Psychological Thriller

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Before She Knew Him

I've read and enjoyed two of Peter Swanson's previous novels, so I was really excited to get my hands on a review copy of his latest novel. Unfortunately for me, Before She Knew Him didn't turn out to be at all what I was expecting. Hen and her husband Lloyd have recently moved into a lovely hous ...

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The Night Olivia Fell

The Night Olivia Fell is a twisty, fast-paced thriller that asks how well we really know those closest to us. The blurb compares it to Kimberly McCreight's Reconstructing Amelia, a book I read and loved back in 2013. For the most part, I agree with the comparison, but The Night Olivia Fell contains ...

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The Promise

Beth, Sally, and Carol have been friends since their high school days. True, Carol has been distancing herself from the other two for the past few years, but Beth still considers her to be one of her very best friends in part because of the dark secrets the three of them share. Thirty years ago, ...

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The Silent Patient

Twisty novels of psychological suspense are among my favorite things to read, so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of Alex Michaelides' début novel The Silent Patient. It's everything I want in a thriller and then some, and I can't wait for my fellow booklovers to read it. Alicia and Gabr ...

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Don't Wake Up

It's extremely rare for me to dislike a book enough to give it an F grade, but everything about Don't Wake Up, the début novel from author Liz Lawler, rubbed me the wrong way. I was intrigued by the premise, but the story itself fell flat. On the outside, Alex Taylor's life is picture perfect. S ...

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The Perfect Liar

I like to think my intuition works pretty well when I'm choosing books for review. I end up enjoying about eighty-five percent of those I select, and I'd say that's pretty good, all things considered. Unfortunately, Thomas Christopher Greene's The Perfect Liar turned out to be one of the remaining f ...

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Her One Mistake

There are dozens of novels of psychological suspense that center around a missing child, but few have managed to surprise and delight me the way Heidi Perks’ Her One Mistake did. It's a deftly plotted mystery with relatable characters and a surprise ending, making it something I'm very pleased to ...

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Last Woman Standing

This book (and review) contains discussion of sexual assault. Amy Gentry follows up Good as Gone with a tightly paced and morally murky thriller that combines the sweet, ancient pleasure a revenge story brings with the modern pain of the #metoo movement. Dana Diaz is a rising stand-up comic at ...

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The Au Pair

Gothic novels aren't always my thing, but every once in awhile, I find myself craving a story set in a spooky old house on the English moors. Fortunately, the last time I had such a craving, The Au Pair by Emma Rous was here waiting for me, and it was everything I was hoping for and more. It's no ...

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An Anonymous Girl

Authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have teamed up to create another spellbinding, spine-tingling novel of psychological suspense. An Anonymous Girl is the second book they've written together, and I hope there are many more to come. Jess is a twenty-something makeup artist who is looking ...