10 Psychological Thriller Books That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

We are always down for a horror movie, but for a dose of real terror, we turn to psychological thriller books. While ghosts and bloodthirsty creatures are certainly terrifying, the best scares are the ones that play with your head. After all, there’s nothing more freaky than being unable to trust your own mind, right?

The following books will keep you guessing (and more than a little creeped out), as friends, couples, families, and neighbors come to realize that appearances are deceiving and the truth isn’t always clear…

1. The Favorite Daughter By Kaira Rouda

This thrilling read will plunge you into the unraveling mind of a mother dealing with a horrific tragedy. Ever since her beloved daughter Mary died last year, Jane has been lost in a haze of grief and antidepressants. With her youngest daughter’s high school graduation approaching, as well as the one-year anniversary of Mary’s death, Jane decides it’s time to rejoin the world. But a lot has changed during Jane’s emotional absence; her husband David works long nights at the office, and her daughter Betsy has become secretive and rebellious. To top it all off, Jane begins receiving strange messages hinting that Mary’s death wasn’t an accident after all. As shocking secrets threaten to come to light, Jane will do anything to protect her family. Read More.
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2. A Circle of Wives By Alice LaPlante

Dr. John Taylor dedicated his life’s work to helping children, and was a loving husband and father…so who would want him dead? When the renowned reconstructive surgeon is found murdered in a hotel room, Detective Samantha Adams is placed on the case. Soon enough, she uncovers a stunning and inconvenient truth: Dr. Taylor was married to three different women in three different cities, two of whom were unaware of their unique situation. Samantha’s investigative work unravels a case that only seems to grow increasingly complex; but one thing soon becomes clear: even the people closest to you can hide unfathomable secrets. Read More.
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3. Delirious By Daniel Palmer

A cyber genius questions his own sanity in this chilling read. Charlie Giles is the senior director of his own successful startup company, and everything in his life is going to plan—until his coworkers start dropping dead, and all the evidence points to Charlie. Charlie doesn’t remember hurting anyone, but his family history of mental illness makes him fear the worst. Is someone out there trying to implode his reputation? Or is his mind cracking under the pressure? Read More.
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