10 Fantastic Psychological Thriller Books That’ll Keep You Up Tonight

Interesting Psychological thriller books to read scaled

Have you ever read a book that gave you the major creeps?

I’m not a fan of horror novels but I’ve read quite a few and while those are spooky in their own way, I’ve found that psychological thriller books are almost always positively chilling. 

That’s not to say horror novels aren’t as scary, but there’s definitely a different air in psychological thrillers (probably because they deal with the manipulation of the mind and whatnot) that makes them all the more chilling to read. 

So I’ve listed here some of my all-time favorite psychological thriller books that everyone needs to give a chance. 

1. The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok

Leftover Woman

Jasmine Yang escapes her controlling husband and decides to look for her daughter in New York City, while Rebecca Whitney’s seemingly perfect life is shattered by a scandal that leaves her questioning her role in her own family.

2. House Woman by Adorah Nworah

House Woman

Ikemefuna’s American dream turns into a nightmare when she is forced to live with her demanding in-laws in Texas.

In time, she discovers some family secrets that threaten to consume her and I genuinely can’t recommend this more if you want a type of thriller that’ll sneak up on you in the scariest way.

3. Midnight Is The Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead

Midnight Is The Darkest Hour

Ruth Collier delves into her town’s secrets to uncover the truth about the Low Man and protect her loved ones and she ends up blurring the line between good and evil in the process.

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Nick Dunne is thrust into a whirlwind of suspicion and secrets when his wife Amy disappears, and this forces him to prove his own innocence even with the mounting evidence against him.

5. All Good People by Ashley Flowers

All good people are here

Margot Davies returns to her hometown to solve a cold case and confront her childhood fears.

And soon enough, she’s unravelling the tight-knit community’s secrets.

6. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The house guest

Avery Greer fights to clear her name after her friend’s suspicious death, and she must live through a web of lies and memories in a divided coastal town.

7. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors

Jack and Grace appear to have the perfect marriage, but behind closed doors, dark secrets lurk that leave those around them questioning what really goes on in their seemingly idyllic life.

This is more domestic thriller, but it’s the perfect psychological thriller book if you’re in the mood for one where everyone is literally messing with the other’s head in the most scary way. 

8. The Assistant by S. K. Tremayne

The Assistant

Jo’s life unravels when her home assistant, Electra, threatens to expose her dark past and this leads to a chilling battle for survival in a high-tech London apartment.

9. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife upstairs

Jane’s chance encounter with the enigmatic Eddie Rochester leads her into a tangled web of deceit and desire haunted by the memory of his late wife Bea and the secrets of Thornfield Estates.

10. The Marriage by K. L. Slater

The marriage

Bridget’s pursuit of happiness leads her to marry the man who killed her son and this prompts questions from those around her and stirs up hidden truths about her past.

These psychological thriller books are so interesting and I just know you’re going to love every page of them.

Don’t forget to check out the related posts to get even more recommendations and I have a feeling you’ll find something to love. 


Hi! I'm Preye ("pre" as in "prepare" and "ye" as in "Kanye"), and I am a lifelong book lover who enjoys talking about books and sharing bits and pieces of all the fascinating things I come across. I love books so much that I decided to become a developmental editor, and right now, I work with authors to help them tell their stories better. On this blog, I share everything from book recommendations to book reviews and writing tips, so feel free to stop by anytime you like!

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