25 Great Standalone Thrillers from the Decade So Far

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The days when you would be able to discern the latest bestselling thriller simply by gazing around your bus or train may have gone, but the thriller is still in rude health. We have sliced through recent records to present these 25 novels that each stand a chance of entering the thriller canon. If we have missed your favourite, please add it to the comments below – we love a good book tip!

His Bloody Project cover

1. His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet
Mr Mercedes cover

2. Mr Mercedes

Stephen King
Wolf Border cover

3. The Wolf Border

Sarah Hall
Angelmaker cover

4. Angelmaker

Nick Harkaway
Dodgers cover

5. Dodgers

Bill Beverly
Long Drop cover

6. The Long Drop

Denise Mina
Cutting Season cover

7. The Cutting Season

Attica Locke
Coffin Road cover

8. Coffin Road

Peter May
Flesh Wounds cover

9. Flesh Wounds

Chris Brookmyre
Orphan Choir cover

12. The Orphan Choir

Sophie Hannah
Perfidia cover

13. Perfidia

James Ellroy
Gone Girl cover

14. Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn
Eileen cover

16. Eileen

Ottessa Moshfegh
Hit and Run cover

17. Hit and Run

Doug Johnstone
Pretty Girls cover

20. Pretty Girls

Karin Slaughter
Dare Me cover

21. Dare Me

Megan Abbott
Delicate Truth cover

23. A Delicate Truth

John le Carre
Thicket cover

24. The Thicket

Joe R Lansdale

25. Rubbernecker

Belinda Bauer

List created by

Danny Scott
Danny Scott

Danny Scott is Scottish Book Trust's Digital Marketing Manager

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