I think thrillers are the most loved audiobooks (maybe…). Honestly, few stories lend themselves to audiobooks better than mystery thriller books. The suspense always kills me and I love playing detective, trying to figure out the mystery before the characters do.
With mind-bending plot twists, an exciting and gripping thriller audiobook is perfect to listen to in your free time or in a long ride.
In this list, I’ve included some of the best thriller authors along with talented narrators. Whether you like listening to detective thrillers or maybe something more sinister, you will find something in these 12 best thriller audiobooks.
Best Mystery Thriller Audiobooks :-
- The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
- What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
- The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
- The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
- Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano
- The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis
- The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
- Quicksilver by Dean Koontz
- Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson
- The Maid by Nita Prose
- A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham
- The Intangible by C.J. Washington
12. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
Casey is tired of her life as an actress. To find peace and deal with the grief of losing her husband, she decides to take a break at her lake house in Vermont. With nothing better to do, she uses binoculars to watch the glamorous couple across the lake – Tom and Katherine. Casey and Katherine become friends after an incident, making her even more interested in their lives.
The more she watches, the clearer it becomes that the couple isn’t as perfect as she had thought. And one day, Katherine goes missing. Casey is determined to find out what happened. What dark secrets are hidden in the house across the lake? Find out in this Thriller filled with Crazy Twists.
11. What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
The Bennett family – Jason, the loving father. Lucinda, the pretty mom. Allison, the teenage daughter. And Ethan, a 13-years-old smart boy. A beautiful family living a normal life…Until one night, while returning from Allison’s soccer game, two-man holding guns demand their car. Jason just wants his family to be safe and gives up the car but one wrong move by their dog, and one of the men accidentally kills the other.
The Bennett family escapes but the next day they are visited by the FBI and it turns out that the two men worked for a dangerous man and the one who accidentally died was the son of that dangerous man. And now, he blames the Bennett family for his son’s death. What will Jason do to protect his family? Sometimes justice is a one-man show.
10. The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have the perfect life everyone would envy but it’s all a facade. The “Golden Couple” isn’t exactly perfect. Marissa is tired of her loveless marriage and ends up having an affair.
For the sake of her 8-year-old son, she proposes couple’s therapy with Avery Chambers, a therapist who lost her license because of her methods. The Bishops are desperate and are willing to accept her methods. The Secrets are about to be revealed!!
9. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
It’s time for a Great locked-room mystery set in a building where every resident has secrets.
Jess just lost her job, has no money, no place to stay, and no boyfriend or friends she can ask for help. She’s at her lowest and the only person she could think of was her half-brother Ben. He lives in Paris and when Jess if she can stay with him for a while, he reluctantly agrees. But when arrives at his apartment in Paris, he’s nowhere to be found.
When she doesn’t hear from him for days, she takes matters into her own hands and starts to find clues about his whereabouts. Soon, she finds secrets that make the situation even more complicated and her new neighbors know something they’re not willing to share.
8. Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano
Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead is the second Audiobook in the Finlay Donovan Series by Elle Cosimano. The first audiobook was a bestseller and the second one is just as good. Award-winning author Megan Miranda defines it as “Funny and smart, twisty and surprising.” The first book ended with a twist and the second book picks up right where the first left off.
Finlay’s main concern right now is to finish her next book but then she finds out that someone wants to kill her ex-husband, Steven. To make sure her kids don’t lose their father, she decides to help Steven but saving him might turn out to be more of a challenge than she had thought. She has a lot to deal with again – soccer moms, Russian mobs, and a hot detective. Plus, she still hasn’t finished her book.
7. The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis
Lillian Carter, a famous model who had many statues based on her figure, lost her mother to the Spanish flu in 1919. After her mother died, Lillian’s life fell apart. With no more modeling jobs coming her way, she took a job at the Frick mansion as a secretary. Soon, her life became intertwined with the Frick family. Then, a murder happened!! And the killer was never found…
50-years-later, Veronica is a model whose next shoot is at the former Frick mansion which is now a famous museum. There, she stumbles upon a series of hidden letters. And these letters will take Veronica and her charming intern Joshua, on a hunt that could finally shine some light on what happened at the mansion 50 years ago.
6. The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
An Isolated farmhouse in the middle of nowhere!! A couple was killed in this house along with their young daughter and their teenage son went missing. Did the killer take the son with him? or was it the son who killed his family? No one found the answer to these questions…
Years later, Wylie decides to stay at the farmhouse. She is a true-crime author who after having a stupid fight with her son, decides to retreat to the farmhouse for some quiet to finish her new book. But she didn’t expect a blizzard. Trapped in the house with no electricity and no connection to the outside world, things couldn’t get worse. Or that’s what she thought until she finds a wounded young boy lying in the front yard.
The answer to what happened in this house all those years ago is about to be revealed. Find out for yourself……
5. Quicksilver by Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, is back…
Quinn was abandoned three days after he was born. Left on a highway, he was picked up and sent to an orphanage where he lived for 19-years until he got a job and became independent. One day, he felt a strange feeling that took him to an abandoned restaurant where he found a gold coin.
Days later, two Internal Security Agents want him to come with them. He again feels the same strange feeling which helps him escape and leads him to the deserted farmhouse where the same agents are keeping two hostages – Bridget and her grandfather, Sparky. He helps them escape and finds out that Bridget also has the same intuitive powers similar to him. Who is Quinn? Who were his parents and why did they abandon him?
4. Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson
“An enthralling literary puzzle…This powerful, intoxicating book’s greatest tension is that we have no idea where it is heading” — The New York Times
Our narrator was on the way to Berlin from JFK but a flight delay left him with a lot of free time. And that’s when he runs into an old acquaintance from college, Jeff Cook. He starts to tell the narrator about an incident that changed his life completely. One day at the beach, he saved a drowning man by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Later, he finds out that the man he saved is Francis Arsenault, a renowned art dealer. And that’s how the lives of the two men intertwined.
You will be left with many unanswered questions. Were Jeff and Francis good people? Was the narrator truly the first person to hear the story?
3. The Maid by Nita Prose
The Maid by Nita Prose is a smart, gripping, and refreshing whodunit locked room mystery, perfect for fans of Clue by Michael McDowell.
Molly is not normal. She has a unique personality and doesn’t understand the rules of this world. Her grandmother always helped her and explained the world in simpler terms. After her grandma is dead, Molly is left alone in this complex world.
She works as a maid at a grand hotel and does her best at the job. All she wants is a normal life but that life is upended when she goes to clean the room of Mr. Black, a rich guy and finds him dead. Because of her unique personality, she becomes the prime suspect in the case. Now, she must find the real killer and prove her innocence with the help of some friends she never even knew she had.
2. A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham
A Flicker In The Dark is an unforgettable thriller by Stacy Willingham. It’s also going to be adapted into a live-action TV series starring actress Emma Stone.
Chloe’s father is a serial killer who kidnapped and killed six teenage girls in her small hometown. She had no other option but to move on from that horrific summer that completely changed her life.
Now years later, she is a psychologist with many troubled teenagers as her patient. She is about to get married and finally have the happy life she’s wanted for so long. But then a girl goes missing. and then another. It all seems so familiar to her. It’s just like that summer. Is she being paranoid? or Is her worst nightmare occurring all over again? But her father’s in prison, so who’s the kidnapper? Was her father really the killer all those years ago?
1. The Intangible by C.J. Washington
The one thing Amanda wants more than anything in the world is to have a baby. She’s pregnant and is really happy about it but that’s when tragedy hits her. Miscarriage. She lost her child but can’t bring herself to accept it. She still thinks she’s pregnant and is going to have a baby. But deep down she knows…She ends up seeking help from Patrick Davis, a neuroscientist.
Patrick tries to do his best to help her but he’s going through a tough time as well. He has problems of his own and maybe while helping Amanda, he will be able to find answers to his problems as well. Soon, they venture into the darkest corners of each other’s lives. What they find there could change them forever.