It’s no secret that I love reading psychological thrillers. In fact, it’s turned into a bit of an obsession lately. The only downside to this is that it can make reading anything other than psychological thrillers really difficult. I’ve taken a little break to read the Harry Potter series again and now I’m reading “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” by Louis de Bernières. Harry Potter is so easy to read because, let’s face it, how can you not love Harry Potter?! But I’m not joking when I say that it took me almost 2 weeks to get into Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I had to start reading it with a completely different mindset than I would read a psychological thriller. There is no mystery to figure out, but my brain was constantly trying to do just that. I’m really loving Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by the way. Now that I’ve gotten into it, I can’t put it down! I’m sure it’ll be done by the end of the day.
I’d like to share with you two psychological thrillers that I’ve read recently and really enjoyed. There is a bit of content within these books that some may find offensive so please read them at your own discretion. Everyone has different standards as to what they feel comfortable reading. Psychological thrillers will almost always have dark and disturbing subject matter and there will be some content that may not sit well with everyone.
1. “Before I Go To Sleep,” by S.J. Watson
As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.
This book is best read without any spoilers, but I will say this: I have never read a book that has terrified me to the extent that this one did. Ever. My heart was pounding, I was sweating, and I literally felt sick to my stomach. S.J. Watson did such an incredible job of writing this book. I mean I was actually terrified even though, unless I had amnesia, nothing in this book could actually happen to me. The character of Christine was so interesting and complex and actually likeable. What I sometimes dislike about psychological thrillers is that I can’t stand the main characters and so I don’t actually really care about what happens to them. Not the case with this book. Towards the end, you start to figure out what’s going on, but it happens in such a way that we’re not bored. Even when I figured out what was happening, my heart was still pounding and I couldn’t help but let out little shrieks of terror. Peter can attest to that as he kept having to ask me if I was okay. If you like creepy books, this one’s for you.
2. “Vanishing Girls,” by Lauren Oliver
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
This book wasn’t at all what I thought it would be and the ending was a huge surprise. I literally had no idea what was going on the entire time. I love books like that because you can go back and look at all the clues and wonder why the heck you didn’t pick up on all of them the first time around. Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job writing this book and even though it’s not one of those books that will make your heart pound, it sure was a fun read.
What are some of your favourite psychological thrillers? A few favourites of mine, besides the two listed, are “The Widow,” by Fiona Barton, “Sharp Objects,” by Gillian Flynn, and “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn.
Have you read any of the books I listed and, if so, what are your thoughts on them?