Psychological Thriller

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The Better Liar

Tanen Jones' The Better Liar is one of those début novels that feels far too polished to be someone's first book. Everything about it is pitch perfect, and I sped through it in a single sitting. It's been years since Leslie last laid eyes on her younger sister Robin. After their mother's death w ...

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The Prized Girl

The Prized Girl is Amy K. Green's début novel, an exceedingly dark and gritty story of one woman's search for the truth about the death of her younger sister. It's a novel that doesn't pull punches as it digs into the lives of what most people would consider to be the perfect family so be wary if d ...

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Good Girls Lie

Tear Me Apart by J. T. Ellison was one of my favorite suspense novels of last year, so naturally I was eager to review her 2019 offering, Good Girls Lie. While it did not quite match the brilliance of the first book, it is still a riveting read. Ash Carlisle is a Goode girl. The recipient of a sc ...

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If She Were Dead

Obsession is one of my favorite themes when it comes to novels of psychological suspense, so If She Were Dead, the latest offering from author J.P. Smith, really piqued my interest. It's the story of two women who happen to be in love with the same man, and how far one or both of them might go in or ...

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Clear My Name

My best friend has been urging me to pick up a Paula Daly book for the past couple of years, but it wasn't until I read the blurb for Clear My Name, her latest novel of psychological suspense, that I actually took the plunge. Now, I'm excited to check out her back list since this novel was utterly e ...

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Fishnet

I'm always on the lookout for thrillers that don't shy away from the darker, grittier side of life, so Fishnet by Kirstin Innes seemed like something that would appeal to me. It's the story of one woman's obsessive search for the truth about the sister who went missing six years earlier. Unfortunate ...

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The Family Upstairs

Sinister, seductive, and scary, Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs is a masterpiece of the domestic thriller genre you won’t want to put down once you’ve started. You'll forever be leery of having house guests once you’ve finished. The arrangement was meant to be temporary. When Justin an ...

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A Girl Named Anna

Lizzy Barber's A Girl Named Anna is a slow-building powerhouse of a story about two families who are linked by the disappearance of a little girl fifteen years before the book opens. Parts of the plot are a bit on the predictable side, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. ...

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The Stranger Inside

I haven't loved everything Lisa Unger has written. Some of her plots have felt a little too contrived for my liking, but her latest novel, The Stranger Inside, was a true joy to read. The plot is compelling, the characters feel completely authentic, and the story is just twisty enough to have kept m ...

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The Arrangement

The Arrangement is Robyn Harding's third standalone novel of psychological suspense, and in this reviewer's humble opinion, it's her best work. Her previous books were enjoyable, but this one really stands out as a story that captivated me from start to finish. Natalie moved to New York City with ...