6 Thrilling Audiobooks For Your Summer Road Trips

I heard a piece on NPR this week about how some people who have been “anti-car ownership” for environmental reasons are now renting cars so they can avoid public transportation due to COVID-19.

Whatever the reason you may find yourself taking a road trip these days, here are a few suspenseful novels that will keep you fully engaged.

And if you’re looking for audiobooks at a great price, check out this special Summer Deal Audible has going on!

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, read by the author

This novel is a rare gem. Not only is it an incredibly well woven thriller, it was written by a lovely actress who did a fantastic job narrating . It was as if she were talking directly to me.  A newlywed couple goes on their honeymoon and make a bizarre discovery. They then make a series of choices that can alter the course of their lives dramatically. It made me consider what I would do in the same situation, and about human nature. It’s a fantastic glimpse into a new marriage, and mostly inside the mind of our narrator Erin, who wants to do what is best for her family, yet isn’t sure exactly what that would mean. The story is twisty and dark, and I wasn’t able to figure out what was going on.


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, read by Brittany Pressley and Kirstin Potter

This isn’t your standard thriller. It’s a unique, well written ghost story with a super high creepiness factor, told through two alternating timelines, Viv’s story in 1982 and her niece’s in 2017.The writing is sharp and evokes vivid scenes.  I loved the role the concept of ghosts plays in the book, and how past and present generations were woven together. It will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure!



The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine, read by Julia Whelan and Meghan Wolf

This is a stunning thriller that will keep you fully engrossed from beginning to end. The chapters alternate between Joanna and Piper, two utterly different women who are fighting to be with Leo and his two children. Leo is in love with Piper, plans to marry her. He assures Joanna she can still see the children, but she is devastated and becomes obsessed with proving Piper has a secret past that could put Leo and the kids in danger. The writing is tight and fast paced. The story moves back and forth in time seamlessly.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, read by Adepero Oduye

For such a short novel, there is so much going on here! We have two sisters who are extremely different from each other, and rarely agree on anything. One of them has an unfortunate habit of killing her boyfriends, and the other comes running to clean up her messes. This is a smart novel. It’s not only about the sisters as they are now. We’re given glimpses into the past to learn how they got there. It’s also a witty novel, although the humor isn’t always in your face. It’s dark and there’s a lot of commentary snuck in, about social media in relation to relationships and self-image. It’s a unique book that provides an entertaining yet thought-provoking reading experience.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, read by Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey

This unique thriller is absolutely gripping all the way through. It’s about a famous fashion photographer who shoots her husband, then never speaks again. The two narrators are spot on, totally adding to the creepiness factor. It’s a well done take on the unreliable narrator that will leave your head spinning.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church

A decent mystery with a super creepy vibe.The entire novel is a letter written by our protagonist Rowan, to an attorney she is pleading with to defend her. This format suits the story well. The reader knows right away that something big has gone down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time trying to guess what had happened. The writing is simple, which makes for a fast paced story with a great build of suspense. 


  1. Carla

    June 19, 2020 at 5:50 am

    These are some great audiobooks to listen to. I listened to The Turn of the Key and The Silent Patient and agree they were well done. I didn’t realize The Sun Down Motel was available in Audiobook, so I will be looking for it for sure.

  2. Ramona Mead

    June 19, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for your comment Carla, I hope you enjoy some of those other audio books too!

  3. Stacy Nelson

    June 21, 2020 at 8:26 am

    If anyone has read/liked World War Z by Max, I am currently listening to Devolution. It is great. There is a whole cast of voices and it is terrifyingly compelling. I read My Sister, the Serial Killer, and The Turn of the Key, but I will give The Silent Patient a try. Thanks for the recs!

  4. Stacy Nelson

    June 21, 2020 at 8:27 am

    **Max Brooks-sorry I left out the last name:)

  5. Ramona Mead

    June 21, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve heard the audiobook of World War Z is amazing, but I’ve never tried it. I’ll look into the one you mentioned too. I’m glad you enjoyed my list and hope you find more books you like from it!

  6. Bea Ballard

    August 2, 2020 at 8:29 am

    An excellent post, congratulations !!

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