If you’re the type of listener that stays for long stretches of time in your car in the parking lot unable to pull away from your audiobook… then this list is going to be rough for your productivity. Here are four gripping mystery and suspense audiobooks, both new and old, that our listeners recommend:
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.
In this addictive new thriller by NYT bestselling author, a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a river. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
“Doesn’t disappoint! Excellent story. Kept me guessing until the end. Good depth of characters. I did have to listen to the first hour or so twice in order to get the characters straight. I’d recommend this one highly. When I wasn’t able to listen to it (between chapters), I was thinking about the story and all the who-done-it possibilities.”
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
One night at a bar, Louise kisses a man. That Monday, she finds out that he’s her new boss. Then she meets Adele, his wife. If you think you know where this story is going, think again. As Louise is drawn into the couple’s orbit, she uncovers more questions than answers. The only thing that’s clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong.
“Loved this book!!! I can usually guess the endings of the books I read which is irritating. I thought I had this one figured out but, I didn’t. It was a total shocker and surprise. I loved it!!! The narration was done very well. This book kept me interested all the way through!!”
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Fresh from a stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
“Riveting! Flynn’s supple prose and fresh, insightful use of metaphor keep the somber events of the story afloat while embracing the muddiness of human intent and family dynamics. A complex mystery unfurls elegantly, and maintains suspense through to the last few pages.”
The Escape by David Baldacci
A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.
“David Baldacci continues to impress with third installment of the John Puller series. Although the book was written several years ago, he correctly predicted a real life horrible event that happened overseas this year. Both narrators are awesome at their different voices for each character so that you easily know who is talking, which makes for seamless listening.”