If you’re like me and can never get quite enough scares in your books, you might wanna consider the following five 2021 psychological thriller and horror books written by women. One — if not all of them — is sure to give you the chills you crave.
1. The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
This book follows a vicar who moves to a remote corner of the English countryside, only to discover a community plagued by death and haunted by disappearances both past and present. This is an atmospheric psychological thriller that you won’t wanna miss.
2. There is No Cloud” by Kat Wheeler
If you’re into black mirror and the horrors of technology, this book will do it for you. This books follows a sales rep, Cameron, who works for the world’s largest home automation company. Her customers want to use the HTH’s voice commands to control the electronics she’s selling them. While attempting to get tech support for one of her clients, Cameron finds something odd in a HomeTech Hub and is instantly curious. When people start dying and this go out of control, she realizes something dark was going on.
3. The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet by Katherine Cowley
If you’re as in love with Jane Austen’s writing as I am (Pride and Prejudice, in particular), believe me, this will blow your mind. This story follows Mary Bennet’s life after the death of her father. When a mysterious late-night visit by an unknown relative—a Lady Trafford from Castle Durrington—leads to an extended stay and the chance for an education, Mary gratefully accepts the opportunity. But as she starts her new life, she’s faced with one mystery after another. Curious, Mary sets out to discover the truth after she discovers the dead body of a would-be thief she outed prior to her father’s funeral.
4. The Push by Ashley Audrain
This book follows an intriguing story of motherhood. Blythe Connor is a determined mother who becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do. Her husband says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity. Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.
5. While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
If politics and crime intrigue you, this is the right pick for you. Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk is doing her best to hold her life together. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court.
If you get your hands on any of the five books written by both upcoming and well-known women authors on this list, you won’t be able to set it down. We hope you enjoy the chills and unsettle that comes with reading these unique picks!
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