2017 May 15
Of all genres of fiction, psychological thrillers can be the most interesting and captivating books. Filled with mystery, suspense, and intricate well-disguised plots, psychological thrillers are always the perfect book to read. As such, we have listed the 12 most popular psychological thrillers below!
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train is the #1 New York Times Bestseller and USA Today Book of the Year which was adapted into a major motion picture and is known as the psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. This highly critically acclaimed novel is a must-read of this genre.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
This immensely popular book and movie definitely left its readers startled and shocked. The deceptive and oddly suspicious accusations on Nick Dunne lead to the possible murder of Amy Dunne, a character who surpasses those in many other novels of this genre. This #1 New York Times Bestseller is a thrilling, spellbinding novel which will keep you guessing until the very end.
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
The famous ‘Gone girl’ is most certainly not Gillian Flynn’s only psychological thriller. Apart from ‘Dark Places’, this novel is a thrilling psychological puzzle which is unveiled upon the death of two pre-teen girls. Flynn has penned a dark, twisted, and ultimately terrifying, yet enjoyable book.
Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson
This bestseller novel revolves around the life of an amnesiac, who recovers from a mysterious accident and cannot remember her past or form new memories. With few to trust and a need for the truth, this fast-paced psychological thriller is a definite must-read.
Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
This gripping thriller does not draw the line at the psychological genre. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a suspense and horror book which is fast-paced, unlike many psychological thrillers. The sinister plot is unapologetic and certainly may not be agreeable to all readers. Nevertheless, this novel has gained immense popularity and is worth the read.
Before the Fall – Noah Hawley
From the award-winning creator of the TV show ‘Fargo’, this novel tells the story of an airplane crash and its survivors. Hawley’s novel is a New York Times Bestseller which examines the circumstances which bring together unlikely and influential characters and the fragile relationships and ties that are formed.
I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
Listed as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016, this novel is a blockbuster thriller. With an excellent plot-line, unforeseen twists and turns, Mackintosh’s book is an extremely well-written clever mystery with an ending which will leave you speechless.
The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison
‘The Silent Wife’ is a chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers. A well-plotted novel about a marriage in throes of dissolution, Harrison’s writing will keep you hooked till the end. ‘The Silent Wife’ is soon to be adapted as a motion picture.
In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware
The book which won countless awards and topped every bestselling list; ‘In A Dark, Dark Wood’ tells the sinister tale of a reclusive writer invited for a weekend to the countryside, and what unfolds in the woods. A fascinating psychological thriller, which enthralled readers, yet has received mixed reviews as well. Nevertheless, the many awards speak for themselves and this is definitely worth the read.
Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
‘Pretty Girls’ is a sophisticated psychological thriller from the well-known author Karin Slaughter, about dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution. The story revolves around two estranged sisters, two harrowing tragedies, and a separation of twenty years.
The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2) – Thomas Harris
The world famous movie and well-known character of Hannibal Lecter, who is known as one of the most ruthless and sinister fictional characters of all time, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is an undeniably popular story about a killer, trainee investigator, and how the only man who can help who is locked in an asylum. This novel is certainly an unforgettable classic.
Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
Most individuals will undoubtedly recognize ‘Shutter Island’ as the popular film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The book is definitely just as thrilling as the movie, if not more so. The mounting suspense, sinister settings, and harrowing twists remind us that nothing is as it seems and make this a breathtaking novel thoroughly enjoyable.
Psychological thrillers most certainly give modern literature its sinister and dark angle. In fact, a psychological thriller is the perfect genre to read if you’re getting back to leisure reading after a long time! Simply pick up one of these books and spark that flame once again.