1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

rsz_sharp_objects Synopsis: “Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.” (via Goodreads)

2. The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

rsz_4th Synopsis: “For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.” (via Goodreads)

3. Obsession by Amanda Robson

rsz_33229367 Synopsis: “One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?
It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.
Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?
Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?”
(via Goodreads)

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

rsz_we_were Synopsis: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.” (via Goodreads)

5. The Witness by Simon Kernick

rsz_the_witness Synopsis: “‘I had a simple choice. Stay here, and almost certainly be discovered.

Or get up and run.’

When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe-house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack.

DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he’s now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place. But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on?

In the safe-house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover’s killer. But what she doesn’t know is that the killer has already found out who she is, and where she is hiding.

And now he’s coming for her …” (via Goodreads)

What are your favorite books that fall under the psychological thriller genre? Have you read any of the books I listed above?

XO, Hunida

Featured Image by Annie Spratt


19 thoughts on “My Top 5: Favorite Psychological Thriller Novels

  1. I’ve read – and really enjoyed the ending of – We Were Liars and I’ve read one of Gillian Flynn’s (Gone Girl) and LOVED her writing, so will definitely try Sharp Objects out. These all sound brilliant – psychological thrillers are one of my favourite genres of book and I’m always looking for new recommendations 😀 Love your book posts so much, you always give me inspo! ❤

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    1. Gosh, yeah. We Were Liars was good… and I never read Gone Girl yet but I’ve been meaning to. You should read Sharp Objects, though. I have no doubt you’d enjoy it. 😉 YESS! Psychological thrillers are the best, aren’t they?! Thank you so, so much babe! Glad you enjoyed this post!! ❤


  2. I’m a fan of watching movies/series that fall under this genre but never have I read one. I will read some of your recommendations. I think I’m going to go for Sharp Objects first! 🙂

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  3. Wow, Sharp Objects sounds really interesting. I’m not usually into psychological thrillers, but I think I’m going to have to pick that one up on my next bookstore run!


    1. Aw, I love psychological thrillers so much. Both are so good but you might prefer Obsession more because it’s about adults. We Were Liars is about teenagers but still… so freaking good. Let me know if you do end up reading any of ’em. 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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