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!



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.

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We’d recommend for readers that… I picked readers that like plot twists and have specifically picked some psychological thrillers within my list!

Books are in no particular order with book images going to the Goodreads page!

16074758 Gone Girl

Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas- I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of this book, but I was absolutely pulled into the story. I adored it.

Gone GirlGillian Flynn– I read Gone Girl several years ago and I still think about it. This is very much a love it or hate it book. I definitely fell in love with it. Amy is such a messed up character. One of the most messed up I’ve read.

Room Cuckoo

RoomEmma Donoghue- I think this book is incredibly compelling. It’s thought provoking.

CuckooJulia Crouch– This was one of the first psychological thrillers that I got into. I really enjoy Julia Crouch’s writing. This book is particularly messed up!

Undone Big Little Lies

Undone Cat Clarke– The ending of this book caused my mouth to drop open!

Big Little LiesLiane Moriarty– An edgy look at disastrous parent’s evening. I love Liane Moriarty’s writing.

Me Before You Before I Go To Sleep

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- The plot twist comes in the middle of this book. I wanted it to end differently to how it did. I think it’s the only time I hoped for a clichéd ending. I didn’t get it. I will forever include this book in Top Ten lists.

Before I Go To SleepS.J Watson– I read this book around the same time as Gone Girl. There were a lot of dark books around at the time, but this one still sticks in my mind. I think it’s so thrilling as the reader only ever knows as much as the character. It slowly builds to its twist.

My Sister's Keeper Knife Edge (Noughts & Crosses, #2)

My Sister’s KeeperJodi Picoult- This is the first Jodi Picoult book that I read and I wasn’t expecting the ending! I haven’t seen the film, but the book certainly made an impact on me.

Knife EdgeMalorie Blackman– I couldn’t believe the ending of this book. I can’t wait to read the next instalment!

Who did you recommend books for this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I shall stop by!

Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in the Thriller Genre


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in the X Genre. We were given the chance to pick our own genres. I’ve decided to pick the thriller genre, because it is a genre that I never thought I’d read, but I’m certainly enjoying!

I’m also happy that many of these authors are British!

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The DrowningRachel Ward– I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I’d heard good things about it, but I didn’t really know a lot about it. It was incredibly creepy and very well written. It freaked me out, because I read it during the massive storms and flooding in the UK. My imagination is very vivid…


Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas– I still can’t work out what I made of this book. It was amazing in so many ways, but that ending… I’ve added it on this list, because a book has never confused my opinion so much! It must be doing something right?


Hollow Pike- James Dawson- An amazing book. James Dawson completely gripped me from the start with this creepy tale!


Dead SilentSharon Jones- I’m loving this series so far. I was intrigued and captivated by Dead Silent. Very creepy.


Cruel SummerJames Dawson– Yep, James Dawson makes the list again. This book was brilliant. I could easily see it being made into a movie.


Into The Darkest CornerElizabeth Haynes– I thought this was a fantastic read. Not an easy subject to tackle but Elizabeth Haynes does it well!


CuckooJulia Crouch– I was blown away by this book. It was one of the first thrillers I read when stepping into the genre. I devoured it!


Gone GirlGillian Flynn–  I read this book before it was massively hyped. I loved it. I do wonder if I would’ve enjoyed it as much after the hype. I’ll have to try and re-read it at some point and decide! I did think it was a brilliant psychological thriller though.


Before I Go To Sleep- S.J Watson- Another intriguing read. I just loved this book!


Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?- Paula Daly– This book has been compared to Gone Girl and they used that “fans of Gone Girl will love this..” type of marketing.  I think this book is good in its own right!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know! Please feel free to leave your link to your posts this week, so I can see your favourite books in your chosen genre!

Top Ten Books I was ‘Forced’ To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a topic is given for us bloggers to write a list for. This week it is Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club) — doesn’t necessarily have to be a BAD thing. Could be required reading, yes, but also book club, or just super enthusiastic friends “making” you read something!

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In no particular order:


EntangledCat Clarke– I first heard about Cat Clarke’s book from Luna’s Little Library. Her reviews got me really intrigued, so I had to quickly read Entangled and Torn so I was ready to devour Undone when it was published. I think Cat Clarke’s writing keeps getting better and better.


Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne– I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Another book that was recommended by Luna’s Little Library. We reviewed it together HERE.


Pushing The LimitsKatie McGarry– This is another book that Luna and I compared opinions on(review HERE). This book made me a fan of Katie McGarry. I can’t wait to read Crash Into You soon.


The Girl On PaperGuillaume Musso- I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t for the book club that I’m in. I thought it was such a strange book, but an original story.


Me Before YouJojo Moyes– I think I probably would have read this book without book club, but I’m glad I read it pretty soon after it was published. It’s become one of my favourite books.


Into The Darkest CornerElizabeth Haynes– This was another book club read (I’m in various book clubs of several shapes and forms). It’s a gripping read which includes some very heavy topics that aren’t easy to read. Yet, I couldn’t stop turning the pages!


Before I Go To SleepS.J Watson- Another one from the book club recommendations.  Again, it’s not an easy subject matter, but it’s so well written, I burned through it!


The Bronze HorsemanPaullina Simons– This is a book that was recommended to me by my sister. I loved it and thought that the character development was so impressive.


The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger– My sister recommended this book to me. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, with all the jumping around in time, but once I got used to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.


SisterRosamund Lupton– Sister was recommended to me by my sister. This is a touching read, which is so beautifully written.

Whilst writing this list, I’ve realised how many recommendations have come from Bibliobeth (my sister) and Luna (my good friend). I’ve also read some awesome books from book clubs.

What about you? What have you been ‘forced’ to read? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday posts.