Five Suspenseful Book Recommendations

Here are five quick suspenseful book recommendations that will leave you on the edge of your seat and staying up to read “one more chapter“.


1. The Silent Patient


by Alex Michaelides
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Celadon Books
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
BvB Rating: 4 stars


Promised to be the debut novel of the year, The Silent Patient is an all-consuming, addictive psychological thriller about a woman found guilty of murdering her husband. With a history of mental health issues combined with the fact that she has not spoke a word since her husband was found dead, Alicia is sentenced to The Grove, a psychiatric hospital. Told from the point of view of the psychotherapist who is obsessed with treating her, you will be fervently flipping through the pages to figure out Alicia’s motives – and the therapists. 

2. The Wife Between Us


by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
BvB Rating: 4 stars


It may seem like your typical domestic thriller: an ex-wife is jealous of the younger woman her ex-husband is set to marry. But this unique plot and cast of characters will have you questioning everything until the very end. No more can be said without revealing too much. All we have to say is, read this book!

3. Winter in Paradise


by Elin Hilderbrand
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
BvB Rating: 5 stars


Irene Steele appears to have it all – the doting husband, kids, beautiful home, and dream job. In reality, her husband travels constantly, her children are grown and don’t need her as much anymore, and her job is pushing retirement. Still, she holds up the façade of perfection, that is, until she receives a phone call that her husband has been found dead under mysterious circumstances on the island of St. John. Irene and her sons travel to the Caribbean to figure out the details and are confronted with more startling news: her husband has a second family. Winter in Paradise is a remarkable start to a Caribbean-based trilogy – you will be biting at the bit for the second book!

4. Bring Me Back


by B.A. Paris
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Goodreads Rating: 3.49
BvB Rating: 4 stars


Finn and Layla are young and in love – they have their whole lives ahead of them. They are driving home from vacation and stop at a service station to use the restroom; when Finn returns to the car, Layla is gone. She disappeared, leaving Finn heartbroken. At least, that is what he tells the police. Fast forward ten years, Finn is engaged to, of all people, Layla’s sister, Ellen. They bonded over Layla’s disappearance; but even with the impending wedding, his intuition says something is not right. Unusual things start happening and Finn starts to wonder if Layla is back and lurking in the shadows – and if so, what does she want? How much does she know?

5. An Unwanted Guest


by Shari Lapena
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Goodreads Rating: 3.75
BvB Rating: 4 stars


There are ten guests staying at Mitchell’s Inn, a remote and charming lodge in the Catskill Mountains. There is no cell service, no internet access – just the hotel and the great outdoors. A blizzard hits, which turns into an ice storm. So much for experiencing the great outdoors. The ground is a sheet of ice and the power lines are down; everything is a blur of white. Early Saturday morning, a terrible shrill vibrates through the hallways: one of the guests has been found dead. It looks like it could have been an accident but then a second guest dies, clearly murdered. No one has arrived or left since the storm, so who could the murderer be? Surely not one of the guests…


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