Psychological Thriller

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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 ...

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Temper

Layne Fargo’s Temper is billed as being perfect for fans of psychological thrillers where the stakes are high and the characters will stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. Since books like that are some of my favorite things to read right now, I was eager to give it a try. Unfortunately, an ant ...

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Stolen Things

Author Rachel Herron is best known for writing women's fiction, but with Stolen Things, she’s switched gears and written a thriller under the name R.H. Herron. It's a story about a mother and her teenage daughter who must learn to trust one another in a new way if they hope to uncover some truly d ...

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Never Look Back

Fans of complex thrillers with a unique and sensational hook won't want to miss Never Look Back, the latest standalone novel from author Alison Gaylin. It enters around a true crime-related podcast and one case with personal ties to the show's producer. Robin Diamond is a successful magazine colu ...

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Never Have I Ever

There are certain authors whose work I embrace without even reading the synopsis, and Joshilyn Jackson falls into that category for me. Her deeply moving, lyrical stories set in the American south are among my favorite books of all time, and so, when I learned she had written her very first psycholo ...

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Speaking of Summer

Speaking of Summer is Kalisha Buckhanon's second novel. Set in present-day Harlem, it's the story of one woman's desperate search for her missing twin sister. It's been months since Autumn Spencer last laid eyes on her twin sister Summer. It's believed that Summer leapt to her death from the roof ...

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Lost You

If you're someone who judges the merits of a book by the blurb on the jacket, I implore you to give Haylen Beck's Lost You a second look. True, it's another thriller centered around the disappearance of a child (in this case, a little boy), but there's so much more than that beneath the surface. It' ...