10 Thrillers That Will Keep You Up All Night - Dundurn
May 31, 2023

10 Thrillers That Will Keep You Up All Night

Who needs sleep when you could be reading some of the most chilling thrillers instead? Whether you’re looking for a twist ending or a jaw-dropping moment, these thrillers are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Eve’s Rib by C.S. O'Cinneide is about how Eve struggles to protect her daughter after her son was in a tragic accident. But her teenage daughter might just be pure evil. But of course, her husband, Richard, doesn’t understand and doesn’t know the truth about Abbey. Besides, he has secrets of his own to keep…

Blood Atonement by S.M Freedman is a psychological thriller about Grace DeRoche who suffers from dissociative identity disorder after escaping a childhood in the fundamentalist Mormon compound of Brigham. But when other escapees die under suspicious circumstances, one of her alter personalities is the prime suspect. As evidence mounts against her, Grace must determine if she’s a murderer or the next victim.

For fans of roller coaster thrillers, Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy is about how Ellie and Neil Patterson are eager to enjoy some quality time at their new cottage. But when Ellie is snatched by an obsessed stranger claiming to be her soulmate, the consequences could be deadly… unless she can remember his name.

Never Forget by Martin Michaud is perfect for those who love the grittier crime thrillers. As the bodies pile up, Montreal police detective Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, must race to prevent the killer from inflicting a horrible death on a well-known political figure.

There couldn’t be a list without a political thriller! True Patriots by Russell Fralich is about a young navy officer and a small-town professor haunted by a shadowy past who stumbles onto a violent plot to pry Alberta from Confederation at any cost. Can these strangers stop the extremists and their ever-expanding web of associates before they get real power?

Strange Things Done by Elle Wild takes place during the winter, where the roads snow over in Dawson City. Journalist Jo Silver investigates the dubious suicide of a local politician — and quickly discovers that nothing in the sleepy mining town is what it seems. But before long, law enforcement begins treating the death as a possible murder and Jo is the prime suspect.

Undertow by R.M. Greenaway starts with RCMP detective Leith fearing that he’s made a mistake bringing his family to North Vancouver. His first Serious Crimes Unit case has rocked his senses: who would brutally murder a mother, father, and baby? Detective Dion, also regretting the move, has returned to the city where he no longer fits in — but is he back in the swim, or destined to drown?

This high-intensity thriller Salvage by Stephen Maher starts with Phillip Scarnum hauling an abandoned fishing boat off the rocks near Halifax, risking his life in the harsh North Atlantic for the hope of a decent salvage fee. When he finds a stash of drugs aboard the ship, and a fisherman’s body turns up, Scarnum finds himself on the run from the cops and a dangerous gang of drug runners.

You can never go wrong with a historical thriller like Exceptional Circumstances by James Bartleman. When Luc Cadotte, diplomat and spy, returns home from Latin America during the FLQ Crisis, he becomes entangled in political machinations and a story of espionage, betrayal, and love gone wrong. Facing an unprecedented wave of domestic terrorism, Cadotte must weigh his ethics against public safety, with lives on the line.

Last but not least, Love Alone by Emmanuel Kattan: Judith and Antoine were lovers for a brief time when suddenly, brutally, it ended. Nine years later, they meet again and attempt to revive their old passion. But each remains obsessed with the other’s past, and the beautiful dream transforms itself little by little into a prison. Eventually, the couple's shared madness and jealousy turn homicidal.