Thrillers have been having a moment ever since Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl hit the shelves in 2012. But while we may have Flynn to thank for the current abundance of nail-biting reads, all we have to do is look to Hollywood to see that thrillers have been dominating the literary world and the big screen for a long time. From Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled detective novels to the more recent popularity of Swedish noir books like Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, thriller books have been inspiring movies for decades. And as exciting as it is to settle in with a bucket of popcorn to watch an intense mystery unravel at the theater, the books that inspired those movies are just as edge-of-your-seat good as their film counterparts.
Need proof? Then check out these thrilling reads that were adapted into blockbuster hits.