Thriller and mystery novels have always been successful in filling the hearts of their readers with sensation and fear at the same time. Specially, thriller novels for young adults have never failed to turn out into bestsellers around the world and many of them have been adapted into famous blockbuster movies all these years. They've had brutal characters, who've been the nightmare of readers for weeks.
Many of them topped the US bestseller list on Sunday Times and New York Times and won many prestigious awards and rewards.
I have picked nine of such nail-biting and bestseller thriller novels for mystery bibliophiles. Share with us which one of these is your favorite!
Robert Langdon, the main character in the novel is a symbologist who gets framed in a bizarre and mysterious murder. The story goes ahead with Langdon discovering hidden clues within Da Vinci's paintings where he is accompanied by the victim's granddaughter and cryptologist Sophie Neveu. They travel from country to country, befriending and hiding from a lot of people including Sir Leigh Teabing and Silas. All this while, they unintentionally get involved in a battle between the Opus Dei and Priory of Sion over the likelihood of the marriage of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. The movie released by the same name was released in 2006, directed by Ron Howard.
Gone Girl is based on the story of a married couple, Amy and Nick Dunne whose marriage is falling apart and gets dysfunctional due to financial and emotional reasons. Amy goes missing on the couple's fifth marriage anniversary and Nick is framed as the prime suspect behind it as he used her money to start her business, increased her life insurance a few days back and smiled inappropriately at public events and in front of the media. The novel is so powerful, it is an absolute page-turner and the reader can hardly do anything else before finishing reading the book. It is a peerless example of suspense, mystery and crime genres.According to 'Reader's Digest', the book is noted to be "more than just a crime novel". The film adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike was released on October 3, 2014.
A widower U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels goes to Shutter Island to investigate the case of disappearance of Rachel Solando, a patient in Ashecliffe Hospital. He is accompanied by Chuck Aule, whom he later confesses that he is there to avenge the murder of his wife Dolores, who was brutally killed two years ago by one of the inmates, Andrew Laeddis. The movie adaptation of mystery thriller novel starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, and was released in 2010.
Mikael Blomkvist is a leftist journalist, living in Stockholm who was set up by a right-wing industrialist in a mud-slinging case. Meanwhile, he is hired by a man to find out who murdered his niece 40 years ago, on an island. Mikael is accompanied by a computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander in the dangerous investigation which is deeply rooted, involving monstrous murders. The novel has a nail-biting suspense and amazing narration. David Fincher directed the English adaptation of the movie starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara which was released in 2011.
Brown's pet character Robert Langdon is a Harvard symbologist who is called upon to solve the conspiracy of the murder of the Pope and the kidnap of the four 'preferitti' (primary hopefuls for the papacy). To add to the trouble, a torturous group named the 'Illuminati' threatens the locals of Vatican City with a revenge plan to wipe off the city from the planet. Langdon is accompanied by a pretty physicist Vittoria Vetra on his treacherous journey to uncover the hidden clues to find out a shocking truth. In 2009, Ron Howard's directed English adaptation with the same name was released.
The psychological thriller is based on the life of a woman Christine Lucas, suffering from anterograde amnesia who wakes up without any idea of her life, family and identity. She keeps a journal to help her reconstruct her memory that she is a 47-year-old married lady and is mother to a boy. The journey covered in her journal creates a nail-biting thrill in the reader's mind. The novel was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and reached number 7 on the US bestseller list. It has been translated in 40 different languages since its release. The English mystery-thriller adaptation movie starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Anne-Marie Duff was released in 2014.
The legal thriller surrounds the life of Mitchell Y. "Mitch" McDeere, a Harvard Law School graduate who joins a prestigious law firm, which he later finds out is an evil and dark corporate group. The movie adaptation had Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Gene Hackman and was released in 1993 and was appreciated by critics.
Tracy Whitney works as an operator for a bank in the city of Philadelphia and is is engaged to a wealthy famous man Charles Stanhope III and is pregnant with her child. She is framed by a mafia who was behind Tracy's mother suicide and is jailed because of a conspiracy. She comes back with a determined vengeance in her mind, where she learns the art of conning and disguise and comes up with extremely smart thefts. The mystery thriller was adapted into a TV miniseries with the same name starring Madolyn Smith and Tom Berenger in 1986.
A serial killer named "The Tooth Fairy" is murdering random families on sequential full moon nights, including FBI agents. The character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, was introduced in the novel. 'Manhunter' was the novel's adaptation and was released in 1986, featuring Brian Cox as Lecter.