Last Day by Luanne Rice is a suspense novel about twin sisters who run an art gallery. The story involves murder, theft, betrayal, jealously…pretty much every element of your typical “thriller.” I put that in quotations because this was just so-so for me. I want to truly be in suspense when I read a thriller and be a little nervous about what the next chapter holds and this one just didn’t do that for me.
If I were to recommend a psychological thriller to a true suspense fan, I would want you to consider the following:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Wow! I couldn’t put this one down! I read this one super quickly and then devoured her other books. I personally think Gone Girl is my favorite, but Sharp Objects is the creepiest of her books in my opinion.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – I devoured this one too! I just couldn’t wait to get to the end of this one. I think this and The Turn of the Key are my favorites of Ware’s and the latter had me so creeped out I had trouble sleeping! If this is your genre, check out Ware’s writing for sure!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - This psychological thriller seemed to be straight forward until a twist I didn't see coming. I just love when a book wraps everything up and even though you have to wait until the very end, you get the closure. Alicia is a young wife who shoots her husband (that's not giving anything away, promise!) and stops talking (selective mutism for my fellow SLPs) and Theo is her therapist who tries to get her to talk and figure out what her story is. If you are into suspense and psychological thrillers, read this one!
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – When Jules moves into a new apartment with a bunch of odd rules, she begins to unravel the strange past and secrets locked behind the doors of her new home.
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – When a summer property manager starts receiving reports of stolen items and damage done to rental units and her best friend goes missing, Avery Greer has to defend herself as the prime suspect while unraveling the crimes herself.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – told backwards from day 15 to day 1 of a missing persons investigation, this was an interesting, but sometimes confusing, way to read a thriller. Keeps you guessing the entire time about whether the culprit is right in plain sight the whole time.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – two sisters who drifted apart after the disappearance of their teen aged sister and whose lives took dramatically different are brought together when a new crime prompts them to do some digging into their past to finally bring justice to their sister’s kidnapper.
There are many more I could write about, but I’ll have to leave them for another post!