Psychological thrillers that will keep you up all night

Psychological thrillers are always a firm favourite for crime and thriller readers. There's nothing quite like the feeling of anticipation, the suspense, the constant playing with expectations. We've put together this list of 5 psychological thrillers that will keep you up all night. 

Posted on September 10, 2019 in Uncategorized
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The Sweetness of Life – Paula Hochgatterer (translated by Jamie Bulloch)

The Sweetness of LifeThe chill of a claustrophobic alpine town in winter extends to the hearts and minds of its inhabitants in this uncanny psychological crime novel.

It is Christmas in the alpine town of Furth am Sea and a six-year-old girl is playing ludo with her grandfather. The doorbell rings, and the old man goes to answer. The next time the girl sees him, he is lying with his skull broken, his face a red pulp against the white snow. From that time on, she does not speak a single word.

Raffael Horn, the psychiatrist engaged to treat the silent child, reluctantly becomes involved in solving the murder along with Detective Superintendent Ludwig Kovacs. Their parallel researches sweep through the town: a young mother who believes her new-born child is the devil; a Benedictine monk who uses his iPod to drown the voices in his head; a high-spending teenager who tortures cats. The psychological profile of this claustrophobic, winter-held town is not reassuring – which, if any, of its inhabitants was the brutal night-time slayer of the suffering girl’s grandfather?

 

 

The Night Visitor Lucy AtkinsThe Night Visitor

How far would you go to save your reputation?

A high-flying TV presenter and historian Olivia Sweetman stands before an adoring crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into lies and if the truth comes out she’ll lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward housekeeper of a Sussex manor who has become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. But Vivian has secrets too, and as the relationship between the women grows more and more tangled, a bizarre act of violence changes everything…

 

 

The Girl Before – JP DelaneyThe Girl Before

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection… but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discover that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.

As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

 

 

Can Anybody Help Me? Sinead CrowleyCan Anybody Help Me?

Online you never really know who you’re talking to. You can never know their true identity or their intentions. Until it’s too late

Recently moved to Dublin and struggling with a new baby, for support Yvonne turns to an online forum for mothers. Drawn into a world of new friends, she volunteers more and more information about herself. When one of these friends goes abruptly offline, Yvonne suspects something is wrong, but dismisses her fears as imagination.

Then the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, and she realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. She must persuade Detective Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously before others disappear.

 

 

While My Eyes Were Closed – Linda Green

While My Eyes Were Closed

A nail-biting psychological drama for fans of Liane Moriarty and CL Taylor.

One, two, three … Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

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