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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112 17
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Agatha Christie

2
91 23
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

3
87 27
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

4
61 12
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Daphne du Maurier

5
82 26
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

6
71 21
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

7
74 24
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris

8
103 43
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

9
67 26
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Bram Stoker

10
74 35
Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

11
42 13
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Peter Benchley

12
44 15
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Frederick Forsyth

13
45 17
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added William Peter Blatty

14
51 22
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

15
43 17
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

16
48 21
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
John Grisham

17
45 19
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Robert Ludlum

18
44 19
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane

19
47 22
It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

20
48 23
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

21
55 29
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
KarenBockwich added Gillian Flynn

22
50 27
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton

23
30 11
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

24
43 22
In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Truman Capote

25
35 16
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton

26
38 19
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris

27
45 26
The Girl Who Played with Fire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

28
30 14
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Ken Follett

29
33 17
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dashiell Hammett

30
34 19
Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

31
38 23
Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Ira Levin

32
39 24
Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
James Patterson

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

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

35
29 18
The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added Jay Anson

36
29 19
The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Jeffery Deaver

37
33 23
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

38
20 12
Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Martin Cruz Smith

39
22 14
Watchers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dean Koontz

40
23 15
The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
slaft added Henry James

41
16 11
The Disappearance of Anna Popo... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
BestKindleebooks added Gabriel Farago

42
22 18
Tell No One is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Harlan Coben

43
21 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
16 18
Gone, Baby, Gone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane