Book List

Best Indie Thrillers and Mysteries of 2021

  • FICTION

    WAGER TOUGH

    JULY 31, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

WAGER TOUGH

by Tom Farrell

A crackerjack crime novel about an upright Chicago bartender on the hunt for a killer. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MARINER'S WAKE

    OCT. 26, 2021

FICTION

MARINER'S WAKE

by Adam Marsh

An oceangoing SF/techno-thriller made especially seaworthy by its depth, not just its depth charges. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    IN THE LAND OF DEAD HORSES

    SEPT. 14, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

IN THE LAND OF DEAD HORSES

by Bruce McCandless

A paranormal whodunit that offers a gripping battle between good and evil. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    REALITY TESTING

    JAN. 6, 2021

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

REALITY TESTING

by Grant Price

A bracing blast of neo-cyberpunk with some smart tweaks to the operating system. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MURDER IN FIRST POSITION

    NOV. 24, 2020

FICTION

MURDER IN FIRST POSITION

by Lori Robbins

A graceful mystery that pirouettes around a cast of entertaining narcissists. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    10 DAYS

    JULY 31, 2021

FICTION

10 DAYS

by Jule Selbo

An entertaining, richly textured suspense yarn with a spirited hero. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

More Book Lists

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

Featuring 280 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children’s and YA books; also in this issue: the 100 best fiction and 100 best nonfiction books of the year; interviews with Jonathan Escoffery, Morgan Talty, and others; and much more

subscribe
  • kirkus star
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • kirkus prize
  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!