New Psychological Thrillers Coming This Autumn

Who else is excited for Autumn’s releases? As we venture through the last days of summer, one of the things I look forward to, is a fresh, new TBR list filled with the most-awaited psychological thrillers; and I’ve always considered Fall as the perfect “thriller” reading season because, what better way to dive into a suspense novel while wrapped up in a warm blanket, with your favorite hot beverage in hand? Now readers, here are some exciting, upcoming psychological thrillers you must watch out for…

⁃ Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger (Oct. 6th)

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

⁃ Dear Child by Romy Hausmann (Oct 6th)

Filled with twists; from the utterly shocking prologue, to the action-packed chapters.

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle that doesn’t quite seem to fit.

⁃ I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan (Oct. 6th)

In her small town, 17-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them.

Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way. When another girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

⁃ Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (Oct. 13th)

Owen’s life is falling apart.

In his 30s, a virgin, and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel—involuntary celibate—forums, where he meets the charismatic, mysterious, and sinister Bryn.

Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their neighbor Owen. He’s a bit creepy and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.

Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre Maddox disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

⁃ Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy (Oct. 13th)

Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York and start a life together in Sam’s sleepy hometown in upstate New York. Or, it turns out, a life where Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office, tending to the egos of his (mostly female) clientele.

Little does Sam know that through a vent in his ceiling, she can hear every word of his sessions. The pharmacist’s wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her in bed. Who could resist listening? Everything is fine until the French girl in the green mini Cooper shows up, and Sam decides to go to work and not come home, throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie’s happily ever after…

⁃ Every Last Secret by A. R. Torre (Oct. 13th)

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor…

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard for her gorgeous mansion, elevated social standing, and handsome husband. When a new couple moves next door, into the abandoned estate, she greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.

But Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with a mountain of personal issues, Neena’s and Cat’s quick friendship slowly turns toxic. Behind their perfect smiles and cordial interactions, the two women wage an internal war of competition, one that soon takes a deadly turn.

⁃ The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle (Oct. 20th)

Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of her twin’s good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.

Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.

Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth? And just what did happen to Summer on the yacht?

Only Iris knows . . .

After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy (Nov. 10th)

With a disturbing twist you’ll never see coming, this book will make you question everything you think you know, especially the ones closest to you.

5 months ago, an accident left Diana Sparrow badly injured and missing months of her memory. As if that’s not enough, she’s started having recurring nightmares about the night of the accident. Dreams that feel so real, she’s left questioning: maybe she didn’t just slide off the road into a ditch. Maybe, just maybe, she hit something. Or someone.

She can’t turn to her former best friend Val, who’s been sleeping with Diana’s husband Jonathan for months, but she might find some comfort in newcomer Cole Pelham. Yet the closer they become, the more Diana begins to wonder what really happened that night–and how Cole might be connected.

Who was with her that night? What really happened? As her life unravels thread by thread and the dreams become too real to ignore, Diana will have to face the unthinkable–and do the unforgivable…

⁃ Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (Nov. 10th)

This story begins with a funeral. One of three brothers is dead, mourned by his siblings. But which one? And how? And, most importantly: why?

William, Brian, and Luke are each born a year apart in a lower middle class Catholic family in 1960s Dublin. William, the eldest, becomes a successful movie producer. Luke surprises everyone by morphing into a worldwide pop star. Brian, the compliant middle son, is the eternal adult in the room: the helpful, steady one, the manager of finances and careers.

But none of them is actually quite what he seems. Wounded by childhood, they have betrayed one another in myriad ways, hiding behind little lies that have developed into full blown treachery. With an unnerving eye for the complexities of families, Nugent delves into the secret life of a deeply troubled household and provides stunning insights into the many forces that shape us from childhood.

⁃ The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan (Nov. 24th)

How far would you go to protect your family?

All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when 7-year-old Cody tells his mother about “New Granny,” the new friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.

But maybe Georgina is losing her mind. It wouldn’t be the first time, after all. And with her own mother’s recent death leaving her bereft and trying to cope with life as a busy working mom, it’s no wonder she’s feeling paranoid that her son has invented a “New Granny” to replace his real grandmother.

Her husband, Bren, becomes the voice of reason, assuring Georgina that it’s just a game, the product of their son’s overactive imagination. But what if Cody’s imaginary friend is not so imaginary after all?

And that’s it, friends! Which of Autumn’s upcoming releases sounds more appealing to you?

Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

I’m very late to the party with this one, but I’m glad I finally got around to reading it! The Kind Worth Killing is sort of a modern retelling of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers On A Train. It has the same “folie à deux” premise as it tells the story of a man who, on a night flight, meets a woman who helps him plot the murder of his wife, who’s having an affair with her contractor.

There’s psychopathy, people getting away with murder, a daring plot with a big twist halfway through and a very clever conclusion! I particularly enjoyed the character “Lily”; she has the most fascinating backstory, which gave the plot more depth and originality. I thoroughly enjoyed this and hope to read more of Swanson’s books soon.

Have you read The Kind Worth Killing, fellow readers? What were your thoughts?

His & Hers by Alice Feeney: Review


“…this is more than just a coincidence – I don’t believe in those. An overwhelming sense of panic starts to take over, spreading through my body, making it difficult to move or breathe. I need to get out of here.”

Alice Feeney is not playing games this year. There’s just something about her books that makes me end up reading them in a single sitting. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride with His And Hers: Nothing is predictable hereHow did Detective Jack end up being a suspect in his own murder investigation? What is it that led Anna to return to her hometown and cover the murder of her childhood friend?

The killers in Feeney’s thrillers are always terrifyingly good at hiding their tracks. This is not the kind of book where you just need to know how it ends; it actually keeps ambushing you with numerous, shocking twists along the way. The last third is not just packed with more twists, but there’s also an accompanying sense of unease that makes you go, “Oh my God, something’s happening, but what the heck is happening?!!

And with that last sentence, everything clicked. It all made sense then. This author is never afraid to “go there”. I don’t know how to describe it but, that revelation? It was evil, and perfect.

In the acknowledgements, the author mentions how it’s hard to pick a favorite book but that she’s rather very “fond of this one”, and I feel like I am, too. The concept behind this story is really fascinating if you look at it from a new perspective once you finish reading. Also, Anna was fantastic; she is flawed in every way, and I loved the author’s thorough exploration of her character.

“But then the sound started to change, translating into words inside my head, repeating themselves over and over…Kill them all. Kill them all. Kill them all.”

Is this one on your TBR, thriller addicts? Does it sound up your alley?