Books The Best Suspense Novels  

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List Rules Suspenseful novels. Vote up the best suspense novels that keep you on edge.

There’s nothing that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, hooked on a book, quite like a great suspense novel does. The suspense genre is one of the most popular categories in the world of books. What are the best suspense novels? Vote up the best books below and see where they rank.
 
The novels on this list have been voted on and ranked by the community. These are not only some of the greatest literary works of all time, but many of these great suspense novels have been turned into movies as well. 
 
This list features the best suspense novels of all time including, Tell No One, The Bourne Identity, The Silence of the Lambs, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kiss the Girls, The Da Vinci Code, And Then There Were None, The Shining, The Bone Collector, A Time to Kill, and The Andromeda Strain. Vote up the best, most suspenseful novels below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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106 16
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Agatha Christie

2
87 21
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

3
57 10
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Daphne du Maurier

4
79 23
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

5
81 26
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

6
69 19
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

7
72 22
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris

8
96 43
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

9
65 25
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Bram Stoker

10
70 34
Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

11
42 14
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Frederick Forsyth

12
39 12
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Peter Benchley

13
48 20
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
John Grisham

14
49 21
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

15
42 16
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

16
43 17
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added William Peter Blatty

17
44 18
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Robert Ludlum

18
47 21
It is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

19
48 22
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

20
50 25
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton

21
41 19
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane

22
52 28
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
KarenBockwich added Gillian Flynn

23
34 14
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton

24
29 10
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

25
42 21
In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Truman Capote

26
38 18
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris

27
33 16
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dashiell Hammett

28
29 13
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Ken Follett

29
43 26
The Girl Who Played with Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

30
39 23
Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
James Patterson

31
34 19
Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

32
33 19
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Scott Turow

33
36 23
Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Ira Levin

34
26 15
The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
slaft added Baroness Emma Orczy

35
28 18
The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added Jay Anson

36
33 23
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

37
28 19
The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Jeffery Deaver

38
19 12
Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Martin Cruz Smith

39
21 14
Watchers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dean Koontz

40
22 15
The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
slaft added Henry James

41
22 18
Tell No One is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Harlan Coben

42
15 11
The Disappearance of Anna Popo... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
BestKindleebooks added Gabriel Farago

43
19 17
Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane

44
18 16
The Sleepwalker Legacy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
BestKindleebooks added Christopher Hepworth

45
23 22
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
slaft added Herman Melville

46
17 17
Intensity is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dean Koontz

47
14 14
The Empress Holds the Key is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
EliasJuarez added Gabriel Farago

48
16 17
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Cormac McCarthy

49
15 16
The Nocnista Agenda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
BestKindleebooks added Christopher Hepworth

50
15 18
Gone, Baby, Gone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane