Top Six Psychological Thrillers
Guest Post by Linda Hurtado Bond, author of
All the Broken Girls
I love a good psychological thriller and found it impossible to narrow my recent favorites down to five, so you get six! As an adrenaline junkie, mystery-loving TV news reporter, I look for a book that pulls me in on page one and keeps me guessing until the very last page. These six do just that.
The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I picked up this book because my agent told me she couldn’t put it down. I also read An Anonymous Girl and loved it, so I knew this book would be right up my alley. I love a main character who doesn’t always play by the rules. Avery is an unlicensed therapist who has a questionable past and a 10-session program guaranteed to sort out a failing marriage. But can it work with the Golden Couple, whose marriage is secretly in danger? A twisty, deep dive into hidden secrets, failing relationships with a changing storyline where you don’t know who you can trust.
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
I love that this novel is written by a fellow University of Georgia graduate. And I love a good serial killer thriller. Chloe Davies is horrified to learn at 12-years-old that her father confessed to the murder of six teenage girls in their small town. Twenty years later, girls go missing again. The main character, now a psychologist, needs meds to get through most days so she can figure out who is killing girls again and figure out how to stop them. Bet you don’t guess the real killer easily.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
This was a Reese Book Club pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. Before Hannah’s husband disappears, he gets a note to her that says, “Protect her.” Hannah knows he wants her to protect his sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. But Bailey wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. Their journey together to find Owen and the reason he disappeared takes them through many scaring situations before finally bringing them closer together. So good it’s becoming a movie starring Jennifer Garner.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
I had to pick up this book because TikTok is raving about Hoover’s novels. This one stars a struggling writer who accepts a job from a famous author’s husband to complete a novel his injured wife is unable to finish. While sorting through notes and outlines, she discovers an autobiography that the injured author, Verity, probably never thought anyone would read. It recalls the horrific night Verity’s family changed forever and Verity’s part in that devastating event. What follows is a sexy, suspenseful story of forbidden love, and changing perceptions of what is really going on inside Verity’s home.
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
This author was new to me. I picked up We Were Never Here based totally on word of mouth, the great cover, and the fact the author seems very likable on social media. Two friends meet once a year to travel abroad. But their latest backpacking trip has deadly consequences. They manage to outrun bad luck. But when it happens again? This book reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Thelma and Louise, with plenty of suspense and plot turns. Great ending twist. Will NOT ruin it for you. Read it!
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Even if you’ve seen this on Netflix, it’s still worth a read. Karin Slaughter is a number one international bestselling author for a reason. The premise of this book: What if the person you thought you knew most in this word turns out to be someone you don’t really know at all. A daughter grows up in a quiet community with a mother who seems settled and content with her quiet life. But an act of horrifying violence brings out a side of her mother that she’s never seen. A woman who can face down a murderer and commit a violent act of her own. Who was her mother before and why is she asking her daughter to go on the run now?
About LINDA HURTAGO BOND: For more than twenty years, Linda Bond has worked as a television news reporter and anchor under the name Linda Hurtado. She has won 13 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist, and Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar award and Edward R. Murrow award. She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband. She has five bilingual children, including an adopted son from Cuba and a stubborn English Bulldog named Athens.