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2018 Thrillers with the Most Buzz

2018 Thrillers

Hey guys! I originally wrote this as a guest post for Aimee on Book It Forward, so you can check that out here —> Most Anticipated Thrillers on Book It Forward. And make sure to check out Aimee’s blog as well! Since we’re getting closer to a new year, I wanted to write about  upcoming releases for next year. These are the 2018 thrillers that I’ve seen all over the internet, and they’re the top ones I want to read!

There were so many 2018 thrillers to choose from, so I kept it to the 5 most anticipated that I can’t wait to read. Some of these I have ARCs for, so I may be reading them earlier than their release dates.


Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin – April 17, 2018

Amazon | Goodreads

This past October, I read Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, and I was seriously intrigued by her writing. When I found out that she has a new release next year, I jumped at the chance to get an ARC. Luckily, I was approved! This story focuses on a young woman who has been planning to infiltrate the life of a man whom she believed kidnapped and murdered her sister years ago. I’ve never read anything remotely like this, so I’m glad to get the chance to read it!

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – February 6, 2018

Amazon | Goodreads

Jane Harper has been talked about all year. Her novel, The Dry, was Amazon’s pick for best thriller of 2017, and Force of Nature is a continuation of that story. I received Force of Nature in a Goodreads giveaway, so OBVIOUSLY I had to buy The Dry. Force of Nature follows five women who go on a hike, but only four return. Aaron Falk is a Federal Agent who has taken an interest in the case, and he manages to discover devastating secrets. Looks like a good one!

The Outsider by Stephen King – June 5, 2018


Stephen King is synonymous with horror and thriller, so it’s no surprise that he’s one of my favorite authors! An eleven-year-old boy was found murdered in a park, with evidence leading to a local beloved baseball coach and family man Detective Ralph Anderson is on the case, investigating the murder and why a man with an airtight alibi is the prime suspect with foolproof DNA evidence. King’s writing is stunning, so I’m hoping this story is no different!

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks – January 9, 2018

Amazon | Goodreads

I have seen this book all over the Internet and Instagram, and I put in a request for an ARC of it. Regardless, I plan on getting this book. No synopsis I write can explain this book better than its own, so here it is!

“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with a man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. Assume nothing.”

Plus, it comes out on my birthday, so I think it’s fate I read this book!

Update: The Wife Between Us was a Book of the Month choice for December and the Salt Water Reads selection for January, so I grabbed it!

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor – January 9, 2018

Amazon | Goodreads

The Chalk Man is by a debut author, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book! Another birthday release for me, I was approved for the eARC and I can’t wait to get started! This novel takes place in the past and the present, with a group of friends in the past using little chalk men as a secret code. In the present, Eddie, fully grown, receives a letter in the mail with a single chalk man on the paper. His friends get the same message, and then one of them turns up dead. They have to dig into their pasts and uncover buried secrets in order to figure out what really happened. Can’t wait!

Update: I managed to snag this book from Book of the Month, and I’ve already read it. Here’s my REVIEW for it, and I was right: 5 stars all around!!


These are the 2018 thrillers I’m most excited for, but they all only come out in the first half of 2018. I’m sure there will be plenty more thrillers I’m eager to read in the second half of 2018. Stay tuned to find out!

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