psychological thriller

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Before She Was Found

Heather Gudenkauf
3
Rated by
Heather C
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Small town. Urban Legends. A gruesome stabbing.

Underground train tunnel

I See You

Clare Mackintosh
3
Rated by
Jackie S.
Friday, Aug 31, 2018

I See You is a psychological thriller about Zoe Walker, who, while commuting to work on the train, sees a picture of herself in a classified ad in a newspaper. Knowing she did not place the ad, Zoe becomes paranoid and hyper-vigilant on her way to and from work. After noticing her own picture, Zoe begins looking at the ads more closely, and believes there is a connection between the women featured and the same women being victims of recent crimes.

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Baby Teeth

Zoje Stage
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Monday, Aug 13, 2018

This intriguing and disturbing book tells the story of Suzette, Alex and their 7 year old daughter, Hannah, who has quite literally become a threat to their existence. Baby Teeth is told in alternating chapters between Suzette and Hannah and you quickly realize that not all is right with their world. Hannah is mute and nothing Suzette has done, including numerous schools and eventually homeschooling, has helped Hannah learn to talk.

A person standing by a swimming pool, the shadow of 2 others

The French Girl

Lexie Elliott
3
Rated by
Hilary S.
Monday, Jun 18, 2018

As and initial suspense thriller from this author, The French Girl is pretty well done. It follows the typical plot points used by many others: there's been a murder and our main character can't remember exactly what happened. Or she thinks she might remember, but she is constantly questioning herself and her memories based on what other 'friends' tell her and say.

Silent Child

Silent Child

Sarah A. Denzil
4
Rated by
Amanda W.
Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

Aiden was six when he went missing during a bad rainstorm which flooded the banks of the river that runs through their village. His family and police believed he had been swept away by the river and drowned, having only found his jacket floating in the river and no body. Ten years later his mom is married and in her last month of pregnancy when she gets the incredible news that Aiden is alive.

Image of woman's face behind a partially transparent figure of a man.

Nocturnal Animals (DVD)

Tom Ford
3
Rated by
Maryana K.
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017

In the trailer for Nocturnal Animals, Amy Adams's character (Susan Morrow) says, "my ex-husband use to call me a nocturnal animal . . . recently he sent me this book that he has written. It's violent and it's sad and he dedicated it to me . . . ." That line holds some creepy possibilities, but what plays out on screen is unexpected, with themes of loss, regret and revenge.

Woman's head back-lit by light (no facial features are visible)

The Couple Next Door

Shari Lapeña
4
Rated by
Roxanne B.
Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

At first glance, Anne and Marco Conti live a charmed life. They have an adored baby girl, a comfortable home, friends next door, and the support of Anne’s wealthy parents. This illusion is peeled away piece by piece as the story unfolds. While Anne and Marco are at their neighbor’s dinner party, their daughter disappears from her crib. Who is responsible for the kidnapping? Why did they leave their baby alone? Is the couple next door involved?

black and white close up of a woman's eye

Behind Her Eyes

Sarah Pinborough
4
Rated by
Catherine G.
Monday, Jun 26, 2017

I picked up Behind Her Eyes simply because Stephen King said it was "bloody brilliant." He said you'll never see the ending coming. I decided if he couldn't figure it out, then it must be good. Even if some of his books are too terrifying to read, I think King is a genius.

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Under the Harrow

Flynn Berry
3
Rated by
Josh N.
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016

Flynn Berry's Under the Harrow is a murder mystery turned inside-out, where "Whodunnit?" is overshadowed by "How do you process tragedy and loss?" It's a dark, haunting ride, with a few twists you may not see coming. (I didn't.)

woman, looking over her shoulder, afraid

A Kiss Before Dying

Ira Levin
4
Rated by
Debbie L.
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015

A coworker turned me on to this 1953 Edgar Award-winning suspense novel, and I'm glad he did. Otherwise, this gem may never have crossed my path, as I do not habitually read suspense novels and tend to pick up recent publications. A Kiss Before Dying is fabulously twisted. Author, Ira Levin, offers a look inside the mind of a psychopathic college student hell-bent on marrying into a wealthy family and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.

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