Top 10 Psychological Thriller Authors of the 21st Century
It is simple to deceive the heart, not so with the human mind. Today we are looking at some psychological thriller authors who have the rare ability to do the latter. Their stories will make you question reality; they will toy with your thoughts and may even condemn you to a few sleepless nights.
Having been a writer for Entertainment Weekly, Flynn wrote her first novel in 2006. Aside from writing three very popular novels, she has also dabbled in short stories as well as comics. Two of her books also made it to the list of our favorite crime thriller books.
Flynn excels at creating strong female leads and exploring complicated, layered relationships. Her deep understanding and exploration of the vulnerabilities in human relationships makes her books unputdownable for her readers.
Start by reading: Gone Girl
Hawkins started her career writing under the pseudonym Amy Silver without much success. It was her first novel under her original name, The Girl on the Train, that garnered profound notoriety.
She won acclaim for tackling issues that affect women and society. Paula Hawkins puts the microscope over controversial human actions, such as, cheating and abuse and explains the rationale behind these actions with utmost lucidity.
Start by reading: The Girl on the Train
Although widely regarded as a legend in the horror genre, Stephen King's horrors are born of what is the pinnacle of psychological thriller writing. Whether it was first novel - Carrie or perhaps his most celebrated work - The Shining, King has always been able to capture the psychological elements of his readers' minds.
King’s specialty lies in his sharp dialogue, passionate opinion on everyday issues, and his incredible ability to transcend genres. Apart from thrilling plots, a Stephen King book always comes with the promise of amazing world-building and believable characterization.
Start by reading: The Shining
A former police officer, Clare Mackintosh has written five novels, all part of the Sphere series, that have since been published in more than 35 languages. Her books have hit bestseller lists for crime and thriller books and earned her several prestigious, including Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016.
Her books are notorious for shocking plot twists, believable portrayals of crime, and solid character development.
Start by reading: I Let You Go
A British Author, Mark Edwards has built his reputation recounting tales of extraordinary events with ordinary people. He has written more than 10 books, each, more terrifying than the other.
Edwards started out co-authoring and self-publishing his books before hitting the big time. Mark leaves his mark by making the readers wonder if the world is truly as straightforward as it seems.
Start by reading: The Magpies
A psychological thriller author endorsed by the Richard and Judy Book Club, Lucy Clarke has written 5 novels that have been translated into at least 12 languages.
One of Clarke’s most favored tropes involves disappearance of people and how that impacts the close ones of those who disappear. A Lucy Clarke book is a treat to those who like to see clues come in waves to help gradually uncover the mysteries surrounding the protagonists.
Start by reading: You Let Me In
Steve J Watson is an English writer, fondly known as SJ Watson. He created earned international acclaim with his debut novel - Before I Sleep. The book has since been published in over 42 languages. An audiologist by profession, Steve took a demotion at work to focus on writing.
Watson often explores the theme of memory loss in his books and his characterization and pacing of his stories are always on point. Watson is especially great at creating relatable characters that his readers can easily invest in.
Start by reading: Before I Sleep
Daniel Mallory left his publishing job behind to become AJ Finn and write his debut novel - The Woman in the Window and hasn't looked back since.
Finn offers a fresh perspective in the psychological thriller genre. The Woman in the Window isn’t so much a chilling or a nail-biting but instead a gripping read that is truly hard to put down! The best quality of Finn's writing in perhaps the pacing - there is never a dull moment.
Start by reading: The Woman in the Window
A psychological thriller specialist, Lisa Jewell first shot to fame with her novel - Then She was Gone. The British author has written eleven novels and continues to leave her readers short on sleep because they simply cannot put her books down!
Lisa has an innate ability to make her characters come alive. Her tales, although borrowed from classic fiction, seem unique in the telling from her perspective. Her appealing style of writing connects with all her thriller readers alike.
Start by reading: I Found You
Kiersten is a self-admitted psychological thriller fanatic and has written more than ten books in the psychological thriller and romantic suspense genres.
In her books, she enjoys exploring and showing readers the darkest parts of the human mind. Her ability to tap into the readers' minds and finding twists in the mundane make her a fitting addition to this list of amazing psychological thriller authors.
Start by reading: You Let Me In
These authors and their books should be give you a great bump to your psychological thriller books reading list! Want us to check out some other psychological thriller authors? Let us know in the comments.