Psychological Thriller

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I Invited Her In

Fans of fast-paced thrillers based around the theme of revenge won't want to miss I Invited Her In, the latest offering from author Adele Parks. It's the story of two women, former best friends, and the destructive need to get even burns within one of them. Mel and Abi were best friends back in t ...

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I Invited Her In

The tag line for I Invited Her In is, “Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do. This is worse.” A tale of a reunion between university pals gone horribly wrong, it’s a nice reminder that sometimes when we drift apart from people, it’s for good reason. They had been best of friends. ...

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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 ...