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Best Psychological Thriller Books

Delve into the most gripping psychological thrillers, selected from leading blogs and publications for their frequent mentions and high praise.

Recommendations from 56 articles, Barack Obama, Anderson Cooper, Stephen King and 48 others.
Best Psychological Thriller Books
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Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides - 2019-02-05
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Unravel the mystery behind a chilling crime that left a woman silent for six years. Alicia Berenson had a charmed life until she shot her husband in the head, never speaking another word since. Discover the truth behind her tragic story in this gripping novel.
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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn - 2014-04-22 (first published in 2012)
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A thrilling exploration of a marriage gone wrong from one of the most acclaimed suspense writers of our time. When the clever and beautiful wife of a small-town golden boy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, the pressure mounts as rumors fly and suspicions rise. With razor-sharp writing and intricate plot twists, this dark psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
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The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins - 2015-01-13
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This psychological thriller is a top-notch must-read, a gripping and enthralling journey that combines the voyeuristic thrills of Rear Window with the darkness and twists of Gone Girl. Follow Rachel, a daily commuter who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect couple, "Jess and Jason", until one day she witnesses something shocking that changes everything. Discover the truth about the girl on the train in this exceptional and startling novel.
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The Wife Between Us
A Novel
Greer Hendricks - 2018-01-09
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This suspenseful novel will keep you guessing until the very end. Follow the twisted love triangle between an ex-wife, her replacement, and the man they both love. But assume nothing - as secrets and dangerous truths are revealed, you'll realize this is more than just a jealous ex-wife story. Gripping and chilling, The Wife Between Us reveals the hidden complexities of a seemingly perfect marriage. Don't miss this insightful look into the lies we tell ourselves in the name of love.
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The Woman in the Window
A Novel
A. J Finn - 2018-01-02
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This Hitchcockian thriller follows an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house. A recluse in her NYC home, Anna Fox spends her days drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. When the seemingly perfect new family across the way moves in, Anna's world and dark secrets are laid bare. In this diabolically gripping and sophisticated psychological suspense, no one and nothing is what it seems.
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Behind Closed Doors
A Novel
B. A. Paris - 2016-08-09
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This thriller portrays the lives of Jack and Grace, a couple that seems to have it all. But their infallible image eventually raises suspicious questions, leading to the discovery of a dark secret behind closed doors.
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My Lovely Wife
Samantha Downing - 2019-03-26
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This debut thriller is a thrilling rollercoaster ride about a couple who has been married for fifteen years and is now bored with their lives. They seem like an ordinary couple, but they have their dark secrets. Their idea of keeping their marriage alive is far from conventional, which leads to them getting away with murder. A suspenseful page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Sharp Objects
A Novel
Gillian Flynn - 2007-07-31 (first published in 2006)
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A reporter is sent back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls, only to find herself haunted by her own troubled past. As she delves deeper into the case, she must confront the childhood tragedy she has tried to forget in order to unravel the psychological puzzle of both the present case and her own past. Taut, haunting, and unforgettable, this book is addictive from start to finish.
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The Family Upstairs
A Novel
Lisa Jewell - 2019-11-05
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Abandoned mansions, family secrets, and a young woman discovering the truth about her identity - all come together to create a twisted and captivating story in this novel. Libby Jones inherits an empty mansion in London, but her family's past holds dangerous secrets. With police reports of a dead family and missing children, Libby's journey to uncovering her own identity becomes a perilous one. With entangled family ties and secrets lurking in every corner, this gripping novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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In a Dark, Dark Wood- 2015 Edition
Ruth Ware - 2016-04-19 (first published in 2015)
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A long-lost friend's hen party invites Nora to confront her past in a dark, dark house. But when things take a dangerous turn, secrets begin to unravel. Will Nora be able to escape?
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Room by Emma Donoghue
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
You by Caroline Kepnes
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
The Shining by Stephen King
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Misery by Stephen King
In the Woods by Tana French
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
We Were Liars Deluxe Edition by E. Lockhart
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Whisper Man by Alex North
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Verity by Colleen Hoover
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Dear Child by Romy Hausmann
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
C.L. Taylor Untitled Book 2 by C. L. Taylor
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Therapist by B.A. Paris
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
The Push by Ashley Audrain
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
The Vixen Amber Halloway by Carol Lahines
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Terror by Dan Simmons
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Dry by Jane Harper
No Exit by Taylor Adams
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Confessions by Kanae Minato
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Defending Jacob by William Landay
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams