Binge reading—the art of devouring an amazing novel in one sitting. To really be “binge-worthy,” a novel has to grab you on that first page and never let you go. You should be frantically turning pages, forgoing all else in an effort to find out what really happened. Psychological thrillers are my favorite genre, but even within the genre there are certain titles that just cannot be put down….nor recommended enough. Here a just a few:
B.A. Paris’ Behind Closed Doors is psychological suspense at its very best. Jack and Grace appear to be the perfect couple but what happens behind closed doors will shock you. Is Grace strong enough…and wily enough…to get out of this complicated and dangerous marriage alive? How far is she willing to go to survive?
Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes will have you guessing right up until the last couple of pages! This is a tightly woven tale of madness and obsession where I actually found myself holding my breath, waiting to see what happened next. I had to read the last couple of chapters twice because I couldn’t believe that I didn’t see this end coming. Brilliant.
Warner Bros. has already bought the film rights to Wendy Walker’s unique thriller, All Is Not Forgotten. Jenny is a young girl attacked at a party. Her family chooses a controversial procedure which will erase her memory of the horrors she experienced. But Jenny knows something is wrong—and why shouldn’t she remember what happened to her if she wants the culprit caught and punished? Although the story unfolds in multiple perspectives, it isn’t a bit confusing. Rather, it gives insight into how this event affected the whole community…and the secrets they wanted to keep buried.
J.P. Delaney’s The Girl Before is told in two voices and alternating chapters. You will literally be on a rollercoaster ride trying to figure out how their lives intersect –who is telling the truth–and who is a stone-cold killer.
And if you simply must have a book that will fit in your purse, pick up a copy of Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes. This is still one of my all-time favorite psychological thrillers. Compelling and disturbing, it is the story of a woman who must confront her fear, move past her paranoia, and fight back against the man who tormented her in the name of love. This novel is full of tension as it moves back and forth between Catherine’s past and present, coming together in an explosive finale where the tormentor becomes the victim and a woman forced into submission and fear blossoms, emerging victorious.