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Scary books and psychological thrillers

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nanna8 Tue 10-Aug-21 02:16:06

I like these books, sicko that I am. I am currently reading a Peter Abrahams book called ‘ The Tutor’ which is pretty good once you get into it. Any recommendations? I don’t really like sci-fi ,more things that could actually happen !

sodapop Tue 10-Aug-21 08:26:19

The market is flooded with this genre at the moment. Unfortunately a lot of them are complete rubbish.
I like Michael Robotham, Emma Curtis, M. Arlidge, Susan Hill.

nanna8 Tue 10-Aug-21 08:30:47

Thanks sodapop. Yes, some of them are very trashy, I agree.

Hetty58 Tue 10-Aug-21 08:37:01

nanna8, we do love being scared - in a 'safe' way. It's what makes babies begin to laugh, after all.

Apart from rollercoasters, I'm a big fan of everything thrilling - books, films, true crime series - bring them on!

Teacheranne Tue 10-Aug-21 09:31:00

My favourite genre as well! Love Karin Slaughter books, really gruesome but with a good plot.

Teacheranne Tue 10-Aug-21 09:31:48

My favourite genre! I love Karin Slaughter books, they can be rather gruesome but have a good plot.

CafeAuLait Tue 10-Aug-21 09:33:23

If you haven't read it yet, Gone Girl is always a good option.

Jaxjacky Tue 10-Aug-21 09:54:59

I’ve just read Their Little Secret, a Mark Billingham book, I’ll be looking for his others. Another that goes back to the library today: The Doctor, Lisa Stone. Thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

henetha Tue 10-Aug-21 10:30:35

I'm totally hooked on these at the moment. I recently discovered Mark Edwards' brilliant books, and several others.

gulligranny Tue 10-Aug-21 10:40:22

Have you tried Louise Candlish and the later Lisa Jewell ones? Well written but always with a sucker punch that you don't see coming! Tana French and Tamar Cohen are also very good.

I've just finished The Two Of You by Adele Parks, which I thought was excellent. Good (if that's the word) reading!

AGAA4 Tue 10-Aug-21 11:15:35

Val McDermid,. Tessa Gerritson, L. J Ross all good thriller writers.

Hellogirl1 Tue 10-Aug-21 11:21:04

If you like your thrillers particularly gruesome, have you tried Graham Masterton`s books, set in Ireland, featuring police superintendant Katie Maguire? They`re brilliant.

Namsnanny Tue 10-Aug-21 11:37:30

Patricia Highsmith is the Queen of psychological thrillers.

sodapop Tue 10-Aug-21 12:39:58


My favourite genre! I love Karin Slaughter books, they can be rather gruesome but have a good plot.

I used to like Karin Slaughter as well Teacheranne but her latest books have not been up to her usual standard at all.

Shinamae Tue 10-Aug-21 12:47:08

I have read all James Herbert books twice at least…. And I do like Martina Cole as well

Camelotclub Thu 12-Aug-21 14:08:06

I could only find this book by Daniel Hurst!

MissAdventure Thu 12-Aug-21 14:26:57

I love a Ruth Rendell or Mary Higgins Clarke.
I also read an absolutely intriguing book called "Anything you do say" which kept me turning the pages like a mad woman to see what happened next.

TerriBull Thu 12-Aug-21 15:59:16

I also like Lisa Jewell, who gets better and better and Louise Candlish. Incidentally both have new books out.

Best of all Ruth Rendell who also wrote under the name of Barbara Vine, at her best no could better her, for me at any rate.

idamaryrose Thu 12-Aug-21 16:27:39

Anything by Sabrine Durrant if you like psychological thrillers

idamaryrose Thu 12-Aug-21 16:28:44

Sabine, not Sabrine

Artaylar Thu 12-Aug-21 17:42:35

Sarah England, her occult horror trilogy The Father of Lies scared the heeby jeebies out of me.

Adam Nevill has authored some very terrifying books too.

chickkygran Thu 12-Aug-21 18:09:26

Just finished The Hostage by Clare McIntosh, very tense, loved it

TerriBull Thu 12-Aug-21 18:37:04

Oh that's good chickkygran, have just started Hostage.

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant was very good.

Greyduster Thu 12-Aug-21 18:49:30

Try “Wakenhyrst” by Michelle Paver. A real chiller!

Jaxjacky Thu 12-Aug-21 18:58:22

I’ve now got a list for the library, thank you!