It’s become a tradition during Wicked Good Reads Month to share our favorite psychological thrillers. This year’s list includes books with amnesia, an unusual serial killer and a young psychopath.
A Stranger in the House, Shari Lapena
Do unlikable characters affect how you feel about a book? Sometimes it does for me – but not in this case, although the 3 main characters – Karen, who’s lost her memory, her husband, and her best friend – are all so annoying! Karen is trying to piece her life back together after an accident and the loss of her memory which hasn’t returned – but it’s coming back in pieces, and her life is not turning out to be as picture perfect as it seems. This book is a fast paced thriller – and Lapena brought back Detective Rasbach, from The Couple Next Door which was one of our Favorite Books in 2017.
One day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished – her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse – complete with phone and ID – behind. There’s a knock on the door – the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town. Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.
And for more books that feature memory loss check out Liars and Amnesiacs – 6 Books With UnReliable Narrators.
My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite
We’ve already written about 5 Serial Killer Point of View Books That We Hate to Admit We Like – and you can add My Sister the Serial Killer to the list – although this book is mostly from the POV of Korede, the serial killer’s sister. The messed up thing is that while Korede is struggling with the morality of covering up her sister Ayoola’s crimes, her own identity as she feels like the ugly sister, jealousy and trying to have her own life – her sister, the serial killer – feels no remorse and seemingly gets everything she wants all the time.
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other.
Baby Teeth, Zoje Strange
In looking through the reviews on Goodreads for Baby Teeth – it seems people either loved or hated this book – and I’m firmly on the side of loved it! Hannah – a 7 year old – is all kinds of twisted, manipulative and out to kill her mother. The book is engrossing and disturbing as Hannah gets more and more out of control.
Meet Hanna. She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.
What are some of your favorite psychological thrillers that are #WickedGoodReads? Have you read any of the books we mentioned above? What did you think?
Check out more of our faves -> #ReadThis 3 Favorite Psychological Thrillers and 3 MORE #WickedGoodReads That Are Psychological Thrillers.