40 Best Psychological Thriller Books to Read in 2022

The best psychological thriller books are like movies in that they keep you fascinated from the time you press play until the closing curtains fall, with plenty of stunning plot twists along the way. So it is no surprise that many of them are picked up by Hollywood for television and film interpretations.

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The best psychological novels and thrillers are like movies in that they keep you fascinated from the time you press play until the closing curtains fall, with plenty of stunning plot twists along the way. So it is no surprise that many of them are picked up by Hollywood for television and film interpretations.

Themes of crime, ethics, psychological disorder, drug misuse, and inconsistent protagonists are common in psychological thriller fiction.

Here is a selection of 40 spine-chilling psychological thrillers great for anyone looking to mess with their head.

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40 Best Psychological Thriller Books


Dear Child

by Romy Hausmann
Dear Child: A Novel
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A woman held captive finally escapes—but can she ever really get away? Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning, #1 internationally bestselling thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents A windowless shack in the woods. A dash to safety. But when a woman finally escapes her captor, the end of the story is only the beginning of her nightmare.
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Her father takes Lena hostage in a dimly lit shack in the woods with her two children. Under the pretence of protecting them from the perils of the outside world, all their meals, restroom breaks, and study time are controlled and supervised.

However, when Lena discovers a method to flee, she is confronted with far more issues than anticipated. The question left unanswered is whether she is the woman under the disguise name “Lena” who disappeared 14 years ago.


The Nanny

by Gilly Macmillan
The Nanny: A Novel
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“Dark, twisty and full of characters you’ll love to hate, The Nanny is the perfect read for a chilly winter’s night.” (Ruth Ware, New York Times best-selling author)

Hannah, Jo’s babysitter, disappeared without any explanation when she was seven years old. Her parents’ relationship was tainted forever because of this distress. Now, 30 years later, Jo is ready to confront them, and she knows she needs to connect the dots of Hannah’s life. Haunting revelations, dark family secrets, vast lies, and an unexpected visitor combine to create a deep, engaging mystery.



by Megan Giddings
Lakewood: A Novel
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Lena Johnson quits college when her grandmother passes away, and the extent of her family’s obligations is exposed. She takes a job in a small, unknown Michigan city to help her family. The employment pays well, covers her health costs, and provides her with a place to live. She must take part in a top-secret research study kept hidden from her family and friends in exchange.

However, when the program’s secrets emerge, the teenager must decide how much she is willing to risk her family.


The Eighth Girl

by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
The Eighth Girl: A Novel
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When Alexa’s friend Ella gets a job at a high-end gentlemen’s club, she catches the attention of its shark-like owner and is gradually drawn into his inner circle. As Alexa’s world becomes intimately entangled with Ella’s, she soon finds herself the unwitting keeper of a nightmarish secret as she follows Ella into London’s cruel underbelly. Threatened and vulnerable, Alexa will discover whether her multiple personalities are her greatest asset, or her most dangerous obstacle.
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Alexa W is a profoundly self-aware young lady whose life is run by several different personas. Her therapist, stepmom, and closest friend, Ella, are the only ones who are aware of this fact. Alexa finds herself the unwitting bearer of a dangerous secret when she starts working at a Gentleman’s Club and becomes associated with the owner.

She pursues Ella into London’s underside on a rescue operation since she has no one else to turn to. One girl will discover whether her personalities are her biggest strength or her most hazardous obstacle in this thriller authored by a real-life psychologist.


The Swap

by Robyn Harding
The Swap
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Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio.
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Low falls under the impact of a shop’s owner, ex-social media influencer Freya, after signing up for a small pottery class. The two become close, sharing their innermost secrets.

Still, when Jamie and her husband relocated to town, Freya’s focus shifts to Jamie and her husband. Freya proposes they switch partners after a night of partying with their spouses. But what should have been a carefree night of fun instead provides Low with the perfect time to avenge her betrayal.


The Girl on The Train

by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

A mystery woman, infidelity, inconsistent storyteller, and unlikable people are all present in this modern spy thriller. Three women and three men are linked by marriage or betrayal. All of them are responsible for the others doing.

The book is portrayed through the viewpoints of Rachel, Megan, and Anna in alternate chapters, although primarily through Rachel’s. Rachel takes the train to work every day, and the plot revolves around the houses and people she observes from her window. She conjures up stories about the lives of these people, even giving them names.

If you enjoy reading well-written psychological thrillers, you will enjoy this page-turner with a compelling storyline.


Shutter Island

by Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island
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The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.”
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Denis Lehane’s Shutter Island is a disturbing psychological adventure story that will have your teeth grinding long after you have finished reading it. This book is packed with twists and turns and delivers a powerful blow.

Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have arrived on Shutter Island to uncover the abduction of a patient at Ashecliffe Hospital. Despite being confined in a locked cage under continuous supervision, serial killer Rachel Solando is free somewhere on this bleak island.

A peculiar case takes on even darker, more deadly colours as a lethal cyclone presses down on them, with horrible surgery and lethal strategies undertaken in the name of a hidden military campaign.


The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient
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The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson, a well-known artist, shoots down her photographer husband five times in the face, murdering him, then disappears.

For years, criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber has been captivated with her and Alicia’s solitude. After working his way into the personnel of Grove, a restricted investigative unit, he obtains the job of Alicia’s therapist.

In this engaging psychological thriller, very little is what it seems, and you will be on the edge of your seat from the very first paragraph.


Sometimes I Lie

by Alice Feeney
Sometimes I Lie: A Novel
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Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?
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We expect psychological mysteries to screw with our heads. Still, Alice Feeney has gone one step ahead with this brilliant, intriguing novel that will have you second-guessing all truths.

Amber Reynolds, who is in a coma, tells us a story while lying in a hospital bed. From the title itself, one can deduce that they will be dealing with a dubious storyteller.

The chapters alternate between previous ones, outlining what happened and diary entries of a little girl who is now in a coma and can still think but not move or call out for help.


The Good Girl

by Mary Kubica
The Good Girl
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“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

Mia is a 25-year-old Chicago judge’s daughter. She is abducted, but the kidnapper changes his opinion and refuses to hand her over to the perpetrator.

She is ultimately sent home, but she is completely oblivious to what has occurred. Multiple narrators tell the story, which jumps back and forth between before and after her recovery.

Mia is the only character you never hear directly from till the very end. It is a character-driven tale with very little action. In the end, it raises some intriguing issues about topics like Stockholm Syndrome.


I Know Where She Is

by S.B. Caves
I Know Where She Is: a breathtaking thriller that will have you hooked from the first page
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A heart-stopping, gripping thriller for fans of C. L. Taylor, Karin Slaughter and Linwood Barclay On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn’s abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.
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Francine discovers a cryptic letter ten years after her daughter vanishes, saying: I know where she is. Having her life split in half yet again, she returns to the quest for the truth behind the kidnapping. Francine is left appalled by what she uncovers afterwards.

She finds danger in the most unlikely locations and partakes in actions she never thought she would do before.

This is a pleasurable debut novel by S. B. Cave that will have you questioning the characters in this mind-boggling psychological thriller.


Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects: A Novel
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Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town.

Reporter Camille Preaker is returning to her small village after a short period in a psychiatric facility to investigate the unresolved death of a teenage girl and the abduction of another.

Camille has not spoken to her hysterical schizophrenic mother or her thirteen-year-old half-sister in years. Since Camille’s arrival at her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian castle, she feels intensely associating with the poor victims.

Any fan of mystery thriller books should get their hands on Sharp Objects. HBO has also converted this into a limited-edition series recently.


Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl: A Novel
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Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times best seller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

With its depiction of a wedding gone drastically wrong, Gone Girl seized the literature market by storm. Amy Dunne abruptly vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband Nick is the prominent suspect. Throughout the investigation, we see holes in the Dunne marriage. Along with the rest of the world, Nick is enthralled by Amy’s diary entries, which almost seem to reflect a level of precision that might push any relationship to the limit.

Gillian Flynn maintains her place as one of the finest writers today with a wickedly twisted and brilliantly crafted mystery that showcases her signature psychological expertise.


Hidden Bodies

by Caroline Kepnes
Hidden Bodies: (A You Novel) (The You Series)
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In Hidden Bodies, the basis for season two of the hit Netflix series, You, Joe Goldberg returns. Joe is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him

Joe Goldberg, aged thirty, has been dumping the bodies of his slain victims throughout New York for ten years. He is now on his way to Los Angeles, ready to leave his baggage in the waters of New York. Joe obtains work in a bookstore in Los Angeles, where he spends his leisure time eating guacamole and chatting with his reporter neighbour.

While others around him appear to be focused on their shadows, Joe cannot seem to stop staring behind him. Around this time, his girlfriend starts noting his half-truths. However, even though Joe wants to spend the rest of his life with her and not want to harm her, he may need to do just that if she starts discovering what he has committed.


The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series, Book 1
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A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It’s about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden…and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance…

Harriet Vanger, a descendant of one of Sweden’s richest families, has been missing for nearly four decades. Her elderly uncle is still searching for the truth after many years. He pairs up with Lisbeth Slander, a tattooed coder with a ruthless temper inherited from her rough past.

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an international bestseller that mixes a detective story, a family history, a love triangle, and corporate politics into one gratifyingly complicated and fascinating novel.


Home Before Dark

by Riley Sager
Home Before Dark: A Novel
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Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. Three weeks later they fled in the dead of night, an ordeal her father recounted in a memoir called House of Horrors. His story of supernatural happenings and malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity – and skepticism.

Maggie Holt’s parents scooped her up and escaped Baneberry Hall in the middle of the night when she was a child. Maggie’s father revealed their motives for departing in a book titled House of Horrors.

She comes to Baneberry Hall following her father’s death to refurbish the property so she can sell it. Her welcome home, however, is far from cordial. In the shadows, people from the past, as depicted in House of Horrors, linger.

The mysteries of Baneberry Hall don’t take much time to show themselves to Maggie, and she begins to suspect that perhaps House of Horrors was more reality than imagination.


The Rival

by Charlotte Duckworth
The Rival: The most addictive and unputdownable thriller you’ll read all year
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Helena is beautiful, privileged, happily married and the Creative Director for the UK’s hottest luxury beauty retailer. She has everything that Ashley has ever wanted.
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The contrasting worlds of strong, successful women and parenting are explored in this unsettling and intriguing novel. It is a dual narrative that begins with Helena, a successful entrepreneur without a job and a mom without a baby. Helena is taken aback yet charmed by Ashley’s intense determination when she hires her to work. She is ecstatic since they have formed an ideal team, but Ashley has other plans and is willing to go to any length to succeed.


Beautiful Bad

by Annie Ward
Beautiful Bad
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Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army, and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now, almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

Maddie and Ian met at a party in a foreign country while she was working as a freelance journalist and meeting her closest friend, Jo, and Ian, serving in the British army. They soon married and were blessed with a son, as they lived the ideal city life in America.

A murder investigation in a house introduces the readers to the concept of Beautiful Bad. The narrative spans Maddie and Ian’s sixteen-year relationship, from an accidental meeting overseas to the closing days leading up to the disaster.


The Favorite Daughter

by Kaira Rouda
The Favorite Daughter: A Novel
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Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.
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This complex, suspenseful novel will transport you into the psyche of a mother suffering from a tragic event. Jane has been caught in a fog of sorrow since her dear daughter Mary passed away last year. David, Jane’s husband, has scheduled a funeral ceremony for Mary.

On the other hand, Jane’s family has changed without her when she comes back to reality. David works late nights at the office, and Betsy, her daughter, has become mysterious and defiant. To make matters worse, Jane starts receiving weird signals that suggest Mary’s death was not a coincidence.


Snake Eyes

by Joyce Carol Oates
Snake Eyes
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Attorney Michael O’Meara’s dogged belief that Lee Roy Sears was innocent of murder has paid off. The lawyer has not only gotten the convicted inmate released from death row at Connecticut State Prison, but also procured an artist’s residency in Mount Orion, New Jersey, for the rehabilitated Vietnam vet upon his parole.
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Lee Roy Sears had already been sentenced to death, but his lawyer, Micheal O’Meara, was able to have his conviction reversed. Lee maintains a close relationship with Michael even outside prison while contacting his wife often.

However, Michael quickly starts to second guess his decision on whether or not he made the right call by releasing Lee and allowing him to become so close to his family. Now, two men’s aspirations and truths are about to clash. And sooner or later, the distinctions between lies and reality, confidence and deceit are lost.


The Girlfriend

by Michelle Frances
The Girlfriend
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A mother. A son. His girlfriend. And the lie they’ll wish had never been told. Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three-year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful, and smart but hasn’t led Laura’s golden life. And she wants it.
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Michelle Frances’ first murder mystery, The Girlfriend, is a compelling and terrifying novel about the consequences of an awful deception. Laura has the ideal lifestyle with a prolonged marriage, a good job, and a righteous son.

However, her son soon starts seeing Cherry, a youthful, attractive, and intelligent girl who will stop at nothing to take Laura’s life. When Cherry first arrives at Laura’s house, her suspicions are confirmed on Cherry not being who she claimed to be. When disaster strikes, terrible lies get in the mix. Still, the consequences of the desperate measures will affect their lives permanently.


After She’s Gone

by Sheryl Browne
After She’s Gone (DI Matthew Adams Book 1)
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A detective faces off against a man without conscience in this psychological thriller, the first in the British police procedural series. There’s evil—and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. There are no depths to which this drug dealer, pimp, and murderer won’t sink—and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams knows all too well what such a monster can do. After all, he’s known Patrick since they were children, when their mutual animosity was born.
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Chief Inspector Matthew Adams has dealt with many criminals in his career, but very few of them are as wicked as Patrick Sullivan. Patrick is a drug addict, liar, and assassin who will go to any length to get what he wants. When Patrick’s brother is killed in a failed police raid, the intense rivalry between the men escalates, and Matthew struggles to maintain the higher moral ground.


The Practice of Deceit

by Elizabeth Benedict
The Practice of Deceit: A Novel
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This smart psychological thriller about a therapist who marries the wrong woman is “a lot of wicked fun” (Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered). When Eric Lavender meets the attorney Colleen O’Brien Golden, his position as one of Manhattan’s chic psychotherapists and most eligible bachelors suddenly loses its appeal. The sexy, stylish Colleen lures him to live with her and her young daughter in the exclusive suburb of Scarsdale. To his amazement, Eric is besotted and soon settles into the unexpected bliss of marriage and domesticity with their new baby and his loving stepdaughter. He even becomes a local hero when the police turn to him for help in resolving a hostage crisis.
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Eric Lavender, a Manhattan therapist, befriends Colleen O’Brien Golden, a sultry, elegant lawyer. He later follows Colleen to Scarsdale, where he enjoys family life as a husband and dad to a new infant and a lovely stepdaughter. However, these perfect beginnings are temporary, as tragedy lurks in the future. Colleen has a dark past and goes through a major crisis to expose her real character.

Elizabeth Benedict navigates the treacherous elements of passion, ambition, and revenge with sharp sarcasm and great insight through this tale of family life gone wrong.


I Know Who You Are

by Alice Feeney
I Know Who You Are: A Novel
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When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is—but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
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I know who you are, is a psychological drama that takes chances and provides a warped storyline; it is not for the faint-hearted, but it will be exactly up your street if you are looking for a thriller novel with twists.

When Aimee gets back home and realizes her husband has gone away, she appears to be at a loss on what needs to be done. The cops believe she is concealing information, and they are correct. Aimee has a mystery she has never told anyone about, but she has a distinct feeling that somebody else knows about it. As she fights to retain her job and her health, her past traumatizes her in a manner she would have never expected.


Lock Every Door

by Riley Sager
Lock Every Door: A Novel
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The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times best-selling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays.

Riley Sager’s LOCK EVERY DOOR is a crime thriller blockbuster that blends Victorian ambience with New York City elegance as well as a whole deal of terror. ‘There will be no guests and no evenings spent travelling from the house,’ Jules Larsen’s new position as a unit caretaker at the Bartholomew has these regulations.

She is attached to her colleague flat sitter Ingrid, who resembles her younger sister, who she buried eight years ago. When Ingrid confesses to Jules that Bartholomew is not at all what it appears to be like, Jules dismisses it as a lighthearted murder mystery until the day Ingrid vanishes.

Jules digs further into Bartholomew’s stormy history and the secrets hidden inside its walls. She tries to identify a murderer and flee the Bartholomew lest her temporary residency turns official.


An Anonymous Girl

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
An Anonymous Girl
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The next audiobook of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster best-seller The Wife Between Us. Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Jessica Farris assumes she will just have to respond to the questions and leave when she gets access to psychology research with the enigmatic Dr Shields. But as the questioning becomes a little more severe and intrusive, and the meetings turn into trips where Jess is advised how to dress and behave, she begins to suspect that Dr Shields knows what she is contemplating and avoiding. Is this a genuine research project, or is Dr Shields engaging Jess in some bizarre, deceitful game?


The Woman in Cabin 10

by Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10
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2016 Scout Press trade paperback, Ruth Ware (Death of Mrs. Westaway). In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins.

Lo Blacklock is a writer who opts to take a vacation to bring back her motivation to write after an invader smashed into her residence. She hears cries emanating from cabin 10 one night, even though there is no one there on examination.

She immediately goes to Nillson, a sailor on the cruise, but he ignores her allegations and claims that she is hallucinating. This crime thriller novel will keep you intrigued till the very last page because of how gripping, unexpected, and impossible to put away it is.


Behind Her Eyes

by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes: A Novel
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Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes? Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

Louise is a young single mother working as a secretary in a contemporary routine. She meets a guy in a bar on a work night out, and she is delighted that she finally got to meet someone. Unfortunately, David, the bad guy, turns out to be her boss.

Then there’s Adele, David’s mysterious and stunningly gorgeous spouse. As Louise becomes further entangled in David and Adele’s world, she discovers more problems than solutions. Only one aspect is certain: there is something terribly wrong in this relationship, but Louise has no idea what it is or how far someone would go to keep their secrets hidden.


The Sanatorium

by Sarah Pearse
The Sanatorium: A Novel
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You won’t want to leave. . . until you can’t. Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.
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Le Sommet has long been a dark spot, covered by forest and dominated by intimidating heights. The previously deserted monastery has now been rebuilt into an elegant five-star hotel with tarnished rumours. Elin arrives at the hotel to celebrate her brother’s engagement.

She is nervous because she arrives because of how dangerous the storm was, but matters worsen the next morning when the bride-to-be mysteriously disappears. People are becoming increasingly concerned as she remains absent, and Elin is obliged to intervene when another girl goes missing.


These Toxic Things

by Rachel Howzell Hall
These Toxic Things: A Thriller
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Mickie Lambert creates “digital scrapbooks” for clients, ensuring that precious souvenirs aren’t forgotten or lost. When her latest client, Nadia Denham, a curio shop owner, dies from an apparent suicide, Mickie honors the old woman’s last wish and begins curating her peculiar objets d’art. A music box, a hair clip, a key chain—twelve mementos in all that must have meant so much to Nadia, who collected them on her flea market scavenges across the country.
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Mickie Lambert makes “digital scrapbooks” for customers to assure those valuable mementoes are not neglected or misplaced. When Mickie’s most current client, Nadia Denham, dies in an alleged suicide, she fulfils the older woman’s dying wish by collecting her odd artefacts, which include a box for music, a hair clip, and a keychain, which Nadia has gathered on her thrift store excavates throughout the state.

However, someone is not pleased with Mickie’s intrusion into Nadia’s background and goes to great lengths to hear their opinions.


The Girl from Widow Hills

by Meghan Miranda
The Girl from Widow Hills: A Novel
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Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and help vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.
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Arden Maynor was only a youngster when she was torn down during sleepwalking in a horrific thunderstorm and disappeared for months. She was discovered intact, hanging to a drainpipe against all expectations. Thousands of adoring messages, spammers, and a reputation she did not desire accompanied her. In due course, Arden vanished once more when she reached adulthood.

However, as the 20th anniversary after her departure arrives, she starts to sleepwalk once again, ultimately waking up to the corpse of an individual from her past existence.


The Shadow

by Melanie Raabe
The Shadow
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Norah Richter has recently moved from Berlin to Vienna, hoping to put her old life behind her. While walking to her new office one morning, Norah is approached by an elderly homeless woman who utters these chilling words: On the 11th of February, you will kill a man called Arthur Grimm – with good reason. And of your own free will.

Norah was only settling in after coming from Berlin to Vienna to abandon her old identity when a homeless lady approaches her on the sidewalk and tells her that on February 11th, she will murder a guy named Arthur Grim. Norah, however, dismisses this as a whim until she meets Arthur Grimm.

Norah soon develops a terrifying presumption on a legitimate motive to take vengeance on Grim. She battles with her inner demons on whether or not she can ensure that justice prevails by taking a life on her own.


Little Secrets

by Jennifer Hillier
Little Secrets: A Novel
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Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family – until their world falls apart the day their son, Sebastian, is taken.

Marin’s life was ideal. She operates a network of fancy salons with her college beau, while Derek manages his own business. They are well-liked in their neighbourhood and have a wonderful family, but everything changes when their boy Sebastian is abducted.

Martin appoints a private detective to pursue the case a year after the FBI case has gotten old. Rather than uncovering facts about her son, the investigator learns truths about her partner that leaves the investigation cold.


The Good Sister

by Sally Hepworth
The Good Sister: A Novel
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There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
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Fern and Rose are twin sisters, and they appear to be quite close from the outside. Fern, who has a sensory integration problem and perceives the best in their sadistic mom, has always been under Rose’s protection. Fern committed a heinous crime many years earlier.

And Rose has kept it a secret from the rest of the world. When Fern chooses to help her sister accomplish her dream of having a child, Rose fears that Fern would make decisions that will only lead to disaster.


The First Mistake

by Sandie Jones
The First Mistake
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From Sandie Jones, author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and USA Today best seller, The Other Woman, comes an addictive new domestic suspense audiobook about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

Life seems to be great for Alice. She has a solid business, two kids, and a lovely home with her new husband, Nathan. Alice believes that she can handle anything with her closest friend Beth at her edge, through the complexities of life, from joyful evenings to consoling one another through grief. When Nathan begins to act strangely, Alice seeks help from Beth. But she will soon have to determine who among them she can truly trust.


Into The Jungle

by Erica Ferencik
Into the Jungle
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In this “hypnotic, violent, unsparing” (A.J. Banner, USA TODAY bestselling author) thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill ride” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.
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Into the Jungle is a standalone thriller about existence that is filled with action and heart-wrenching adventure. It portrays Lily, a woman who embarks on a journey across Bolivia’s vast forest. She landed upon a teaching job and was quite satisfied when Omar comes into the scene and takes Lily on the best and worst adventure of her life.


The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena
The Couple Next Door: A Novel
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It all started at a dinner party. . . A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .
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When Anne and Marco’s babysitter leaves at the very last moment due to a dinner party, they are left in a bind. Marco persuades Anne to leave their six-month-old Cora at home unattended. Cora cannot be found when the two return home, which leads to cops getting involved as secrets start to unravel.


The Silence of the Lambs

by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs
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A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname – Buffalo Bill – is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau’s Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal the Cannibal – who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

The poisonous brilliance of Hannibal Lecter, the passionately motivated girl Clarice, and the famous terror evil Buffalo Bill all contribute to a gripping psychological thriller. The piece reads like a screenplay, with a strong focus on character and conversation.


Girl, 11

by Amy Suiter Clarke

Girl, 11

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“A masterful, heart-pounding suspense that ushers in an astonishing new voice in crime fiction.” (Samantha M. Bailey, internationally best-selling author of Woman on the Edge)

The story features the host of a crime podcast named Ellie Castillo. Elle believes it is best to take on The Countdown Killer, who abducts and kills three girls over the course of seven nights. She prepares a trip to question him after getting a letter from a reader, only to discover him lifeless.


Mirror Land

by Carole Johnstone
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Told with startling twists and haunting power, Mirrorland is a thrilling psychological suspense novel about twin sisters, the man they both love, the house that has always haunted them, and the childhood stories they can’t leave behind.

Cat and El are twins and have created Mirror land, a fictional world consisting of knights, wizards, and gipsies hidden beneath the pantry steps of their house in Edinburgh. Cat currently resides in Los Angeles, while El lives with her husband in their childhood house. When El goes missing after a sailing trip, Cat arrives home to uncover a trail of facts possibly connected to Mirror land.

The best psychological thrillers! | book recommendations 2022!


What is the best psychological thriller book to read?

Some of the best psychological thriller books are:

  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • I Know Where She Is by S.B. Caves
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Mystery by Stephen King

What is a psychological thriller book?

A psychological thriller is a kind of thriller that focuses on the individuals’ psyche. They often avoid science fantasy themes, focusing instead on incidents that could happen.

What are the best thriller books?

From historical criminal dramas to riveting emotional page-turners, here are some of the most exciting mystery titles to exist:

Magma by Thora Hjorleifsdottir

  • Rabbits by Terry Miles
  • Fragile by Sarah Hilary
  • The Imposter by Anna Wharton
  • Sixteen horses by Greg Buchanan
  • Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Who is the best crime thriller writer?

Some of the best crime thriller writers are:

  • Thomas Harris
  • P.D James
  • Lee Child
  • Chris Carter
  • Karen Rose
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Karin Slaughter
  • R.C Bridgestock

What makes a good thriller?

A good thriller contains quite a lot of elements that other genres do not offer distinctively. Some of these features include having a clear and striking threat relevant to the storyline. Good thrillers tend to keep readers up and excited about what will come next. The storyline of excellent thrillers is full of suspense and unexpected twists. Moreover, thrillers do not skimp on story and character development. If you come across such a novel, make sure not to let go of it, as it will surely be an emotional roller coaster for you.

What is the difference between a thriller and a psychological thriller?

The fundamental distinction between the two is that a psychological thriller novel usually features a killing and its consequences. Suspense and intrigue are hallmarks of the thriller genre, and psychological thrillers are no exception.

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