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6 Must-Read Best Psychological Thriller Books

Psychological thriller books that will keep you on the edge and guessing.

If you’re looking for a book to tickle your creative, logical, and reasoning powers, then you’ve come to the right place. There’s always a book out there capable of gripping and immersing you into its captivating depths — one that leaves you feeling empty (the right kind) after finishing reading it. Such are the capacities (and many more) of amazing psychological thriller books. They leave you guessing and engaged on every page you turn. It’s just impossible to stop wondering who’s who and what’s what. Until you finally reach the end and discover you were wrong all along, and the author leads you to a different but more satisfying and sensible conclusion. Unfamiliar directions are the forte of great books. So here are 6 of the best and must-read psychological thriller books to keep your mental cravings satisfied.

#1 Cujo by Stephen King

It may come to no surprise that a book by the infamous Mr. King was chosen, especially with the success of films based off of his novels. However, “Cujo” is a story that no director is able to capture the true intensity of. 

Where the book lacks in gore, the plot excels in pitting the reading in the spot of a situation that seems right out of a SAW film. What to do what you are trapped in a car on a hot summer’s day in a deserted town with a dehydrated screaming kid in the backseat, and a rabbit Saint Bernard outside? Can you take the risk with every wasting minute putting the life of the child more in danger? Best be it for the reader to find out.

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Contributor: Bryan M. Waring

#2 Russian Wolves by James Ray Musgrave

AUTHOR’S INSPIRATION:

I’m fascinated with Russian history, especially the Revolution’s deterioration from glittering promises to a dark despotism that endured well into the 1980s. And the émigrés who fled? Those with marketable skills often adapted to their adopted countries, while many aristocrats turned to an imaginary Russia to buffer their descent into penury, depression and self-destruction. The émigré’s literary legacy includes Ann Ryan’s objectivism, Vladimir Nabokov, and the movie Anastasia starring Yul Brynner. Most émigré writers were educated—some from the aristocracy—and their memoirs seemed to be final chapters. However, Tatiana and the Russian Wolves follows the Russian Revolution’s reverberations into the 1980s as a young man confronts his mother’s journey from Russia to her suicide in San Francisco.

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Contributor: Cindy Birne from Cindy Birne Public Relations

#3 Misery by Stephen King

As one of the most prolific and thrilling authors of today, Stephen King has a way of captivating readers like no other. Misery details the gripping story of a successful writer who is taken captive by his self-proclaimed number one fan. Misery addresses vulnerability, obsession, fear, and courage that culminates in a truly suspenseful journey from page to page.

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Contributor: Samantha Morrison from Glacier Wellness

#4 Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

If Dennis Lehane had a masterpiece it would be Shutter Island. The story follows a US marshal Edward Daniels who’s investigating a patient disappearance in a mental asylum for the criminally insane. Daniels has other motives and is actually attempting to uncover a vast conspiracy.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#5 The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Clarice Starling is a promising FBI agent in training and is assigned to help a senior agent on a case following a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill, because he skins his victims. Starling must talk to Hannibal Lector, a skilled psychiatrist who also happens to be a cannibal psycho-killer.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#6 The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The story follows a hard and fast criminal defense lawyer in Las Angles. Mickey Haller, the lawyer catches his big payday representing a trust fund baby in an assault and battery case. The case turns out to be more of a danger than a payday as it reminds Haller of another case he had.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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Written by Taegan Lion