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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. Then, see what suspense novels are available as audiobooks.

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And Then There Were None... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Agatha Christie
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The Hound of the Baskerv... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King
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The Girl with the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Daphne du Maurier
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The Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown
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'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King
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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown
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It is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King
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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Frederick Forsyth
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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
John Grisham
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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Bram Stoker
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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
KarenBockwich added Gillian Flynn
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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King
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The Spy Who Came in from... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Peter Benchley
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The Girl Who Kicked the ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Robert Ludlum
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added William Peter Blatty
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The Girl Who Played with... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton