9 Thrillers To Read Based On Your Favorite Movies

Have you ever read a book that reminded you of a movie that you’ve watched and enjoyed? If you’re a fan thriller or horror movies, you might want to check out this list and hopefully, you’ll find a title that’s in the vein of of your favorite movie! Now, readers, let’s explore these picks…

⁃ Shutter Island —> The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

These two have the exact same feel and almost the same plot: While Leo DiCaprio is sent to an asylum to investigate a mysterious disappearance in Shutter Island, the male lead in The Silent Patient is sent to a psych ward to investigate a mysterious patient. And don’t worry, if you’ve yet to read the book (or watch the movie), this comparison doesn’t spoil either of them as each has an entirely different ending from the other!

⁃ The Turning —> The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

Among many other remakes, both of these are inspired by the 1898 classic horror novel, The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James, which follows a woman who applies for a job to care for two oddly silent children at a haunted house, and realizes that these kids have no fear of the evil that lurks in this place. In The Turn Of The Key – while it doesn’t exactly involve a “haunted house” – our female protagonist applies for the same job mentioned above, but at a technology-advanced house, so – without spoiling too much away – you can imagine what “complications” could result within this house if, say, a systematic glitch were to happen…

Yes, this house will generate all kinds of horrors without being a 100% haunted house story, but enough to provide a realistically-terrifying and gothic psychological thriller.

⁃ The Talented Mr. Ripley —> You by Caroline Kepnes

You might already be familiar with the characters Tom Ripley and Joe Goldberg, as these are some of the most well-known psychopaths in thriller fiction. You can expect all aspects of psychopathy in the book (or TV Series), YOU: there’s stalking, obsessive love, and – obviously – murder! If you were a fan of The Talented Mr Ripley, you might want to embark on another terrifying journey with You’s Joe Goldberg.

The Haunting —> Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Remember the horror classic, The Haunting, from 1999? I’ve always considered this movie as the ultimate, most well-plotted haunted house story; and it starred Catherine Zera Jones, Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor, so you can always expect an exhilarating experience watching – or even re-watching – this horror gem. If you’re a fan of The Haunting, you’ll most definitely enjoy Home Before Dark as well, and since it’s written by the legendary Riley Sager, you know you won’t be disappointed!

⁃ Silence Of The Lambs —> The Only Child by Mi-Ae Seo

In The Only Child, we’re introduced to a serial killer who – now that he’s locked in prison – requests a meeting with one particular criminal psychologist; he will talk to no one else. The premise instantly reminded me of The Silence Of The Lambs and I couldn’t help but picture the female lead as Jodie Foster. There’s even a reference to this movie in the book, which chilled me to the bone. Expect extremely-unsettling childhood flashbacks and authentic suspense from start to finish with The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo.

⁃ Scream —> There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Just like with Scream’s infamous masked killerGhostface”, a killer named “The Osborne Slayer” is killing high school students, one by one, in There’s Someone Inside Your House. This will appeal to all admirers of slasher thrillers. Also, it would absolutely make a perfect Halloween read!

⁃ Basic Instinct —> Last One To Lie by J. M. Winchester

Honestly, is there a better classic thriller than Basic Instinct? If you were fascinated by the intriguing relationship between the detective and the intimating female suspect in this movie, I think you’ll love Last One To Lie. While this “romance” aspect exists in the book, it is definitely dark, and plays a major part within the suspense element. Now that we’ve put aside what this film and book have in common, bear in mind that Last One Last To Lie weaves an impossibly-twisted web of lies; there are crazy twists here that you won’t be able to guess and an ending that will give you major anxiety, and most importantly, stay with you long afterwards.

⁃ Case 39 —> In The Blood by Lisa Unger

Case 39 is a chilling horror movie about a social worker who gets caught up in the troubles of a seemingly abused 10-year-old girl who isn’t what she seems to be. If you‘re fascinated by stories about disturbed children, you must pick up In The Blood by Lisa Unger – it’s a deliciously-dark, original psychological thriller where a young woman is hired as a babysitter to care for a disturbed 11-year-old boy, who loves to play a twisted game of clues that she feels compelled to follow and that would lead her to an unexpected discovery. This is one of my top favorite Lisa Unger books and it’s just as gripping and suspenseful as Case 39!

⁃ Rear Window —> The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn

You can definitely say that The Woman In The Window was inspired by Hitchcock’s celebrated film, Rear Window. In fact, there are many references in this book to this director’s classic movies. The book is led by an agoraphobic woman (to be played by Amy Adams in the adaptation) who witnesses a murder in the house across of hers. Was what she saw real? Or is it paranoia?

Any titles you’d like to add to this list? Was there a book that reminded you of a movie that you’ve watched?

3 thoughts on “9 Thrillers To Read Based On Your Favorite Movies

  1. Excellent and very creative post! I love how you connected The Silent Patient to Shutter Island as this was actually the movie that first popped in my mind while reading the book. I’ll definitely have to check out a few of those books and movies that I haven’t heard of before.

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    1. Thanks so much, Darina!! Isn’t The Silent Patient so reminiscent of Shutter Island? 😍🙌🏻 At one point while I was reading the book, I was almost certain that the “twist” would be similar to the one in the film! 🙈


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