What are the best horror suspense novels?

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    #1Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby
    Written by Ira Levin, this book tells the story of Rosemary Woodhouse, a housewife living in New York with her actor husband. Soon after Guy gets a role in Broadway, she gets pregnant, what gets the attention of an elderly couple that is not what they seem at first glance. 




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    Jordan Collins
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is absolutely chilling. It really does give the word "suspense" a new meaning. It is dark, unique, and hellish. It paints such a vivid picture of the setting that you'll almost start to believe the events."
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    #2'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot is a book written by Stephen King which is about the story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident. It was published by Anchor in 2008.

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    Virginia Guzmán
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love me some Stephen King books! This is not his best work but it's definitely a good one. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and takes you in. What is lacking is some of the characters in it. Not really the best of his books, but not horrible. "
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    #3The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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    Jean Carlson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This isn't exactly like most Stephen King novels, but that isn't to say it isn't amazing. Very suspenseful and keeps you guessing!"
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    #4Misery

    Misery
    Misery is a horror book written by Stephen King. It's the story of a famous novelist held hostage by his fan as he suffers a frightening case of writer's block which could end with him dead at the hands of his twisted fan.
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    Patrick Black
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Good solution. Gets 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Only 769 reviews though."
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    #5It

    It

    It is a thriller book written by Stephen King which tells the story of seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers.

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    Zachary Taylor
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I like reading thriller novels in my free time. This book did not disappoint in that regard."
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    #6The Surgeon (Rizzoli and Isles)

    The Surgeon (Rizzoli and Isles)

    The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen is a suspense crime fiction novel published in 2001. This book follows the story of a lurking psychopath known as "The Surgeon" who's out on a killing spree, victimizing women in their sleep. 

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    Larry Simpson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Surgeon was a terrifying book to this individual. I don't know if it was the quality of writing or the exceptional dialogue. Most likely, this story scared me because of my own fears at night. I have for many years lay awake in bed, and I imagine sounds inside and outside of my house. This book's villain is one that gets people at their most vulnerable: when they are peacefully asleep. Nothing can be more frightening to me, so my imagination was captured with this story."
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    #7The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is a horror fiction novel published in 1977. This book is about a family who recently moved into a new house with a murderous past and a series of haunting events started to happen to them.

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    Juan Hayes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Amityville Horror is one of the best horror suspense books I have ever read. This book by Jay Anson follows the story of a family who moves into a new house, which happens to have a haunted and murderous past."
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    #8Jaws

    Jaws

    Jaws is a thriller film released in 1975 directed by Steven Spielberg, which is based on the 1974 novel of the same name written by Peter Benchley. This centers on man-eating great white shark which attacks beachgoers on Amity Island.

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    Chen Yao
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Jaws is a great book. Funny enough, this is one of my favorite beach reads, despite the obvious issues it might cause regarding how afraid I am of what is below the ocean's waves. The thrills are real, and the horror of being attacked by a shark is captured very well. I love this book and I read it over and over. I highly recommend it!"
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    #9Pandora

    Pandora

    Pandora is powered by the Music Genome Project, which is the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken. It offers personalized radio that is constantly evolving alongside your music tastes.

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    Andrea Spencer
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Pandora is a music app that offers different radio stations. This is not a suspense novel to enjoy reading. Perhaps you could listen to a suspense novel on Pandora but, it's not a book. "
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    #10Dracula

    Dracula

    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.

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    Brian Jensen
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Still does it for me. One of the all-time horror classics and for good reason. It still haunts me to picture the Count slyly convincing his victims that everything is safe, when in fact everything is about to go very very bad. I could read this a thousand times."
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    #11Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary is a horror novel by Stephen King, which centers on the Creed family, who moves into a house in the Maine countryside and soon they find out that the woods near the house are much darker than they seem.

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    Pamela Cox
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "One of the best horror and suspense writers, Steven King, brought readers another great page turner. Once I start reading this book, I can't put it down until the end. It has horror, suspense, and great plot twists."
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    #12Kill the Messenger

    Kill the Messenger

    Kill the Messenger is a mystery thriller suspense fiction novel written by Tami Hoag which tells the story of Jace Damon, a bike messenger. With over 500 pages, this book was published in 2006 by Bantam.

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    Henry Reynolds
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Kill the Messenger is the best suspense novel filled with murder, mystery, and suspense. This novel was highly recommended to me since I was looking for something interesting to read. Thus I wasn't disappointed at all when I picked up this novel since I didn't put it down at all once I read a few chapters. Although this book is split between various scene the life of Jace and the detective whose trying to solve the case during the death of Jace one shouldn't let it bother you. It's a quite fast pacing novel to read. Would highly recommend."
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    #13The Haunted Playground

    The Haunted Playground

    The Haunted Playground is a children's horror and suspense picture book written and illustrated by Shaun Tan. It was originally published in September 2007. It is about a kid who met a group of mysterious kids on an old playground.

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    Christian Munoz
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The Haunted Playground is an excellent horror story that left me on my toes during multiple instances. I found this book to be terribly frightening all around and the mysterious elements are what actually scared me the most. I also really enjoyed the theme of this book and how well written that it was. "
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    #14Acadian Waltz

    Acadian Waltz

    Acadian Waltz is a standalone romantic suspense novel written by Alexandrea Weis which follows the life of 30-year-old Nora Kehoe and Jean Marc Gaspard.  

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    Carl Harvey
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Very interesting book, I tried to get into it, but just kept feeling bored the whole time. Man had high hopes for this one."
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    #15House of Small Shadows

    House of Small Shadows

    House of Small Shadows is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Adam Nevill which centers on the life of Catherine Howard. This is first published by Tor on October 10, 2013. 

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    Anna Howell
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is not the book I would pick for best horror suspense novels. There are so many books in this category, and a lot of great authors with that genre. A much more popular book could be chosen for this topic."
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    #16The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga)

    The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga)

    The Summer I Died is a horror thriller splatterpunk mystery fiction written by Ryan C. Thomas as the first book in The Roger Huntington Saga series. This book is published in 2006 by Coscom Entertainment.

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    #17The Door to December

    The Door to December

    The Door to December is a standalone mystery suspense novel written by Dean Koontz which centers on nine-year-old Melanie who was kidnapped and saved by her mother from a threat she can hardly understand. 

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    Jorge Alberto Baltazar
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Laura McCaffrey is reconciled with her daughter, whom her father kidnapped six years earlier. The police found the child in his laboratory - along with his mangled remains. Melanie, because that's the name of the girl, is overpowered by terror - and she can only say the cryptic phrase the door to December."
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    #18The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska)

    The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska)
    The 9th Girl is a mystery thriller suspense fiction novel written by Tami Hoag as the fourth book in the Kovac and Liska series. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2014 by Dutton.

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    Philip Jenkins
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The tales of Isaac Kovac and Liska are so fun to read. This one is so suspenseful an thrilling. I get really caught up in the horror genre too and this one did not let me down."
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    #19Don't Cry Now

    Don't Cry Now

    Don't Cry Now is a mystery and suspense thriller written by Joy Fielding. Originally published in 1995, it focuses on the Bonnie Wheeler whose wife was brutally murdered.

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    Brandon Mills
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you like scary stories then this book is a must! Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book!"
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    #20Charley's Web: A Novel

    Charley's Web: A Novel

    Charley's Web is a mystery and suspense thriller written by Joy Fielding. Originally published in 2008, it focuses on the story of a Charley Webb, a journalist whose job may have put her own family in danger.

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    Stephanie Weaver
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The New York Times and internationally bestselling author is at her heart-skipping best with her latest mesmerizing triumph . . . Charley’s Web. Charley Web is a beautiful single mother who writes a successful and controversial column for the Palm Beach Post. She’s spent years building an emotional wall against scathing critics, snooty neighbors and her disapproving family. But when she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, a young woman serving time on death row for the murders of three small children, her wall slowly begins to crumble. Jill wants Charley to write her biography so that she can share the many hidden truths about the case that failed to surface during her trial — including the existence of a mysterious man she calls Jack, who may just be the actual killer. Seeing this as an opportunity to gain journalistic credibility, Charley begins her journey into the mind of this deeply troubled woman. But when a series of anonymous letters, threatening to harm her son and daughter, land in Charley’s in-box, she knows her assignment has gone way too far. As Charley races against time to save her family, she begins to understand the value of her seemingly intrusive neighbors, friends and relatives. As she discovers, this network of flawed but loving people might just be her only hope of getting out alive."
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    #21Missing Pieces

    Missing Pieces

    Missing Pieces is mystery and suspense thriller written by Joy Fielding. Originally published in 1997, it focuses on the story of Kate Sinclair, a family therapist.

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    Wayne Little
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Missing Pieces is one of the best horror suspense novels. The story builds up so much suspense and really captures the emotions perfectly of the characters."
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    #22Kiss Mommy Goodbye

    Kiss Mommy Goodbye

    Kiss Mommy Goodbye is a suspense novel written by Joy Fielding. Originally published in 1982, it focuses on the story of Donna and her relationship with Victor, a too-good-to-be-true find for someone like her.

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    Grace Perkins
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "it was a one type of relationship which is include with love affection and care"
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    #23The Risen Storm (After The Rising)

    The Risen Storm (After The Rising)

    The Risen Storm is the first book in the dystopian series After The Rising written by A.R. Daun which centers on a post-apocalyptic world populated by hostile and demonic creatures called the Risen.

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    Vishal Rangan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Honestly after reading this book I thought it could be much better than this. it seemed like a waste of time to be honest."

Summary

Best What are the best horror suspense novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Rosemary's BabyBooks 50 Paid
2'Salem's LotBooks 43 Paid
3The ShiningBooks 41 Paid
4MiseryBooks 40 Paid
5ItBooks 37 Paid
6The Surgeon (Rizzoli and Isles)Books 32 Paid
7The Amityville HorrorBooks 26 Paid
8JawsMovies 25 Paid
9PandoraWebsites 22 Free
10DraculaBooks 18 Free
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