Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Psychological Books

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an 1891 philosophical novel by Irish writer and playwright Oscar Wilde. First published as a serial story in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, the editors feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde's knowledge, deleted five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press. Wilde revised and expanded the magazine edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) for publication as a novel; the book edition (1891) featured an aphoristic preface - an apologia about the art of the novel and the reader. The content, style, and presentation of the preface made it famous in its own literary right, as social and cultural criticism. In April 1891, the editorial house Ward, Lock and Company published the revised version of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Wife – Part One: A gripping psychological thriller full of twists and lies (The Wife series)

If you can't stop watching Doctor Foster and The Affair, you won't be able to put down this chilling new four-part series.'I was hooked from the moment I started reading' USA TODAY bestseller Sue Fortin

Michael and Ellie are that couple.

The ones who have it all.

Success, charm, trust...but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it's clear some things just can't be forgotten...or forgiven.

The Anniversary

It's the office Christmas party. Cheap booze is flowing, the lights are dimmed and tinny music blasts out of a rubbish stereo. Chris's hair is gelled around reindeer antlers. Amy's foot is caught in some photocopier cable. Martin is waving about an inflatable penis decorated with tinsel. And Janet is dancing alone, her husband dead, presumed murdered... by her.

When Janet offers to spend Christmas Day, the anniversary of my own partner's death, with me, I find myself wondering what she wants.

And why do I accept?

The chilling new novella from Jonathan Hill.

Don't You Cry

An electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession from the bestselling author of The Good GirlIn downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 year old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger's spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.

Betrayal: The Complete Story

A psychological thriller and an enthralling tale of revenge and police investigation. An upbringing marred by rejection and hurt turns Helen King into a serial killer. Detective Inspector Belinda Brennan and her team are on the hunt for her. How many must die before the team can find a connection? Book 2 The Consequences concludes the story of Betrayal but will Helen go quietly?

The Accidental Exorcist

When forensic psychiatrist Abigail Lee meets a baby-killing mother who has been declared criminally insane and acquitted, she discovers something lurking beneath the surface. Something far deeper and more insidious than mere psychopathy. But can she come to terms with her own struggle with science and faith in time to confront it?

Perfect Crime

A San Francisco wife plots to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at one time.

She commits the Perfect Crime and starts an exciting new life with a sexy new boyfriend, living off the life insurance policy of her murdered husband.

Until her doorbell rings one night . . . .

Northanger Abbey: free sampler

A sample of queen of crime, Val McDermid's modern re-telling of the Austen classic. Get ready for a very different Northanger Abbey.

Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry.

Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat's imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts...and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic?

But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within...

The Book of You: Free Sampler

Sunday Times top ten bestseller and Richard & Judy pick, The Book of You is a terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won't leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.

Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can't be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.

Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them - and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

Blackwater Lake

Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. His father, Joseph Stanyer, has been struggling to cope with his wife, Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening. When their bodies are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that's supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.

Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents' house of decades of compulsive hoarding, only to discover the dark enigmas hidden within its walls. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: Why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?

Free Sampler of The Sea Sisters (Chapters 1–6): The Most Emotionally Gripping Novel of the Year

"a terrific summer read" Richard & Judy

Two sisters, one life-changing journey...

This is a free sample of the first six chapters (of 33) of the novel THE SEA SISTERS, by Lucy Clarke.

There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it's better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what's beneath . . .

Katie's carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali - and the police claim it was suicide.

With only the entries of Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life, and - page by page, country by country - begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond - and Katie - to breaking point?

The Sea Sisters is a compelling story of the enduring connection between sisters.

Bedrock: A Gripping Psychological Thriller: Volume 1

When Addison Greyer, a happily married mother of three, decides to re-enter the workforce, she never once considers that taking a job might unravel everything she thinks to be true about her life-that it would cause her to look deep within and confront fears she didn't know existed. She couldn't have foreseen how a chance meeting or a single day can change the course of an entire lifetime. Like many women, Addison is defined in terms of marriage and motherhood, until she suddenly finds her life turned upside down by her husband's decision to take a job thousands of miles away. When her tough-as-nails boss offers her an opportunity she can't refuse, Addie is forced to make difficult choices. Those choices take her further and further out of the carefully crafted fairytale life she has created and lead her into an unknown world where things are anything but black and white: a world where she learns that desire is not only dangerous but deadly. In this world, all bets are off as she is forced to finally confront her past. As her past and present collide, she has to make decisions that for most are unthinkable, decisions that can tear her family apart, and perhaps even have fatal consequences. Bedrock is a love story designed to showcase how the choices we make ultimately shape our lives. It serves as a reminder that in the end what defines us is not the big events, the monumental occasions. It's the tiny, seemingly inconsequential moments in between. It's proof that time passes and we cannot, no matter how hard we try, get it back. Bedrock is a story of love and grief that pretty much sums up the context of the human experience. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, and sexual content this book is for mature readers.

Multiple Motives: A Kate Huntington Mystery: Volume 1 (The Kate Huntington Mystery series)

Psychotherapist Kate Huntington helps other people cope with the horrible things that have happened to them, but she herself has led a charmed life... until now. When a series of what seem like random events-a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time-takes a sinister twist, it becomes apparent that she and her lawyer friend, Rob Franklin, have a common enemy. But the lead police detective has a different theory. He's convinced Kate and Rob are lovers attempting to eliminate their spouses. And he seems determined to build a case against them. As the attacks escalate, Kate and Rob are forced to investigate on their own. Who hates them enough to want them both dead? And doesn't seem to mind if others get caught in the crossfire! (All books in this series are also designed to be read and enjoyed as stand-alones.)

Bird Box: free sampler (chapter 1)

Josh Malerman's debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying psychological thriller that will haunt you long after reading.

This is a book extract including chapter 1 of Bird Box.

Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors.

The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows.

They are out there. She might let them in.

The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall.

Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them.

Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

Dark Is The Night

The fair is in town, and a quiet young man leaves the house to see a girl. But it is only from the shadows he can watch her. She is out there enjoying the music and the bright lights. She is nothing like him.

What is it, then, that connects them? Is it the game she plays when she knows that he is watching? Or is it the darkness that resides in her as well?

'Dark is the Night' is a short story of 4000 words.

Owned

Passion. Murder. Bloodlust.

Among these nefarious stories, siblings strengthen their bond by plotting against their aggressor; an animal lover seeks revenge on devotees of the exotic skins trade; and a psychiatrist gets what's coming to him when he abuses the trust of a jaded client.

These stories take readers straight to the scene of the crime, exploring just how and why people are driven over the edge--and driven to kill.



The OWNED collection is approximately 14,000 words long. A couple of stories contain a speculative element.

Stories Include:

1. Beloved Brother

2. Heart's Blood

3. My Chance Encounter

4. Skins

5. Ms. Zeri ("Misery")

6. Owned

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man: free sampler

A free sample of James Smythe's thought-provoking thriller about the terrifying breakdown of a family in a world that won't stop moving.

ClearVista is used by everyone to forecast their futures.

Laurence Walker wants to be the next President of the United States. ClearVista will predict his chances.

It will predict whether he's the right man for the job.

It will predict that his son can survive for less than two minutes underwater.

It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

Discover the eerily-believable world of James Smythe perfect for fans of Dave Eggers, Nick Harkaway and Black Mirror.

Forward Slash Free Sampler

Download an EXCLUSIVE FREE extract of the terrifying new Psychological Thriller from Mark Edwards and Louise Voss.

'I was gripped all the way.' Peter James.

He's posted on your wall.

He's following you on Twitter.

He knows where you are right now...

When Amy receives an email from her older sister, Becky, announcing that she's off travelling and "don't try to find me", she is worried. Becky would never do such a thing on a whim.

Amy - who is recovering from an abusive relationship that has left her terrified of love - soon finds that Becky had started using online dating sites. Aided by Becky's neighbour, Gary, Amy sets about tracking down the men her sister had dated, following a trail that leads her into the darkly seductive world of internet hook-ups.

But Amy is unaware that a sadistic killer is watching - a killer who's been using the internet to stalk, torture and kill. Now he's got something very special planned for Amy and she is about to find out that romance really is dead.

What You Don't Know: Ebook Sampler

Read the opening chapters of JoAnn Chaney's chillingly dark debut thriller, What You Don't Know, in this short ebook sampler

** This edition is a short ebook sampler - full hardback and ebook editions available on 9th February 2017 **

A crime like this isn't only about the killer. There are others to consider . . .

Seven years ago, thirty-one bodies were discovered in a crawl-space belonging to Jacky Seever, beloved local businessman and pillar of the community.

Detective Paul Hoskins was lauded for bringing down one of the most ruthless serial-killers of the decade.

Sammie Peterson, the lead reporter on the case, finally obtained the success she craved.

And Seever's wife, Gloria? Well, she claimed to be as surprised as everyone else.

But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?

Today, all three of their lives are in ruins - Hoskins banished to cold cases, Sammie working at the mall and Gloria marked out as the wife of a monster.

So when a series of copy-cat killings provides an opportunity to get their lives back, they have little choice but to take it. Whatever the cost to their humanity . . .

If you loved this short sampler, the full hardback and ebook editions are out on 9th February 2017 - available for pre-order now

And With the Shadow People Be

From Dan Newman, the author of The Clearing and The Journalist, comes a novella that takes readers, shaking and terrified, back into the jungles of the Caribbean.

Nate Mason sits in the office of a therapist, unable to move past the trauma he lived through on St. Lucia. Gently she wheedles another, similar story out of him, a story that serves as a screen for his own unspeakable memories. The tale of a girl named Jessie and her father, two ex-pats who had taken up residence on the isle. Their Jeep gets stuck in a rut, too late in the day and far from home, and both Jessie and her father must contend with the demons of the island, both real and imagined, over the course of one horrifying night.

"The Clearing is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, full of intrigue, terror and superstition, which examines our deep fear of the unknown." --Gumshoe Reviews

Carrion

Boyfriend Glasses: Volume 1 (Greta Bell Psychological Thriller)

The first time Greta saw Blake, she knew he was the one. Knew it like fire knows tinder. She hadn't thought she'd be at a frat party her first week in college, but her roommate, Amber, convinced her to go. Greta couldn't believe how easy it was to get in. It seemed like they threw those parties just so girls like her would come. But she was pretty now, and everything was different. No one knew anything about her ugly duckling past or all the darkness before. It was a whole new world, a brand new start. Then she saw Blake and knew he was her destiny. But Blake saw Amber first. And he got...confused. Blake was her soul mate. She could tell. She knew all about soul mates. Too bad about her last one. BOYFRIEND GLASSES is the first book in a trilogy of dark psychological thrillers perfect for fans of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY or GONE GIRL. Buy your copy now! The entire GRETA BELL PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER trilogy: BOYFRIEND GLASSES (Book 1) PARTY DRESS (Book 2) DIAMOND RING (Book 3)

Next Move, You're Dead

1: Lottery: Volume 1

In this psychological thriller, nothing is what it seems. Caleb O'Toole has hit the mega lottery jackpot-but no amount of money can eradicate the malevolent force that is chasing him and threatening everything he holds dear. With murder, suspense, and deceit at every turn, Caleb will do what it takes to hold onto the woman he's vowed to never let go and prevent her from finding out the truth. But when he learns that someone is secretly trying to unravel his deadly past and expose him, Caleb's mind goes to an even darker place. From the San Francisco suburbs of Chinatown and Pacific Heights, to Shanghai, no one knows what Caleb is capable of-not even himself. Once again, Kimberly Shursen, author of Itsy Bitsy Spider and Hush, has spun a riveting story that will keep you guessing until the surprising end. Editorial Review: As loyal fans of Shursen know, her novels pull no punches. The same can be said for Lottery. Fast-paced, rich with intrigue and thought-provoking, this book keeps you guessing to the last page. The main character, Caleb O'Toole, is an anti-hero you can love and hate within the span of a few pages. But no matter how you feel about him, you won't be able to put the book down until you know what he does next. Katie French - author of The Breeders Series

Daddy Soda: Volume 1 (A New Hampshire Mystery)

A NEW HAMPSHIRE MYSTERY Hannah Cole has built a life around her job as a receptionist at the local precinct after surviving a tumultuous upbringing, one she's worked hard to forget. For years, Hannah has hardly spoken to her overbearing mother or the half-sisters she barely knows: shy Candice, and Mary, a stunning fifteen year old with an eerie grip on the town. But when she learns her mother has been kidnapped, she returns home to the shack on Hermit Lake and the step-father she's never trusted.Detective Cody McAlister has never seen a case like this. The kidnapper has planned every detail with exquisite precision and when body parts begin to arrive at his department, the glaring reality becomes all too clear: Kendra won't be alive for long. The key to the deranged kidnapper's motive and identity may be held in the unsteady hands of a twelve-year old girl. But Candice hasn't spoken a word since that tragic night.As Hannah and Cody's investigation takes them from abandoned strip malls to the outer reaches of the marsh, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Hannah finds herself reliving hellish memories of the shack she thought she'd never have to face. If she doesn't unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past, she won't find her mother in time. In small-town New Hampshire where what you see is what you get, no one is who they seem.

Awake Asleep Dreaming Dead

The driver's focus is on the disappearing center line. Then the sun begins to rise, and it's like nothing he's seen before, he stops to admire it, and take a picture. He's tired, closes his eyes, rests, thinks, and dreams. Time, memories, love, places, people from the past. Who knows and makes the future? Do wishes come true? Where do they come from? Is life a coin toss? Does it happen by choice? Is it random, magic, or an illusion? As the last word rolls off his lips, at this last flutter of time, the driver will choose to be awake, asleep, dreaming or dead.

Grey Areas: Volume 1

Henry Fields is an unsuspecting young man who has just moved to the small and quiet town of Gable, Iowa. After finding a job and a place to live he quickly establishes himself as the friendly and reliable "new guy." Despite being elusive about his past, local hometown girl Claire Mathison discovers an irresistible attraction to Henry. But major trouble begins to brew one night and it soon becomes unclear whether Henry Fields is part of the problem or the solution. Filled with psychological drama, suspense, and thrills, Grey Areas is the debut release from Brad Carl.

CLUB MEDicine

Cotton Street

The badly beaten body of a young woman is found in the churchyard of St Clements Church in Aberdeen's harbour area. The initial assumption is that she is a prostitute as the area is a well known pick up point for working girls. After identification the girl is identified as a single parent who was looking for bar work as her benefits had been sanctioned. The police reach out to the local prostitute community who reluctantly agree to help find the killer. Less than 48 hours later one of them is found battered to death near Cotton Street, her regular pitch. The police struggle to find a link between the victims and the trail goes cold. Six months later a body is found in a park in Newcastle, the press conference is picked up by the Aberdeen investigation team who see similarities and begin to compare notes with Newcastle. This leads to the conclusion that they are looking for one killer but need to link them. This leads to a twenty year old murder in Manchester. The victim is the mother of two young girls who end up in the care system. The hunt is on for the killer before they strike again but will they be to late?

The Walls of Madness