9 Psychological Thrillers to Read This Fall

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a happy and healthy long weekend. Dalton and I spent a lot of our weekend getting our house in order for the fall season. What is your favourite way to get ready for fall? My favourite way to get in the fall spirit is curling up with a good book on a crisp, cool day. I am a sucker for anything psychological thriller whether that be a movie, TV series or a book, it is by far my favourite genre. This week I wanted to share a list of books I will be reading this fall season along with some that I have previously read. I hope you find your next spooky fall read!

1. Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewel

Lisa Jewel has a way of capturing her audience. I can say this confidently as I have read 3 of her books and two of them are on this list. This was the first book I read of hers and I am so glad that it was. This is the gripping story of a daughter’s disappearance and a mother that will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her. There are so many plot twists and turns that you won’t see coming. Lisa weaves her characters’ lives together which makes it even more enjoyable and gripping.  

2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This is the first book on my fall reading list and I am so excited to dive in. I have heard nothing but great things about this book. It’s a twisted story of people and their neighbours. How well do you really know the people who live next door? This story is centred around a dinner party where a baby goes missing. A who done it page-turner perfect for the fall season.  

3. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

This is another book on my fall reading list. A story of the ultimate jealousy and envy. A woman who is watching her husband (ex-husband) move on and marry a new woman. It’s a story of love, loss, betrayal and obsession. I love anything with dark domestic suspense to it. I find this type of story keeps me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. If you like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn you are sure to enjoy this book as well.  

4. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A different pace to this book than the others I have previously mentioned. It is slow to start but ramps up a few chapters in so give it some time to grab you. This story is told from the point of view of a therapist/psychologist. It is centred around the murder of a man whose wife is convicted of the murder. The problem is she refuses to talk or tell her side of the story. This therapist dives deep into her story and tries to piece the twisted events together for himself. I enjoyed this point of view as it felt like you are on the outside looking in.

5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

As I previously mentioned I loved the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn so, I am sure I do not need to express my excitement to read this book. Gillian Flynn is a bestselling author that writes in a way that will leave you crippled unable to get the story out of your head. Sharp objects I am sure will be no exception. This story follows the life of a reporter with her own troubled past. She must cover a double murder in her small hometown. She must sort out her own demons to uncover the mystery of these murders. This story sounds excitingly twisted perfectly for crisp, fall evenings.

6. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell has done it again! This book was amazing from start to finish. I will warn, however, if you do not enjoy multiple storylines and intertwining plots this book isn’t for you. I really enjoy that type of book but I found it at points I was a little lost. That being said though Lisa Jewell has a way of making everything come full circle which is very satisfying. This book follows the life of a twenty-something girl who was adopted at birth. She inherits a house from her biological parents that open up a whole new, intensely frightening reality. This book was definitely one I could not put down! 

7. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Lynn Constantine

This is a crippling tale of envy. Envy is a very dangerous feeling that can take a dark turn. That is what this book is all about. Amber Patterson is a nobody and her neighbour Daphne Parrish is somebody. A somebody that Amber wants to be. A page-turner that is very dark and manipulating exactly what you want from a good psychological thriller. Curl up with this book and I am sure you won’t put it down until you are done. You have been warned.   

8. The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater

I have heard nothing but great things about this author. This book has mixed reviews but the description really drew me in. It is about two 10-year-old cousins who seem to be normal young ladies until an unthinkable crime happens and they are to blame. It takes you on an adventure into the minds of two young troubled girls and a crime they couldn’t possibly have committed, or could they?

9. Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Have you ever felt like you were being watched? Are you the watcher or the watchee? That is what this book is all about. It takes place in an uptown neighbourhood in Bristol, England. It was a nice town but it was a place where everyone had secrets, they wanted to keep. I personally lived in a small town when I was younger. So, I definitely resonate with this feeling of being watched and everyone knowing your business. I can’t wait to dive headfirst into another Lisa Jewell book as she has very quickly become my favourite author.

I hope these books sparked your dark interest. If psychological thrillers aren’t really your genre check out my post about my favourite non-fiction books. If you do happen to read any of these books please leave a comment or review below to let us know how you enjoyed it. That is all I have for you this week. If you need me, I’ll be diving into one of the above books in an oversized sweater. Until next week… 

Much love,  

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