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4 Underappreciated Mystery Thrillers You Must Read

Not all books receive the praise they deserve. In our hunt for discovering such mystery thrillers with substance, we chanced upon these four incredible books.

If you a voracious reader, you’d devour each one in no time!

1. Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

Centered around a pair of estranged sisters—one a cop, one a coddled wife fallen on hard times— Hanging Hill follows a gruesome homicide of a teenage girl and the disappearance of a pornographer. As the two cases overlap, so do the lives of both sisters.

Penned by the British crime author Mo Hayder, this dark, twisty, and extremely well written story is everything you’d expect from a mystery thriller. The ending is so unpredictable that it’ll throw you off your seat!

Buy now from Amazon.

2. The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

You have been cut off from society for fifteen years, shut away in a mental hospital in self-imposed exile as punishment for the terrible thing you did when you were a child.

But what if nothing about your past is as it seems?

And if you didn’t accidentally shoot and kill your mother, then whoever did is still out there. Waiting for you.

The blurb of The Wicked Sister alone will have you turning pages in a mad dash to get to the end of this chilling psychological thriller. Truly original, and utterly unpredictable, it captures the struggles of parents raising troubled and twisted children.

Get it from Amazon.

3. Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What initially appears to be a coming-of-age story set in a small Baja town in the 1970s, this book takes a turn into a dark and twisty thriller when a young woman meets three enigmatic tourists.

Winner of the 2021 International Latino Book Award, Untamed Shore is rich in atmosphere and sinister in tone, it is also a social commentary on poverty, desperation, and the illusion of glamour. Perfect for fans of slow-burn mystery!

Buy it here.

4. Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker

Black Orchid Blues is a historical mystery thriller set in 1920s Harlem, and follows a complex plot that explores the depth of human depravity and the desperation of its victims. With a no-frills approach to storytelling, Persia Walker does not shy away from bringing violent scenes to life.

Crime aficionados – you’ll want to pick this one up!

Shafeeka Hafeez

Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.

July 7, 2022

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