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Best Psychological Thriller Books

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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn - Apr 22, 2014
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Marriage can be a real killer.One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work draws you in and keeps you reading with the ...
Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides - Jan 01, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago. When she shot her husband in the head five times.Since then she hasn't spoken a single word.It's time to find out why....
The Shining
Stephen King - May 01, 1990 (first published in 1977)
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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the...
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Devon Sawa
My Lovely Wife
Samantha Downing - Mar 03, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.We loo...
Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier - Mar 01, 2018 (first published in 1938)
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes ho...
The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris - Feb 15, 1991 (first published in 1988)
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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent. The Silence of the Lambs. A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind--in the deadly search for a serial killer. - back cover...
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Greg Iles
Stillhouse Lake
Rachel Caine - Jul 01, 2017
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Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse...
I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh - Nov 29, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she?In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her ...
I Am Watching You
Teresa Driscoll - Oct 01, 2017
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When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautifu...
Room
Emma Donoghue - May 18, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world....Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience—and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they l...
Pretty Girls
Karin Slaughter - Apr 26, 2016
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Twenty years ago Claire Scott's eldest sister, Julia, went missing. No one knew where she went - no note, no body. It was a mystery that was never solved and it tore her family apart.Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.Claire is convinced Julia's disappearance is linked...
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Confessions by Kanae Minato
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
The Split by Sharon Bolton
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
Delirious by Daniel Palmer
Copycat by Gillian White
THE 7TH VICTIM. by Alan. Jacobson
Come Closer by Sara Gran