8 Best Psychological Thrillers Of All Time

I. SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn

Reporter Camille Preaker is facing a troubling assignment: she must return to her childhood home to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Sharp Objects is probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever read. Gillian Flynn accumulates all the dark, real-life aspects that other authors usually shy away from and tackles them in a chillingly brilliant way.

The story’s well-executed and there’s always a bit of unease that pulls you in deeper and deeper the more you turn the pages. And brace yourself for the most sinister, unexpected ending you’ve ever read, and the scariest part is, the evil and psychopathy that leads to the shocking aftermath is in fact completely realistic! Get it, get it!

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II. BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough

*sigh* Where do I start with this one? Behind Her Eyes will take you on – as one of the book characters said – a “mindf*** crazy” ride.

The concept behind Behind Her Eyes is bizarre and mind-blowing. It tackles a very rare condition in which people suffering from night terrors and repetitive lucid dreaming have a kind of, um, supernatural superpower. But not the kind you think. It’s evil and believable and so darn insane.

There are so many shocking discoveries all throughout this domestic thriller, and two gigantic twists at the end. The second one being more jaw-dropping than the one that precedes it. The kind that gives you WTF-just-happened vertigo.

To sum it up, this might the best domestic thriller you’ve ever read. This isn’t like anything you’ve ever read.

I promise you.

III. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE by Alice Feeney

This book has the creepiest, most unsettling, WTF twist ending you’ll ever read. Almost as similarly twisted as Behind Her Eyes and Before She Was Found (See Book N* 5 below). This is a book that you will RACE THROUGH. I still have goosebumps and feel dizzy from the entire experience. Whew! Now let’s dive into this review…

Actress Aimee Sinclair comes home one day to find her husband…gone, with his wallet, keys and phone left behind. Aimee, as you might’ve suspected, is the prime suspect.

So Aimee takes us back to when she was five, and my oh my, the things she has gone through. The things she has seen!! Those terrifying flashbacks make the plotline even more absorbing. The entire time, I felt both afraid of and in love with this woman!

The writing quality is so gripping. Character development is on point.

There’s also so many fascinating quotes in this book, and the author does this thing where she presents us with the most unsettling scenes and follows them with a thought-provoking saying so that it easily sticks into the mind of the reader. What a read! Still absolutely shocked and traumatized by that ending!! Fellow readers, You need to read this.

VI. THE ROANOKE GIRLS by Amy Engel

“I looked behind me at Roanoke. When strangers drove past…they probably thought it was an insane asylum…To me, it looked like a ship, strong and unsinkable, afloat on a wild sea of wheat.”

As it’s clearly felt in the beginning of this read, there is something terribly wrong with the Roanoke household because everyone in the family seem to run away, go missing or die unexpectedly.

The storytelling feels real from the very start in a way you’re absorbing every character’s emotion and its division into two time periods – then and now – creates the right amount of a suspenseful atmosphere.

It’s pretty calm in the first 200 pages, giving the reader the opportunity to let the facts sink in – describing the crooked and dysfunctional Roanoke family and also the weight of the dark secrets it holds- and then in the final ones, it becomes a real heart-thumping thriller, with heartbreaking discoveries and twists fired one after the other.

I think The Roanoke Girls was very well written and it sheds a light on a heavy subject matter so beautifully and I can’t wait to read more from this author’s work. Watch out for Amy Engel’s next book, The Familiar Dark which, while it doesn’t capture the magic of The Roanoke Girls, it is a gripping mystery that is both family-driven, dark and memorable. You can catch my full review here in case you’re interested to read the author’s upcoming novel!

V. BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND by Heather Gudenkauf

If Fiona Barton, J. P. Pomare and Sara Shephard wrote a book together, Before She Was Found would be it.

In this chilling mystery, right off the bat, we get a glimpse into what happened on that bloody night, we instantly get to know our characters and then instantly plunge into the heart of the story, which is narrated through text messages, journal entries and multiple POVs.

Particular things that I loved:

1) The addition of the “urban legend” element.

2) Psychiatrist Madeline’s character: her character felt very real and I always looked forward to her POV as she helps the injured teenage victim recover from the trauma, and investigate who the perpetrator could be.

3) The sessions between Dr. Madeline and Cora: These sessions are one of the things that gripped my attention the most.

A “what if?” possibility about the outcome of the book kept niggling at me all throughout, but I just thought it would be too creepy (and impossible!) to happen. However, the author proved herself and challenged all of my expectations, leaving me stunned in the process.

The final pages were pretty traumatizing as we’re given a full account of what happened on the night in question.

This book made me re-read the entire final lines of the ending over and over again, then go back to re-read the prologue and struggle to wrap my head around what I’ve just read.

I’m categorizing this one under “one of the most mindblowing, twistiest endings I’ve EVER read.

Highly encouraging you to pick this one up, fellow readers!

VI. MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing

This was such a surprising read about a couple who decides to fight the boredom in their marriage by committing murder and getting away with it. How wild does that sound?!

I would describe My Lovely Wife a as boundary-breaking work of domestic suspense. Such a creative but challenging premise, yet it succeeded to come to fruition, beautifully.

VII. JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier

This book took me on quite a rollercoaster of emotions!

A deadly secret coming back to haunt its keeper. Brutally killed victims. And a serial killer on the loose.

Jar of Hearts is about a girl named Geo who, for fourteen years, had been keeping a horrible secret from the world: her highschool boyfriend is the infamous serial killer, The Sweetbay Strangler, who murdered her former best friend Angela in the most gruesome way.

Fourteen years later, while Geo was doing her time, she finds out The Sweetbay Strangler escaped from prison, and dead bodies start to show up, in the same frightening way Angela was found killed years ago.

Our female protagonist Georgina Shaw’s character is evident from the very beginning; she’s so complex and riveting that you can’t help but be immediately drawn to her.

The author dives right into piquing the reader’s attention with the very first pages, and it only just gets more and more addictive from then on.

Jar Of Hearts has all kinds of dark and nasty bundled within its page and for some twisted reason, that’s just the kind of read I love to be invested in – one that keeps me thoroughly engaged. It’s a brilliant work of fiction that perfectly portrays how one’s past can influence their future in the most unexpected way possible.

The ending was incredibly action-packed, and the readers will find themselves breathlessly leafing through the final pages.

Are you fan of Jennifer Hillier? Have you read and enjoyed her work on Jar Of Hearts? Then make sure not to miss the author’s upcoming thriller, Little Secrets, coming out in April!

VIII. THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied introduces us to Emma Davis, who was once a first-time camper at Nightingale Camp where she shared a cabin with three other teenage girls: Vivian, Allison and Natalie. They used to play a game called TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE. But the games stopped when the girls disappeared without a trace.

Fifteen years later, Nightingale Camp reopens and Emma considers it as an opportunity to go back as a counselor and find out what really happened to those girls…

I have to say, this book was incredibly engrossing, unputdownable and also filled with chilling unexpected twists all throughout!

Even as I tend to compare THE LAST TIME I LIED to the author’s debut, I find that both of Riley Sager’s books are as mind-blowing as you could imagine, each one with a unique atmosphere that delivers the right amount of suspense.

With The Last Time I Lied, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was filled with a non-stop claustrophobic feel, aiming towards shocking explosive twists – the very last one being the most shocking of them all.

What do you guys think of these choices? Any other gems you’d like to add to the list? Let me know!

February’s Most Anticipated Thrillers Are Hitting Shelves Today!

Get your shelves and Kindles ready, because today’s suspenseful releases are the most anticipated ones this February! These titles vary from domestic and psychological thrillers to literary suspense and riveting serial killer mysteries. There are promising debuts, new books from your favorite authors, in addition to an incredibly exciting new installment in a best-selling series. So grab a snack, a mug of your favorite beverage and let’s see which books she shall pick up today!

The Sun Down Motel – Simone St James

I believe I speak for all of us when I say that St. James’ newest thriller is one we’ve all been anticipating this year. The excitement around The Sun Down Motel is incredibly promising, so let’s give a little rundown on what this book is really about…

35 years ago, Viv Delaney used to work as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something was never right at the Sun Down – a rundown roadside motel – and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden. In the present time, Carly – Viv’s niece – takes a job at the same creepy motel and starts an investigation into her aunt’s disappearance. She uncover the Sundown’s secrets before it’s too late.

The Other Mrs – Mary Kubica

I’ve described this one as a “perfect pop-corn thriller”, if that makes sense. It is so binge-worthy and ends with a very fun twist. It also tackles mental health, which I think is an absolutely important and relevant topic to discuss in psychological thrillers. You can view my full review of The Other Mrs here and, without further ado, let’s see what this book revolves around…

In The Other Mrs, Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when Morgan – their neighbor – is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light!

The Dark Corners of The Night – Meg Gardiner

If you haven’t met Caitlin Hendrix, what are you waiting for? This third installment in the UNSUB series was an instant winner for me (which is evident from my review on Instagram); the author continues to terrify us and delivers more intensity with every book.

In The Dark Corners Of The Night, Caitlin Hendrix has a new challenge: The Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.

Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best—hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB—unknown subject—doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, as the killer harbors a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?

No Bad Deed – Heather Chavez

Truth time: this, in fact, is…my current read. It’s just one of those moments where you can hear the book whisper, “you need me” before you helplessly surrender to its spell and make sure you have the book in your possession as soon as it’s out. Pray for me, friends! However, from the premise, No Bad Deed sounds super mysterious…

In No Bad Deed, Cassie is driving home one rainy night when…she sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, she makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”

A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.

The next day—Halloweenher husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter.

Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare?

Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind, Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.

As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.

Saint X – Alexis Schaitkin

This one is already getting polarizing reviews…but isn’t that the beauty of reading? Provoking various emotions and thoughts from readers? If you, like me, want to broaden your reading horizons and try out literary suspense, you might consider adding this one to your list…

In Saint X, Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men – employees at the resort – are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives.

Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth – not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation.

As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy.

The Holdout – Graham Moore

In this twisty read named The Holdout, young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise. Ten years later, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya’s room.

The Lucky One – Lori Rader-Day

As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm.

Yet Alice hasn’t forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize he’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers.

Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Does The Lucky One sound up your alley?

Hmmm, now…which title piqued your interest? Is there another release you’re even more excited about? Let me know, fellow readers. Stay happy. Stay healthy. And happy reading.

DEAD TO HER: BEHIND HER EYES Author’s New Thriller Is Out Now!

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No one writes a twist ending like Sarah Pinborough.

Just like in Behind Her Eyes, the author’s newest thriller Dead To Her (out today!) is bound to cause many divided opinions. But, if you’re in the mood for a sexy, incredibly-twisty psychological thriller with a creative, bizarre, cunning ending (Pinborough-style), then I recommend you go hunt for Dead To Her as soon as you can!

The book starts with all the basicness of any other domestic thriller, but in the meantime, there are so many other strange occurrences that keep you on edge and makes you go, “What the heck is going on?!” …until the otherworldly reveal which, while like Behind Her Eyes with the “night terrors” concept, deals with a more-or-less-realistic category in the wide realm of the supernatural. As always with this author, the identity as to who the perpetrator was or what was actually going on, never crossed my mind.

In a nutshell, I thought Dead To Her is indistinguishable in both the way it weaves the narrative between these female characters and the way it was all wrapped up in the end. If you’re a fan of this author’s books, especially the way she concludes them, I think you’ll most definitely enjoy this one as well!

6 Thriller/Mystery CROOKED LANE Titles You Need To Watch Out For In 2020

I love encountering new publishers and every few months I stumble into a favorite one! When I noticed that every Mystery/Thriller that I’ve read so far by Crooked Lane Books had been as entertaining as I’d expected (Love, Heather being the perfect example), I knew it was a sign I should try out more reads from this publisher, which – as I’ve been noticing lately – continues to publish suspense novels that tend to have a dash of horror (which I friggin’ love!), and lately it’s ventured into actual, Netflix-like horror. How awesome does that sound? In fact, let’s start with an example of this particular genre first…

It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan

Having been able to get an advanced reading copy of this one, I’m happy to say that fans of The Haunting Of Hill House will devour It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan (August 11th) . A faceless boy (who’s apparently a bad omen), a woman with Xs on her eyes, a massive ancestral home with an evil past…yeah, it’s definitely terrifying.

Sam Wakefield lives in her ancestral home, a decaying mansion built on the edge of a swamp. One night, her pregnant sister Elizabeth moves in after a fight with her abusive husband, something in the house shifts, followed by the appearance of a mysterious faceless boy (the revelation of his identity early on in the book is one heck of a twist!) who commits disturbing acts.

As Elizabeth’s due date approaches, Sam must unravel the horrifying mysteries of Wakefield before her sister brings new life into a house marked by death.

The Monsters We Make by Kali White

The Monsters We Make (June 9th) is one I’m really excited about. It’s a seemingly-atmospheric family drama set in the 1980’s and it follows the disappearances of two paperboys from a small midwestern town.

It’s August 1984, and paperboy Christopher Stewart has gone missing.

Hours later, twelve-year-old Sammy Cox hurries home from his own paper route, red-faced and out of breath, hiding a terrible secret.

Crystal, Sammy’s seventeen-year-old sister, is worried by the disappearance but she also sees opportunity: the Stewart case has echoes of an earlier unsolved disappearance of another boy, one town over. Crystal senses the makings of an award winning essay, one that could win her a scholarship – and a ticket out of their small Iowa town.

Officer Dale Goodkind can’t believe his bad luck: another town and another paperboy kidnapping. But this time he vows that it won’t go unsolved. As the abductions set in motion an unpredictable chain of violent, devastating events touching each life in unexpected ways, Dale is forced to face his own demons.

Told through interwoven perspectives–and based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy kidnappings in the early 1980’s–The Monsters We Make deftly explores the effects of one crime exposing another and the secrets people keep hidden from friends, families, and sometimes, even themselves.

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

How incredibly appealing is that cover? That’s not all though. This book is said to be right up the alley of admirers of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley

The Girls Weekend (June 9th) is a locked-room mystery revolving around the reunion of five college friends after years apart, followed by their host’s disappearance, which will unearth so many dark secrets and old grudges.

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.

Hurry Home by Roz Nay

In Hurry Home (July 7th), it seems like the past will be coming back to bite two estranged sisters with a deep, dark secret.

Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when trouble befalls a local child, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond

Upon coming across the title “The Secrets They Left Behind” (April 7th) , this book immediately felt like the perfect Fall read to me – a title I thought suited the the cover perfectly. The premise also sounds extremely original – a 23-year-old female undercover officer with a dark past (escaping a serial killer…) investigating three college freshman girls who vanished in a small town one night without a trace? How chilling does that sound!

The Secrets They Left Behind is the perfect read to cozy up with under the covers, with a cup of your preferred hot beverage, in this chilly weather. The “undercover” part, to be honest, was one of the things that I mostly enjoyed about the protagonist/police officer’s mission. It was refreshing that the author herself has complete knowledge about the “police procedural” field, considering she, herself, was a homicide detective in Buffalo – just like our main character.

The culprit, however, I did not guess at all. Thankfully, my theories were wrong; I love being wrong about the perpetrator. I think this is a solid mystery that would appeal to fans of police-procedural mysteries, and I think the female police officer who stars in this story is one you will definitely want to meet!

Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik

Another attractive cover from Crooked Lane! Are you a fan of Christopher J. Yates? Then this one might be right up your alley. Before Familiar Woods (March 10th) explores the fraught nature of families and the inescapable secrets that are out to cripple them.

On the outskirts of a town too tired for its own happenings, the boys were found dead inside a tent.

Three years later, their fathers have disappeared, too.

Ruth Fenn’s son was the boy they blamed. For three years, Ruth has accepted her lot as pariah, focusing on her ailing mother and the children left in her care by the struggling single parents of North Falls, Vermont. But now the additional loss of her husband is too much to bear, and she has no choice but to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it. But as she edges closer to the truth, she begins to uncover some secrets that are better left buried.

That’s when she meets Milk Raymond, a war vet who comes home to find his nine-year-old son abandoned by his mother. Unable to find work, with no idea how to be a father, Milk turns to Ruth for help. But as the mystery of Ruth’s missing husband deepens, the fragile stability Milk has created for Daniel is shattered by the ill-fated return of Daniel’s mother, who will stop at nothing to get her boy back.

As these unsettled and interconnected lives hurtle towards a devastating conclusion, both Ruth and Milk are about to learn that their dying Vermont town has more secrets than they ever thought possible–and there are those who will do anything to protect them.

Which title appeals to you? Is there one you’re excited to read this year? Let’s discuss!

The Best Kindle Deals for Thrillers Under $1.99

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for the best kindle deals on Amazon, so after a thorough research on all of the titles available, I managed to extract the ones that stand out the most, and that are getting the most glowing reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. So grab a snack, and let’s discuss cheap thriller book deals!

Ones I recommend:

I. In Her Eyes by Sarah Anderson

“Lies. Lies. Lies.”

This book is so much fun. In Her Eyes follows the story of a woman who makes shocking discoveries after a deadly home invasion. A few pages in, we have delicious, yet chilling, action-packed moments. Who would want to cause Eva’s family harm?

What’s so great about this book, other than the evident talent of the writing style, the way the story’s narrated and the suspense build-up that gives you endless chills, is that the author presents us with a strong and believable protagonist – one who, at every one of her thoughts or actions, makes you think, “Wow. I want to be her.”

We know all of Eva’s thoughts but we can never guess her next move. She’s *very* unpredictable; I loved that. But seriously, this book will make you question your life and suspect everyone in it! It is such a fun, twisty read and there’s never a dull moment. I am so looking forward to reading more adult thrillers from this author. This book is out now!

II. One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

One More Lie is a disturbing, creepy, sinister slow burn with deliciously increasing suspense that ends with a startling twist!

I was so mind-blown by the author’s capability to create an eight-year-old girl like Lilly with such precision and building her up into the woman she is today. Amy Lloyd created this fascinating character that I felt invested in all the way. Lilly/Charlotte is shy, alert, vulnerable, shocking and just someone who easily sips into the heart of the reader.

I loved the going back and forth between the past and the present – I think the various timelines added a powerfully chilling layer to the suspense.

This book oozes so much talent. The whole time, I felt like Paula Hawkins and Riley Sager got together and secretly wrote this masterpiece for us. There was never a dull moment. The mystery and suspense remain perpetual and never let up. And therefore I would highly recommend you pick up this one.

Ones I’ve recently added to my TBR:

III. Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes

First up, we have Disturbed by the talented Jennifer Jaynes. This book was first put on my radar through @thethrillerqueeen over at Instagram, so when I spotted it again among Amazon’s Thriller kindle deals, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity. But what most drew me to Disturbed is this terrifying premise…

On Halloween night five years ago, Chelsea Dutton’s college roommates were viciously stabbed to death, and Chelsea was critically injured. She was found hiding in her apartment’s bathtub, barely clinging to life.

With only fragments of shattered memory, she’s been trying her best to move past the nightmares ever since. Now in Boston, she lives a somewhat reclusive life, working from home as a medical transcriptionist and bingeing on mindless television shows.

She can’t shake the fear that her attacker is out there, waiting to finish what he started, and Elizabeth, a nurse she met after the murders, is the only person she can trust.

When someone from her past reemerges, Chelsea starts receiving disturbing messages and worries that her every move is being watched. As the messages mount and her memories begin to return, she’s led to a very terrifying and lonely place. But she needn’t be afraid. She won’t be alone there for long.

How promising does this sound? It’s already getting glowing reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and many other bookish retailers, so it’s safe to say this one is worth diving into.

VI. Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan

Police procedurals rarely manage to completely wow me, but this super creative synopsis has me absolutely intrigued…

With his career on thin ice and fresh ink on his divorce papers, Sacramento PD Detective Connor Parks goes searching for solace at the bottom of a bottle…and winds up in the arms of a beautiful woman. By morning she’s gone, and the one clue she left behind sends Connor on a desperate mission to unravel a decade-old mystery—her abduction.

Presumed dead for the last ten years, Claire Fletcher has been living her life as “Lynn,” a woman in the terrifying grip of her captor. After her unforgettable night with Connor, Claire clings to the hope that she’ll see him again, that he’ll follow her into the dark. But anyone who gets close to Claire has a way of turning up dead…and she’s unwittingly made Connor next on the list.

Before long, it becomes disturbingly clear: finding Claire Fletcher isn’t just going to be dangerous—it could be deadly.

V. Liars by Frances Vick

Ok, maybe this one doesn’t have the most impressive or eye-catching cover but it is very well-known for a pretty shocking twist ending, and I’m truly curious to find out what it is…

Jenny hasn’t had an easy life – no job and no money, with a sick mother and an abusive ex-stepfather. Not that anybody cares, she’s from the wrong side of town.

David has taken care of Jenny ever since they were at school together. He knows how special she is, how much she needs his support. David has a lot of love to give.

Jenny and David aren’t in a relationship. They aren’t even friends.

Jenny thinks she’s free to do what she wants, see who she likes. What does David think? Well, you’ll have to find out.

What do you think of these kindle picks, folks? Which title do you suggest adding to the list?

Best Thriller Releases of January 23rd

THE WOODS – Vanessa Savage

UK Release Date: Jan 23rd.

I don’t know about you, but mysteries surrounding disappearances and murders in the woods tend to unsettle me and yet I still find myself gravitating to them. In THE WOODS Vanessa Savage did a terrific job providing a spine-chilling description and an eerie feel to the woods where our protagonist’s sister Bella died 10 years ago in an “accident”. Except…Ella is now haunting her sister’s dreams, trying to convince her otherwise, willing her to “remember”…

Why do teenage girls keep getting murdered in the forest surrounding Dean House?

What memory is our main character trying to expunge?

If you’re an avid mystery reader, you might have a clue to the truth around the disappearance in question, but what the author does succeed to deliver is the atmospheric setting of the woods, tying it flawlessly to the heart of the storyline.

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THE LIAR’S DAUGHTER – Claire Allan

US, UK, CA Release Date: Jan 23rd.

Joe McKee is dead. But grief is the last thing his two daughters feel. Only they know – Joe is not a good man, as everyone seems to believe. And now there’s doubt that he might’ve been murdered…and Heidi and Ciara have the perfect motive for killing him.

Claire Allan is an expert at evoking emotions in readers. That is what made this book stand out. I’m not sure whether I’m now obsessed with or afraid of Claire’s storytelling as I stayed up late at night finishing this book in one sitting (which I never do), and therefore getting only three to four hours of sleep.

So warning, this story (and its characters) at one point will mess with your head and make you heart thump until you find out how the story ends. And I have to admit…the identity of the perpetrator – wow, it was smart! There’s also a dark subject matter lying within these pages and it really gave the plot line more meaning and depth!

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HER DAUGHTER’S CRY – M. M. Chouinard

US, UK, CA Release Date: Jan. 23rd.

A woman comes out of the woods covered in blood, confused, and with no memory of what happened to her.

Does she have a daughter as the police claim?

Is she married?

Is someone after her?

These are things that Marissa needs to figure out. And fast.

Her daughter’s Cry is part police procedural, part domestic thriller. The writing is good, and the storyline doesn’t drag and therefore is easy to follow and hard to put down as we follow the narratives of the woman and the detectives.

This was a chilling case, its conclusion was insane and the actions of the perpetrator(s) are unsettling, and all of this makes the protagonist, as much as the reader, think. Especially that there’s a massive shift that happens in the female detective’s life in this third installment.

This is a solid mystery that I would recommend for admirers of police procedurals.

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LAST ONE TO LIE by J. M. Winchester: A 2020 Must-Read For Thriller Addicts

Rating: 4.5 stars.

“When will I learn?”

My head is spinning! And, for me, that’s always a good sign of an excellent thriller. Last One To Lie by J. M. Winchester is wicked and CRAZY. Kelsey is just about to pick up her daughter from day care when they inform her that there is no record of her little girl ever being there, then she phones her husband at the school where he teaches, only to find out that – yep, you guessed it – he. never. worked. there!

I enjoyed how the relationship between the protagonist and the detective offers intense Basic Instinct vibes (yes, there were definitely some erotic moments in the story). We follow the narrative through both of their perspectives. 


The author maintains intrigue in every. single. chapter. Our main character has an incredibly dark, ugly past. And she’s definitely hiding something. The detective is even more frustrated and shocked with how the case is unfolding. A case that’s almost impossible to solve.

And just when the main questions are officially answered towards the end, there comes an even bigger mystery to unravel. Someone is lying. The other is telling the truth. The final pages get twistier than ever. 

Warning: this book will mess with your head, and you’ll find yourself holding your breath once you get to the final line. I definitely recommend this and will be impatiently waiting for the author’s next book.

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SISTER DEAR: What To Expect From Hannah Mary McKinnon’s New Thriller

“Be still now,” she whispered. “There’s a good sister dear.”

Sister Dear (May 26th) is an entertaining, well-executed, wickedly addictive suspense novel that’s perfect for admirers of The Last Mrs Parrish and The Better Liar. Except, this story is so much more than that.

Eleanor is a well-studied character. As a child, she hardly felt loved as she didn’t exactly grow up in a loving family: a mean sister, a cruel mother…who – she later realizes – had been lying to her for years while ill-treating her. Therefore, the emotional abuse has caused her to struggle with self-image and self-esteem.

Today, Eleanor is thriving; she has a business, she’s independent and she’s slowly regaining her worth and strength, but when she discovers a secret about her dying father – the only person who truly loved her and whom she’s always trusted – this was her breaking point. She needs to take matters into her own hands now…except, Eleanor didn’t mean for her determination to turn so deadly. She’d never meant for it to come this far.

What did Eleanor do?

Why did she do it?

There’s no thin line between good and evil (which is one of the takeaways from the book) in this story. However, evil does surmount good in Sister Dear, where we get to see all the aspects of toxic family relationships, emphasized through some evil and cunning characters.

Now, how does this book stand out? Not only did the author’s storytelling skills improved with this novel, but she also managed to strip it from all cliches that are present in almost every other psychological thriller; our main character isn’t necessarily strong; she’s mainly flawed and the risky decisions she makes are all just a reflection of her difficult upbringing. The evil little twists at the end put that into perspective, and after that, you may be left with the question, “what if character X just did this instead of that?” or “what’s in store for our protagonist? Is there hope?

I strongly believe this book is Hannah Mary McKinnon at her best.

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Fantastic Thriller Titles Coming Out Today: THE BETTER LIAR & HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS

1. THE BETTER LIAR by Tanen Jones


“If I tell you how it happened, maybe you’ll remember me as well.”

The Better Liar is a quick, clever, mind-bending thriller with a literary touch that explores a complex side of sisterhood, and the meticulously explained topic of maternal drive – how is “maternal instinct” cultivated? It was exhilarating learning about these elements as the Vreeland sisters – two complex, fully-rounded characters – narrate the story and take us to their awful, harrowing past.

This book is about a young woman who must reunite with her sister in order to claim their joint inheritance, only when she arrives at her apartment, she finds her sister…dead. The story starts off with this main perturbation, continues with slow-building suspense, which relies on providing the reader with intrigue and curiosity regarding two girls’ ridiculously insane plan, all the way to the cuckoo ending. 


That’s where the author ratchets up the suspense by combining emotionally-charged aspects of the sisters’ pasts, and twisty bombshells when you least expect them. I found that very exciting – the unpredictability. At the middle, I thought I had everything figured out but boy was I wrong. You just have to sit back and let the story take you on this ride that’s intriguing enough to keep you turning the pages before the book comes through with the crazy revelation and follow-up twists. 

This is a powerful debut thriller. It moves past what we expect from a typical psychological thriller abd creates a chilling tale where characters and their relationships matter. 

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2. HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann

A missing sister. A mother searching for the truth. Psychopathic tendencies. Letters from a killer. Creepy cabins. Dark forests. Dreams. Nightmares. Blizzards. Yes, yes, yes, yes! 

When I read that this book is a hybrid between Silence of The Lambs and The Dry, I just had to dive in! Upon finishing, I’m glad to report that How Quickly She Disappears is a debut thriller where suspense successfully rivals Gillian Flynn. It had this moody, depressing atmosphere as the events took place in an isolated village in Alaska, and it just made me savor this read word for word.


Elisabeth can’t help but cling to the belief that her sister who vanished 20 years ago, is still alive. When an odd, mysterious visitor comes to her home, he tells her he knows exactly what happened to her sister. He won’t reveal this truth to her. Well, unless she fulfills his three requests.

The story shifts between the past and the present. We have enough backgrounds on both sisters Else and Jacqueline and it was so interesting to learn the way they used to live as mature 11-year-old children back in the early 1920s.  

I freaked out for a moment when I realized there were only 20 pages left. I did not want it to end. The author just knows how to portray the image of psychopathic behavior in quite a chilling way. Given that this is a debut, that fact was absolutely surprising to me. 


The ending does hint at a sequel. Until a second book arrives (fingers crossed), characters Else and Margaret will, with no doubt, stay with me. Having felt so comfortable with this author’s writing, I think it’s safe to say I’ll follow Raymond Fleischmann anywhere.

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Long Bright River by Liz Moore: Book Review

I think this book will receive a very strong reaction – if it hasn’t already – from many readers. I loved the way Moore explored female police officer Mickey’s bond with her sister Kacey, who struggles with drug addiction. The book goes back and forth between “Now” – where Mickey is looking for her sister and is worried that she might’ve fallen victim to a killer roaming Kensington Ave’s streets – and “Then” where we get a meticulous glimpse into the sisters’ complex relationship and troubled, often heartbreaking, family dynamics.

To sum up LONG BRIGHT RIVER (out today in the UK!), I feel it should be described as a literally thriller that’s part police-procedural, part navigation of family ties such as motherhood and sisterhood. The latter part emotionally-charged, letting the story seep deeply into the reader, while the former gives the book a gloomy atmosphere that I usually love to experience while reading this particular genre.

As much as I enjoyed seeing our heroine investigate on her own, I was also a fan of Mickey and Truman as a detective duo. I really hope this book turns into a series so we get to see these two work together (under more ideal circumstances), but based on some of our characters’ final decisions, I can see how this would be a bit challenging to accomplish.

I found myself holding my breath a few times, and there were some very surprising discoveries in the final chapters. Another thing I enjoyed about Long Bright River is that it reads like a movie, which is perfect as the book is already optioned for film with the author attached to write the screenplay!!

How do you guys feel about this book? Does it sound up your alley?