Nothing beats a gripping crime fiction novel. The pleasure of getting totally sucked into the plotline of a crime thriller and getting oblivious of the world around you is something that only a lover of crime thrillers knows. All you need to do is to choose the genre that entices you. It could be a gentle detective story or a scary crime series, historical crime fiction or gritty true-to-life crime stories that will make your heart race. With this in mind, we share our collection of the most exciting crime thriller books to read in 2022.
Riccardino by Andrea Camilleri
The twenty-eighth and final novel of bestselling author Andrea Camilleri's thrilling, wickedly funny Inspector Montalbano Mysteries series is the first on our list.
Inspector Montalbano receives a strange phone call early in the morning from a caller named Riccardino, who asks him when he’ll be arriving at the meeting. But later that day, Montalbano learns of a brutal slaying in broad daylight.
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While the assassin is unknown, the victim's name is Riccardino – and the Inspector's problems are just getting started. Riccardino, the series finale, is exquisitely crafted by one of Europe's greatest crime fiction writers.
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton
State of Terror follows a new Secretary of State who joins the administration of her opponent, a president elected after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks destabilise the global order. The secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to exploit an American government that is dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it matters the most.
This high-stakes international intrigue thriller features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider would know.
Never by Ken Follett
After more than a decade, best-selling thriller author Ken Follett returns with a gripping novel. The story revolves around a stolen army drone, a hidden stash of highly toxic chemicals, a brilliant Chinese spymaster, and a US president pursued by a populist rival.
Never before has there been such a terrifying and intense look at international and diplomatic peacetime. A few missteps away from a chain reaction of catastrophic consequences, with only three very different protagonists able to prevent disaster by working in the shadows.
When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel
This thriller follows the story of Anna Hart, a missing person detective in San Francisco with years of experience. Anna flees to her hometown of Mendocino in Northern California when tragedy strikes her personal life. However, a local girl goes missing on the day she arrives. The crime reminds Anna of a similar incident from her childhood, shocking the community when another young girl goes missing. When the Stars Go, Dark is a story about fate, redemption, and our faith in each other, based on real missing-persons cases and trauma theory, with a dash of the metaphysical thrown in, in good measure.
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
After a hasty move from Hawaii, Makani Young is the mysterious new high-school student in small-town Nebraska. She doesn't have much time to adapt to her new life before a masked assassin begins murdering her classmates one by one, intent on exposing their darkest secrets. As the number of gruesome murders increases, Makani struggles to figure out who is next on the killer's list – all the while protecting her own past secrets and pursuing a fiery relationship with the school outcast.
This school year could be one to remember, literally.
The Imposter by Anna Wharton
The Imposter, Anna Wharton's debut thriller, is a gripping tale of obsession, loneliness, and deception. Chloe, a newspaper archivist, leads a quiet life until she reads about the long-forgotten cold case of Angie Kyle, a young girl who went missing one day at work. When she finds herself living as a lodger in Angie's parents' house due to an unexpected turn of events, Chloe quickly realises that the case of the missing girl is not as simple as it first appeared and becomes obsessed with discovering the truth.
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: A Novel
In a new take on the Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mystery, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder transports readers to the secret tunnels beneath the streets of London. A team of Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries detectives use their skills to solve crimes that Scotland Yard can't handle. Then, one night in 1958, an assistant receives a letter containing a name, a date, and a location. She goes to investigate—and is murdered by an unknown assailant. Everyone suspects because the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett's. Marion Lane, a first-year employee in training, must uncover the truth to clear her friend's name.
Viral by Robin Cook
In this gripping read from bestselling author Dr Robin Cook, a family falls victim to a rare and lethal virus. Brian Murphy is on vacation with his family when his wife Emma becomes ill with the flu. Back in New York, her condition worsens at an alarming rate, she has contracted a mosquito-borne viral disease, and Brian and Emma's young daughter is also becoming ill.
When the family's health insurer refuses to cover the family's massive hospital bills, Brian vows to take on an industry that preys on the sick and vulnerable. Meanwhile, the virus is spreading, and no one seems to care.
If you're not one about massive festivities, go ahead and immerse yourself in the world of thrillers.