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    20 Thrillers At Target That Will Keep You Guessing Until The Very Last Chapter

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    There's nothing more exciting for avid readers than picking up a book and getting hooked from the first page. Thrillers do that better than any genre – they suck you in with a mysterious story, a hidden secret, or an unsolved murder, and before you know it, you're still up at 3 a.m. frantically trying to finish the book to figure out how it all ends.

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    For bookworms who are looking for their next captivating read, we've rounded up 20 thrillers that have so many twists and turns, you'll be changing your mind on how it will wrap up every few minutes.

    1. When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

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    This one's like Rear Window meets Get Out. It’s about a young Brooklyn woman named Sydney who starts noticing her neighborhood is changing right before her eyes, with new fancy buildings popping up and neighbors she's known for years moving out suddenly. She decides to start researching the history of her neighborhood and discovers that it’s not just gentrification that’s driving out her Black neighbors; in fact, there’s a much more sinister reason.

    Get it from Target for $13.59.

    2. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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    Emma Davis is a rising artist in New York City who uses her past to inspire her paintings. One night 15 years ago is Emma's biggest artistic inspiration; when she was a teenager staying at Camp Nightingale for the summer, she watched her three roommates sneak out of their cabins in the middle of the night, and that was the last time anyone saw the three girls. The night still haunts her, even as an adult. In present day, the camp's owner reaches out to Emma and asks her to be a painting counselor at the camp, and she views it as her opportunity to find closure. But when three girls go missing again, she knows something isn't right at this seemingly innocent camp, and she sets out to uncover the truth.

    Get it from Target for $11.79.

    3. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

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    Were you captivated by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre when you read it in high school? Then you'll be instantly sucked into this modern-day retelling of the classic novel that the author has packed with new twists and turns. Jane moves to Birmingham, Alabama and quickly catches the attention of Eddie Rochester, a rich, handsome widow who lost his wife Bea in a tragic boating accident, her body never recovered. Jane and Eddie fall for each other, but Jane's worried she'll never measure up to his first wife. And then the rumors start about Bea's death. Neighbors are gossiping about whether it truly was an accident. Does that mean Jane's in trouble, too?

    Get it from Target for $19.09.

    4. Long Bright River by Liz Moore

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    Get ready to second guess every theory you have as you read through the engrossing, fact-paced pages of Liz Moore's Long Bright River, a suspense novel set in a Philadelphia neighborhood in the middle of the opioid crisis. Mickey worries about her sister Kacey, who lives on the streets as she struggles with addiction, and when Kacey goes missing, Mickey becomes determined to find out where her sister is before it’s too late.

    Get it from Target for $17.35 in hardcover or $13.60 in paperback.

    5. The Last Flight by Julie Clark

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    Ever dream of escaping your life and starting over? That's exactly what Claire decides to do in The Last Flight when she meets a woman named Eva in an airport bar. Both women have miserable lives they're hoping to be free of, so they decide to switch tickets: Claire takes Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva travels to Puerto Rico as Claire. They hope the spontaneous swap will let them start over, but when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, and everyone believes Claire has died, Claire has to take on Eva's identity permanently — which means she also takes on the secrets Eva tried to hide for her entire life.

    Get it from Target for $18.37.

    6. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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    Guests can't wait to arrive to a remote island off the coast of Ireland to attend the ultra-glamorous wedding of a rising television star and an elegant magazine publisher. Every detail has been painstakingly planned, but as the festivities begin, little things start going haywire—and then someone turns up dead right in the middle of the reception. You're left guessing who the victim (and the culprit) is right up until the shocking conclusion.

    Get it from Target for $17.52.

    7. One by One by Ruth Ware

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    Fans of thrillers are most likely familiar with Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 , and her latest novel One by One continues to deliver the heart-pounding plot twists she's known for. Eight coworkers get snowed in during an off-site company retreat to a beautiful mountain chalet. The cozy fires and pretty views seem magical at first, but then when one of the company members turns up dead, the rest of them are left terrified and wondering who among them is the killer – and when they'll strike next. It's basically a modern twist on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None that's perfect to devour on a cold Sunday afternoon when you're trapped inside in this winter.

    Get it from Target for $13.91.

    8. They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

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    Fans of Gossip Girl will love this juicy thriller set at an exclusive prep school on Long Island. It's Jill's senior year at Gold Coast Prep, and she's focused on getting into her dream school. It shouldn't be too hard – she belongs to The Players, the school's uber-exclusive secret society whose members throw the best parties and relish in alumni connections to Ivy League schools. This should be her best year yet – except she continues to be haunted by a night three years ago when her best friend Shaila was murdered by her boyfriend Graham. When Graham's sister texts Jill out of the blue proclaiming Graham's innocence, Jill becomes determined to figure out what really happened to her best friend that night — even if that means putting herself in danger.

    Get it from Target for $15.28.

    9. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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    Attention, true crime podcast listeners! This thriller's made for you. In The Night Swim, the reader follows Rachel Krall, a true crime podcast host who became a household name when the first season of her podcast became an overnight hit. For her next season, she starts investigating a rape trial in a small town. But then she starts receiving mysterious notes on her car windshield from a woman who claims her sister was murdered 25 years ago, even though it was ruled a drowning. So Rachel starts looking into the decades-old case and finds out it might just be linked to the rape trial she came to town to initially investigate. How, exactly? Well, you'll have to read it to find out, of course!

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    10. The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

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    In The Girl from Widow Hills, the author explores the terror of not being in control of your own body. Arden has a really bad sleepwalking problem – so bad that she was swept away during a rainstorm while sleepwalking one night as a child. Thankfully, she was found a few days later alive, but the attention of her miraculous story becomes too much, and the second she turns 18, she leaves Widow Hills and changes her name. Now it's 20 years since the incident, and Arden, who now goes by Olivia, is worried the media will seek her out again. The stress causes her to start sleepwalking again, and one night, she jolts awake in her yard with the corpse of someone from her past lying at her feet. Sends chills down your spine, doesn't it? Just wait until you get to the last quarter of the book – you'll start ignoring all your responsibilities just to keep reading!

    Get it from Target for $12.37.

    11. White Ivy by Susie Yang

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    Even if you're not totally into thriller novels, White Ivy, with its complicated characters and a messy love triangle, will get you hooked. Ivy is a very unsuspecting thief – as a child, she learned how to steal items from yard sales and second-hand shops from her grandmother. She would use these items to up her social status, and as an adult, she's successfully infiltrated the high society world she's always dreamed of. She starts dating Gideon, the wealthy, handsome son of a local politician, and due to her lying and scheming, she can't shake the feeling her relationship is doomed. Enter: a ghost from her past that threatens to upend everything she's worked toward. You'll be gripped by Ivy's paranoia as you dive deeper and deeper into the mind of a woman who's determined to maintain her perfect life no matter the cost.

    Get it from Target for $15.98.

    12. You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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    Were you as compelled to binge HBO Max's The Flight Attendant as I was? If so, start reading You Are Not Alone immediately. One day while waiting to catch a subway to work, Shay locks eyes with a woman who then jumps in front of the oncoming train to her death. She becomes consumed with learning more about this woman, who she discovers was named Amanda. Similar to The Flight Attendant's main character Cassie, Shay makes some morally suspect decisions, such as attending Amanda's funeral and becoming infiltrated into her chic group of friends. Shay's bizarre decisions start to attract the attention of the investigators looking into Amanda's case, and soon she finds herself being questioned. The short chapters make you feel like you're marathoning a TV show, and you'll become engrossed in the mysterious characters who reveal more about themselves as the story progresses.

    Get it from Target for $12.70.

    13. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

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    Yes, this book is as fun (and as creepy) as the title suggests. To escape their dull lives, a group of women decide to form a book club where they read true crime books about grisly murders. When a mysterious man becomes their new neighbor, one of the women in the book club suspects he might actually be a vampire. Are the women just being paranoid due to their macabre literary interests, or are the strange things happening around the usually quiet Charleston neighborhood truly the work of a blood-sucking nightcrawler? This novel will definitely whet your appetite if you're looking for something a bit eccentric and spooky.

    Get it from Target for $15.29.

    14. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

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    Mary was convicted of killing a baby when she was just 9 years old, but did she actually do it? That's what the reader will be asking themselves as they follow Mary through her stream of consciousness narration as she navigates being a parolee in a group home. Get ready to fall down the rabbit hole as you get absorbed into Mary's dark and twisted past — especially her complicated relationship with her mother. You'll also be impressed with how the author brilliantly reflects on the shortcomings most children face when going through the juvenile justice system.

    Get it from Target for $10.99.

    15. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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    If The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be One of Us Is Lying. Five kids enter detention, but only four of them make it out alive. Simon drops dead right in the middle of the classroom, and investigators think it wasn't an accident. Simon was planning on revealing secrets about all four of his fellow detention-attending classmates, making each of them the perfect suspect. Did one of these students have so much to lose, they'd go to drastic lengths to protect it? Or are they the perfect scapegoat for a killer who's still on the loose?

    Get it from Target for $13.

    16. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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    Ani FaNelli has it all — an impressive job, expensive clothes, and a super handsome fiance — and she's worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get there. Ani's actually not that easy of a main character to root for — she can be rude, condescending, and sometimes downright mean. But you'll soon discover her tough exterior is actually armor for dealing with some serious trauma from her high school days. One particular secret from her past is threatening to ruin everything she's worked toward — and you'll be shocked when the narrator reveals what she's been running from all these years.

    Get it from Target for $10.69.

    17. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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    If you're looking for a good beach read to trick your brain into thinking it's summer, We Were Liars will scratch that itch. You'll lose yourself in the idyllic setting of a private island off the coast of Cape Cod where the extended Sinclair family vacations every summer. One summer, the protagonist Cadence suffers a mysterious accident, causing her to forget everything that happened during that summer. You're likely to finish this fast, engrossing read in one sitting, and you'll be utterly gobsmacked by the twist ending that will stay with you long after you put down the book.

    Get it from Target for $5.99.

    18. The Whisper Man by Alex North

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    You'll be extra careful to lock your doors at night after you finish this bone-chilling mystery thriller. Twenty years ago in the small English town of Featherbank, a serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys before being caught by police. He got his terrifying moniker because he would lure his victims out of their rooms by whispering to them at night. In present day, another boy has gone missing, and the case has striking similarities to the Whisper Man crimes. Did he have an accomplice? Did they catch the right guy in the first place? Meanwhile, a man named Tom moves to Featherbank with his young son Jake. Tom's wife has recently died unexpectedly, and they're hoping to have a fresh start....but then Jake starts acting a bit weird....and then he hears whispers at his window.

    Get it from Target for $12.96.

    19. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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    This page-turner will instantly get you out of any reading rut you're suffering from. Alicia is a famous painter married to an equally famous fashion photographer. They seem to be happily married — that is, until she shoots her husband five times in the face and then never speaks another word. The bizarre tragedy — and her deafening silence — makes Alicia infamous, and Theo, a criminal psychotherapist, is determined to be the one to finally get Alicia to talk.

    Get it from Target for $14.79.

    20. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

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    It's always fun to lose yourself in the fabulous, complicated worlds of rich people (think Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere) and The Last Mrs Parrish will have you consumed in the lives of two women living in an exclusive Connecticut town from the very start. Amber feels her life is way too dull and starts to grow envious of Daphne Parrish, her devastatingly beautiful friend married to a real-estate mogul. Amber begins to insert herself in the Parrishes' lives and starts to grow extremely close to the family...maybe a bit too close. Broken up into three parts, the first is told from Amber's perspective, then we hear from Daphne, and then the two perspectives come together for a very satisfying and riveting conclusion. I read this after I saw a reviewer compare it to Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley (one of my favorite thrillers) and the comparison was spot-on.

    Get it from Target for $12.58.

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