07 July 2017

14 Standalone Thrillers to Read This Summer

There's something about pairing summer with a good mystery or thriller, but at the same time, there's the issue of not wanting to start a new series. I'm here to say you can have your page-turner without a making a commitment. Take a look at these 14 recent standalone novels, perfect for warm-weather entertainment. (Publishing dates are in parentheses.)

14 Standalone Thrillers for Summer 2017
  • Defectors by Joseph Kanon (Atria Books, June 6): Two brothers on different sides of the cold war star in this story of a divided family, spies, and politics.
  • Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon (Ballantine, July 4): The past comes back to haunt shattered, estranged twins, forcing the sisters to face their demons.
  • Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (St. Martin's Press, August 8): Two teenage sisters go missing; three years later, one returns with a questionable story of abduction and a mysterious island.
14 Standalone Thrillers for Summer 2017
  • Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (Viking, July 25): Set in a zoo after closing, a woman and her four-year-old son are caught in a deadly game of hide and seek in the midst of an active mass shooting.
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager (Dutton, July 11): Years after surviving a mass shooting, a woman once again fears for her life when she realizes she may be the next victim of a serial killer.
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow, August 8): A teenage survivor of a home intrusion grows up to be a lawyer tapped to investigate a school shooting; the incidents may be related.
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Simon & Schuster, July 25): Four friends, reunited after seventeen years, face the long-reaching consequences of a series of lies they circulated when still teenagers.
14 Standalone Thrillers for Summer 2017
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper, June 6): A murder mystery within a murder mystery discovered by the editor of a best-selling author.
  • The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (Bantam, July 25): Newlyweds join an organization that promises to make their relationship last a lifetime, until they realize there's no quitting the group.
  • My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood (William Morrow, July 11): A war reporter, just back from the Mideast to bury her mother, must sort out her PTSD symptoms from a possible crime involving a child.
14 Standalone Thrillers for Summer 2017
  • The Other Girl by Erica Spindler (St. Martin's Press, August 22): While a Louisiana police officer investigates the ritualistic murder of a professor, she transitions into a suspect.
  • The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Scribner, July 11): Two pregnant Londoners--one successful, one not; both with secrets--cross paths with devastating consequences.
  • A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman, August 15): A double-crossing by a third party leaves a husband and wife full of doubts and accusations.
  • You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison (Sarah Crichton, June 6): Who knew an auction of antique maps could set off a violent chain of events, including kidnapping, murder, and a mystery?


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 7/7/17, 7:55 AM  

I'm looking forward to the Wendy Walker! But sadly, didn't love Final Girls...was a bit eye-roll inducing for me.

Susie | Novel Visits 7/7/17, 9:28 AM  

I'm so thrilled to see this thrillers list! I don't like to get into series, but a good stand alone thriller can be great. Thanks.

bermudaonion 7/7/17, 9:46 AM  

I do love a good thriller and am anxious to read Fierce Kingdom. I've seen mixed things about Magpie Murders.

(Diane) bookchickdi 7/7/17, 10:23 AM  

I read The Marriage Pact, and I have to say that it is haunting. The premise is so strange, but I seriously could not get it out of my mind and I still think about it weeks after I read it. I want to read Emma In the Night, that one looks good too.

Vicki 7/7/17, 2:22 PM  

I used to read mainly thrillers. After the loss of my husband and dog Patches I was in a very dark place for a long time and still am at times. I didn't want to read anything expect light, feel good books. I'm slowly adding thrillers to my tbr list so I'll check these out.

Greg 7/7/17, 5:18 PM  

Ooh thrillers. I have Emma in the Night and The Lying Game as definite must- reads.

Nan 7/7/17, 5:31 PM  

I'm hoping to read MM!

Iliana 7/8/17, 5:34 PM  

I love thrillers so I'm really excited about several of these, in particular the Ruth Ware book!

Daryl 7/11/17, 11:17 AM  

oooh ... what a lovely 'bunch' of good reading .. thank you ... i am compiling a list!

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