7 Heart-pounding Psychological Thrillers

Ones I recommend:

I. The Secretary – Renee Knight

“It was the truth that seemed to catch me out. Lies, I managed with fluency.”

The Secretary is about a woman named Christine Butcher who is hired to work as a personal assistant for Mina Appleton – the head of an ethical supermarket chain.

The plot is told from Christine’s perspective, through which we get to see the relationship sinisterly develop between her and Mina. It becomes obvious that our protagonist isn’t in safe territory, that she only fell victim to her boss’ manipulative conduct.

The 1st half of the book features the relationship between Christine and her employer Mina – the women at the heart of the story, and how the latter represents an unhealthy influence on our protagonist, who is oblivious of the danger that her employer represents.

The 2nd half is divided into a courtroom drama, and the aftermath of Christine’s coming to terms with the world she was actually living in, and how it led her to end up in her current ordeal.

I felt so invested in Christine’s character, possibly because of the elusiveness that seems to characterize her. She is loyal to her employer, she knows all the jaw-dropping secrets that Mina confides in her, and she will sacrifice everything in order to keep them.

The writing is almost hypnotizing; it grips you wholly and doesn’t let go.

There’s a major plus to Christine’s character; as we get to see the way she thinks and acts, all of this is attempted to be justified in a way where we’re taken back to her childhood so that we witness the traumatizing events that happened to her during that time of her life.

I loved this book, and I think the ending was incredible, unpredictable and clever!

II. The Drowned Girls – Loreth Anne White

This one sounds absolutely enticing! I’ve yet to read Loreth Anne’s work as I’ve been hearing so many good things about her. Let’s give a rundown on what mystery is about.

Detective Angie Pallorino never forgot the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victim’s foreheads.

When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman floats up in the Gorge, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake lose some unsettling secrets about her own past…

III. 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!

IV. 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:

V. 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. Cabin At The End Of The World – Paul Tremblay

This one has been brought to my attention through my friend @thethrillerqueeen and it sounds absolutely incredible!

In Cabin At The End Of The World, Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. 

What do you think of these picks, guys? Any titles that sound appealing to you?

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