Psychological Thriller

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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 ...

D
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 ...

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Hunting Annabelle

Hunting Annabelle is a début psychological thriller which examines the struggles a young Korean American wages against the dark desires of his soul. Sean Suh spends his day at a place called Four Corners, a location he calls “a cheap Disneyland rip-off”. He likes to draw the people wandering th ...

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Watching You

There can be no doubt that Lisa Jewell is one of the brightest gems of the current thriller market. Her latest release, Watching You, continues her tradition of writing chilling, engrossing reads that will keep you up late into the night. Joey Mullen has just arrived back in England with a new hu ...

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Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty's work first came to my attention back in 2015 when I picked up a copy of her novel Big Little Lies. I was sucked into the story right away, and ended up reading everything she had written within the space of about a week. Since then, I've been on the lookout for new books by this inc ...

B+
Give Me Your Hand

If you, like me, enjoy novels that center around the extremely complex nature of female friendship, you won't want to miss Give Me Your Hand, the latest standalone thriller by author Megan Abbott. It's an engrossing mix of spine-tingling suspense and the kind of relationship drama so many of us have ...