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Mysteries & Thrillers to Try on Audio

Wondering where to start with listening to mysteries and thrillers? Check out this list curated by Sara Hildreth (Novel Pairings podcast) and get 5 reasons to listen to mysteries and thrillers with audiobooks here!

Playlist Tags: genre: Mystery & Thriller topic: mystery thriller genre

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The Eighth Girl

A Novel

By Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
Narrated by: Jo Mei & Frazer Douglas
Length: 13 hours 26 minutes

Optioned by Netflix and a most anticipated book of 2020 from The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and LitHub.

"The Eighth Girl is an exquisite exploration of childhood trauma and its impact on the psyche. Part thriller, part character study, I devoured this novel in one sitting, reflecting on each sentence, each passage, and each astute observation... Read more »

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When No One Is Watching

A Thriller

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

When No One Is Watching

“This is a must-read thriller rooted deeply in Brooklyn and its racist past. As the neighborhood makes plans for the annual block party, Sydney ends up battling more than the microaggressions from her new white neighbors. When her best friends go missing, her mom's prized garden is threatened, and a fake meter reader breaks into her home, she will put everything on the line to get out alive. At least she's got a semi-charming, well-meaning Theo by her side.”

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Two Girls Down

A Novel
An Alice Vega Novel: Book #1

By Louisa Luna
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

Two Girls Down

“At last, a book with girl in the title that is about actual girls. Kylie and Bailey, ages 8 and 10, disappear from a strip mall. Their mother is frantic and the police are making no progress. When the family hires Alice Vega, an out-of-state bounty hunter, to find the girls, she teams up with Max Caplan, a former cop turned private investigator, and they combine their skills to try to find the missing girls before it is too late. A suspenseful and all-too-real scenario that will drive readers to finish the story before doing anything else.”

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While Justice Sleeps

A Novel

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo & Stacey Abrams
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

While Justice Sleeps

“From the first pages, this crime novel from author/activist Stacey Abrams drew me into the world of the Supreme Court (and chess!) and the seedy underbelly of the U.S. government. This race through the streets of Washington, DC, also contains a deeply satisfying ending that I won’t give away.”

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Sharp Objects

A Novel

By Gillian Flynn
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen... Read more »

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Bluebird, Bluebird

A Highway 59 Novel: Book #1

By Attica Locke
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

Bluebird, Bluebird

“Loved this audiobook. Darren Matthews is such a compelling protagonist, and the cast of characters, pacing, etc of this novel is terrific. Also thought the reader did an excellent job. Now on to Heaven My Home!”

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

“The perfect atmospheric thriller to curl up and listen to while the rain lashes the window and your tarot spread suggests you stay inside. Cold mansion, creepy maid, a surprise will, and long buried secrets clawing their way out of the grave will keep you glued to the seat, cup of tea trembling in your hand until the last word. ”

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

By Stuart Turton
Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 17 hours 3 minutes

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

“A murder has happened at the esteemed Blackheath House. Or, rather a murder will happen every night--the same night played over again-- at Blackheath House until our protagonist Aiden Bishop breaks the cycle. Every repeated day, Aiden must unravel a little more of the mystery surrounding the Hardcastle manor and its inhabitants in attempt to solve and prevent the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. But for every day that starts over, Aiden wakes up in a different guest's body. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle simultaneously evokes a classic Agatha Christie novel while also providing an utterly original take the genre. A bold and innovative novel that will keep you reading late into the night to find out the ending!”

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The Current

A Novel

By Tim Johnston
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Length: 14 hours 27 minutes

The Current

“A perfectly balanced pairing of complex characters and narrative tension. En route to visit her terminally ill father in Minnesota, a college student and her friend flee an assault and plunge into an icy river. Questions arise and tensions increase when the primary suspect of a ten year old cold case returns home. ”

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Untamed Shore

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Maria Liatis
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

Renowned author Silvia Moreno-Garcia's first thriller, UNTAMED SHORE, is a coming-of-age story set in Mexico which quickly turns dark when a young woman meets three enigmatic tourists. Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to... Read more »

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