10 of the best to read when you need a little panic

We don’t know about you, but when it comes to diving into a new book, there’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of a good psychological thriller. The fast, heart-pounding adrenaline rush you get from a twisty page-turner is one of the great joys of our precious recreational downtime.

Is there any greater pleasure than reaching the climax of a long novel and discovering a twist so important that it leaves you speechless? A plot twist so important that you’ll come back to earlier chapters to see how you could have been so blind. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and we know the feeling is something every great thriller should have.

These 10 thriller books are sure to be the ones you’ll recommend over and over again, not to mention the tried and tested bunch to give you the greatest scare and exhilarating thrill of your life. Don’t blame us when you’re up after 2am…

The last thing he said to me by Laura Dave

Since big little lies, Reese Witherspoon asserts herself as the new it girl producer of the psychological thriller in the cinematographic genre. Not only did she choose this option, but Julia Roberts is attached to the film version. Unsurprisingly an addictive page-turner, the plot follows Hannah, a 40-year-old woodturner who has moved to Sausalito in northern California to live with her new husband, Owen , and her 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. After Owen vanishes into thin air, Hannah wonders why he left and if he was really the man she thought she married.

The wife and the widow by Christian White

Probably one of the best literary thrillers of the year, believe us when we say you won’t see it coming. Located on a remote island, The wife and the widow is told from the point of view of two women. Kate, a widow, who has just learned the secret life of her dead husband. And Abby, an islander whose world is turned upside down when she learns her husband may be a killer.

In a dark dark wood by Ruth Ware

British author Ruth Ware quickly makes a strong case as modern-day Agatha Christie. Its dark and twisted plots will keep your mind on your mind long after you put the book down. In a dark dark wood tells the story of Nora, who lives a secluded life in London. She’s been disconnected from her best friend Clare for 10 years since Nora turned her back on her old life. Out of nowhere, an invitation to Clare’s bachelorette party arrives and Nora thinks the weekend in isolated accommodation will be the perfect way to reconnect with her long-lost friend. But then something goes terribly wrong. Terrifying in all the right ways, this is one that will keep you up late into the night.

Sharp objects by Gillian Flynn

We all know and have fallen in love with missing girlbut in our view, Gillian Flynn’s inaugural psychological thriller Sharp Objects is even better. The story follows Camille Preaker, a crime reporter who returns to her small Missouri hometown of Wind Gap to cover the murder of two local teenagers. While there, Camille is forced to confront her own devastating past and learns that the truth is much closer to home than she ever could have known. Much like Gone Girl, the book ends with one final twist that will have you spinning in circles.

We were never there by Andrea Bartz

Another from Reese Witherspoon’s Horror Book Club, We were never there is a fast-paced thriller that merges Thelma and Louise and single white woman into a murderous concoction. The story of Emily, in her twenties, who lives and works in Milwaukee. After her best friend Kristen moves to Australia, they decide to meet each year in an exotic destination to go hiking. On a trip to Chile, Emily returns to their hotel room under bloody and disturbing circumstances. What delivers is a scintillating journey of mistrust and murderous intrigue.

behind his eyes by Sarah Pinborough

There’s not enough time to talk about the intensity of this page-turner, let alone the absolutely earth-shattering twist at the end of it all. Louise, a single mother, is stuck in a romantic void when she meets a man in a bar. They start a relationship and Louise is turned on by this connection. But she soon discovers that the man at the bar is her new boss, David. a married man. Later, she meets and befriends his wife Adele. Soon after, she begins to question David and Adele’s relationship and why they are so focused on getting closer to her.

The guest list by Lucy Foley

Set on a remote island off the breezy Irish coast, guests gathered for the wedding of TV star Will Slater and online entrepreneur Jules Keegan. At the end of the evening, someone is dead, and every wedding guest is considered a suitable suspect. Known to be one of the top picks of 2022, The guest list is a perfect nail-biting thriller for us fans who live to inhale Ruth Ware and Paula Hawkins novels of equal vanity.

The thrust by Ashley Audrain

The thrust is one of those rare psychological thrillers that sticks with you months after reading it. The book tells the story of Blythe Connor, a woman determined to be the loving, devoted mother she never had. But when Blythe’s daughter Violet arrives, she struggles to connect with her. Once Violet grows up and begins to interact with others her own age, she begins to wonder if there is something seriously wrong with her. The thrust ends with a killer twist that will haunt you for days after you put the book down.

people like her by Ellery Lloyd

We are confident that if you start this book, you will finish it in two days. Emmy Jackson is a successful social media influencer with an airy life. Everyone admires him, or so it seems. Emmy hasn’t been very honest about her life and is harboring some seriously twisted secrets and although she thinks she’s fooled her longtime followers, the cracks soon start to show. One of them knows all of her truth and has made it her mission to make her pay. You’ll spend an entire weekend putting off your plans just to finish this baby.

Blacktop Desert by SA Cosby

You heard it here, it’s the best crime thriller book of the year. Follow the line between breaking Bad and Conduct, the parallels are there with so much more. Here, Bug is an honest mechanic with a shady past, but he’s paid his dues and has a reputation as the smartest guy on the east coast. But soon her old life begins to catch up with her shiny new one, only saved by one-time work – a twisted heist with a promising payoff. Bridging the worlds of petty crime and psychological thriller so well, this is one you’ll want to keep on the shelf.

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