Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Psychological Books

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 Text: A short story

**A new short story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive. Her newest novel, Do Not Disturb, is out now!**

A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.

In it she says Andrew's being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.

It's a nightmare. But it gets worse - Andrew doesn't turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered . . .

Praise For Last Seen Alive

'Thrillingly tense and twisty, a great read' B A Paris, the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

'I loved the sense of lurking dread that pervades it all . . . I was absolutely gripped and intrigued' Emma Curtis, the bestselling author of One Little Mistake

'Fast-paced and chock-full of twists, Last Seen Alive is both absorbing and gripping. After reading it you'll never dream of a house swap again' Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made

'Brilliant. Twisty, exciting yet so very real' Gillian McAllister, the bestselling author of Everything But the Truth

'Thrilling . . . superb plotting. I could hardly catch my breath between twists!' Jenny Blackhurst, the bestselling author of Before I Let You In

'I love stories when you're not quite sure who is telling the truth! This one kept me guessing' Jane Corry, the bestselling author of My Husband's Wife

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.

The Killing Type: A short story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

ATWISTED TALE FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE AND BLOOD SISTERS - THE PERFECT TRAIN-RIDE READ

Susie and her sister have never been close. These days they barely speak. So when Danielle messages her out of the blue and begs to meet, Susie knows something must be wrong.

But what Danielle tells her seems crazy. Her husband, Simon, may be a bully, but surely he wouldn't hurt her?

Then the accident happens. And Susie is forced to rethink everything.

Who is lying?

Who is telling the truth?

And who, really, is the killing type?

JANE CORRY - THE QUEEN OF THE TWISTY READ:

'A dark, complex and compelling thriller that kept me turning the pages until the end' B A Paris

'Jane Corry is a true master of psychological suspense' Kathryn Croft

'The perfect summer read!' L J Ross

'Jane Corry hooks us from page one' Jane Holland

'Jane Corry is the new queen of the psychological thriller. Don't miss this' Kate Furnivall



'Fans of psychological thrillers will be hooked after the first page' Closer

'Jane Corry weaves a morally complex, twisty tale' Kate Hamer

'A rollercoaster of dramatic twists' Elizabeth Haynes

The Walls of Woodmyst (The Woodmyst Chronicles Book 1)

A body is discovered.

Mutilated beyond recognition, perched upon a hill overlooking the village.

Questions are raised.

Prayers are offered.

Fears grow as rumours are spread behind the Walls of Woodmyst.

They come at night.

Lurking in the forest nearby, the strangers watch and wait.

Who are these fiends?

What do they want from the peaceful village?

Terror builds in the hearts of men upon the Walls of Woodmyst.

Commanded by Alan Warde, and the other council members of the village, the men of the Woodmyst are called into action armed with bows and swords.

Outnumbered and unprepared, the villagers do their best to defend their home against a well-resourced enemy.

How long can they survive upon The Walls of Woodmyst?

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.

New Ruth Ware Thriller: Free Ebook Sampler The Death of Mrs Westaway

READ THE OPENING CHAPTERS OF THE STUNNING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game IN THIS FREE PREVIEW.

'The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she's inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

There's just one problem - Hal's real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she's honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger's funeral and claim a bequest they're not entitled to, it's her.

Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life...

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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.

I Take You: Part 1 of 3

This book has been serialized into 3 parts - this is PART 1 OF 3. From the author of the bestsellers 'The Bride Stripped Bare' and 'With My Body', a new twist on a classic tale of passion.

In the first part of this serialization, Connie Carven enjoys the strangely sensuous pleasure of surrendering to her invalided husband's every desire. As she gives herself up to their erotic secret life, she experiences ecstasy unlike anything before. But when her husband's desire for complete control takes a shocking turn, Connie must ask herself if she can bear to be kept under lock and key, only ever to be released by her husband.

Download this first instalment at a special introductory price and be amongst the first to enjoy 'I Take You' , before it is finally published on 23 May 2013.

Unreal

Julie and Kim knew better. They went anyways!

When an innocent road trip takes a dark turn, two young women will end up fighting for their lives.

To celebrate her college graduation, Julie Edwards and her best friend, Kim, take off on a road trip across the country. But a simple pit stop becomes the end of the road when the two young women get tangled up into something they never saw coming... in their wildest dreams!

What people are saying about Unreal:

Didn't expect the change of events to begin and continue so close to the beginning of the story. The who-done-it character is a surprise. The ending was satisfying. - S. Burkhardt

Enjoyed reading it very much. Liked the characters. It moved along quickly. Would definitely recommend it. Difficult to put down. - Amazon Customerpegg

Fast paced......trigger warning for those who have been through sexual abuse this book is hard to read. Well written though. - Christina Powers

I read # 1 and #2 and now reading the last in series.. so hard to put down!! Can't wait to see what happens in the end !!!! - Roberta F. Goslicki

Disturbing, intense and believable. Couldn't put it down. The characters were well portrayed and felt very real while reading. Plan to read in all in one sitting. - Lori Hughes

This book is for mature audiences only. It deals with topics such as abuse and is recommended for readers 18 and older.

Don't wait! Download and read it now!

The Toy Taker: Free Sampler (DI Sean Corrigan, Book 3)

TRY THIS FREE SAMPLE OF THE LATEST DI SEAN CORRIGAN SERIES - authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

Your child has been taken...

Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There's no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing.

DI Sean Corrigan investigates.

He needs to find four-year-old George Bridgeman before abduction becomes murder. But his ability to see into dark minds, to think like those he hunts, has deserted him - just when he needs it most.

Another child vanishes.

What kind of monster is Corrigan hunting? And will he work it out in time to save the children?

Family Traditions: Dr Charlie Manson Aotearoa Trilogy, book 1

Dr Charlie Manson has travelled to New Zealand to participate in a Summer School in Criminology at Auckland University, while also taking the opportunity to visit his sister Debbie and her family.

During his visit he is asked to consult on a recent series of vandalisms and animal attacks. Charlie works with detectives Pinkie Lumo and Kelly Browning to solve the mystery of the seemingly meaningless crimes to discover a strange shadowy group. During the case, he is aided by two retired officers from Aberdeen. He also meets Queenie, Lumo's grandmother and elder of the community, who uses her connections and psychic ability to help Charlie and the others resolve the case.

Family Traditions is the first in a trilogy of short stories of Charlie in Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand, which means the land of the long white cloud. Other stories to follow in the series are Bitter Water and The Prodigal.

The Toy Taker: Part 1, Prologue to Chapter 3 (DI Sean Corrigan, Book 3)

Part 1 of the terrifying third novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series - authentic crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

Your child has been taken...

Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There's no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing.

DI Sean Corrigan investigates.

He needs to find four-year-old George Bridgeman before abduction becomes murder. But his ability to see into dark minds, to think like those he hunts, has deserted him - just when he needs it most.

Another child vanishes.

What kind of monster is Corrigan hunting? And will he work it out in time to save the children?

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

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.

Half a King: free sampler (Shattered Sea, Book 1)

'A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Read the first seven chapters of Joe Abercrombie's fantastic new book!

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, and traps and tragedy...

Donations: Dead Ends Story #3

Clarissa, the librarian, works too much. Her new secret admirer aims to change that--permanently.

(DEAD ENDS Short Story #3)

Trapping Honey

Most People don't know fear. It is often misinterpreted - confused for something else, but for Sarah Honey fear became very real, very fast.

The second she opened her eyes to find herself imprisoned against her will, trapped and forced into re-living the ghosts of a turbulent past, Sarah feels true fear. But she is not the victim she once was. She is part of a team, and the physical and mental training of her new sport, Roller Derby, and the positive influence of her team mates, might just have given her the strength of body and mind to fight fast and fight hard against an unexpectedly familiar foe.

Trapping Honey is the debut novelette by real-life rollergirl 'Thunder Kaz' from Northampton, UK.

(Cover by Dawn Bevins Design)

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.

What My Sister Knew

The Trap

Killing Me Softly (Previously published as Live and Let Die)

On a bitterly cold January evening, Tracy Ellis went for a jog along Chicago's snowy lakefront and disappeared. Her body was discovered days later, her beautiful face bashed in with a rock. Police determine her brutal death to be a mugging gone wrong and drop the matter into their cold case files. Over a year later, Tracy's sister, Sondra, still can't come to grips with what happened. She throws herself into her work as a documentary filmmaker to try and forget the cruelty of her sister's death. However, a chance encounter with a man from Tracy's past rips the wound open and sends Sondra on a desperate search for answers about the secrets from her sister's life that may have led to her death. As Sondra struggles to uncover what happened to Tracy, she's launched into a tangled web of deceit and danger that put her on a collision course with life and death...

The Nowhere Child

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.)

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

Find Me Gone

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.

Emails from Heaven

The Enabler

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.

Stalker

The much-anticipated fifth thriller in Lars Kepler's best-selling series featuring Joona Linna. Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.



A video clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife attack.



The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out. When her husband finds her, he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him. Psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotise him - but what the man tells him under hypnosis leads Erik to start lying to the police.



If the lights are on, a stalker can see you from outside. But if the lights are off, you can't see a stalker who is already inside the house.

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?

Perfect Crime

A San Francisco wife plots a perfect crime to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at the same time.