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flumpybear Sun 10-Jun-18 07:53:03

Hi - I have t read books for ages as I have been stressed and find the attention span is t great but I'm determined to start again as I love reading

So can you suggest a really good psychological thriller , something a bit odd, strange with twists and turns - don't mind sex, not keen on graphic violence / gore but horror thriller is good

I've read some of the usual like Stephen King and James Herbert so looking for something else
Thank you star

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TammySwansonTwo Sun 10-Jun-18 07:54:46

Have you read any Chuck Palahaniuk? Would really recommend his earlier work (eg Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Fight Club, Lullaby and I particularly love Diary but Survivor is probably the best).

flumpybear Sun 10-Jun-18 08:25:29

Thank you - not read any of his 😎

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TammySwansonTwo Sun 10-Jun-18 08:33:34

They’re very dark and twisty - his later books got a bit too gross and outrageous for me, but I think Survivor is perfect.

I’d also reccommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon because it’s a bloody masterpiece - it’s not a twisty thriller but it’s incredibly gripping and such a beautiful book, I recommend it to everyone.

Dottierichardson Sun 10-Jun-18 08:51:41

OP try The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, fits with what you described.

slipperyeel Mon 11-Jun-18 11:38:36

Barbara Vine (pseudonym of Ruth Rendell)

DancelikeEmmaGoldman Sat 16-Jun-18 05:51:04

I enjoy Lisa Unger, especially her first two: Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. Twisty and creepy and quite unsettling.

BikeRunSki Sat 16-Jun-18 05:56:19

Douglas Kennedy does this well, not horror, but psychological - The Woman in the Fifth; The Big Picture; Leaving the World; The Dead Heart.

CanIhavedessertfirst Sat 16-Jun-18 22:44:21

I've just read You Were Gone by Tim Weaver, which was very twisty. It's part of the David Raker series of books, but you don't need to have read them all to enjoy it. Sharon Bolton writes a good thriller too, I loved Sacrifice and Blood Harvest. Sarah Pinborough's new one, Cross Her Heart, is fab too.

snowsun Sat 16-Jun-18 22:58:30

Engleby - Sebastian Faulks.

sm40 Sat 16-Jun-18 23:03:58

Behind her eyes by Sarah pinburgh, very twisty, great ending!

carbuncleonapigsposterior Sun 17-Jun-18 17:50:55

Sabine Durrant's "Lie with Me" was one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in the last year or two, she has a new one coming out any time. Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell left a big void for me I loved her writing, occasionally she did produce a dud but I thought she wrote twisty, psychological thrillers like no one else.

Sarah Pinborough's last book, can't remember the name divided opinions, personally I thought it was awful.

Hygge Mon 18-Jun-18 12:21:36

carbuncleonapigsposterior - was the Sarah Pinborough book Cross Her Heart?

I've just finished it and was underwhelmed by the ending, and found the rest of it hard work. There was too much left unexplained, which I've said before about her books.

I have just finished Our House by Louise Candlish, and I have mixed feelings about it. I read it on my Kindle so I felt my progress with it was slow, it felt like forever to get halfway through. I did guess some of the big twists and there was one point where I thought "even after all that, would you do this?" and thought probably not, but I did actually like how the ending dealt with that.

ednclouda Thu 21-Jun-18 18:11:15

Mo Hayder her stories and the twists made me gasp out loud

flumpybear Sat 23-Jun-18 01:50:59

Love Mo Hayder ❤️

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Hygge Mon 25-Jun-18 16:13:46

I've just finished The Surrogate by Louise Jensen and would recommend you avoid it, it was terrible. It started at just okay and I was hoping it would get better. Instead it got worse, the ending was terrible, and it was a complete waste of my time.

RedFin Mon 25-Jun-18 16:48:01

Gillian Flynn , the author of Gone girl has some great books

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