Psychological Thriller Book Recommendations

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So apparently y’all are really into the psychological thriller book genre as well! This is actually one of the benefits of everything going on right now–I haven’t read a fiction book in forever so it’s been so nice to have the extra time and dive into some good books. Anyway, I wanted to start a blog post that had everyone’s recommendations all in one place. I’ll continue to update it as I find new ones, or as new ones are recommended to me! Feel free to comment below with any additional ones πŸ™‚

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (was recommended a few times but read this on my honeymoon–it is crazy!! A must read)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Verity by Colleen Hoover
American Predator by Maureen Callahan
Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
An Anonymous Girl Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine and Lynne Constantine
The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Poison Orchids by Anni Taylor and Sarah A. Denzil
The Wife by Alafair Burk
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Believe Me by J.P. Delaney
The Girl Before by Anthony Capella
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
Am I Dead or Missing by Janine Latus
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Helter Skelter (non-fiction) by Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi
Into the Dark by Alison Gaylin
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
No Exit by Taylor Adams
A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
The Other by Mary Kubica
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
In the Woods by Tana French
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
All Around Town by Mary Higgins Clark
The Cellar by Natasha Preston
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter




  1. Jillian Reagan
    April 16, 2020 / 2:59 am

    An Unwanted Guest is really good! I read it a few months back, it’s essentially a modern murder mystery story with lots of twists and turns. Highly recommend!

  2. Francesca Crane
    May 1, 2020 / 4:41 am

    Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. The most messed up thriller I have EVER read.

    • Claire Guentz
      June 11, 2020 / 11:24 pm

      adding it to the list now!

  3. Jennifer S
    May 2, 2020 / 2:15 am

    Awesome list…thank you aouch for sharing! I’m reading I Am Pilgrim now, based on your recommendation. It’s interesting that there is a pandemic /vaccine component in the storyline.

    Defending Jacob by William Landry was another great one in this genre. And I just saw that they’ve made a miniseries out of it, which will be fun to watch.

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