Calling all true crime fans—who wants to solve a murder? A fictional murder, obviously, so you get all the fun of solving a case without having to deal with, you know, the dead bodies. Unless your job is to solve real-life murders? In which case, thank you. But for the rest of us, there’s a lot about mystery books that keeps us wanting more.
There are fantastic unreliable characters, high stakes from beginning to end, and the thrill of trying to solve the story for ourselves.
Whether you’re the cozied-up-by-the-fire type of reader or someone on the edge of your seat, these mysteries are not to be missed. This list features stories of the past, the present, and the future, and we guarantee there’s something for everyone. So grab your deerstalker hat, magnifying glass, and prepare to go sleuthing. Here are our references best shattered lives thriller books 2022!
Best Mystery Books
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Shattered Lives Saga
Shattered Lives is the debut novel of author Charles Young. The book is an action-packed thriller that centers on themes of crime, terrorism, politics, and modern family dynamics.
On a mid-winter day at a local delicatessen in Chicago, a bomb is suddenly detonated, destroying the establishment and taking the lives of 13 innocent people. It quickly becomes apparent that the explosion was a planned mission of terror. Alon Levy is a combat-hardened Israeli Mossad commander and a recognized authority on international terrorism. He comes to Chicago to care for his son, who lost his arm in the explosion.
He is approached by the FBI to assist as a consultant on the case. Alon quickly takes on a more active role and does not seem overly concerned about operating outside of the existing authorities. He soon uncovers facts that make this case more involved than previously thought. The reader follows the twists and turns of the story in order to find out what really happened that day.
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian–the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get worse, right?
Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.
April swears she didn’t kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help.
THE WHITE WOLF SAGA
A supernatural book series of love, kinship, fantasy fiction, war, & everything in between.
Kings, Queens, & Kingdoms, the Nagule Wolves led a prosperous life until one unfaithful day, it all came crashing down, leaving the human wolf-shifters on the brink of extinction. Nagules are at war with Hunters, humans who want total domination of their kind.
A looming threat of Hunters awaits them, and it is up to one queen to fight and lead her people to survival. Book One of The Forgotten: The White Wolf Saga begins the fantastical tale of love, war, betrayal, and survival.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.
Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.
Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined.