Crime Fiction that Will Keep You On the Edge of Your Seat

Crime Fiction that Will Keep You On the Edge of Your SeatSome crime novels are slow and steady, building to an explosive climax over the course of a few hundred pages. Others are “cozy” and invite you to follow a quirky detective through a picturesque yet mysterious town. And still others, like the ones on this list, begin with a curveball and don’t stop throwing them until the very last page (and, if the book is part of a series, maybe not even then!). All approaches are great, but if you prefer to get a real adrenaline rush out of your crime fiction, then you’ve come to the right place.

These mystery suspense books encompass a wide array of genres, from political thrillers to tales of personal vendettas. They waste no time introducing readers to the characters, their troubles, and the consequences should the hero fail. In that spirit, let’s waste no more time on this introduction and take a look at some crime novels.


Eileen Gonzalez is a freelance writer from Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in communications and years of experience writing about pop culture. She contributes to Book Riot and Foreword Reviews, and she occasionally tweets at @eileen2thestars.