51 Bone-Chilling Psychological Thriller Books for Book Clubs

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If you’re looking for gripping, addictive psychological thrillers for your next book club meeting, check out this list. These books are perfect for those who crave suspense, mystery, and a mind-bending journey. To help you even further, I’ve included general book club questions that are perfect for any thriller book club meeting.

Best Psychological Thriller Books for Reading Groups

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  4. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  5. Ward D by Freida McFadden 
  6. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  8. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  9. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  10. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  11. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  12. I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
  13. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  14. The Night She Disappeared  by Lisa Jewell
  15. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
  16. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
  17. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  18. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  19. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
  20. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
  21. The Wife by Alafair Burke
  22. The Child by Fiona Barton
  23. The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  24. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
  25. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
  26. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  27. The Couple at No. 9 by Claire Douglas
  28. The One by John Marrs
  29. Lies by T.M. Logan
  30. The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda
  31. The Other People by C.J. Tudor
  32. The Good Lie by A.R. Torre
  33. The Push by Ashley Audrain
  34. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  35. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
  36. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
  37. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  38. Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera
  39. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  40. False Memory by Dean Koontz
  41. Home Is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose
  42. She’s Not Sorry by Mary Kubica
  43. Don’t Let Her Stay by Nicola Sanders
  44. The Maid’s Diary by Loreth Anne White
  45. Three by Ted Dekker
  46. And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott
  47. The Marriage by K.L. Slater
  48. Girl, Missing by Dreda Say Mitchell & Ryan Carter
  49. The Girls in the Snow by Stacy Green
  50. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
  51. Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

General Book Club Questions For Thriller Book Clubs 

Character Depth

  1. Character Growth: How did the protagonist change from the beginning to the end of the book? What events were pivotal for their development?
  2. Secondary Characters: Choose a secondary character and discuss their psychological complexity. How do they influence the main character or plot?

Plot Twists

  1. Most Shocking Twist: Which plot twist did you find the most shocking? How did it change your perception of the story or characters?
  2. Predictability: Were there any twists you saw coming? What clues gave them away, if any?
  3. Impact of Twists: How did each twist impact the overall narrative? Did they enhance or detract from your enjoyment of the book?

Suspense Techniques

  1. Pacing: Discuss the pacing of the book. Were there moments where the tension felt unbearable? How did the author achieve this?
  2. Cliffhangers: Were there any chapters that ended with cliffhangers? How did these moments affect your reading experience?

Setting’s Role

  1. Setting as a Character: How did the setting act almost as a character in the story? What mood did it create?
  2. Influence of Setting: How did the location and time period influence the plot and characters’ behavior?

Unreliable Narrator

  1. Trust Issues: Discuss the reliability of the narrator. How did this affect your trust in the storyline?
  2. Narrative Perspective: How would the story change if told from another character’s perspective?
  3. Narrator’s Motives: What do you think motivated the narrator to present the story in the way they did? How did their perspective shape the narrative?

Moral Dilemmas

  1. Ethical Choices: Were there any ethical dilemmas faced by the characters? How did you feel about their choices?
  2. Moral Ambiguity: Were there characters whose actions you found morally ambiguous? How did this ambiguity affect your perception of them?
  3. Judgment: Did you find yourself judging the characters for their actions? How did the book challenge your own moral beliefs?

Psychological Elements

  1. Mental Illness: How did the book explore themes of mental illness or psychological trauma? Did it change your perspective on these issues?
  2. Behavioral Analysis: Analyze a character’s behavior through the lens of psychology. What drives their actions and decisions?

Creepiest Moment

  1. Heart-Racing Scene: Which scene made your heart race the most? Why do you think it was so effective?
  2. Unsettling Elements: What elements of the book did you find most unsettling or creepy? How did these contribute to the overall atmosphere?

Ending Analysis

  1. Alternate Endings: How would you rewrite the ending? Do you think the original ending left any loose ends or unanswered questions?
  2. Satisfaction Level: Were you satisfied with the conclusion of the story? Why or why not?

Author Insight

  1. Author’s Intent: If you could step into the author’s mind, what do you think their main goal was in writing this book? What message or feeling were they trying to convey?
  2. Writing Style: How did the author’s writing style contribute to the psychological tension of the story?


There you have the list of best psychological thriller books for book club and discussion-worthy questions.


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