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

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

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

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Jaws Peter Benchley

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It is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
It Stephen King

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

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
The Stand Stephen King

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added The Exorcist William Peter Blatty

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'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
'Salem's Lot Stephen King

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
KarenBockwich added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

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

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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Red Dragon Thomas Harris

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

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Utterly Cold Blooded is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Utterly Cold Blooded Truman Capote

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton

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

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

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

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Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Presumed Innocent Scott Turow

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

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Kiss the Girls James Patterson

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Pet Sematary Stephen King

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
The Bone Collector Jeffery Deaver

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
slaft added The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Emma Orczy

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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added The Amityville Horror Jay Anson

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

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

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

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

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Mystic River Dennis Lehane

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Tell No One is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Tell No One Harlan Coben

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

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The Empress Holds the Key is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
EliasJuarez added The Empress Holds the Key Gabriel Farago

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
slaft added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

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Intensity is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Intensity Dean Koontz

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The Nocnista Agenda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
BestKindleebooks added The Nocnista Agenda Christopher Hepworth

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Gone, Baby, Gone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Gone, Baby, Gone Dennis Lehane

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy