Top 10 Psychological Thriller Novels To Keep You Up All Night

With winter coming soon in our midst, it’s best you come prepared with a list of some of the best psychological thriller books out there that you know you can rely on to keep you up all night. Think a glass of red wine, a pint of ice cream, and one of these riveting reads to keep you enthralled mentally and emotionally all winter. It’s the perfect time to take full advantage of these hair-raising page-turners and we have the perfect list for you. Keep reading to gain full access to this coveted list of must-reads and to voluntarily lose sleep:

1. YOU by Caroline Kepnes

YOU brings the introduction of, Joe Goldberg, a Manhattan native who religiously works at a bookstore, is pretty private about his life, and often fantasizes about the perfect girl, which is almost seemingly normal except for the fact that murder is sometimes part of his day to day to-do list. Obsessive, vulgar, sick and delicious, this book will keep you up all night putting you in the mind of a real-life psycho. 

 

2. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

A sequel to, YOUHidden Bodies takes you and the psychotic main character, Joe Goldberg, on another terrifying adventure leaving you on the edge of your seat. Considering Joe is no stranger to murder, love, and bloodshed, this book will leave you burning through the pages and oddly rooting for his intelligent, seductive, funny and terribly witty character. 

 

3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn will have you questioning what is real and what is not by the end of the Sharp Objects. Journalist, Camille Preaker, must revisit her hometown one day to work on a double murder case and in doing so must rediscover her own demons and family’s demons she so desperately tried to leave behind. 

 

4. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Following the unexplained death of her sister, Nel, in a pool at the foot of a cliff, main character, Jules Abbott, must return to Beckford to care for her niece. Relationships unfold between the characters leading to an ugly truth that will shake its readers to their core.

 

5. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Sitting on the commuter train every morning, Rachel lives a life on a never-ending loop watching out her window the same houses she sees every day until one day she sees something that changes everything. This nail-biting novel will leave you in suspense until the very end.

 

6. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Anna is left to find out what really happened to her parents after their deaths were named ‘suicides’, but she refuses to believe it. As she starts digging up the past, she starts realizing someone is trying to stop her. This must-read thriller will leave its readers in shock and suspense the whole novel. 

 

7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day finds herself on the run from a killer in Dark Places. What started out as a secret club obsessed with understanding notorious crime takes a turn for the worst. She was hoping to free her brother who has been charged with murder, but it seems the feat won't be as easy as she thought. This is a summer read you will not be able to put down.

 

8. Providence by Caroline Kepnes

This supernatural thriller makes waves in Rhode Island when Jon is kidnaped and his best friend Chloe’s world is shattered. After reappearing four years later with a strange set of powers, the whole town is at risk and world is left upside down in this crazed love story.

 

9. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Abbott's latest novel depends on a life-changing secret that might end a life-long friendship and maybe even a life. One of the most anticipated thrillers this year, this novel will grip you from the very first page until the last. 

 

10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A whirlwind of murder mystery, family drama, love story, and financial intrigue, this book will keep you interested beginning to end. The exciting novel gives insight to the dark aspects of the character’s worlds as well as society at its most hidden and intimate moments.