!

It's on Net Galley!


bohemianrhapsody32 ⋆ ⋆ tala ⋆ ⋆ wrote: "Mother May I
The Lost Village

Two of my most anticipated reads this year!! I hope I like it ✨"


I also cannot wait to read “The Lost Village.” The author Camilla Sten is awesome!!


message 30: by Warren (new)

Warren Hottest New (and Upcoming)? Stacy Abrams?! Harlan Coben is awful and I suspect this one is too. GR needs some diversity in their recommendations.
Where are Ocean Prey (Sandford), Enemy at the Gates (Flynn), The Dark Hours (Connelly), Baldacci, CJ Box...?!


message 31: by Mary (new)

Mary Warren wrote: "Hottest New (and Upcoming)? Stacy Abrams?! Harlan Coben is awful and I suspect this one is too. GR needs some diversity in their recommendations.
Where are Ocean Prey (Sandford), Enemy at the Gates..."


I personally feel that established authors like you mention Baldacci, Sandford, etc. don't need to be promoted on Good Reads. Their followers will read their books. I don't understand why folks hang out in a site like Goodreads if they don't agree with the books/ideas/whatevers listed! Your choice--get out! I'm looking for new ideas/authors, not old ones - which I already have in my TBR pile!!


message 32: by Shaelyn (new)

Shaelyn Mary, I 100% agree with you


message 33: by Liz (new)

Liz I’ve read quite a few of these. Who is Maud Dixon, Every Last Fear, The Survivors, The Good Sister, Six Weeks to Live, Findlay Donovan is killing It and The Burning Girls are all well worth the time to read. Four or five stars.
Not as thrilled by The Lost Village, The Push, The Wife Upstairs or The Lost Apothecary. But they’re each solid 3 stars.


message 34: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Here is what I do when I see a book that doesn't interest me; now listen up because this is a secret...I walk or scroll right by and don't purchase it. Now use this information carefully, and you won't have to be contaminated by 'toxic femininity'!
It is striking to note that someone could be so upset simply because of what they perceive to be a female name on a book cover without knowing one thing about the book.


message 35: by Warren (new)

Warren Mary wrote: "Warren wrote: "Hottest New (and Upcoming)? Stacy Abrams?! Harlan Coben is awful and I suspect this one is too. GR needs some diversity in their recommendations.
Where are Ocean Prey (Sandford), Ene..."

I personally feel that established authors like you mention Baldacci, Sandford, etc. don't need to be promoted on Good Reads. Their followers will read their books. I don't understand why folks hang out in a site like Goodreads if they don't agree with the books/ideas/whatevers listed! Your choice--get out! I'm looking for new ideas/authors, not old ones - which I already have in my TBR pile!!

I would say, Stephen King, James Elroy, Paula Hawkins. Harlen Coben puts a steak in the heart of that theory not to mention the Heading says nothing about promoting "New" authors. All Goodreads is becoming good for is cataloging your library. I find much more unbiased reviewing over at Audible. Are there any people working at Goodreads who judge by the content of the book or is it just the sex of the author now?


message 36: by Lindsay (last edited Apr 07, 2021 12:03AM) (new)

Lindsay The fact that this completely innocent topic, a list of thriller book recommendations, has caused so many of you to write/attack each other's opinions is so incredibly ridiculous. Seriously, chill, it's a list of book recommendations! Like it, hate it, but please relax and stop with all the stupid pointless arguments and cruel comments. What is the point?!


message 37: by Jess (new)

Jess Already had lots of these on my TBR (and a few read already!) - but happy to add a few!


message 38: by Lora (new)

Lora Carlson Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Do explain your meaning for this.


message 39: by Joanna (new)

Joanna Elm Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Did you count Riley Sager in the 43???


message 40: by Peacejanz (new)

Peacejanz This is so absurd. Go back and read some history. We live in a male focused society in the US, western Europe - Hundreds of years ago, women writers had to take male names in order to get published. Most of you do not have a clue about the sex of the authors - only if you have seen them on TV and are you certain that was really the author, or someone she paid to speak as herself? Stacey Abrams supported herself for a long time writing bodice rippers under a pseudonym. I once sat through a debate between eminent university English professors about the bias or focus of male or female authors and their characters. They did not know the difference. Don't waste anymore time on this discussion. It does not matter. What matters is if the author or the description of the book interests you. And we do change our interests over time. I just read a comment on another site about Alex Delaware becoming trite. I thought so a long time ago and quit the Delaware mysteries. Some still love them. These list are just like the Goodreads giveaway list - a way for us to find out about new authors or new books published by authors we like or dislike. peace, janz


message 41: by Charmaine (new)

Charmaine Am I the only one who was looking through these synopses purely for inspiration for my next read, without giving a flying fig about the gender of the authors ?!


message 42: by Mandy (new)

Mandy Walkden-Brown Very unappealing list. Think your definition of thriller needs reassessment. Tedious whodunnits and boring mysteries. Not helpful in the least.


message 43: by William (last edited Apr 08, 2021 04:00AM) (new)

William The list left off True Crime Story
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

the new work from the fabulous Joseph Knox. His Aidan Waits series starting with Sirens is the finest crime noir trilogy ever written.

My review of Sirens, a TEN STAR masterpiece
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 44: by Deborah (last edited Apr 08, 2021 04:08AM) (new)

Deborah Chissà quanto tempo dovremo aspettare prima che vengano tradotto in italiano. Molti autori e autrici non vengono neppure presi in considerazione purtroppo.

Who knows how long we will have to wait before they are translated into Italian. Unfortunately, many authors and female authors are not even taken into consideration.


message 45: by Kym (new)

Kym picked up a lot of good recommendations from this list...


message 46: by Kym (new)

Kym Twerking wrote: "43 books off this list were written by female authors. TOXIC FEMININITY!"

Twerking read 32 books in 2020. All of them were written by men.

Is this toxic masculinity?


message 47: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Ochirosi Stephen King, James Ellroy and Walter Mosley...the rest I can do without...


bohemianrhapsody32 Charmaine wrote: "Am I the only one who was looking through these synopses purely for inspiration for my next read, without giving a flying fig about the gender of the authors ?!"

Flying fig lol same.


message 49: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Mark wrote: "I've tried many books by female authors but I really prefer male authors because they tend to be more to the point. Less sidetracking, less romance and more manly I guess. Is this maybe a common th..."

As a long time librarian, I think this is common. I read a lot of male authors before I retired for readers advisory reasons, but tend toward female ones. Margaret


message 50: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Covers of books - it’s strange but some covers just turn me away from reading a book ! Silly or what ? For example - Survive the Night - Skipped right over it lol


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