Top Ten Books From The Psychological Thriller Genre

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about picking favourite books from our favourite genre. I used to only read what could be described as chick-lit. Now, I read more widely, but I am very partial to a psychological thriller. Here are some of my favourites, in no particular order!

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The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

One of my recent favourites. Read it! Read it!

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

I read this thriller years ago but I absolutely adored it. It was so warped. I’m not sure what that says about me.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

If you want to meet some messed up characters, read Gone Girl. 

Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

I remember being utterly gripped by this book!

Good Me, Bad Me

 

IGood Me, Bad Me

I absolutely adored this book and it earned its place on my favourite’s shelf. I don’t put books there often.

Dangerous Girls

Dangerous Girls

This book was another incredible, fast paced read. I highly recommend it.

I Let You Go

I Let You Go

Ooh, this is another cracking read! Worth giving a go!

The Foster Child

The Foster Child

This is another recent (ish) read of mine. I really enjoyed it. Creepy but SO good.

The Daughter

The Daughter

I was really impressed with this book! The story had me gripped from the beginning.

The Liar’s Room

The Liar's Room

I really enjoyed this book. Simon Lelic is a great author and I always love how his books build.

What did you do for your list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

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White Lies

White Lies

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bookouture

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Daughter

Synopsis:

Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur… well, she’s only human. 

But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family too. 

Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life, as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control… 

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy Dawson’s The Daughter so when I read about White Lies, I immediately wanted to read it. Luckily for me, the lovely people over at Bookouture approved my request to read it. This book immediately grabbed my attention. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t had to go out I would have devoured it quicker than the 24 hours it took me to read it!

It centres around Alex who is a GP who loves her job. She’s respected within her practice and by those that work with her. Alex knows the ethics behind relationships with patients, having had experience in the past with her now husband. On a girly holiday with her friends, Alex sleeps with a young man. She never expected him to turn up in her office. He says she knows who he was. She says she’s never seen him before or has no recollection of seeing him before. After all, she sees so many patients a day. The story turns into a he said, she said, with many points of view and parts of the story. I really couldn’t put it down!

It’s so hard to review a book like this without giving too much away. It’s one of those that you want to discover as the story reveals itself. I don’t think I’ve ever jumped around so much with who was telling the truth. I really didn’t know who to believe. I wanted to believe Alex, but then Jonathan, the young man in question, made me think again. Also Alex’s previous history didn’t really help her case. I loved the uncertainty of the story though, I really did. It kept me desperately turning the pages!

I thought I had got to the truth, but I hadn’t. It took the last few pages for me to work it out which I loved. I really enjoyed the fast paced style and how nothing was straight forward. It read like a testimonial which was very interesting. There were twists along the way and a whole lot of doubt. I love that in this type of read. This is a book that will stay with me for a while!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I love it when you can’t work out characters! A fabulous read!

This Week In Books #107

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Stranger In My Home White Lies The Escape

NOWThe Stranger In My HomeAdele Parks– I’ve just started this book, but I hear some very promising things!

THEN White LiesLucy Dawson– I read this book last week and loved it. It’s about a doctor who gets reported for a ‘relationship’ with a patient. My review will be out tomorrow in time for this book’s publication!

NEXTThe EscapeC.L Taylor– I continue my catch up on C.L Taylor’s books!

What are you reading this week? Let me know or leave a link to your post! Happy Reading!

The Daughter

The Daughter

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bookouture

Synopsis:

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone’s determined to make you pay… 

Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt. 

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years. 

Thoughts:

I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I’m very into my thrillers which you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my blog.

The Daughter starts with something awful happening to Jess’s daughter Beth. Seventeen years later, Jess is trying to move on and make peace with the past and the part she played. However, no-one can get over such a tragic event, especially when there’s guilt there. Jess has moved away and started over with her family. When looking to move into a new home, years later, terrifying things start to happen to Jess which seem to be connected to Beth. Someone seems determined to make Jess pay…

This book immediately gripped me when it started with the incident at school. I’m pretty sure it’s a common fear in parents…a call to say your child has been rushed to hospital. Terrifying. Even as a devoted Auntie, I would be so anxious to take that call. Immediately, the author humanises our main character Jess. I sympathised with her. Beth’s funeral was an incredibly hard moment to read about. It was then I realised that Lucy Dawson had completely captured my attention.

I loved this book because it contained so many secrets and lies. Secrets and lies always catch up eventually and it was a matter of when they were going to catch up with the characters. It’s such a fast paced plot and it’s so easy to just keep turning the pages and reading.

Jess isn’t an easy character to understand at times. She makes some horrific decisions but I could always see why she had made the decisions she did. She wasn’t always likeable, but she was understandable.  Some of the other characters were simply fascinating as well. I loved watching their stories unravel. This really is a fantastic psychological thriller, but one that’ll tug at your heart strings.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This was quite an emotional read! I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller!