The best psychological thrillers with killer twists you will not see coming

Who am I?

My fascination with things that go bump in the night probably stems from having read too many scary books in my younger years, when I devoured anything that made me want to hide under the blankets. My love of reading followed me into college, where I earned a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and later a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago. My passion for reading—and, later, writingpsychological thrillers remained. Today, I write full-time and have five psychological thriller and suspense novels published with Bookouture–Hachette UK, including several that have made it into the Top 100 Books in the Amazon US, UK, and AU Kindle stores!  


I wrote...

The Girl Before Me

By Laura Wolfe,

Book cover of The Girl Before Me

What is my book about?

I switched on the bedroom light, casting a glow across the apartment. No one was there. I thought I’d locked both locks on my door, but now one was open… When I moved into the apartment with my daughter Lily, it was meant to be a new beginning. But just as we settle into our new lives, a letter arrives for someone called Annie, warning her to get out. The neighbors say Annie was the woman who lived here before me, who moved out one night without a word. Now, I can’t escape the idea that someone is watching us. I can’t help but think something bad happened to Annie. And Lily and I are not nearly as safe here as I thought we were.

The books I picked & why

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Little Secrets

By Jennifer Hillier,

Book cover of Little Secrets

Why this book?

Little Secrets is both brilliantly written and terrifying, making it one of my all-time favorite psychological thrillers. Eighteen months after Marin’s young son, Sebastian, was kidnapped as she shopped with him at a crowded Seattle market, both Marin and her marriage are hanging on by a thread. Desperate for answers, she hires a PI to help locate additional clues as to what happened to her son. As the secrets begin unraveling, the twists reveal themselves. Jennifer Hillier’s clean writing style and relatable characters drew me in, but the high tension and off-the-charts creep-factor kept me tearing through the pages all the way until the shocking ending.

Little Secrets

By Jennifer Hillier,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Little Secrets as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Couple Next Door

By Shari Lapena,

Book cover of The Couple Next Door

Why this book?

I’m a sucker for domestic mysteries, especially those with plenty of twists and turns. The Couple Next Door checks all the boxes for a gripping psychological thriller, one that I tore through in only two sittings. Anne and Marco, parents of one-year-old, Cora, attend a dinner party at the row house next door. Their babysitter suddenly cancelled just before the outing, so they bring their baby monitor to the dinner and take turns checking on Cora every thirty minutes as she sleeps in her crib. All goes well until Anne’s final check of the night, when she finds the crib empty, and Cora missing. But who could have taken her? I love that everyone had a secret to hide in this deliciously mysterious tale, which reveals plenty of dark family secrets and delivers a bombshell ending. 

The Couple Next Door

By Shari Lapena,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Couple Next Door as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Not a Happy Family

"The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages." -People

"I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!" -Sue Grafton

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors-a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it…

The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz,

Book cover of The Plot

Why this book?

I love books that make me question what I would do in a similar situation. As an author, I especially related to the moral dilemmas faced by the main character of this page-turner. The Plot transports the reader into the shoes of Jacob Finch Bonner, a struggling writer and MFA professor who steals the plot of the century from one of his former students, Evan, who has since died. Jacob’s newly published novel quickly becomes a massively successful bestseller. But someone knows what Jacob has done and is threatening to expose him. Living in a state of paranoia, Jacob sets out to discover who knows his dark secret, and where the plot from Evan’s story really originated. Eek! I’m still thinking about this one many months after reading it!

The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Plot as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Local Woman Missing

By Mary Kubica,

Book cover of Local Woman Missing

Why this book?

I love all of Mary Kubica’s books because of her straightforward writing style and the Chicago-area settings. In Local Woman Missing, a peaceful, suburban neighborhood transforms into a harrowing place where people go missing and we question how well we really know our neighbors. Told from multiple points of view and timelines, the twists abound as the reader uncovers what happened to the missing women and girl. The ending was chilling, and I didn’t see it coming, which is exactly what I want from a psychological thriller. 

Local Woman Missing

By Mary Kubica,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Local Woman Missing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'DARK AND TWISTY' Riley Sager
'A JAW-DROPPING TWIST THAT I NEVER SAW COMING' Joshilyn Jackson

You'll never find her. Don't even try.

When a local mother and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, suddenly vanish, their close-knit suburban community is rocked by fear and suspicion. How could such a terrible thing have happened in their small town?

Then, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly reappears. Everyone wants to know what really happened to her. But there are secrets hidden deep in the past - and when the truth about those missing years begins to surface, no one is prepared for what they're about…


In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware,

Book cover of In a Dark, Dark Wood

Why this book?

This was the first Ruth Ware book I read, and it was the book that made me want to become a psychological thriller author. It asks the question, what if your friends aren’t really your friends? A dark question, indeed, especially when the main character believes someone in her friend group is out to kill her. In A Dark, Dark Wood transports the reader to a remote house in the woods where the main character, Nora, meets up with a group of people to celebrate the impending wedding of a friend, Clare, who she hasn’t seen in ten years. It was odd that Clare invited her, wasn’t it? The tension between the guests is off the charts and, as secrets are exposed, things take an even more sinister turn.   

In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked In a Dark, Dark Wood as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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