Best Thriller Audiobooks: The Wolf Lake Series

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Ready to experience the best thriller audiobooks of the year? The award-winning Wolf Lake thriller series is professionally produced and narrated by Daniela Acitelli, a classically trained actress who has worked with the world’s most-prominent thriller publishers, including Tantor Audio, Hachette–Bookouture, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster & Dreamscape.

The Wolf Lake Thriller Series: Best thriller audiobooks of the year!

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Her Last Breath

After a near-fatal shooting, Detective Thomas Shepherd returns home to Wolf Lake. He accepts a deputy’s position with the Nightshade County Sheriff’s Department and buys his late uncle’s lakeside home, hoping to rebuild his life.

Then a headless corpse washes ashore, and Thomas is thrown into a murder investigation.

Is a psychopath hunting the village of Wolf Lake?

The evidence implicates a troubled youth with a violent past. But Thomas isn’t so sure. Now the village is against him, demanding an arrest. But is the real killer still on the hunt?

The thriller and mystery that readers can’t get enough of. Borrowing elements from Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, Dean Koontz, and the Thomas Harris Hannibal Lecter novels, Her Last Breath is an instant classic and stands out as one of the best serial killer thriller audiobooks of recent years.

The first audiobook in the Dan Padavona Wolf Lake series has been called “…a wonderfully entertaining, all-too-believable crime-thriller that will keep you reading all night until the end.”

Get started with the first of the first thriller audiobook in the acclaimed Wolf Lake series.

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Fatal Mercy

The villagers of Wolf Lake are dying of suspicious causes.

Their deaths have nothing in common, except each victim knew the priest from the local church. Sheriff Gray blames the priest for driving drunk two years ago and causing his wife to fatally crash on icy roads. But Gray could never prove it, and now he wants to pin the new murders on the priest.

Deputy Thomas Shepherd considers Gray a mentor and father figure. Can Thomas maintain a friendly working relationship with the sheriff while he pursues the truth?

Another death rocks Wolf Lake. A killer is stalking the darkness. What is the murderer’s motive?

When Thomas’s friend disappears, he fears the killer is to blame. Time is running out.

Can he stop the murderer before another innocent life is lost?

Continue the series with one of the best thriller audiobooks of the year, Fatal Mercy.

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River of Bones

Six years ago, a teenage girl named Skye Feron vanished from Wolf Lake and was never found.

Then a grisly discovery. A state park ranger digs up human bones beneath Lucifer Falls. Are these Skye’s remains?

Upon hearing the disturbing news, the missing girl’s friends return to Wolf Lake. Thomas Shepherd, the new sheriff of Nightshade County, interviews the friends about Skye and believes they’re hiding a dark secret. A ghost is linked to their past, and now someone is targeting all of them.

After one of the women vanishes, Thomas encounters the monster who has been tracking Skye’s friends for six years. The heart-pounding ending will leave you breathless.

A terrifying thriller and mystery with a shocking twist. River of Bones is one of the scariest serial killer thriller audiobooks you’ll listen to this year.

Ready for one of the creepiest thrillers on Audible? Experience River if Bones today.

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The Killing Moon

Imagine it’s the night before Halloween. You’re awake late at night and listening to a horror podcast.

Tonight’s topic – The Halloween Man, a killer of legend who murders innocents on Halloween. But something goes wrong. Terribly wrong. Someone attacks the host during the live podcast and murders her.

Or so it seems. Is this an elaborate prank? Or did a murder occur with thousands of people listening?

Sheriff Thomas Shepherd is skeptical at first. But the deeper he digs into the investigation, the more troubled he becomes. Two people are missing, and everyone he speaks to implicates The Halloween Man.

Thomas doesn’t believe in ghosts and legends. He knows a madman is stalking the night and using famous horror movie scenes as inspiration for his murders.

A chilling tale that straddles the line between mystery and classic horror.

If you grew up loving The Silence of the Lambs and Halloween, you won’t be able to stop listening to The Killing Moon. Start listening now.

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I Know Your Name: this year’s best thriller audiobooks

The police discover a local defense attorney stabbed to death in her kitchen. Now her son Shawn, a disturbed teenager from a broken home, is missing.

Did the boy murder his mother? Or is the real killer pursuing him?

Park ranger Darren Holt believes Shawn is innocent, but the boy is Darren’s cousin, and Sheriff Thomas Shepherd can’t trust his friend’s bias.

When a second dead body surfaces, Thomas finds a link between the victims leading him to a shocking discovery.

The killer has been watching the sheriff the entire time.

A chilling thriller audiobook and one of the best mysteries of the year. Download now!

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The Shadow Cell

A local legend states that a ghost haunts a tiny town in Nightshade County. It sounds like a child’s tale.

Until a woman vanishes without a trace.

The missing woman’s husband hires private investigator Chelsey Byrd to find her. While Chelsey works beside Sheriff Thomas Shepherd, another person disappears. This time, a young boy.

To solve the mystery behind the disappearances, Thomas relies on his deputies and friends from Wolf Lake Consulting to debunk the ghost legend and learn the truth. But now, the kidnapper sets his sights on one of Thomas’s closest friends.

Can he catch the psychopath before another life is lost?

Listeners call this audiobook a terrifying classic and one of the best in the Wolf Lake thriller series. Download now!

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Never Forget Me

Cliques sour us. But revenge is sweet.

The Nightshade County Sheriff’s Department is in shambles. With his lead deputy suffering from anxiety issues after a brush with death, Sheriff Thomas Shepherd tries to hold his overworked team together.

Yet there is no rest for the weary.

When a series of bizarre deaths cripple the community, Thomas discovers a link between the victims. They were friends in school and bullied their classmates.

Is an old victim out for sweet revenge?

A pulse-pounding thriller and mystery that will keep you turning pages until late in the night.

Unexpected twists and a deadly killer make this thriller audiobook a true classic. Start listening today!

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The Final Girl

Sheriff Thomas Shepherd makes a macabre discovery – a dead woman in the forest. 

Another murderer is loose in Nightshade County.

When a mother and child vanish from their home, Thomas calls on the private investigators of Wolf Lake Consulting to aid his beleaguered deputies. But the murder unearths hidden memories from girlfriend Chelsey Byrd, and Thomas doesn’t want her near the investigation.

Soon Thomas discovers this isn’t the first time the murderer has killed. The sheriff is tracking a dangerous serial killer.

But Chelsey is hiding something from her past. If she doesn’t admit the truth, nobody will stop the killer.

A mystery and thrill ride that will give you nightmares.

The most-frightening serial killer thriller of the year comes to audiobook. Download now!

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An amusement park should be a place of fun and memories.

But the memories become nightmares when a young boy disappears inside the park.

After Hannah contacts Sheriff Thomas Shepherd to find her boy, Thomas digs into the woman’s past and finds skeletons in the closet. She’s hiding a deadly secret that might cost her child’s life.

Under growing scrutiny, Hannah stops at nothing to find the madman who took her boy. First, she must prove her innocence and trust the law enforcement community tasked with finding the kidnapper.

Desperate to get her son back, Hannah takes risks that could lead her into the psychopath’s hands. And the shocking truth behind the boy’s abduction could tear Hannah apart.

A page-turning thriller and mystery with an astonishing twist.

How far would you go to save your only child? Find out in this gripping thriller audiobook.

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The Bone Forest: a terrifying thriller audiobook

Someone is dumping bodies into a desolate forest pond near Wolf Lake.

When Karley doesn’t meet her friends at a concert, her husband reports her missing to the Nightshade County Sheriff’s Department. Years of experience have taught Sheriff Thomas Shepherd to suspect the spouse, and the husband doesn’t have an alibi for the night Karley disappeared. Suspicion grows when Thomas punches holes in the husband’s story that he and Karley have a perfect marriage. They don’t. He’s a twisted control freak intent on micromanaging his wife’s life.

Is the husband the same psychopath hiding victims in the pond? Where is Karley?

Thomas and private investigator Chelsey Byrd need to find Karley before she becomes the next victim.

But the killer is watching their every move.

The terrifying final chapter in The Wolf Lake series, the best thriller audiobooks of the year. Listen now!

The Story Continues

The Thomas Shepherd mysteries picks up where Wolf Lake concludes. Want more Thomas, Chelsey, LeVar, and Scout? Dive into the Thomas Shepherd mystery audiobooks today!