Psychological Thriller Books

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    Fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Anatomy of a Scandal will find this psychological thriller from debut author Karen Hamilton utterly compelling. It's a twisted love story that will have you racing through the pages.

    Juliette is an intelligent and driven woman who finds herself falling in love with Nate. However, when they break up she decides to do anything to win him back - including becoming a flight attendant for his airline. Juliette knows they are meant to be and is willing to do anything to prove this.

    But true love hurts - and Juliette's obsession is going to bring about even more pain...
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    Jo Spain's The Confession is a gripping psychological thriller with a difference: you find out who did it on the very first page. But you won't find out why until the last one...

    A man walks into the luxury home of the disgraced banker, Harry McNamara. He beats him to death as his wife Julie watches, frozen by fear. An hour later, the attacker JP Carney, hands himself into the police. He confesses beating Harry to death but claims the assault was not premeditated.

    With Harry's notoriety, the detectives make it their mission to see if this really was a random act of violence or if it was related to one of Harry's many sins. After all, he was corrupt, greedy and betrayed so many people... As you race through the pages, you'll be wondering who really is the guilty party?
  • Erin Kelly Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781473685963 - Erin Kelly
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    He Said, She Said author Erin Kelly is a bestselling writer of psychological thrillers who can count Stephen King, Sophie Hannah and Jeffery Deaver among her fans. This four-book collection is the perfect introduction to her work and includes her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Poison Tree.

    This novel is set in the red-hot summer of 1997 when the straight-laced student Karen meets Biba, a bohemian aspiring actress. The duo form a passionate bond, but by the end of the summer their love affair has to come to an end - and two people are dead...; The Burning Air follows the Macbrides as they attend a Bonfire Night celebration. Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a new girlfriend with him but she's odd in a way no one can quite place. When she's left looking after Felix's sister's baby, they both end up missing...

    The Sick Rose is a claustrophobic read that finds Louisa and Paul forming a relationship, but both of them have violent pasts they are unable to escape; and The Ties That Bind is a twisty read about a true crime writer in search of a story who ends up interviewing a criminal-turned-philanthropist.

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  • Eileen - Hardback - 9780224102551 - Ottessa Moshfegh
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    "Fully lives up to the hype. A taut psychological thriller, rippled with comedy as black as a raven's wing, Eileen is effortlessly stylish and compelling. (Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times). The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer in his squalid home and her day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a handsome prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father's messes. When the beautiful, charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England, blending true noir and the eerie, unforgettable books of Shirley Jackson and Flannery O'Connor, this mesmeric, terrifying, sublimely funny debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.
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    This is the runaway sunday times no. 1 bestseller and thriller of the year. "Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect." (Stephen King). Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train...
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    Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin is the bestselling and Orange Prize-winning novel that has been adapted into a successful and critically-acclaimed feature film. Eva always struggled with motherhood, and certainly didn't want to be the mother of Kevin, an unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Two years later and it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of direct letters with her absent husband Franklyn. Eva is haunted by the fear that her alarming dislike for her own son may have been responsible for driving him so tragically off the rails.

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    "Wondering if Into the Water could be as The Girl on the Train? It's better. A triumph." (Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go). The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool...With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now. "Paula Hawkins does it again! Into the Water is a moody and chilling thriller that will have you madly turning the pages. A gripping, compulsive read!". (Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door).
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    An international bestseller that was published in 1938 and is an influence on the likes of Stephen King, Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca is the chilling classic about a girl haunted by her own imagination and the ghost of her husband-to-be's former mistress, Rebecca de Winter. Set in Manderley, a beautiful family estate in Cornwall, Rebecca's disturbing presence lingers throughout the house. Whilst Du Maurier's shy, unnamed heroine is tortured by constant comparisons to the socialite who was her predecessor, she is beset by tragedy and despair when Rebecca herself appears. Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with 'the other woman'.

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    YOU CAN NEVER OUTRUN THE PAST. Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquillity of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened - Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection. On arrival she discovers that the town has not forgotten the past and amongst the hostility and gossip, Rachel is forced to seek out old allies and new passions. Soon she finds an unlikely advocate in her grandmother, who surprises her with her wise counsel and rare strength. Rachel comes to realize that they are both trying to overcome the past, and in doing so brings private guilt and concealed secrets into the light.
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    A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating ...
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    Tom Ripley travels to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him - exactly like him. Suave, agreeable and utterly amoral, Ripley will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal. The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.
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    US Marshal Teddy Daniels arrives at Shutter Island, the home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, on the trail of an escaped muderer named Rachel Solando. As a killer hurricane bears down, the investigation deepens and questions begin to mount. How did a barefoot woman escape from a locked room? Who is leaving cryptic clues and what really goes on in Ward C? The closer Teddy gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes and the more he believes he will never leave the island, fearing someone is driving him to insanity. Martin Scorsese's 2010 film adaptation of the thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was also a huge success.

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    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous - Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything. This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.
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    A terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep. Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won't leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there. Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can't be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand. Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them - and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.
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    The fourth novel in the Alex Cross series First came the stunning bestseller, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, which introduced its memorable hero, detective and psychiatrist Alex Cross. Then the explosive novels KISS THE GIRLS and JACK AND JILL proved that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson -- the master of the non-stop nightmare. Now he brings us CAT AND MOUSE. Psychopath Gary Seneji is back -- filled with hatred and obsessed with gaining revenge on detective Alex Cross. Soneji seems determined to go down in a blaze of glory and he wants Alex Cross to be there. Will this be the final showdown?
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    "I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when they're scared. But I will."

    Mia Dennett can't resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar. But going home with him might turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life...An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how, even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems...
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    An FBI trainee A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim ...FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, monster cannibal held in a hospital for the criminally insane, for insight into the deadly madman she must find. As Dr. Lecter invites her into the darkest chambers of his mind, he forces her to confront her own childhood demons as the price of understanding, an unspeakable tuition he exacts to teach her how the monster thinks. And time is running out ...
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    Psychologist Alex Delaware regards Melissa Dickinson as one of his greatest achievements. A tormented seven year old when she first appeared in his LA surgery, two years on she was fully recovered. Years later, Melissa contacts Alex, desperate for him to help her mother, Gina. Gina was a budding Hollywood starlet until a vicious acid attack left her disfigured. Crippled with fear, Gina has hidden from the world for two decades. But before Alex can help, she disappears. Now Alex is locked in a search leading him into a grotesque labyrinth of hidden histories and desires...
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    This story begins on a windy summer's day in the Chilterns when the calm, organised life of Joe Rose is shattered by a ballooning accident. What happens is shocking and tragic, but strangely inco-sequential. The consequences come after, for that fatal accident brings Joe together briefly, with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to take desperate measures merely to stay alive.
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    In the crisp, early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, blood all over the cottage she lives in. At the same time, police respond to a reported female suicide, where a car has fallen into a local quarry. As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence, they discover a link between these two women, a link which has sealed their dreadful fate one cold night, under a silent moon. Told in a unique way, using source documents that allow readers to interpret the evidence alongside DCI Louisa Smith and her team, Under a Silent Moon is an unsettling and compulsively readable novel that will keep you gripped until the very last page.
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    What if your best friend's child disappears? And it's all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto - overwhelmed working mother of three - one freezing December in the Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into nightmare. Her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter Lucinda has gone missing and now, devastated by this and publicly blamed, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda's disappearance, Lisa learns that the quiet town she lives in isn't what she thought it was, and her friends might not be who they appear to be, either.
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    "As gripping as Gone Girl". (Elle). Never Go Out Alone After Dark - For years, Sarah and Jennifer kept the Never List: a list of things to be avoided at all costs. Never Get In The Car - But one night, they broke their own rules - with horrifying consequences. Never Take Risks - Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But it seems the killer has not forgotten her. Never trust anyone.
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    Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.
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    Andy Barber's job is to put killers behind bars. And when a boy from his son Jacob's school is found stabbed to death, Andy is doubly determined to find and prosecute the perpetrator. Until a crucial piece of evidence turns up linking Jacob to the murder. And suddenly Andy and his wife find their son accused of being a cold-blooded killer. In the face of every parent's worst nightmare, they will do anything to defend their child. Because, deep down, they know him better than anyone. Don't they?