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Thrillers set on vacation


Who doesn't love a tropical vacation with a little side of murder? I have you covered with my curated book list featuring thrillers set on vacations. These are a mix of newer releases and backlist books, as well as some lesser known titles. I found that my library had most of these available, but if you want to have a copy to keep in your personal library, I've included my Bookshop.org link below.


I hope these titles transport you on a "killer" tropical vacation and keep you on the edge of your seat!



The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

Accra private investigator Emma Djan's first missing persons case will lead her to the darkest depths of the email scams and fetish priests in Ghana, the world's Internet capital.


Destination: Ghana


One Little Secret by Cate Holahan

A kid free weekend away at a beach house turns deadly when one guest is found dead after a night of drinking. Part locked-room mystery, part domestic thriller, this gossipy, scandal-ridden whodunit told in alternating narratives from an unforgettable cast of characters.


Destination: The Hamptons


Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Set in 1950's North Africa, this melodrama follows Alice Shipley and her estranged former friend Lucy Mason and Lucy's new husband. The two try to reconcile, but Lucy's husband goes missing and Alice begins to question everything.


Destination: Tangier, North Africa


Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Sylvie goes missing in the Netherlands and her little sister, Amy, sets out to find out what happened to her sister.


Destination: Netherlands


The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, wrong bed, and next to a dead man with no idea what happened.


Destination: Dubai


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Seven strangers accept a surprise invitation to a private island off the coast of Mexico. They soon discover they were brought to the island under false pretenses and each of them carries a secret.


Destination: Mexico


We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

Two best friends are on their annual girl's trip when someone is murdered and it is a striking resemblance to something that happened at their trip the previous year.


Destination: Chile


Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Honeymooners travel to beautiful Bora Bora, when they discover something in the water while scuba diving. Do they speak out or keep their secret? Their decision triggers a chain of events that can only be described as devastating.


Destination: Bora Bora


Pretty Guilty Women by Gina Lamanna

A weekend beach wedding turns into a murder mystery where four women confess to the murder.


Destination: California


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

A journalist who writes for a travel magazine has an assignment on a luxury cruise. She witnesses a woman being thrown overboard, but all the passengers remain accounted for as the ship continues as though nothing has happened.


Destination: Cruise ship on the North Sea


Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Six young twentysomethings embark on a vacation on a stunning island in the Pacific Ocean. One person goes missing and another is found dead, the rest are left to uncover what happened.


Destination: Meroe Island in the Pacific Ocean


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