When you read a book, you want it to shock and surprise you. Although most stories are pretty predictable, the point of a murder mystery is to keep the reader guessing. If you're interested in a storyline that you won't be able to figure out until the author explains it to you, then you should pick up a copy of these exciting murder mystery novels:
1. And then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This is the epitome of a classic murder mystery. It's about a group of people who are all lured to a mansion where they end up dying, one by one. No one, not even the reader, knows whom the killer is. That's why you'll be on the edge of your seat the entire time, trying to figure out which character is the least trustworthy.
2. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
This book is about a husband and wife who love each other dearly. They were together since they were children and planned on growing old together--that is, until she was kidnapped at the lake they visit every year for their anniversary. Eight years after her murder, her husband starts to wonder if the person they put to jail as her killer was really the culprit.
3. Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
The great Stephen King calls this story his first hard-boiled detective novel. It begins with a group of unemployed townspeople at a job fair. However, the normalcy turns to chaos when a Mercedes shows up and runs over innocent people. The killer gets away for now, but will he remain free forever?
4. Better Left Buried by Emma Haughton
After the main character's brother dies and her best friend goes missing, she has to piece together what is going on in her town. She had no idea that her sibling was hiding such a dark secret from her, but now that he's gone, she's realizing how often she was left in the dark.
5. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
This author inspired the show Bones. Her novel is about a woman who finds a corpse inside of several trash bags. She senses a pattern that causes her to take on the case herself, even though it puts the lives of her loved ones in danger.
6. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: a Flavia De Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley
After a chemist finds a dead bird on her doorstep and then witnesses a stranger take his final breath, she's actually excited, because she knows her boring life is about to get interesting. Although this is a mystery novel, it doesn't contain any graphic scenes. In fact, it's actually written quite humorously.
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Everyone has heard of this book by now, but if you haven't had the chance to read it yet, now is the time. You'll hear a story told from two different points of view, one from a husband (Nick) and one from a wife (Amy). After she mysteriously goes missing and is presumed dead, the cops keep finding more and more reasons to blame Nick for everything that has happened.
Even if you typically read romance or science fiction novels, it can't hurt to read outside of your genre. It'll give you a view of the world that you haven't seen before. What's the best murder mystery novel that you've ever had the pleasure of reading?