I LOVE a good psychological thriller. It is hands down one of my all time favorite genres. There is nothing better than a twisty plot that takes you on such a ride that your heart starts beating at triple speed and you never even saw any of it coming! The BEST.
Psychological thriller is a thriller narrative which emphasizes the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. In terms of context and convention, it is a subgenre of the broader ranging thriller narrative structure, with similarities to Gothic and detective fiction in the sense of sometimes having a “dissolving sense of reality”. It is often told through the viewpoint of psychologically stressed characters, revealing their distorted mental perceptions and focusing on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. Psychological thrillers often incorporate elements of mystery, drama, action, and paranoia. Not to be confused with psychological horror, which involves more terror than psychosomatic themes.
The latest psychological thriller that I read and LOVED was this one. Omg that book was so amazing. If you can somehow manage to get your hands on a copy (it was just released last month), I highly recommend it! Stop whatever you are reading and read this one STAT. You’re welcome.
However…if your library waitlist is long or your local bookstore is sold out of this incredible new release, I’ve got you covered 🙂
While you are waiting to get your hands on a copy, here are 5 (older) psychological thrillers that I also loved which should be a bit easier to get your hands on:
I just love Mary Kubica so much.
Read it in 2 days. Literally couldn’t put it down.
One of the very few times where the movie was just as good as the book! I LOVED the book, I LOVED the movie. I think they did such a good job bringing this one to the big screen (and I RARELY say that)! Awesome story.
I suspect that this one may be a bit hard to find right now as everyone is scrambling to read anything by Ruth Ware! This one was great.
Another one that I finished in 2 days. AWESOME book.
Have you read any of these books? Did you love them like I did? If you haven’t read any of these…do any of them sound interesting to you? What are other psychological thrillers that you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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