Psychological Thriller

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Three Perfect Liars

Heidi Perks came to my attention last year with the publication of her first novel here in the U.S., and I've been eagerly awaiting something new from her ever since. Now, Three Perfect Liars has hit the shelves, and I can't wait for thriller fans everywhere to fall under its spell. The novel cen ...

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The Heatwave

Kate Riorden’s The Heatwave combines an atmosphere of chilly, all-encompassing doom with stock kid-as-sociopath storytelling, leading to a marginally disappointing and ultimately average thriller. Sylvie lives alone in London with her young daughter, asthmatic and anxious Emma. Their lives are ...

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Behind the Red Door

It's so easy to become overwhelmed by the wide array of thrillers released each month, so I'm here to tell you about one of the best I've read this summer. Behind the Red Door is Megan Collins' second novel, and I was utterly blown away by its depth and complexity. I was completely entranced from be ...

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Lies, Lies, Lies

After reading Lies, Lies, Lies you’ll almost be grateful that Covid has put an end to parties. Almost. Daisy thinks three is the best number. It’s:  “the first number that forms a geometrical figure . . . it’s the number most often associated with time past, present and future; beginnin ...

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Playing Nice

For the sake of being completely transparent, I have to start this review off by saying that I've had a hard time buying into the wild plots of some of J.P. Delaney's previous novels. I read psychological thrillers for pure escapism, but Mr. Delaney's brand of over-the-top writing hasn't always work ...

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He Started It

Samantha Downing's My Lovely Wife was one of the most original thrillers I'd ever read, making it one of my favorite books of 2019. When I heard she was coming out with something new, I was quite excited, but also a little skeptical of her ability to craft something I'd love as much as last year's r ...

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The Last Wife

I wasn't crazy about Karen Hamilton's début novel, The Perfect Girlfriend. The main character was repugnant, and the plot twists felt overly dramatic, but there was something oddly compelling about Hamilton's writing, something that made me decide to give her second book a try. This turned out to b ...

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The Swap

Robyn Harding's fourth novel, The Swap, is a thoroughly delightful if slightly disturbing combination of some of my very favorite thriller tropes. It's a revenge story centered around a toxic female friendship, and in her usual style, Harding has managed to create a book I hated to look away from fo ...

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The Girl from Widow Hills

In the latest thriller from Megan Miranda, The Girl from Widow Hills, the central character is a young woman who went through a traumatic event as a child and then, in an attempt to escape the continuing media circus years later, changed her name and left her home town in order to reinvent herself a ...

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Last One to Lie

I've been wanting to read Last One to Lie, the second novel by author J.M. Winchester, since I first read the blurb at the end of 2019. It looked like an intriguing story, but I was especially interested because Ms. Winchester also writes romance novels under the name Jennifer Snow. Since romance an ...