4 Of The Best Psychological Thrillers You Need To Read Today

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Inside: If you’re into psychological thrillers, the four books I will be reviewing and recommending are ones you will not regret reading.

Today, I’m going to dazzle you with four psychological thrillers I read in April. Being recently retired and getting sucked into the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program, (which I’m loving by the way), I thought I would finally accomplish something I’ve wanted to do for a while; read some good books.

For the past few years I attempted to set a goal to read 25 books a year, and each year I fail miserably. I decided I was going to accomplish my goal this year.

By taking the Amazon Kindle Unlimited Program out for a test drive, I’m sure that’s the one thing that’s making my goal obtainable. Well, that and finding a really great book. So far, I’m loving the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program, because for a low subscription fee I can read as many books as I want without breaking the bank.

Psychological Thrillers…Oh My

I’m pretty much obsessed with a good psychological thriller. In fact, it’s the only type of book that will keep my interest.

I stumbled upon “The Locked Door”, by Freida McFadden, and after reading that book, I quickly became obsessed with reading her books. If you love psychological thrillers, you really need to check out Freida McFaddens books. Her writing style is amazing and in my personal opinion, I do believe she’s the queen of twisty-Turvey plot twists.

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Do Not Disturb

Quinn Alexander has committed an unthinkable crime.

To avoid spending her life in prison, Quinn makes a run for it.  She leaves behind her home, her job, and her family. She grabs her passport and heads for the northern border before the police can discover what she’s done.

But when an unexpected snowstorm forces her off the road, Quinn must take refuge at the broken-down, isolated Baxter Motel. The handsome and kindly owner, Nick Baxter, is only too happy to offer her a cheap room for the night.

Unfortunately, the Baxter Motel isn’t the quiet, safe haven it seemed to be. The motel has a dark and disturbing past. And in the dilapidated house across the way, the silhouette of Nick’s ailing wife is always in the window. Always watching.

In the morning, Quinn must leave the motel. She’ll pack up her belongings and get back on the road to freedom.

But first, she must survive the night.

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The reason I loved this book:

I was hooked when I finished the first sentence. This book was an incredible page-turner. The twists were crazy and this was one unpredictable book. It was a fast read, and it really kept me on my toes.

One by One

A night spent sleeping on dirt and leaves is not how Claire Matchett expected to spend her vacation.

She thought this would be a break from the stresses of work and raising her young children. A chance to repair her damaged marriage. A week of hiking and hot tubs with two other couple friends. It sounded like heaven.

Then Claire’s minivan breaks down on a lonely dirt road. With no cell reception, the group has no choice but to hike the rest of the way to their hotel. But it turns out the woods aren’t as easy to navigate as they thought.

Hours later, they are lost. Hopelessly lost. 

And as they navigate deeper into the woods, the members of their party are struck down mysteriously one by one. Has a wild animal been hunting them? Or is the hunter one of them?

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The reason I loved this book:

I was vacillating back and forth if I should read this book because I had a feeling it was going to have a ”Deliverance” type of vibe. Holy smokes; was I ever wrong! I thought for sure I knew what was going on and who was doing what; but man oh man, I did not see this coming. You’ll be reading this and I promise you, your mouth will be ajar, and you’ll be like, ”What the heck”!

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Do You Remember

Tess Strebel can’t recognize her own face.

She can’t recognize her home. Her bedroom is unfamiliar. And she can’t remember the handsome stranger lying next to her in bed. A stranger who claims he’s her husband.

Tess reads a letter in her own handwriting, composed during a rare lucid day, explaining her life as it now exists: She was in a terrible car accident one year ago. Every morning, she wakes up unable to remember most of the last decade. Including her own wedding.

Tess has no choice but to accept her new life and hope her memory will return. After all, why should she doubt the letter she wrote to herself? Or the kind man from the wedding photos on her dresser who seems to genuinely care about her well-being?

And then Tess receives a text message on her phone. One that changes everything:

“Don’t trust the man who calls himself your husband.”

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The reason I didn’t love this book:

This book was sort of like the movie “50 First Dates”, but not as good. It was twisty, and you thought there may be something sinister going on, but in reality, the climax pretty much sucked. I adore Freida McFadden’s books but this one was such a letdown.

The Locked Door

Some doors are locked for a reason…

While eleven-year-old Nora Davis was up in her bedroom doing homework, she had no idea her father was killing women in the basement.

Until the day the police arrived at their front door.

Decades later, Nora’s father is spending his life behind bars, and Nora is a successful surgeon with a quiet, solitary existence. Nobody knows her father was a notorious serial killer. And she intends to keep it that way.

Then Nora discovers one of her young female patients has been murdered. In the same unique and horrific manner that her father used to kill his victims.

Somebody knows who Nora is. Somebody wants her to take the fall for this unthinkable crime. But she’s not a killer like her father. The police can’t pin anything on her.

As long as they don’t look in her basement.

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The reason I loved this book:

This was the first book I read by Frieda McFadden. I have never read a book in one sitting, but holy smokes, I couldn’t put this down. Each page was an adventure. I thought for sure I was able to figure out the “jaw-dropping” twist, but I was wrong. This is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.

What are your favorite psychological thrillers?

Have you read any of these books by Freida McFadden? If so, which one was your favorite? Also while we’re at it, let me know your recommendations for a psychological thriller.

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  1. I really like a psychological thriller and haven’t read any of these before. I especially like the sound of The Locked Door. As Anne says, Do You Remember? sounds a lot like Before I Go to Sleep – the plot sounds identical!
    Popping over from Book Worms Monthly at At Home a Lot.

    1. Hi Sarah! I’ve put Before I go to Sleep on my list. I’m hoping the reason why she relives her days over and over is somewhat different. You will love the Locked Door. My honey read it after me and he devoured it! It’s amazing!

  2. ~They sound just like the kind of books I would enjoy, I really like a good thriller with a twist. I have to say though, Do You Remember sounds a lot like Before I go to Sleep. I’ll definitely look up Freida Mc Fadden though.

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