7 Psychological Thrillers That Will Keep You Up All Night

I am a huge fan of gritty, creepy and nightmare-causing psychological thrillers. What’s more fun that a creepy story that makes you scream… especially when it’s the middle of the night and you see a shadow across the…

Here’s a list of 7 psychological thrillers that are sure to keep you up all night.

#1. The Good Neighbour by R.J Parker

Leah is on her way home when her car hits a deer. She spots a light in a house nearby and approaches, hoping someone would help her. A man opens the door, invites her in and directs her to the bathroom where she can wash off the blood on her hands (deer blood). While she’s cleaning up, the man calls emergency services and books a tow truck for her car. Leah doesn’t know what happens next because she’s fainted.

When she opens her eyes, she’s on the sofa and the man is looking at her. One thing leads to another and they share a kiss. But Leah is married and she wants to remain faithful to her husband. She decides to wait out for the truck. The next day, she sees police at the house and when she asks around, she learns the owner of the house was murdered the previous night. The man who opened the door for Leah and shared a kiss with her is the murderer.

#2: The Roommate by Caroline Macon Fleischer

Donna inherits her grandmother’s house in California. When she arrives and spends a night, she feels someone else is living in the house. Soon, she gets lonely and wonders if a roommate might help in this situation. She advertises on Craigslist and a man named Joshua responds. He’s very friendly. Donna and Joshua get along well.

Then comes trouble. Joshua starts showing his true colors. Donna has a boyfriend now but Joshua doesn’t like him. Joshua’s also acting like he owns the place – and not Donna. But she cannot stand up to him – not courageous enough. Now, that’s Trouble spelled with a capital T, isn’t it?

#3: Without a Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

Nova Nesbitt walked out of one abusive relationship and got into another. Brought up by an alcoholic, single parent took a toll on Nova’s mental health and when she met Martin, she knew her bad days were over.

But soon after the wedding, Martin shows his true colors. Nova becomes a victim of domestic abuse. She must move away from him before he starts hurting their daughter too. It isn’t as easy as it sounds though, Martin is not the forgiving kind…


#4: The Perfect Neighbour by Susanna Beard

Beth has moved into a new neighborhood along with her family and is eager to amke new friends. But her next-door neighbors are the elusive kind. They also have a high-end security system. What are they so secretive about?

Meanwhile, Sofia was kidnapped on the pretext of getting a good-paying job and is currently working as a slave to a rich family. There’s no chance of escaping, thanks to their employers’ high-end security system. But Sofia doesn’t want to give up…

#5. The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

Millie is more than happy when she’s employed as a housemaid for the Winchesters. But when she arrives at the house, it looks like a pigsty – it was spic-and-span when she came the first time (for teh interview.)

As days pass by, Millie learns of her employer’s antics – or rather, mood swings. Millie is blamed even when it’s not her fault. The only person who seems to understand her dilemma is her employer’s husband.

#6: The Sleepover by Keri Beevis

Mrs Eileen Wickham, a woman responsible for the abuse of five teenagers over two decades ago is released from jail. Hannah and Rosie were her victims. Hannah is met by a reporter at her doorstep. A few days later, her apartment is broken into.

Things start changing for worse. Is the reporter somehow involved? Or, is it Eileen herself wanting to take revenge on the girls for ruining her life?

#7: The Clinic by Sally-Anne Martyn

Six women are looking forward to spending a couple of weeks at the famous Dr Cavendish’s Beautiful You Clinic. As they start their weight loss program, they aren’t happy with the treatment. They are fed pills. Rest of the time is spent in dangerous challenges or starving.

Then, one of the women disappears. When questioned, Dr Cavendish says the client is no longer in treatment. But one of the remaining five hears faint cries at night.

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2 thoughts on “7 Psychological Thrillers That Will Keep You Up All Night

  1. Em…I couldn’t think of anything worse than reading nightmare-causing psychological thrillers. I’ll stick to those on the cosy-side, although I don’t mind some of P.D. James books. Not exactly in the same league as those you mention but they don’t give me palpitations. 🙂

    1. The secret is not to read creepy thrillers at night. 😉 I love cozies too but once in a while, I read psychological thrillers. 😁
      I have two P.D. James paperbacks. Yet to read them.

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