16 Suspense Novels to Read Before You Dive Into the Next Romance Book

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I love a good romance novel as much as the next person. I’m a sucker for a classic love story no matter how cheesy it may be. But sometimes you just need a break from the romantic universe, and when that time comes nothing is better than a suspenseful thriller. These are the type of books that hook you in right away and keep you turning the pages just dying to know what happens next.

With all the great suspense novels coming out recently, I’ve been binge reading them all. It seems like every author is trying to one-up the next, and TBH I’m loving it. It’s not just recent novels either, there are tons of oldies, too. If you haven’t jumped on the suspense novels bandwagon yet, now is the time! So we’re helping you out with 16 suspense novels to read (before you pick up your next romance book).

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Suspense Novels

Broadway Books

Sure you’ve heard of Gone Girl, but have you read Gillian Flynn’s other novels? If you’re looking for a good suspense book, she’s got you covered. In Sharp Objects, reporter Camille Preaker (who just had a brief stint at a psych hospital) heads back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. She is forced to reconnect with her hypochondriac mother and eerie thirteen-year-old half sister whom she has hardly spoken with in years. In order to get the story she wants, Camille has to revisit her troubled past.

A creepy small-town murder, crazy mother, and a moody teen? This book has all the makings of the perfect suspense novel!