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Psychological Thrillers

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Charlie Donlea
Twenty Years Later
2022
New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister from the North Tower on the morning of 9/11, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
27
Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient
2021 (First published: 2019)
Theo Faber, a psychotherapist treats Alicia Berenson, who has seemingly gone mute after “killing” her husband. As the book unravels what truly happened that day, the plot twists and turns at every corner. Certainly one of the best psychological thrillers hands down. More ...
368 Pages
5/5
40
Alice Feeney
Rock Paper Scissors
2022 (First published: 2021)
Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now.
320 Pages
4/5
11
Arnaldur Indriðason
Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller
Inspector Erlendur - Book 1
2005
When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him?  More ...
304 Pages
3/5
90
Arnaldur Indriðason
Silence of the Grave
Inspector Erlendur - Book 2
2006
On the outskirts of Reykjavik, a human skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site. When Inspector Erlendur comes to investigate he finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone the body is unearthed and the violent history of a family which lived nearby is exhumed along with it.  More ...
293 Pages
3/5
49
Arnaldur Indriðason
Voices
Inspector Erlendur - Book 3
2006
The Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavík hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. The hotel Santa has been stabbed, and Erlendur and his detective colleagues have no shortage of suspects between hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays. But then a shocking secret surfaces.  More ...
313 Pages
3/5
42
Ashley Flowers
All Good People Here
2022 (First published: 2022)
When she was six years old, Margot’s next-door neighbor, January, was murdered in their small hometown of Wakarusa, Indiana. Now a big-city journalist, Margot returns home to help care for her uncle when another girl disappears. Natalie Clark has gone missing under circumstances eerily similar to January’s. Margot is determined to find the missing girl and solve January’s murder. More ...
320 Pages
5/5
28
B.P. Walter
The Dinner Guest
2022
Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. Matthew, the perfect husband; Titus, the perfect son; Charlie, the perfect illusion; Rachel, the perfect stranger. Charlie didn’t want her at the book club. And that’s how Charlie finds himself slumped beside his husband’s body, while Rachel calls 999, the bloody knife still gripped in her hand. A nerve-shredding domestic noir thriller. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
25
Brian Evenson
Last Days
2016 (First published: 2016)
When Kline is kidnapped by a dark sect that believes amputation brings you closer to God, he's tasked with uncovering who murdered their leader. Will he uncover the truth in time to save himself, take on the mantle of prophet, or destroy all he sees with a rain of biblical violence? But the puzzles grow more craggy and complex.
200 Pages
4/5
9
C.S. Dodds
Fractured: The Stealth Stalker
Cameron Cooper Series - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
The Stealth Stalker has killed three times when Cameron is recruited by Detective Hunter Finnegan and his team tasked with hunting a cold-blooded murderer. She pores over the evidence to get inside the head of a psychopath as the memories of a serial killer who got away haunt her. When she compares notes on the two killers, one from her past and one from her present, she realizes they could be the same person.
307 Pages
5/5
20
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Angel's Game
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 2
2010 (First published: 2008)
In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in an abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. More ...
544 Pages
4/5
20
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 3
2013 (First published: 2011)
Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julián, and their close friend de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past. More ...
278 Pages
4/5
21
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Labyrinth of Spirits
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 4
2019 (First published: 2016)
Beautiful and enigmatic Alicia Gris, with the help of the Sempere family, uncovers one of the most shocking conspiracies in all Spanish history. Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. More ...
816 Pages
5/5
16
Colleen Hoover
Verity
2021
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts a job from Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford. He has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. When Lowen starts her work she finds the wife's unfinished autobiography with page after page of bone-chilling admissions. More ...
336 Pages
5/5
42
Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men
2006 (First published: 2005)
Mixture of action thriller, Western and psychological drama. Starting with an antelope hunt near the Rio Grande the story proceeds into a man-on-the-run thriller, populated by a psychopatic killer and an elderly Sheriff, who is smarter than most, because he knows his limitations. Made into movie by the Coen brothers! More ...
309 Pages
5/5
61
Cormac McCarthy
The Passenger
The Passenger - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger. More ...
400 Pages
5/5
26
Cormac McCarthy
Stella Maris
The Passenger - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Alicia Western, twenty years old, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, admits herself to the hospital. A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the University of Chicago, Alicia is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She does not want to talk about her brother, Bobby. Stella Maris is a conclusion to The Passenger, a philosophical inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence. More ...
208 Pages
60
Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca
2006 (First published: 1938)
A shy young woman meets wealthy widow, Maxim de Winter, and falls in love with him. On his grand English estate, Manderley, she is immediately haunted by the powerful presence of the former mistress of Manderley, Maxim's flamboyant late wife Rebecca. This story of emotional horror and evil is a classic masterpiece, made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. More ...
416 Pages
5/5
58
David Baldacci
Memory Man
Amos Decker Series - Book 1
2019 (First published: 2015)
When Amos Decker returned home eighteen months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn't think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job as a detective, his house and his self-respect. Then tragedy strikes at the local school. Thirteen teenagers are gunned down, and the killer is at large. More ...
592 Pages
3/5
45
David Baldacci
The Last Mile
Amos Decker Series - Book 2
2016 (First published: 2016)
Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life. Then a member of Decker's team disappears. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
33
David Baldacci
The Fix
Amos Decker Series - Book 3
2018 (First published: 2017)
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, orders Decker to back off the case. Decker must forge an uneasy alliance with the Defense Intelligence Agency to prevent an international incident that could spell the end of the United States as we know it. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
39
David Baldacci
The Fallen
Amos Decker Series - Book 4
2019 (First published: 2018)
Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville, when they stumble on a horrific double murder scene. Then a next killing hits sickeningly close to home. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
32
David Baldacci
Redemption
Amos Decker Series - Book 5
2019 (First published: 2019)
Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer. In fact, he's the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. But he's innocent, he claims. Now suffering from terminal cancer, it's his dying wish that Decker clear his name. And then Hawkins turns up dead with a bullet in his head. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
35
David Baldacci
Walk the Wire
Amos Decker Series - Book 6
2020 (First published: 2020)
A lone hunter discovers the remains of a woman in North Dakota’s Badlands. She appears to have had a post-mortem performed on her reminiscent of those only seen on TV shows – but this time, there was no slab, morgue or camera in sight. FBI investigator, Amos Decker and his colleague, Alex Jamison, are summoned to seek answers. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
60
David Baldacci
Long Shadows
Amos Decker Series - Book 7
2022 (First published: 2022)
When Amos Decker is called to South Florida to investigate a double homicide, the case appears straightforward: A federal judge and her bodyguard have been found dead, the judge’s face sporting a blindfold with two eye holes crudely cut out. Decker finds that the judge had more enemies than he can count—from violent gang members, drug dealers, and smugglers to a resentful ex-husband. More ...
448 Pages
3/5
35
Dean Koontz
The Other Emily
2021
A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup’s victims whose remains were never found. Writer David Thorne still hasn’t recovered from losing the love of his life. Then David meets Maddison Sutton. Everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily - and terror escalates. More ...
365 Pages
5/5
47
Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island
2009 (First published: 2003)
Shutter Island is an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. This is one of the best psychological thrillers of all time. One mind-bending plot twist after another! Also a blockbuster movie, directed by Martin Scorsese. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
47
Dennis Lehane
Gone, Baby, Gone
Patrick Kenzie & Angela Gennaro Series - Book 4
2010 (First published: 1998)
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Its territory is defined by hard heads and even harder luck; its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation.
560 Pages
5/5
8
Dennis Lehane
Mystic River
2021 (First published: 2001)
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together. When Jimmy’s daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.
496 Pages
5/5
9
Freida McFadden
Never Lie
An addictive psychological Thriller
2022
As they visit the remote manor that once belonged to Dr. Adrienne Hale, a renowned psychiatrist who vanished without a trace four years earlier, a violent winter storm traps them at the estate. In search of a book to keep her entertained until the snow abates, Tricia happens upon a secret room. More ...
336 Pages
5/5
45
Freida McFadden
The Housemaid
Book 1
2022
“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own…More ...
336 Pages
3/5
173
Georges Simenon
Dirty Snow 
2003 (First published: 1950)
Set in occupied France during WWII, Simenon's bleak masterpiece is a dispassionate description of human cruelty. No other writer has achieved the psychological intensity of Simenon. “What many regard as the finest of all noir novels…"--Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times   More ...
272 Pages
3/5
51
Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
2014 (First published: 2012)
Nick Dunne comes home one day to find his beautiful wife Amy missing and all signs point to something sinister had happened while he was away. Passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. And Nick is oddly evasive and definitely bitter - but is he really a killer? More ...
560 Pages
5/5
45
Gillian McAllister
Wrong Place Wrong Time
2022 (First published: 2022)
You’re waiting up for your eighteen-year-old son. He’s past curfew. As you watch from the window, he emerges, and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man, and he’s armed. He kills the stranger. That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake ... and it is yesterday. And then you wake again ... and it is the day befor yesterday. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
26
Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
2015 (First published: 1960)
One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl.
336 Pages
5/5
9
Henning Mankell
Faceless Killers
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 1
2003 (First published: 1991)
An old man has been bludgeoned to death, and his tortured wife lies dying before the farmer’s eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: “foreign.” Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local detective whose personal life is in a shambles, is in charge of the investigation. His family is falling apart, he’s gaining weight, and he drinks too much. He also must deal with a wave of xenophobia as he searches for the killers. More ...
279 Pages
4/5
15
Henning Mankell
The Dogs of Riga
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 2
2004 (First published: 1992)
On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous. - Best nordic noir! More ...
336 Pages
4/5
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Henning Mankell
The White Lioness
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 3
2003 (First published: 1993)
The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander finds a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
20
James Patterson
Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1993)
Alex Cross, a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology, works in the ghettos of D.C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. But he also has two adorable kids of his own. Mysterious Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time, because Gary Soneji wants to commit the "crime of the century". More ...
480 Pages
5/5
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James Patterson
Kiss the Girls
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 2
2000 (First published: 1995)
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.'s Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing-and they are working coast to coast. More ...
481 Pages
4/5
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James Patterson
Jack and Jill
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 3
1997 (First published: 1996)
In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
20
James Patterson
Cat and Mouse
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 4
1998 (First published: 1997)
Gary Soneji, a dying prison escapee, is looking for revenge on Cross, while another insane killer is pursued by Thomas Augustine Pierce - a relentless detective who may even be better than Cross. As the bodies pile up, and Cross is nearly murdered in his own home, the game of cat and mouse leads to one final trap.The body count is high and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? More ...
480 Pages
4/5
21
James Patterson
Pop Goes the Weasel
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 5
2021 (First published: 1999)
Alex Cross happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders with a pattern so twisted, it leaves investigators reeling. Cross's ingenious pursuit of the killer produces a suspect: a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving that Shafer is the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As the diplomat engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves. More ...
464 Pages
5/5
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James Patterson
Roses Are Red
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 6
2001 (First published: 2000)
In a series of terrifying crimes, bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building-and then killing the bank employees and their families if those instructions are not followed to the letter. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case, certain that this is no ordinary bank robber at work; the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
20
James Patterson
Violets Are Blue
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 7
2002 (First published: 2001)
Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, a carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
18
James Patterson
Four Blind Mice
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 8
2003 (First published: 2002)
Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner's oldest friend - a Vietnam veteran - is arrested for murder. He is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army, and the evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber. Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked-or concealed-by the military authorities. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
19
James Patterson
The Big Bad Wolf
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 9
2004 (First published: 2003)
Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues baffled. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf-a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime-is behind this business. As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
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James Patterson
London Bridges
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 10
2010 (First published: 2004)
In broad daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast. Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. N198
416 Pages
4/5
18
James Patterson
Deadly Cross
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 28
2022 (First published: 2020)
Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public. She was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers—and across Alex Cross's mind. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
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James Patterson
Fear No Evil
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 29
2022 (First published: 2021)
Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson venture into the rugged Montana wilderness—where they will be the prey. They’re not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until they’re attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years. Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest. No backup. No way out. Fear no evil. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
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James Patterson
Triple Cross
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 30
2022 (First published: 2022)
The killer always moves under the cover of darkness, flawlessly triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence. Cross and Sampson aren’t the only ones investigating. Also in on this case is the world’s bestselling true-crime author. The writer, Thomas Tull, calls the Family Man murders the perfect crime story. Cross knows there is no perfect crime, and he’s going to hunt down the Family Man no matter what it takes. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
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Jeneva Rose
The Perfect Marriage
2020
Sarah Morgan is a successful defense attorney and her life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarah’s second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. But then, one morning Adam is arrested for Kelly’s murder. More ...
342 Pages
5/5
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Jennifer Hillier
Jar of Hearts
2021
When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls. But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods. And Kaiser?now a detective with Seattle PD?finally learns the truth. More ...
320 Pages
4/5
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Jess Lourey
The Quarry Girls
2022
Minnesota, 1977. For the teens of one close-knit community, summer means late-night swimming parties at the quarry, the county fair, and venturing into the tunnels beneath the city. But for two best friends, it’s not all fun and games.Heather and Brenda have a secret. They’ve decided to never tell a soul. But then their friend disappears?the second girl to vanish in a week. More ...
335 Pages
3/5
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Jess Lourey
Bloodline
2021
In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. After spending a childhood on the move and chasing the screams and swirls of news-rich city life, she’s eager to settle down. Lilydale’s motto, “Come Home Forever,” couldn’t be more inviting. And yet, something is off in the picture-perfect village. More ...
347 Pages
3/5
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Jessamine Chan
The School for Good Mothers
2022 (First published: 2022)
Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough. Until Frida has a very bad day.
336 Pages
3/5
14
Jim Tompson
The Killer Inside Me
2014 (First published: 1952)
Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford, the deputy sheriff. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he's the kind of officer you're happy to have keeping your streets safe. But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster.Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick praised the novel, stating that it was "probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered." More ...
256 Pages
5/5
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Jo Spain
The Last to Disappear
2022 (First published: 2022)
When young London professional Alex Evans is informed that his sister's body has been pulled from an icy lake in Northern Lapland, he assumes his irresponsible sister accidentally drowned. He travels to the wealthy winter resort where Vicky worked as a tour-guide and meets Agatha Koskinen, the detective in charge. Agatha is a no-nonsense single mother of three who already thinks there's more to Vicky's case than meets the eye.
400 Pages
4/5
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Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go
2006 (First published: 2005)
As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. But only when they look back as adults they realize the horrible truth of what Hailsham realy was. More ...
288 Pages
4/5
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Laura Lippman
Sunburn
2018
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays. A pair of lovers. With the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals - and cold-blooded murder.  More ...
320 Pages
4/5
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Layne Fargo
They Never Learn
2021
Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, Dr. Clark searches for the worst man at Gorman University - professor, student, or otherwise - and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself…but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the schools starts probing.  More ...
352 Pages
4/5
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Lisa Scottoline
What Happened to the Bennetts
2022 (First published: 2022)
Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s field hockey game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.  More ...
400 Pages
5/5
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Lucy Foley
The Guest List
You'd kill to be on it
2021 (First published: 2020)
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: a rising television star; the bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a celebrity wedding: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned. And then someone turns up dead. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
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Mary Higgins Clark
Where Are the Children
2023 (First published: 1975)
Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal—until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten.
256 Pages
5/5
6
Mary Higgins Clark
All Around the Town
1993 (First published: 1992)
When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills.
341 Pages
5/5
5
Mary Higgins Clark
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry
A Novel
2020 (First published: 2019)
When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a jet ski accident while on holiday. But was Ryan’s death truly an accident? Or will someone go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.
480 Pages
5/5
4
Mary Kubica
Local Woman Missing
A Novel of Domestic Suspense
2021 (First published: 2021)
Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold. Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her.
378 Pages
4/5
10
Michael C. Grumley
The Desert of Glass
Book 2 of Monument Series
2021
Half a century ago, an aberration was spotted by one of our earliest satellites, and summarily dismissed as a hardware malfunction. But it was no aberration. And no malfunction. It was an accidental glimpse of something extraordinary, and very old. More ...
356 Pages
3/5
56
Michael C. Grumley
The Last Monument
Book 1 of Monument Series
2020
Outside Denver, Colorado, Joe Rickards stands over a small aircraft wreckage, studying burnt remains still smoldering in a field of freshly fallen snow...an investigator for the NTSB, working to identify the cause of the accident. But nothing adds up. More ...
325 Pages
3/5
41
Michael Robotham
When You Are Mine
2023 (First published: 2023)
Philomena McCarthy is an ambitious police officer with the elite Metropolitan Police in London, responding to a domestic violence call. Tempe Brown is a bloodied young woman and the mistress of a decorated and intimidating London detective, Darren Goodall. Philomena and Tempe strike up a tentative friendship, determined to protect each other from Goodall, but something isn’t quite right about the stories Tempe tells and the secrets she keeps. 
384 Pages
5/5
8
Nicole Trope
The Family Accross the Street
A totally unputdownable psychological thriller with a shocking twist
2021
Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new family, The Wests, are a perfect fit. But soon people start to notice: why don’t they join backyard barbecues? Why do they brush away offers to babysit? Why, when you knock at the door, do they shut you out, rather than inviting you in? More ...
248 Pages
3/5
24
P.D. James
A Mind To Murder
Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries - Book 2
2002 (First published: 1963)
In a psychiatric clinic late one night, the piercing scream of a dying woman shatters the calm, and Detective Super­intendent Dalgliesh is called away from his literary soiree to investigate. He soon finds the body of a clinic employee sprawled across the cold basement floor, a chisel driven mercilessly through her heart. A deadly psychological battle with an intellectual, predatory killer who feels no remorse is about to begin. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
19
P.J. Vernon
When You Find Me
2021
Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
17
Patricia Cornwell
Body of Evidence
Kay Scarpetta Series 2
2011 (First published: 1991)
Kay Scarpetta gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death: romance writer Beryl Madison. Madison's greedy lawyer accuses Scarpetta of losing his client's latest manuscript, an autobiographical expose of Beryl's early life as protégé of a legendary novelist. As more deaths occur, Kay finds herself also having to deal with the unexpected reappearance of long-lost lover Mark James. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
33
Patricia Cornwell
All That Remains
Kay Scarpetta Series 3
2009 (First published: 1992)
In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
47
Patricia Highsmith
Strangers on a Train
2021 (First published: 1950)
In her first novel, Patricia Highsmith introduced the character of a subtle, murderous, sociopath who lives unsuspected for years. Highsmith's psycho-thriller was the source of a famous Alfred Hitchcock film in 1953. The book is one of the great classics of psychological crime fiction. More ...
288 Pages
5/5
41
Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Mr. Ripley
2008 (First published: 1955)
Patricia Highsmith wrote stories in which you almost physically feel the coming of a catastrophe. It is so unnerving that you might just want to throw away the book, because you can no longer stand the tension. But then you read on through the night. Don't get confused by the silly title or lousy cover. This is one of the best psycho-thrillers - ever! More ...
288 Pages
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Rivka Galchen
Atmospheric Disturbances
2009 (First published: 2008)
When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
16
Robyn Harding
The Swap
2022 (First published: 2020)
Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer. After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, but it turns out deadly. More ...
384 Pages
4/5
20
S.J. Watson
Before I Go To Sleep
2012 (First published: 2011)
Every morning, she awakens beside a stranger in an unfamiliar bed. She sees a middle-aged face in the bathroom mirror that she does not recognize. And every morning, the man patiently explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven-years-old, and that an accident long ago damaged her ability to remember. But Christine has been keeping a journal and she’s starting to ask questions. More ...
368 Pages
5/5
14
Sarah Pearse
The Sanatorium: A Novel
Detective Elin Warner, Book 1
2021
Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. But now it is renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, vacationing detective Elin Warner immediately feels on edge--there's something about the hotel that makes her nervous. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
48
Stephanie Scott
What's Left of Me Is Yours
2021 (First published: 2020)
In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the "wakaresaseya", a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Sato has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitaro's job is to do exactly that--until he does it too well.
352 Pages
4/5
10
Stephen King
The Green Mile
The Complete Serial Novel
2017 (First published: 2000)
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk “the Green Mile,” the lime-colored linoleum corridor leading to a final meeting with Old Sparky, Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities over the years working the Mile, but he’s never seen anything like John Coffey—a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child.
512 Pages
5/5
9
Stieg Larson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Part 1 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
The story is based on an actual crime which author and journalist Stieg Larson experienced at age 16: The gang rape of a girl named Lisbeth. His sensational thriller features a Lisbeth Salander, an agry punk heroine, who helps Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist, to uncover the dark secrets of one of Sweden's wealthiest families. More ...
672 Pages
5/5
41
Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Part 2 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
Blomkvist has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. The second part of Stieg Larsons Millennium Trillogy is a blistering espionage thriller, a riveting police procedural and a piercing exposé on social injustice. More ...
752 Pages
5/5
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Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Part 3 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2012 (First published: 2005)
In Larson's third part of his Millennium Trillogy Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. More ...
832 Pages
5/5
58
Tami Hoag
Deeper than the Dead
Oak Knoll Series, Book 1
2010 (First published: 2009)
Four children and young teacher Anne Navarre make a gruesome discovery: a partially buried female body, her eyes and mouth glued shut. A serial killer is at large, and the very bonds that hold their idyllic town together are about to be tested to the breaking point. More ...
560 Pages
5/5
53
Tami Hoag
Secrets to the Grave
Oak Knoll Series, Book 2
2011 (First published: 2010)
A 911 call from a small child sends the idyllic town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Then a brutal crime scene is discovered: the body of Marissa Fordham with her young daughter, Haley, injured but alive. Sheriff’s detective Tony Mendez faces a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won’t fit. More ...
592 Pages
5/5
42
Tami Hoag
Down the Darkest Road
Oak Knoll Series, Book 3
2022 (First published: 2011)
Four years after Lauren Lawton’s sixteen-year-old daughter disappeared, the world has given up the girl for dead. Lauren’s husband took his own life. Her younger daughter Leah is still looking for what’s left of her childhood. But Lauren never surrendered. She knows who took her child. But there’s not a shred of evidence against him. More ...
448 Pages
5/5
43
Thomas Harris
Hannibal Rising
Hanibal Lecter - Book 4
Read first
2007 (First published: 2006)
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful wife, Lady Murasaki. More ...
384 Pages
3/5
63
Thomas Harris
Red Dragon
Hanibal Lecter - Book 1
Read second
1990 (First published: 1981)
Will Graham, the FBI man who hunted Lecter down, risks his sanity and his life to duel a killer called the Red Dragon - a madman who's been butchering entire families. The FBI needs Graham's insight, and Graham needs Lecter's genius. But Lecter is a clever fiend, and he manipulates both Graham and the killer at large from his cell. More ...
464 Pages
4/5
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Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs
Hanibal Lecter - Book 2
Read third
1991 (First published: 1988)
As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him. That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. Better than the successful movie! More ...
384 Pages
5/5
34
Thomas Harris
Hannibal
Hanibal Lecter - Book 3
Read fourth
2009 (First published: 1999)
Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he’s been at large. For the multimillionaire Hannibal left maimed, for a corrupt Italian policeman, and for FBI agent Clarice Starling, who once stood before Lecter and who has never been the same, the final hunt for Hannibal Lecter has begun.  More ...
560 Pages
4/5
81
Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October
A Jack Ryan Novel Book 1
2018 (First published: 1984)
Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. Made into a spectacular film directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery. More ...
656 Pages
5/5
47
William Goldman
Marathon Man: A Novel
2001 (First published: 1974)
An epic, fast-paced thriller with just enough humor to prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the violence, evil and sadism. Made into a movie with Dustin Hoffman with the most harrowing visit to the dentist in cinematic history. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
54
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Legacy
Children's House - Book 1
2019 (First published: 2014)
The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking. Newly-promoted, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. More ...
480 Pages
3/5
43
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Reckoning
Children's House - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2015)
A chilling note written by a thirteen-year-old predicting the deaths of six people is found in a time capsule, ten years after it was buried. Can it be a real threat? Detective Huldar turns to psychologist Freyja to help understand the child who hid the message. But the discovery of the letter coincides with a string of murders. More ...
384 Pages
3/5
39
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Absolution
Children's House - Book 3
2020 (First published: 2016)
The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat: The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2. Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Then another teenager goes missing. More ...
368 Pages
3/5
40
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Gallows Rock
Children's House - Book 4
2020 (First published: 2017)
On a bleak lava field just outside Reykjavik stands the Gallows Rock -once a place of execution, now tourist attraction. Until this morning, when a man was found hanging from it. The nail embedded in his chest proves it wasn't suicide. When the police go to his flat, a further puzzle awaits: a four-year-old boy has been left there. He doesn't seem to have any link with the victim. More ...
416 Pages
3/5
38
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Doll
Children's House - Book 5
2022 (First published: 2018)
It was meant to be a quiet family fishing trip, a chance for mother and daughter to talk. But it changes the course of their lives forever. They catch nothing except a broken doll that gets tangled in the net. Her daughter pleads to keep it. That evening, the mother posts a picture of the doll on social media. By the morning, she is dead and the doll has disappeared. More ...
400 Pages
2/5
54
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Fallout
Children's House - Book 6
2022 (First published: 2019)
An empty yacht is appearing in the harbor with the occupants having disappeared. CID detective Huldar and child psychologist Freya, for the first time, work together to solve this particular gruesome case - while trying to hide their private relationship. More ...
400 Pages
3/5
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Psychological thrillers may have similarities to gothic novels and detective fiction in the sense of sometimes having a "dissolving sense of reality". The story is often told through the viewpoint of psychologically stressed or distorted characters, revealing their twisted mental perceptions.
Psychological thrillers frequently focus on the complex and tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. They may incorporate elements of mystery, drama, action, and paranoia.
The genre is closely related to and sometimes overlaps with the psychological drama and psychological horror genres, the latter generally involving more horror and terror elements and themes and more disturbing or frightening scenarios.
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