What’s the best way to binge on new mind-bending, plot-twisting, unreliably narrated thrillers? Audiobooks of course! Our favorite worlds collide with this list of audiobook thrillers. If you want to immerse yourself in the exciting and terrifying world of a murder mystery, psychological thriller, or true crime, this list of audiobooks is the best place to start.
14 Audiobook Thrillers That Will Give You Chills
In this exciting thriller from Mary Higgins Clark, news reporter Delaney Wright tries to find her birth mother just as she is assigned to cover the high-profile trial of Betsy Grant—accused of murdering her wealthy husband. As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. A must-listen for Mary Higgins Clark fans and novices alike.
Read by Jan Maxwell
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. The way the lives of these two women intertwine at a One Folgate Street will leave you dazed. THE GIRL BEFORE spins one woman's seemingly good fortune and another woman's mysterious fate through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception—a binge-worthy listen.
Read by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, and Lise Aagaard
If you’re looking for a spine-tingling audiobook, Stephen King has plenty to choose from. For the first time on audio, his classic thriller THE DEAD ZONE—narrated by actor James Franco—is one all King fans must hear. THE DEAD ZONE follows Johnny Smith, who wakes from a five-year coma with the ability to see the futures of those he touches… but the visions aren’t always so pleasant. What will Johnny do when he sees the harrowing predestination of an amoral politician?
Read by James Franco
If you’re still reeling from the mind-blowing twists Dennis Lehane delivered in SHUTTER ISLAND, you’ll enjoy SINCE WE FELL—a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. After an on-air meltdown, journalist Rachel Childs now lives as a virtual shut-in. And then a chance encounter sucks her into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and madness. Will Rachel find the strength to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths?
Read by Julia Whelan
A love triangle with a psycho-thriller twist? This is why you can’t miss Sarah Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES. Louise, a single mom and secretary, meets (married) David in bar and then bumps into his wife, Adele. But something’s off with this seemingly perfect pair. Soon Louise is drawn into David and Adele's orbit and uncovers more puzzling questions than answers.
Read by Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, Huw Parmenter
This Audie-winning mystery is fiendishly clever, with unexpected twists around every corner. When Robin Ellacot receives a cryptic package with woman’s severed leg, she and her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, close in on the perpetrator. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…
Read by Robert Glenister
The year is 1893; the place is Chicago World’s Fair; and Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor, are at the center of this chilling narrative. As you listen to this astounding true-crime story unfold, you’ll have to remind your self again and again this tale is fact, not fiction.
Read by Scott Brick
An unnamed narrator known as “The Girlfriend” is on a road trip with her (possibly, soon-to-be ex-)boyfriend to visit his parents… but there’s something amiss. Beside the fact that the girlfriend is receiving strange phone calls, events spin out of control when they make an unscheduled stop at an abandoned high school. This is the perfect listen for your next road-trip… if you want to seriously freak yourself out.
Read by Candace Thaxton
A dinner party at their neighbor’s home completely upends the lives of Anne and Marco when a terrible crime is committed. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, and a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
Read by Kirsten Potter
Megan Miranda’s nail-biting follow-up to ALL THE MISSING GIRLS asks the question: How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own? When her friend Emmy goes missing, people begin to wonder, did Emmy ever really exist? Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy and, along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.
Read by Rebekkah Ross
Seven years ago, Flora Dane was abducted. When a Boston detective learns that she has been connected to murder suspects since her return to society five years ago, he must determine if Flora is a victim or a vigilante. This audiobook will have you on the edge of your seat.
Read by Kristen Potter
Who was the Zodiac killer? Is he still out there? Robert Graysmith was on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when Zodiac first struck, triggering in the resolute reporter an unrelenting obsession with seeing the hooded killer brought to justice. In this gripping account of Zodiac’s 11-month reign of terror, Graysmith reveals hundreds of facts previously unreleased, including the complete text of the killer’s letters.
Read by Stefan Rudnicki
The latest installment of Walter Mosley's indelible Easy Rawlins series finds Detective Rawlins with his life in shambles and a racially charged case to solve that might prove to be a tall order. Rawlins meets Charcoal Joe, who wants him help exonerate Seymour, who’s been charged with murdering a white man. But can Joe be trusted?
Read by Michael Boatman
In the ninth mystery of The Royal Spyness series, Lady Georgiana Rannoch becomes embroiled in royal wrongdoing. When tasked by the Queen with accompanying the Prince’s soon to be wife around London—and ebbing any rumors of the Prince’s philandering—things get truly complicated when one of his supposed mistresses turns up dead. Imbued with delightfully dry British wit, MALICE AT THE PALACE is perfect for those wishing to immerse themselves in the aristocratic lifestyle of 1930s England.
Read by Katherine Kellgren