30 Thrilling Books to Look Out for This Year

2021Books_NovelSuspectsAs an avid reader, I always have the same feelings about the end of the year: I hate to watch it go, but I love to watch it leave. One minute, all the “best books” lists come out and remind me of all the books I didn’t get to read, but then the next minute, I am distracted by all the lists of amazing upcoming books in the new year! You can’t really lose as a reader—it’s pretty great.

One of my favorite genres to read is crime books. Give me all your thrilling suspense novels! I love crime thrillers with lots of twists and turns and unreliable narrators, and crime novels with tried and true heroes, and cozy mysteries with punny titles set in sleepy towns. Spoiler: I love them all! Which is why I am excited about this list, because it highlights some of the biggest mystery and suspense releases of 2021.

On this list, you’ll find stand-alone mysteries, political thrillers, domestic suspense books, cozy mysteries, and more! Some are from debut authors and others are from the biggest names in the business. Several of these books are continuations in a series, which is doubly exciting, because it means you have the pleasure of jumping into a series headfirst or starting from the beginning. Just talking about these books is making me want to stop writing and go pick one up, so let’s get started!





Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, who hate to read.