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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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122 19
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Agatha Christie

2
100 26
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

3
95 30
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

4
65 15
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Daphne du Maurier

5
85 29
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

6
80 26
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris

7
74 24
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

8
109 47
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

9
69 31
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Bram Stoker

10
76 38
Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

11
53 24
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

12
45 18
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Frederick Forsyth

13
46 20
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added William Peter Blatty

14
46 20
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

15
42 17
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Peter Benchley

16
50 24
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
John Grisham

17
47 22
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane

18
51 26
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

19
60 34
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
KarenBockwich added Gillian Flynn

20
45 22
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Robert Ludlum

21
49 26
It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

22
49 27
The Girl Who Played with Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

23
46 25
In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Truman Capote

24
32 14
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

25
36 19
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton