With excitement building for the imminent release of The Girl on the Train this week, it's clear the appetite for heart-pounding psychological thrillers, or 'grip-lit', as coined by Marian Keyes, is still fierce. So we thought we'd offer up some more meaty novels to get your teeth into, with our pick of the best new grip-lit.

Posted on October 3, 2016 in Best of, What We're Reading
Tags: grip lit, team blog

Lie with Me











Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

I know, I know, I’ve been harping on about this one for months, but I cannot do a grip lit blog post and not talk about Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. The lies that start small and then spiral out of control, the claustrophobic heat of a stifling Greek island, the things you think you know but are just beyond your grasp… Lie With Me has received rave reviews from everyone who’s anyone in the suspense world, and for good reason. I’ve read a lot in this genre – it’s one of my favourites – and this book is hands down one of the very best.

Chosen by Naomi Berwin












Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

One of the first books to really set the standard for psychological suspense novels has to be Rebecca by Dauphne Du Maurier. Published in 1938, we’ve been waiting a while for a modern day equivalent, but finally it has arrived it comes in the form of Undertow a heart-pounding psychological thriller by Elizabeth Heathcote. Said to be ‘reminiscent’ of Rebecca by the Guardian this book is guaranteed to leave you gasping for air.

Also. That cover.

Chosen by Laura McKerrell












Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a “Black-Eyed Susan” by the media, achieved an unwelcome notoriety for being the only victim to survive the horrific attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped put this vicious criminal behind bars – or so she thought.

Now, decades later, the case has been reopened and Tessa, now an artist and single mother, is still struggling to quiet the dark memories that live in her head, especially as the black-eyed susans recently planted outside her bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely incarcerated.

Journeying between the past and the present, Julia Heaberlin weaves a picture that – just as you think you are seeing the answer – becomes more and more twisted, more and more intriguing.

It’s sophisticated and unsettling, and so intelligently plotted.

Chosen by Joe Yule

Before I Let You In ebook











Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

This book has really stayed with me. It explores female friendships – and what can go right and wrong.

And another one which will stick with me is Nuala Ellwood’s My Sister’s Bones. Out in Jan next year I was lucky enough to get a proof from Penguin and I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. The twists, a must in every grip lit novel, really surprised me.

Chosen by Jo Liddiard


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