5 Amazing Psychological Thrillers If You’re Missing ‘Sharp Objects’

Don’t worry, you weren’t the only one suffering from withdrawal when Sharp Objects came to an end. I too suffered and continued to suffer… that is, until I found the perfect cure. “What is it?” I hear you cry. Well, I’m glad you asked. The cure is the following five amazing psychological thrillers that you will no doubt both devour and be devoured by. These books are so gripping, so creepy, and so enthralling, you’ll have no choice but surrender yourself to them, allowing them to totally rid you of those withdrawal symptoms!

So, without further ado, let me present to you the cure!

 

1. The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda 

 

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Kaira Rouda, author of Best Day Ever, is back with The Favorite Daughter, and you’re going to need to sit down. In addition to being one of PopSugar’s Best Books of Spring, and receiving a starred review from Publishers WeeklyThe Favorite Daughter has been described by USA Today bestselling author Cristina Alger, as “compulsively readable and deeply satisfying psychological suspense.” Liv Constantine, author of the national bestseller The Last Mrs. Parrishsaid it “leaves you wanting more;” New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf dubbed it  “a smart, wickedly plotted psychological thriller brimming with dark surprises.” The praise is as endless as you’ll wish this book was almost as soon as you begin. Check out the synopsis below, and don’t forget to grab your copy!

 

From the author of Best Day Ever, another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together…

2. THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Karen Hamilton

 

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A Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, Hamilton’s The Perfect Girlfriend is Culturefly‘s buzzed-about ‘addictive psychological thriller,’ and the Sunday Mirror notes: “You don’t often come across a character who is both sociopathic and compelling. Buckle your seatbelts, you’re in for a very bumpy ride… Let this supremely enjoyable thriller whisk you up, up and away.” Good Housekeeping advises: “Be prepared to put your life on hold.” So, are you prepared? Hope you’re ready for the description.

 

The Last Mrs. Parrish meets Fatal Attraction in this riveting, voice-driven domestic suspense novel about a woman who will stop at nothing to reclaim her ex-boyfriend, including training as a flight attendant at the airline that employs him.

Juliette has everything going for her: she’s young, pretty, and driven, and she’s training for an exciting new career as a flight attendant.

The darkness in her past doesn’t matter, because she’s moved beyond all that, and she’s building a great new life for herself—one that will impress her ex-boyfriend, Nate, who left her in a foolish moment of commitment-phobia, one that he surely regrets now. But he’ll be so proud of her once he sees how much she’s grown. And he will see her. After all, he’s a pilot at the very same airline where Juliette is training.

What kind of man wouldn’t appreciate the effort Juliette has taken to win Nate back? She cleans his apartment when he’s not there, and makes sure to leave all his favorite foods in the fridge. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves his airheaded new girlfriend and realizes Juliette is the only one for him.

He will realize it. Juliette will make sure of it. After all, she is the perfect girlfriend.

 

3. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll 

 

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Knoll’s debut Luckiest Girl Alive is not only New York Times bestseller, but it’s also the recipient of celeb Reese Witherspoon’s most serious attention. Witherspoon optioned it for a film in conjunction with Lionsgate. And don’t worry about it being one of those adaptations that the author has nothing to do with—Knoll herself adapting the screenplay. We’re safe! Of course, the characters may not be… “Loved Gone Girl?” asks Good Housekeeping. (Yes! you exclaim.) “We promise this is just as addictive.” Okay, and I can vouch that the same can be said for fans of Sharp Objects! Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Pradacalled Luckiest Girl Alive “biting and shocking—it kept me riveted from cover to cover.”

 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is an audacious, page-turning debut thriller that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Jodi Picoult.

Her perfect life is a perfect lie . . . Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancé. But behind her sharp edges and meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts . . .

When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley school, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she’s turned her life around since then. She’ll even let the production company film her lavish wedding, the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani’s past threatens to come back and haunt her. And as her immaculate veneer starts to crack, she is forced to question: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for – or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

 

4. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

 

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Okay, if Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, likes your thriller, you’re probably pretty great, and Hawkins had this to say about Abbott’s latest offering: “Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling.” The New Yorker said that Give Me Your Hand is “steeped in the feminine gothic… [the novel] explores what characters who have been beaten down and confined by sexism might be capable of. Abbott tempts us to read her tale as a study in what happens when female revenge overflows its bounds…” Sounds amazing, right? Thats because it is.

 

You told each other everything. Then she told you too much.

Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn’t let anything stop her.

But now someone else is standing in her way – Diane. Best friends at seventeen, their shared ambition made them inseparable. Until the day Diane told Kit her secret – the worst thing she’d ever done, the worst thing Kit could imagine – and it blew their friendship apart.

Kit is still the only person who knows what Diane did. And now Diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for.

How far would Kit go, to make the hard work, the sacrifice, worth it in the end? What wouldn’t she give up? Diane thinks Kit is just like her. Maybe she’s right. Ambition: it’s in the blood . . .

5. As Long as We Both Shall Live BY Joann Chaney

 

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Kirkus Reviews called Chaney’s As Long As We Both Shall Live “a perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch.” People thought it was “unputdownable….anything but predictable,” and that “the female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.” The New York Times called Chaney a “thoughtful and nuanced writer,” who is always only “a half-step ahead of us but continually getting away, right through the book’s conclusion…” Don’t trust those sources? Well, trust your own eyes! Grab a copy and see for yourself.

As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong . . .

‘My wife! I think she’s dead!’ Matt frantically calls to park rangers, explaining that he and his wife, Marie, were out hiking when she stumbled on a cliff edge and fell into the raging river below. They start a search but aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall.
It’s a tragic accident.

But when police discover Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances – a fire in their family home – they have a lot more questions for him.

Is Matt a grieving husband, or has he just killed his second wife? Detectives Loren and Spengler dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.

So what happens when you’re done making it work?

‘My wife! I think she’s dead!’ Matt frantically calls to park rangers, explaining that he and his wife, Marie, were out hiking when she stumbled on a cliff edge and fell into the raging river below. They start a search but aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall.
It’s a tragic accident.

But when police discover Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances – a fire in their family home – they have a lot more questions for him.

Is Matt a grieving husband, or has he just killed his second wife? Detectives Loren and Spengler dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.

So what happens when you’re done making it work?

 

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