If you haven’t taken my quiz yet to get beach read recommendations tailored just for you, check it out here.

If your result is Thrillers…

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of women writing thrillers. That’s not to say a thriller has to be written by a woman to be a beach read, but those are the ones I’m going to focus on here.

Much has been written about why women love reading thrillers. Most of us like to be scared…at least a little. And there’s something really satisfying about watching a heroine overcome the odds and survive despite being threatened, kidnapped, stalked or even tortured. There’s a certain sense of safety in reading or listening to stories that involve crimes and feeling like you’re armed with more tools to avoid the same calamity yourself. In much the same way true crime podcasts have become overwhelmingly popular, thrillers have become staple beach reads.

Here are some suggestions for thrillers you might enjoy:

Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth

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Good Bad Girl by Alice Feeney

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Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

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The Block Party by Jamie Day

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I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

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The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

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One by One by Ruth Ware

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

This one is my favorite thrillers of all time–kept me guessing!

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

A great read but might be a tough read if you have a daughter.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Great twist in this one.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I listened to the audiobook of this one and loved it.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Safe Place by Anna Downes

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Couldn’t stop reading this one, but beware of some domestic violence.

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

Yes, that Stephanie Meyer of Twilight Saga fame. This was one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to.

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

The cover grabbed me, but it’s a great premise for a story and reminded me of real events like Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin (Rachel Krall, Book 1)

If you love true crime podcasts, try this one.

Read my review

And check out the second book in the series below!

Dark Corners by Megan Goldin (Rachel Krall, Book 2)

This one is the second in a series, so check out The Night Swim above first.

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The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

Curious about the other quiz results? Here are links to those recommendation pages:

Contemporary Romance

Women’s Fiction

Historical Romance

Have others that should make this beach read recommendations list? Obviously I can’t read *all the things* myself, so I’d love to hear your recommendations! Contact me