My Favourite Thriller Books for Travelling

I almost solely read thrillers when I’m travelling (okay, not just when I’m travelling – pretty much all the time), but they are extra awesome for taking on a vacation.

The great thing about a (good) thriller is that they’re totally gripping and you can’t put them down until you’re finished – perfect for long-haul flights or days spent by the pool.

I’m always trying to find exciting new books to take with me on holiday, and I love hearing other people’s suggestions of books that they love. Since picking out your summer reading can often be a difficult task, I decided to put together a list of some of my favourites, and hopefully some of you will find a new favourite book!


Peter Swanson is one of my favourite authors, I’ve read all of his books and always make sure I pre-order the next one. He’s one of the greatest thriller/mystery writers at the moment, and his twists never fail to surprise me.

My favourites are Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth KillingThe Kind Worth Killing focuses on a husband who is so distraught by his cheating wife that he creates a plot to kill her – it’s so intense and just when you think you know what’s happening, everything changes.

Her Every Fear is about a girl dealing with anxiety, who decides to make a brave move and house swap with her cousin – moving from the UK to America. There she discovers a girl has been murdered in the same apartment block that she is moving into, and she tries to unravel the mystery. This left me feeling unsettled for weeks after reading, and I highly recommend it.

If you’re looking for a good thriller author to delve into, definitely check out Peter Swanson.


I mean, who doesn’t love Stephen King? Another one of my favourite authors, he’s easily the best horror writer of his generation. I love taking Stephen King books with me when travelling because the majority of them are epics, so I know I won’t run out of things to read.

My favourite ever Stephen King book (and probably my favourite ever book) is It, it’s so fascinating, completely unnerving and contrasts the fear of monsters with the fear of equally bad people. I’m sure everyone knows what the story is about, but if you don’t, the main gist is that a paranormal clown is killing the children in a small town – but that doesn’t even begin to cover what really goes on in this story. Do yourself a favour and read it.

The Stand is another favourite of mine, it’s such a huge plot and is genuinely quite creepy at times. It’s about a government-created virus outbreak that kills off the majority of the population, but has a deeper focus on the battle between good and evil. It’s an incredible read and is truly an epic, I can’t recommend it enough.


If you’re fascinated by Manson-like cults but would rather read fiction, this is the book for you. It follows a young girl who becomes obsessed with a group eerily similar to the Manson family, and decides to run away from home to join them. The story gives both present and past narrative, allowing the reader to see how the events affected the girl as a woman.

Obviously, the seemingly peaceful group spirals into something a lot darker, and when read in context with the Manson family becomes incredibly shocking – but you won’t be able to put it down.


I have only just read the first book in this series but I’m already hooked. It focuses on David Raker, an ex-journalist who takes cases to find lost loved ones – but the case is always a lot darker and more dangerous than it first seemed.

This book tells the story of a boy who died in a car crash after running away from home, however he is spotted by his mother after his death. It’s gripping, twisted and you’ll be invested from the very start.


So those are my favourite holiday thriller reads! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what your favourite books to read on vacation are. See you next time,

A x

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