Books The Best Suspense Novels  

Ranker Books
3.3k votes 440 voters 14.9k views 54 items

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

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
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.
list ordered by

1
115 17
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Agatha Christie

2
96 23
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

3
62 13
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Daphne du Maurier

4
88 29
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

5
83 27
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

6
73 22
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

7
76 24
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Thomas Harris

8
105 44
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

9
68 29
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Bram Stoker

10
76 36
Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dan Brown

11
45 16
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Frederick Forsyth

12
42 15
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Peter Benchley

13
45 18
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
jbeuscher01 added William Peter Blatty

14
51 23
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

15
44 18
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

16
49 22
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
John Grisham

17
46 20
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Dennis Lehane

18
45 20
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Robert Ludlum

19
49 24
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

20
56 31
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
KarenBockwich added Gillian Flynn

21
47 24
It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Stephen King

22
45 23
In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Truman Capote

23
36 17
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton

24
31 13
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Novels

25
50 29
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Novels
Michael Crichton