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My Most Anticipated 2022 Thriller/Horror New Releases

Prepare your TBR - here are 21 thriller and horror new 2022 releases you're going to need to read this year! When curating my most anticipated 2022 romances I knew there needed to be a separate list for thrillers too!

If you're new to this genre, be sure to check out my post of thirteen thrillers you NEED to read - here.

A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel.

Mattie can't remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realises that they’re not alone after all.

There's something in the woods that wasn’t there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws.

When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry.

Release date: January 11th

Molly the maid is all alone in the world. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice? Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. As Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?

Release date: January 20th

Buy: Amazon & Waterstones (Sprayed Edges)

When Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband's phone, she wants answers.

Leah already has everything Megan has ever wanted. Fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder.

The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her.

But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret too?

Release date: January 20th

Lyla has always believed that life is a game but her husband, Graham, takes the game to dangerous levels. The wealthy couple invites self-made success stories to live in their guesthouse and then conspire to ruin their lives. Demi has always felt like the odds were stacked against her. At the end of her rope, she seizes a risky opportunity to take over another person's life and unwittingly becomes the subject of the upstairs couple's wicked entertainment

In a twist that neither woman sees coming, the game quickly devolves into chaos and rockets toward an explosive conclusion. Because every good rich person knows: in money and in life, it's winner take all. Even if you have to leave a few bodies behind.

Release date: January 27th

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

An addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who spend the night in a haunted LA hotel.

When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang--Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki--visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal huntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers--and ultimately harmless.

But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realise that they're in over their heads.

Release date: February 1st

Pre-order: Amazon

Finlay Donovan, floundering crime writer and accidental hit-woman, is once again struggling to finish her crime novel.

Ever since someone misinterpreted her talking about her new book, she has been busier than ever working as a hit-woman and taking on the life she usually reserves for her characters. On the bright side, the only dead body she's dealt with lately is that of her daughter's pet goldfish.

On the not-so-bright side, someone wants her ex-husband dead. And saving him is going to send her down a rabbit hole of soccer moms disguised as hit-women, with a little more involvement with the Russian mob than she'd like.

Release date: February 1st

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

The holiday of your dreams… When Lux and Nico get the chance to sail to a remote island off the coast of Hawaii, they’re thrilled. It’s the trip they’ve been dreaming of their whole lives.

A tropical paradise… Despite a dark history of shipwrecks and murder, the island is beautiful. But they’re not alone – another group is already there.

No one will hear your screams… It’s not long before cracks emerge, and someone goes missing. Then a body surfaces, and Lux starts to wonder if any of them are going to make it back to shore alive…

Release date: February 3rd

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

US cover: Book Depository

When her husband Harry walks out after just six months, a girls' weekend away with two friends seems like just what Sam needs.

But they aren't even halfway to their destination when things start to go wrong: car trouble that just happens to leave them stranded in the town where Harry lives.

And that's only the beginning.Because there are three things Sam doesn't yet know: One of her friends is lying about what happened. One is lying about who she is.

And one of them will never make it home.

Release date: February 3rd

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

If you're on the list you're marked for death.

The envelope is unremarkable. There is no return address. It contains a single, folded, sheet of white paper.

The envelope drops through the mail slot like any other piece of post. But for the nine complete strangers who receive it - each of them recognising just one name, their own, on the enclosed list - it will be the most life altering letter they ever receive. It could also be the last, as one by one, they start to meet their end.

But why?

Release date: March 3rd

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They're artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica's dream girl.

The days are long and hot--full of adventure--and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect... one stalker. This is a summer they won't survive.

Release date: March 29th

Paperback pre-order: Amazon

Hardcover: Amazon & Waterstones

It starts with a body - a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield. For Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations at the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, an already horrific crime takes on a personal edge when she discovers the victim is an old friend, from a dark past she thought she'd left behind.

Rumour travels fast in small towns, while sweltering heat and state-wide elections only add to the pressure-cooker atmosphere. When another body is found, Riley is in danger of being engulfed by the fear and the frenzy. Something deeply disturbing is out there - and it reaches far beyond Black Hawk County.

Release date: April 28th

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to Duquette University. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see. Not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather Shelby's murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she'd been closest to. But not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather's murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night―and the years' worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

Release date: May 19th

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Hardback: Amazon & Waterstones

A pulse-pounding, high-concept new thriller from the author of the "propulsive and original" instant Sunday Times bestseller The Chain (Stephen King).

You should not have come to the island

You should not have been speeding

You should not have tried to hide the body

You should not have told your children that you could keep them safe

No one can run forever...

Release date: May 26th

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie Easton feels safe. Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she's back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Goldie has a terrible dark secret she's been keeping. But Goldie's not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake, she knows that the death couldn't have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night. What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn't she said anything to Goldie about the death? But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie ever imagined.

Release date: May 31st

Pre-order: Amazon

Sun. Sea. Sex. Murder . . . How far would you run to escape your past? For eight strangers in a Los Angeles hostel, even the other side of the world isn’t far enough. The craving for a new identity and the chance to start again is something they have in common. But the search for a fresh start isn't as easy as they'd imagined. And they soon discover that it doesn't matter where you are or who you are - if you can't lay the past to rest, coincidence, fate and deception have a way of catching up with you when you least expect it.

Release date: June 23rd

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back home for a normal (boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods, 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. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But when Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for.

Release date: August 4th

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Hardcover: Amazon & Waterstones

Daisy Darker’s family were as dark as dark can be, when one of them died all of them lied and pretended not to see . . .

Daisy Darker is arriving at her grandmother’s house for her eightieth birthday. It is Halloween, and Seaglass – the crumbling Cornish house perched upon its own tiny private island – is at one with the granite rocks it sits on. The Darker family haven’t all been in the same place for over a decade, and when the tide comes in they’ll be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. When the tide goes back out, nothing will ever be the same again, because one of them is a killer...

Release date: August 18th

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Chloe Davis’ father is a serial killer. He was convicted and jailed when she was twelve but the bodies of the girls were never found, seemingly lost in the surrounding Louisiana swamps. The case became notorious and Chloe’s family was destroyed.

His crimes stalk her like a shadow. Now Chloe has rebuilt her life. She’s a respected psychologist in Baton Rouge and has a loving fiancé. It is the anniversary of her father’s crimes, and Chloe is about to see her worst fears come true – a girl she knows goes missing.

The nightmare has started again…

Release date: September 1st

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Hardcover out February 3rd: Amazon

To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.

But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help-and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.

Release date: September 1st

Pre-order: Amazon & Waterstones

Keep It In The Family by John Marrs.

Release date: October 25th

Pre-order: Amazon

Let me introduce you to my FAVOURITE John Marrs book - What Lies Between Us:

They say every house has its secrets.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way―even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life are haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family might be the fresh start she needs. The renovated home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari notices. Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone. As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

Release date: October 27th

Pre-order: Amazon

Hardcover: Amazon & Waterstones

WHAT A LIST! I'm genuinely so excited for each and every one. If I had to pick eleven (tried to do ten but couldn't decide) I'm most excited to read, it'd be:

  1. Near The Bone

  2. The Maid

  3. Good Rich People

  4. Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead

  5. Nine Lives

  6. The Fields

  7. In My Dreams I Hold A Knife

  8. The Vacation/Keep It In The Family

  9. Daisy Darker

  10. A Flicker In The Dark

  11. White Smoke

Are there any of these books you've pre-ordered or will be considering buying?

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Nishkha Agarwal
Nishkha Agarwal
Jan 29, 2022

I blame you for adding 10 more books to my ever increasing TBR No complains though there are such interesting books on this list!!

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