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10 Best Psychological Thriller Novels
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Psychological thriller novels have become the most popular sub genre of the thriller books category, this is because they fully captivate the reader which as well makes them compulsive page turners.
After reviewing hundreds of psychological thriller novels I have compiled this list of the top ten best psychological thrillers for you to read and enjoy.
Just allow yourself to get totally immersed in the mystery and suspense which these 10 best psychological thriller novels will provide for you.
Browse through the list and see if there are any of the best psychological thriller novels which appeal to you.
Welcome to 10 Best Psychological Thriller Novels
Introduction to the List
If you are anything like me and enjoy reading great psychological thriller novels then you are in for a real treat.
Listed below in reverse ranking order you will discover the very best psychological thriller stories, all with personal reviews which will give you an insight of what each novel has to offer you.
So with no more suspense from me, here are the 10 Best Psychological Thriller Novels.
#10 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
Dark Corners - by Liz Schulte
Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband's violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn't alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband's death is still with her. Darkness has engulfed the past year of Ella's life. Everyday reality slips a little more between her fingers as she struggles to break free from her memories. She must look deeper into her past as well as the present to discover the truth of her husband's homicide. A string of uncanny events takes place and practical explanations run thin as Ella follows the terrifying road to closure. As the past and present come to a head, Ella must decipher who or what the murderer is before it takes her as well.
#9 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
The Inquisitor - by Peter Clement
A new and vicious strain of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has hit America hard and is menacing the hospital like a wolf at the door. Wrapped in spacesuit-like garb to search for every possible source of infection, the hospital staff desperately tries to protect the lives of patients–and of each other. In this chilling medical landscape, no one notices the slight spike in the death rate in a palliative care ward. But when ER chief Dr. Earl Garnet gets blamed for the unexpected death of a patient, he defies protocol and opens an independent investigation. He quickly becomes suspicious that something far more sinister than disease is killing the hospital’s most vulnerable patients. With the SARS epidemic spinning out of control and a storm of suspicion, fear, and mistrust raging through the corridors of St. Paul’s, the hospital is rocked by a horrifying crime: A respected researcher is found brutally murdered. And his executioner may be ready to strike again.
#8 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
Underneath - by Kealan Patrick Burke
For Dean Lovell, the nightmare begins with a dare that comes with the promise of violence if he chickens out: Dean, new to town and to the local high school, is the kid that the jocks like to beat up. On the threat of more physical pain, he's been dared to date a girl no one else will. He must ask out on a date the school pariah, a horribly disfigured girl named Stephanie Watts. Dean agrees, and soon learns that there is more to Stephanie than anyone dared imagine, that beneath the scars, there are terrifying secrets underneath... Will he treat her as badly as others have before him, or will he be able to see behind her disfigurement and find the real person hiding behind her pain?
#7 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
No Good Deed - by M.P. McDonald
Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.
#6 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
The House of the Wicked - by D. M. Mitchell
You are taken back to nineteenth century Britain to a place called Porthgarrow, a beautiful Cornish cove which is ravaged by a raging sea, where ancient beliefs and folklore still preside over common sense and reason; where every man, woman and child live in fear of the spirit of Baccan. Following two artists, Denning and Wilkinson through a veil of mystery where the descriptions are so vivid and colourful that it brings the characters and surroundings to life. The twists and turns are completely unexpected and by the time you finish the book you will feel as if you have lived in Porthgarrow and know all the people. It is captivating and you will not want it to end.
What is a Psychological Thriller?
A psychological thriller contains mystery and suspense with a focus on the minds of the characters involved instead of the story plot.
The dangers that the characters will have to face will be reflected in their mental understanding rather than in anything that is happening to them physically.
A psychological thriller novel gives you a great way to appreciate a more profound sense of the story and to feel more involved.
#5 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
Quiet River - by Natasha A. Salnikova
Lisa and Matt Collins spend a weekend in the town of Quiet River, Washington, where their son Evan meets a woman who says he looks like her son. She gives him cookies. The hotel clerk, an older woman, also gives him cookies, explaining to his mother that they came from the hotel's kitchen. Lisa ignores the clerk's strange behavior and forgets about her. The family goes back home to Seattle where Matt returns to his job as a magazine editor and Lisa finds out she is pregnant for the second time. Soon Matt's personal assistant dies in a car accident and he hires a new one: Kristine. One day Kristine presents Matt and Lisa with tickets to a ballet performance and that night their quiet lives change forever when they get involved in a violent store robbery and Lisa loses her unborn child.
#4 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
Twisted Truth - by Joanne Clarey
Dr. Christine McMorrow finds herself in a siuation mirroring many of her clients, the horror of being helpless and struggling to survive the power and control of a perpretator, in this case, Stephen Scott who is driven to rape and kill women to bring his twisted truth to the world. Christie McMorrow knows that she will have to fight for her life with her psychological training and skill, her knowledge of the motivations and behaviors of the ciminally insane. That is her only defense as she is tied, wounded and hidden where no one would think to look for her. Outwitting her tormentor is her only hope for survival.
#3 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
Jeremy's Loss - by Jeff Menapace
Medical student Jeremy Marsh has lost his beloved mother in a tragic accident. Just when it seems that his grief may turn into madness, a disfigured man appears and reveals to Jeremy that his mother's death was no accident: She was murdered for unearthing a deadly conspiracy. Now, if Jeremy wants to stay alive, he must trust this mysterious stranger at all costs and find a way to eliminate the impending threat--before it eliminates him. This psychological thriller will keep you totally captivated and enthralled.
#2 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted - by Andrew E. Kaufman
She only stepped outside for a minute... but a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley's world upside down--a minute she'd regret for the rest of her life. Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair. Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother's belongings. It paints his mother as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.
#1 Best Psychological Thriller Novel
Max - by D.M. Mitchell
This story follows the life of a famous author, Gavin Miller, and the world of Calder a man mysteriously incarcerated in a prison on an island. Both lives are connected. Calder is trying to adjust to his imprisonment with his mind screwed up. Calder relates, in his own words, his childhood and into adulthood, and how Max - a deep and creepy character comes to dominate it. It all comes to a head in a mansion on the Scottish island in a suspense-filled cat and mouse chase. Other characters like the first-edition collector and manager of the care home, and the mysterious man who's locked away there make this a story that keeps you trying to work things out all the way through.
A Few Words From Your Reviewer
Ever since I was a kid I have loved to read any book that has a psychological thriller story. You have just had the chance to explore my reviews and recommendations of these 10 Best Psychological Thriller Novels. I hope that it has provided you with the information that you were seeking so that you can make your choice of the next psychological thriller novel that you will be reading.