ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: MYSTERIES and THRILLERS

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children's – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We'll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library's top mysteries and thrillers for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  • The Disappeared by C.J. Box
  • The Witch Elm by Tana French
  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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