Gasp from the Past: 9 Great Historical Thrillers

Gasp from the Past: 9 Great Historical Thrillers Featured ImageDid you know that the thriller genre has technically been around since the time of Homer in Ancient Greece? It’s true! The Iliad and The Odyssey are considered thrilling epic poems. And since then, books published in several genres can be considered thrillers. Grimm’s Fairytales? The original ones are SCARY and quite thrilling. There have been revenge thrillers, mystery thrillers, horror thrillers, and espionage thrillers on the bestseller lists for decades now. People love thrillers!

Another amazing offshoot of the thriller genre is the historical thriller: thrillers where the action and intrigue take place in an earlier time period. This subset has been responsible for some of the best books in the business, like The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Sometimes, they’re even a great way to learn about real things that happened in history!

Whether you’re a historical thriller aficionado or are trying to decide which one to pick up first, here is a list with nine wonderful options–from several different time periods–for you to consider.




Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor and velocireader living in the great state of Maine with her three cats, who hate to read.