10 Must-Read Psychological Thrillers

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The weather is cooling and thoughts of flannel, foliage, and pumpkin spiced everything are dancing in our heads. ‘Tis the season for curling up with a good book!

Are you looking for a thrilling read this fall?
We’ve got you covered! 
Here are ten engrossing psychological thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat and sneaking in chapters whenever you can.

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The Chalk Man

by C. J. Tudor

January 9, 2018

Crown Publishing

Guts & gore galore! The Chalk Man is a perfect fall read, filled to the brim with excitement and nostalgia. The year is 1986 and Eddie and his friends spend their days biking around their small English village looking for trouble. They use chalk men as a secret code and draw them all over town. But then… a chalk man appears in a color that none of the friends use, and it leads them right to a dead body.

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Emma in the Night

by Wendy Walker

August 8, 2017

St. Martin’s Press

Three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared. Now, Cass (the younger sister) has returned without Emma. Cass remembers bits and pieces of a remote, mysterious island where they were kept. Oddly, she does not remember anything particularly traumatizing about the island. According to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winters, things are not adding up; she has major hesitations about the truthfulness behind this dysfunctional family. With themes of betrayal, narcissism, and family, this book will blow you away.

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Room

by Emma Donoghue

September 13, 2010

Little, Brown and Company

Told from the point of view of five year-old Jack, Room is unlike any other book. As far as Jack knows, the room that him and his mother live in is the entire universe; he has never been outside. He learns to read and write and there is plenty of time for playing. At night, he sleeps in the closet because Old Nick visits his mother…

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The Lying Game

by Ruth Ware

July 25, 2017

Gallery/Scout Press

How much can you really trust your friends? There is an incredible bond between Isa and her three friends. They went to boarding school together and formed a makeshift family. On the weekends (or when they felt like sneaking out), they would escape to Kate’s family home which was only a short walk through the forest. Nearly a decade later, Kate sends a text with only three words, “I need you” to her three friends. The drop everything and come running… but they won’t like what they find.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish

by Liv Constantine

October 17, 2017

Harper

Amber is an obsessive social climber.
Daphne is married to an extremely wealthy man.
Daphne and Amber become best friends.
Amber will do whatever it takes to steal Daphne’s husband.

The Last Mrs. Parrish is a riveting read; captivating from page one and will have you anxiously flipping through the remaining three hundred and eighty-nine. It is one of those books that will have you sneaking in pages whenever you have the chance and staying up late to read one more chapter.

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The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks
& Sarah Pekkanen

January 9, 2018

St. Martin’s Press

This fast-paced thriller is filled with unforgettable twists, deviant characters, and sabotage. The back-cover synopsis sums up the plot too perfectly to paraphrase: “You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. Assume nothing.”

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The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn

Published January 2, 2018

William Morrow

Dr. Anna Fox is a child psychiatrist… or I suppose, she used to be. She suffers from PTSD agoraphobia, meaning she never leaves her home. Just ten months ago, she enjoyed going to work  everyday, attended holiday parties, and spent time outdoors with her family. Now, with empty wine bottles over-flowing the recycling bin, the mere thought of the vast outdoors terrifies her. When Anna witnesses something terrible from the behind her window, her world turns into shambles. Who would believe the drunk, pill-popping shut in? 

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The Breakdown

by B. A. Paris

July 18, 2017

St. Martin’s Press

After a girls night out in the city, Cass makes the tipsy drive home through a treacherous storm. The roads are horrible and she decides to take the unpaved back roads as a shortcut, where she finds a broken down car with a woman sitting inside. Because of the pouring rain, lack of street lights, and desire to get home, Cass decides to keep on driving without offering help. The next day when the woman in the car turns up murdered, Cass is overwhelmed with guilt. She can’t tell her husband since he forbade her to use the shortcut, and everyone else will judge her for not offering help. The guilt eats her up until there’s almost nothing left.

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Final Girls

by Riley Sager

July 11, 2017

Dutton

In the aftermath of an attack, in which Quincy Carpenter was the only survivor, every journalist and news station across the country wanted a piece of Quincy’s story. Quincy’s memory of the attack vanished, but that didn’t stop the media from labeling her as a Final Girl: the last girl standing at the end of a massacre. Now, Quincy has a swanky Manhattan apartment, a successful baking blog, and a doting boyfriend. However, Quincy is still haunted by what happened and heavily relies on Xanax and wine to get through the day. Will Quincy finally remember exactly what happened to her friends on that dreadful night?

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Last Seen Alive

by Claire Douglas

June 26, 2018

Harper

Libby Hall is a hero. She saved children from a burning fire and now every media outlet wants a piece of her story. It is overwhelming, to say the least. A “house-swap” seems like a perfect getaway, so Libby and her husband escape to Cornwall for some peace and quiet (and to work on their marriage). At first the house seems quaint and cozy; but upon further inspection, they find odd disturbances around every corner.

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