10 top mystery books to read

The top mystery books to read are not only interesting but thrilling. But before anything else, Hi everyone🥺. I missed engaging with everyone here. I would be telling a lie if I said this break was planned. Honestly, it wasn’t. It just happened. It wasn’t an easy period not talking about books. I must admit, books are everything. And today, I bring to you some must read mystery books.

Okay, so enough of me. Well, I read some mystery books and trust me they were mind-twisting. Then I thought, why not compile the top mystery books to read. So, here we are. If you love books about solving murder cases or missing persons. Then these must read mystery books I’m about to list will knock your socks off (if you’re wearing a socks of course) winks. I’ll be listing the top mystery books to read in no particular order.

Ten Top Mystery Books to read

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The list of the top mystery books to read will be incomplete without Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I read this book last year when I joined a book club that died after we talked about this book. I’ve read this book twice and I still can’t get over it. The books writing style was unique. The plot was well developed. The characters matched their actions. And the suspense was crazy. The funny thing is after I finished the book, I couldn’t single out a character who stood out as the main character. So yes, it’s definitely one of the top mystery books to read.

Book Description of Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny passionate and biting. She forgives no one and remembers everything. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stares but she is praying the price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I added this Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to my TBR last two weeks. I’m not done yet but the book has been keeping me on my toes from the first page. I’ll recommend as one of the top mystery books to read for anyone any day.

Book Description of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri. It is Nick and Amy’s fight wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband of the year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone on the edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amy’s doting parents. Nick parades an endless series of lies, deceits and inappropriate behaviour. He is oddly evasive and bitter— but is he a killer? Gone Girl is a toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose.

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn

The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet

This must read  mystery book  gave Ken Follet a good standing in the publishing industry. New York’s Bestseller🥺. Plus, we all know a book has to be above the bar before it’s adapted into a movie. And this book was it. A war thriller!

Book Description of The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet

One rival spy knows the secret to the Allies’ greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin code-named “The Needle” — who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way. A lonely English woman on an isolated island, who has begun to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.

Eye of the needle by Ken Follet

Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai

I must admit I’ve had my share of good Indian books and terrible Indian books. But an Indian book that falls among the top mystery books to read? Who would have thought? If you’re thinking of giving an Indian author a chance to win your heart. Then this book is a start.

Book Description of Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai

In a small town in the heart of India, a young girl is found tied to the bedside in a townhouse where thirteen people lie dead. She is alive but beaten and abused. She is held in a local prison, awaiting interrogation for the murders she is believed by the community to have committed.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeldes

I couldn’t have been so happy to get my hands on a recently published book. Among the top mystery books to read, it is currently trending number one in mystery on Goodreads at the moment. This just tells you the book is creating a lot of Buzz and frenzy in the Book community and it’s surely a must read mystery book. I’m sure you don’t want to be left out.

Book Description of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeldes

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband returns home late from a fashion shoot and she shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander. The price of her art skyrockets and she, the silent patient is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a physiotherapist who has waited a long time to talk with Alicia. His determination to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting part into his motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Everyone has that little secret they’re keeping and this book just explains so much about it. Between a cheat, a liar and an alcoholic who can you trust? I thought so too. Phew! I need not say much about this book. GET IT! The plot, story line and characters ranks it among the top mystery books to read.

Book Description of The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of those houses. “Jess and Jason” she calls them. Their life as she sees it—is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking, it is only a minute till the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become part of the life she’s only witnessed from afar. Now they’ll see, she’s much more than just the girl on the train.

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot left me astounded. How do you conduct a thorough investigation like that without technology? Oh my,🥺 I’m speechless.

Book Description of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.

Murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

This is certainly a must read mystery book for anyone. Trust me, if it’s not Dan Brown then I don’t know who else. This body of work left me wowed. WHAT??? How Dan Brown meshes his stories with already existing facts is beyond me. If it were up to me his books would be classified as non-fiction but oh well, it isn’t up to me so fiction it is. There are other Dan Brown books that’ll toggle your mind. For example, Angels and Demons.

Book Description of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered in the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the buzzard riddles they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Even more startling the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members include sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo and da Vinci and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Langdon and Neveu decipher the puzzle while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

In the woods by Tana French

I’m just going to put it out the way it is. Of all the top mystery books to read, THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU SAD AND ALL TEARY. But it’s worth it people.

Book Description of In the Woods by Tana French

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing a blood-filled sneaker and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later the found boy, Rob Ryan is a detective and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods. He and detective Cassie find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous mystery. Now with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery case before him and that of his shadowy past.

In the woods by Tana French

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca. Rebecca. Rebecca

Book Description of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The heroine is swept off her feet by a dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid. She can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives— presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their lives.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Uhm, so yeah. These are the top mystery books to read. They’ll leave you with questions of how comes? And What happened? As always, I’m open to book recommendations. Have a good day!


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  1. I’ve read almost all the books on this list but my personal favorite is the silent patient. This book kept me awake with a lot of theories and I didn’t see the ending coming at all.


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