Psychological thrillers are just what you need sometimes because sometimes, reading a scary book is all the drama you need in your life. Luckily, there are loads of authors who won’t let you down. Whether you buy books or borrow them from the library, there is a whole world out there and it can be right at your fingertips. Even someone who doesn’t care for reading will love the books on this list. They’ll give you just the right amount of fright while also sucking you into the story and never letting go. Read these psychological thrillers to get your heartrate going.
1. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
The main character in this novel goes to sleep every night and all of her memories are erased. She wakes up each morning and thinks she’s still a child with her whole life ahead of her. Every day she relies on the people in her life to help her navigate things and she must leave herself notes and directions for the next day. She starts to suspect something is going on and sets out to find out just what it could be.
2. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The book is way better than the movie! In this novel, U.S. Marshals come to Shutter Island in search of an escaped mental patient from the nearby asylum. What goes on there will chill your blood and get your heart racing. And here’s the catch – no one leaves Shutter Island.
3. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
This classic tale of a woman taken in by a charming man who turns out to be abusive will have your heart speeding at every scene. She eventually escapes and decides to let a new man into her life. But nothing is as it seems.
4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
When the girl in the story leaves the bar with a one night stand, she begins the most terrifying ordeal of her life. She is locked in a small cabin and held captive. You’ll be scared throughout the entire book. Luckily, the girl’s mom teams up with a detective to find out what happened to her.
5. The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald
You get a little bit of everything in this book. There is drug dealing, police and young people looking for love. The book will chill you to the core as you read what happens to the characters as their lives become entwined with each other’s. This book will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
6. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
A realtor is just about to close down her open house when she gets one last customer. He takes her captive and holds her hostage. You find out what happened to her through her sessions with a psychiatrist after she is rescued and returns home. At the same time, police are still trying to find out who took her, a fact that makes your heart pound throughout the book.
7. Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes
A young pregnant mom hires a helper as she prepares for her new baby’s arrival and continues working as a social worker. But the help isn’t what she seems to be and as more reports of attacks on pregnant women make the news, the mom begins to fear that something sinister is going on.
Do you love psychological thrillers? They are my favorites! Which of these books are you adding your reading list?