Best Mystery/Thrillers of 2017 #Bestof2017

It’s day four of my favorite reads of 2017 and today I’m focusing on my most read genre, mysteries and thrillers! These are all standalones, tomorrow I’ll be sharing my favorite series. Since this is my most read genre I had an extremely difficult time narrowing down my list and I tried really hard to include different types of thrillers from adventure thrillers all the way to ones with supernatural elements, I’m hoping there is something on here for everyone!

If you missed the first three lists I shared my favorite debuts, women’s fiction, historical fiction and psychological thrillers and you can find them here.


Early in the year I read The Abattoir of Dreams and was blown away. This is a genre bending read, you can’t easily define it but it left a lasting impression and made me a huge fan of Tilbury.

The Weight of Lies was a book within a book, one of my favorite devices especially if it’s executed well. This had a fantastic atmosphere and a compelling storyline, I loved it!

I’m sure this choice surprises absolutely no one, but I can’t have a best of list without Karin Slaughter! The Good Daughter is one of my most popular reviews and one that I’m most proud of so this book holds a special place in my heart. I’m not going to start gushing about this book yet again, check out my review if you’re interested.

Bring Her Home was a good old fashioned mystery, it didn’t rely on cheap thrills or insane plot twists but it still delivered in a major way. The twists were subtle and just so well done, it’s my favorite Bell book to date.

Dead Woman Walking has a crazy premise, but in the best possible way. Hot air balloons, nuns, human trafficking and peacocks. For real, but it all works SO well.

Block 46 is profound, harrowing and will challenge you as a reader. It’s stunning and such a sophisticated crime novel.

Chris Whitaker is a force to be reckoned with, he’s redefining the genre and he is insanely talented. I wrote a gushy review for All the Wicked Girls, I may be a fangirl.

The River at Night is a crazy adventure thriller, heart pounding, intense with an atmosphere that will chill you to the bone.

If you’re in the mood for a fantastic serial killer thriller you have to read UNSUB. Deadly game of cat and mouse, tight plot and a lead character that you can root for. Book two is out in early 2018 so catch up ASAP!

The Fourth Monkey is another outstanding serial killer thriller, creepy, daring, fearless and in your face, this is not for the faint of heart.

Tomorrow is the last day of my favorite reads of the year post and I’m a little sad but more excited for what 2018 brings! I’ve already read three books that release next year that made it on my best of the year shelf on Goodreads ๐Ÿ˜‚ That’s amazing but I may have to start sharing my favorites in June if things stay this way.

What do you think of my list, have I tempted you? What were your favorite thrillers this year?

25 thoughts on “Best Mystery/Thrillers of 2017 #Bestof2017

  1. Mark Tilbury says:

    Oh wow!
    Thank you so much for including The Abattoir of Dreams. It’s amazing to think that my books are being chosen as top reads by you and your fellow bloggers when you’ve all read so many!
    All the best for 2018, and thanks again for your support.

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  2. Zoe says:

    Amy, great post, although you’re not helping me reduce my TBR list! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I can’t believe the only one I have read on this list was The Fourth Monkey, which I also thought was really well done!

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  3. Savings InSeconds says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, so sad! I looked on my town’s library website for each one. It had a few of them — couldn’t find a few. Another great one I enjoyed in 2017 was Stillhouse Lake.

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  4. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    I’ve seen The Good Girl and The Weight of Lies on many best of 2017 lists! The River at Night probably appeals to me the most from this list because I love adventure stories… I will also be giving David Bell’s book a go. Since he lives in Ohio he is always at the book festivals I attend. I tried Since She Went Away and thought it was ok, but I’ve heard Bring Her Home is his best novel yet!

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    • novelgossip says:

      I think you would like River, if I remember right lol, it wasnโ€™t crazy graphic just all adrenaline rush type stuff. Iโ€™ve not read all of Bells books but liked BHH more than SSWA


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