My Top 5 Thriller Novels of 2023

Best of 2023

2023 has been an exhilarating year for thrillers, and as an author myself and book reveiwer, I’ve been particularly captivated by the depth and creativity in this genre. “Best of” lists begin to pop-up all over the place at this time of the year, so here is my own list. It’s hard to come up with my top five and I kept going back forth with out great books, but finally I locked it in.

Here are my top five picks that have kept me on the edge of my seat in 2023 (in no particular order):

  1. The Snow Graves” by Roger Stelljes
    The Snow GravesA chilling tale set in a snow-clad landscape, this novel combines meticulous detective work with relentless suspense. Stelljes masterfully crafts a narrative that is as haunting as it is engaging, making it impossible to put down.
  2. The Running Girls” by Matt Brolly
    The Running GirlsBrolly’s work stands out for its fast-paced plot and intricately developed characters. The story of perseverance and mystery captivates from the first page, weaving a complex web that culminates in a surprising yet satisfying conclusion.
  3. Please Tell Me” by Mike Omer
    Please Tell MeOmer’s psychological thriller delves deep into the human psyche, exploring dark themes with a skillful touch. The novel’s gripping narrative and well-crafted suspense make it a standout read in this year’s offerings.
  4. Judgment Prey” by John Sandford
    Judgement PreySandford continues to excel in the thriller genre, and “Judgment Prey” is no exception. Its blend of legal intrigue and thrilling action creates a riveting story that challenges the reader’s sense of justice and morality.
  5. The Night I Died” by Anne Fraiser
    The Night I DiedFraiser’s novel is a masterful blend of mystery and emotional depth. The story’s exploration of life, death, and the blurred lines in between is both thought-provoking and deeply engaging.

Each of these novels has offered me something unique – be it the setting, the narrative style, or the depth of character development. They’ve all contributed significantly to the thriller genre this year, and I highly recommend them to any fellow thriller enthusiasts.

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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