Riot Recommendation

21+ Of Your Favorite Thrillers With a Female Lead Character

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Security by Gina Wohlsdorf.

WOLSDORF_SECURITY_HCJKT_02_25.inddThe terrible truth about Manderley is that someone is always watching.

Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. Guests are about to be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours they will be killed off, one by one.

A shocking thriller, a brilliant narrative puzzle, and a multifaceted love story unlike any other, Security marks the debut of a fearless and gifted writer. Gina Wohlsdorf pairs narrative ingenuity with gasp-inducing terror in Security.


We wanted to know what your favorite thrillers with a female lead are, and you answered! Get ready to get your read on.

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

The Blue Line by Ingrid Betancourt

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Echo Lake by Letty Ann Trent

Feed by Mira Grant

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Flint by Paul Eddy

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

The Likeness by Tana French

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larrson

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Special Topics In Calamity Physics by Marish Pessl

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

You by Caroline Kepnes

You Can Trust Me by Sophie McKenzie