Summary

  • Of the highly anticipated horror and thriller books coming in June 2024, there are 11 particular standouts.
  • This includes new works from popular authors including Paul Tremblay, Riley Sager, and Akwaeke Emezi.
  • Also coming in June 2024 is the new book in the
    Housemaid
    series by Freida McFadden.

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There are quite a few highly anticipated horror and thriller books set to premiere throughout June 2024. The year has already been good to the horror genre especially, both on the page and on the screen, as 2024 horror books have accompanied a wave of well-reviewed movies including Immaculate, Late Night with the Devil, and I Saw the TV Glow. Even though the month may be better known for beach reads, given the fact that it’s the time when summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere, there are still plenty of chilling and thrilling titles scheduled every week throughout June.

June has quite big shoes to fill after many well-reviewed May 2024 books hit shelves. These include Ruth Ware’s One Perfect Couple, Stephen King’s You Like It Darker, Lindsay King-Miller’s The Z Word, Anna-Marie McLemore’s Flawless Girls, and Christina Henry’s The House that Horror Built. However, with the upcoming schedule including quite a few prominent authors returning to the genre, a continuation of a popular series, and several other intriguing titles, the new month seems up to the challenge.


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11 youthjuice by E.K. Sathue

Release Date: June 4, 2024

A Hand Dripping Blood While Holding a Tub of Cream on the Cover of the Book Youthjuice

youthjuice has been described as a cross between two different books with famous movie adaptations, namely Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho and Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada. It follows a 29-year-old who gets a coveted job at a monolithic New York wellness brand called HEBE. However, as she becomes obsessed with a new moisturizer called “youthjuice” that she has been asked to test, she learns that there may be a terrible secret behind the company and its new product.

[The story] hearkens back to classic tales including the rumors surrounding real-life alleged serial killer Elizabeth Báthory.

2024 seems to be the perfect time for E.K. Sathue, who previously wrote the 2021 thriller Fan Club as Erin Mayer, to craft a new take on the subject matter covered by those iconic classics. Although the story’s horror undertone covering the predatory nature of seeking to restore youth hearkens back to classic tales including the rumors surrounding real-life alleged serial killer Elizabeth Báthory, it is given new satirical bite thanks to the recent popularization of beauty and wellness brands like goop.

10 The Housemaid Is Watching by Freida McFadden

Release Date: June 11, 2024

An Eye Peering Through a Keyhole on the Housemaid is Watching Book Cover

Although Freida McFadden has written other standalone thriller novels, one of her most well-known is 2022’s The Housemaid, a New York Times bestseller that has already spawned an ongoing series. The books are narrated in first-person by a housemaid with a dark past and possibly sinister motives who finds herself in a new location each time.

The Housemaid Is Watching follows the continued adventures of the title character. Now living with her husband and children in an idyllic suburban home of her own, she will quickly come to realize that not all is right in her sleepy neighborhood. With an atmosphere reminiscent of thriller follow-ups including You season 3, the book proves that even though the housemaid’s life has turned around, the secrets people keep behind closed doors can still haunt her more than ever.

The Housemaid Series In Order

Title

Year

The Housemaid

2022

The Housemaid’s Secret

2023

The Housemaid is Watching

2024

9 Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay

Release Date: June 11, 2024

A Cracked VHS Tape on the Horror Movie Book Cover

Paul Tremblay has become a major force in the horror genre thanks to his previous publications including A Head Full of Ghosts, The Last Conversation, and Survivor Song. He also scored a crossover hit when his 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World was adapted by writer-director M. Night Shyamalan into the 2023 movie Knock at the Cabin.

Tremblay’s new novel, Horror Movie, looks to continue his run of chilling tales, bringing the film industry directly onto the page in this tale of a “cursed movie” along the lines of titles such as Poltergeist and The Exorcist. It follows a man who played “The Thin Kid” in a 1993 cult feature titled Horror Movie, whose attempts to remake the original project (which has a dark, deadly past and from which only three surviving scenes have been released) draw him back into the darkness that haunted the set decades ago.


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8 Middle of the Night by Riley Sager

Release Date: June 18, 2024

A Dark Neighborhood on the Middle of the Night Book Cover

Riley Sager has become a major fixture of the thriller genre since the release of his wildly well-received 2017 novel Final Girls. He followed that release with other prominent titles including 2021’s Survive the Night, 2022’s The House Across the Lake, and 2023’s The Only One Left. Like clockwork, his new thriller, Middle of the Night, is due smack dab in the middle of 2024.

Just like The Housemaid is Watching, this novel will explore the skeletons in the closet of modern-day suburbia. It follows a man who returns to his hometown, where his best friend was kidnapped thirty years before. As strange happenings begin to haunt him, pointing toward any number of possible explanations including the belated return of his ill-fated friend, his past threatens to poison his present and alter it beyond recognition.

7 The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

Release Date: June 18, 2024

The Title Seen on the Midnight Feast Book Cover

Lucy Foley is another titan of the thriller genre returning with a new offering this June. In addition to her historical fiction, she has made a name for herself penning books that blend classic murder mysteries with modern thrillers including The Paris Apartment, The Guest List, and The Hunting Party.

Lucy Foley’s historical fiction novels include Last Letter from Istanbul and The Book of Lost and Found.

Her newest book, The Midnight Feast, seems set to be her twistiest thriller yet. It follows a dark day and a half on the grounds of The Manor, a luxurious home surrounded by a dark forest. As tensions rise between the residents and the population of the nearby town, violence erupts, resulting in a mysterious fire and a dead body. This could all be the result of very human motives, or possibly an unknown force whispered about in local legend and is known as the Night Birds.

6 We Used to Live Here by Marcus Kliewer

Release Date: June 18, 2024

A Split Image of a House on the We Used to Live Here Book Cover

Marcus Kliewer’s debut novel began its life as a short story thread on Reddit that won the NoSleep forum’s award for the Scariest Story of 2021 before blossoming into a full-length book. An LGBTQ+ horror story arriving in the middle of Pride Month, it follows couple Charlie and Eve during a dark time in their lives after they buy a house they intend to flip. The arrival of a family who claims to be the former residents of the house sends them on a terrifying journey that will make them doubt everything, including their own memories.

The novel sounds like a cross between the 2023 Netflix thriller Leave the World Behind (based on the novel by Rumaan Alam), and the 2022 Danish movie Speak No Evil, which has a remake starring James McAvoy set to premiere this year. Perhaps because of this cinematic pedigree, it was announced in 2021 that the story has been picked up to be adapted into a Netflix movie starring Blake Lively.

5 Little Rot by Akwaeke Emezi

Release Date: June 18, 2024

A Mouth Biting a Cherry on the Little Rot Book Cover

Akwaeke Emezi is an author with nearly unprecedented versatility. Although their novels typically center LGBTQ+ characters and themes, their early works have otherwise been almost entirely different from one another, proving their ability to write for a wide variety of audiences and genres. Their novels range from their magical realist debut Freshwater to the contemplative drama The Death of Vivek Oji, the romance You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, and the lyrical young adult fantasy Pet.

Emezi wrote a prequel to Pet titled Bitter, which marks their first direct follow-up to a previous novel.

The upcoming Little Rot is their first novel with a more thriller-forward premise, though if it takes after their previous books, it is sure to blend the storyline with various other genres. Set in Nigeria, the novel explores multiple characters experiencing the fallout from a sex party gone wrong that throws them straight into the center of the local criminal underworld.

4 Our Little Secret by Lisa Jackson

Release Date: June 25, 2024

The Title on the Our Little Secret Book Cover

Lisa Jackson is a breathlessly prolific novelist who has written nearly 100 books over the course of her career. She stands alongside Lucy Foley and Riley Sager as one of the most prominent authors in the thriller genre to be releasing a new book in June. Although she has penned multiple series of interconnected novels including New Orleans, The Cahills, and Alvarez & Pescoli, her upcoming gender-bent Fatal Attraction riff Our Little Secret will be a standalone.

The book follows a wife and mother whose extramarital affair from six years ago still haunts her and wracks her with guilt and paranoia. However, she soon begins to realize that she may not be imagining that her former lover has finally returned to settle the score. After the recent Fatal Attraction show on Paramount+ provided more dimension to the original 1987 movie’s lead female character Alex Forrest, this gender-swapped version should plumb the depths of the story with even more bite.

3 Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell

Release Date: June 25, 2024

The Title on the Love Letters to a Serial Killer Book Cover

Hungry People author Tasha Coryell returns this month with Love Letters to a Serial Killer. The novel follows a true crime enthusiast who seeks meaning in her life and decides to write letters to a recently incarcerated serial killer. Thus begins an unusual pen pal relationship that ends up with her marrying the man after he is released from jail, allowing her unprecedented access to investigate whether he has actually committed the crimes for which he was acquitted.

This new book offers a fresh twist on the common true crime phenomenon of serial killers receiving love letters and even getting married to their correspondents while still in prison, even while sometimes facing life sentences for their crimes. It remains to be seen if either character lives to see the end of the book, but what is in store is sure to be a compelling thrill ride.

2 Incidents Around the House by Josh Malerman

Release Date: June 25, 2024

A Creepy Stuffed Animal on the Incidents Around the House Book Cover

Malerman is another well-known author in the horror genre. His works include A House at the Bottom of a Lake, Unbury Carol, and It Waits in the Woods, but he is likely best known for penning 2014’s Bird Box. The latter title was adapted into the 2018 Sandra Bullock horror movie of the same name, which remains one of the Top 5 most-watched Netflix releases of all time. That franchise has expanded both on the page and on the screen with the 2020 Malerman follow-up Malorie and the 2023 Netflix spinoff feature Bird Box Barcelona.

His new book Incidents Around the House takes on the tropes of the haunted house novel, offering a fresh take from the perspective of a family’s eight-year-old daughter. In a twist straight out of Coraline, she is haunted by an entity known as Other Mommy who constantly asks her one sinister question: “Can I go inside your heart?”

1 The Eyes Are the Best Part by Monika Kim

Release Date: June 25, 2024

An Eyeball Being Held by Chopsticks on the Eyes Are the Best Part Book Cover

The Eyes Are the Best Part tells the story of a young Korean-American woman whose family is facing issues after the departure of her adulterous father. One way that her general rage manifests is nightmares about eyes and a burgeoning push toward becoming a serial killer. As the bodies begin to pile up, her unquenchable anger continues to drive her.

The psychological thriller seems sure to lead readers down a twisting and turning path…

As one of the horror and thriller books set to close out June 2024, it is one of the most intriguing. For one thing, it comes from a brand new voice, as it is the debut horror novel from Monika Kim, a UC Davis graduate who works in environmental justice. The psychological thriller seems sure to lead readers down a twisting and turning path as they are plunged into the darker side of the human heart.

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