“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides captivated us with its chilling atmosphere, intricate plot, and shocking twist ending.
If you found yourself enthralled by the enigmatic silence of Alicia Berenson and the psychological intrigue that unfolds in the story, you’re in luck.
This curated list of books offers similarly gripping psychological thrillers filled with complex characters, tantalizing mysteries, and unexpected revelations.
26 Books Like The Silent Patient
1. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
A gripping psychological thriller, “The Woman in the Window” features an agoraphobic woman who believes she has witnessed a crime in her neighbor’s house. The story intricately weaves her fears, the reality she perceives, and dark secrets, offering a tale filled with suspense, twists, and a deep exploration of the protagonist’s psyche.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This novel is a masterful psychological thriller that tells the story of Amy Dunne’s disappearance on her fifth wedding anniversary. Through the alternating perspectives of Amy and her husband Nick, “Gone Girl” explores the complexities of marriage, media influence, and the dark side of human nature with shocking twists and turns.
3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, a woman struggling with alcoholism and the aftermath of her divorce, becomes entangled in a missing person’s investigation that she embarks upon during her daily train commute. This story is a complex psychological thriller with unreliable narration, exploring themes of obsession, memory, and loneliness.
4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Set in a small, seemingly perfect town, “Big Little Lies” follows three women, each at a crossroads in their lives. The novel combines humor with a suspenseful mystery, revealing the dangerous little lies that people tell just to survive. It deals with themes of family, violence, and the façade of perfection in suburban life.
5. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Christine wakes up every day with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. “Before I Go to Sleep” is a psychological thriller about her quest to discover the truth about her past, exploring themes of memory, identity, and trust. The narrative takes the reader through twists and turns until its shocking conclusion.
6. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
This novel explores the seemingly perfect marriage of Grace and Jack Angel. To the outside world, they embody the ideal relationship, but “Behind Closed Doors” reveals the disturbing truth of what happens in the privacy of their home. It’s a chilling psychological thriller about manipulation, control, and the façade of perfection.
7. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Assumptions are challenged in “The Wife Between Us” as it unravels the complex dynamics between a man, his ex-wife, and his soon-to-be bride. With unexpected twists, the novel delves into jealousy, deception, and manipulation, demonstrating that when it comes to marriage, things are never as simple as they seem.
8. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
A domestic thriller that starts with a baby disappearing from her crib while her parents are next door. “The Couple Next Door” examines the unraveling of secrets among families and neighbors, revealing how well one truly knows those closest to them. The novel is packed with twists, betrayals, and revelations.
9. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together when she meets an unexpectedly charming man and his young daughter who reminds Laurel eerily of her own missing child. “Then She Was Gone” is a gripping tale of loss, obsession, and the lengths one will go to for love.
10. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Following a tragic accident that changes her life, Jenna Gray moves to a remote cottage to start anew. “I Let You Go” is a compelling thriller that explores grief, guilt, and the journey to healing, with a twist that turns the narrative on its head, challenging the reader’s perceptions and expectations.
11. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Two sisters are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind… Twenty-eight years later, “The Good Daughter” revisits their story, weaving a gripping narrative of family, secrets, and survival. It’s a profound exploration of trauma and its long-lasting effects on individuals and their families.
12. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
Set in a picturesque vacation town, “The Last House Guest” delves into the complex friendship between a wealthy visitor and a local girl. When a tragic death occurs, it’s unclear whether it was an accident or murder, leading to a suspenseful investigation that uncovers deep-seated secrets and lies within the community.
13. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, thinking it will be an easy way to make some money. But as the study progresses, “An Anonymous Girl” evolves into a complex game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between doctor and patient, hunter and prey.
14. The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
In a story that combines elements of suspense and family drama, “The Night Olivia Fell” explores the aftermath of a teenager’s mysterious fall from a bridge. Her mother seeks the truth behind the accident, uncovering secrets and lies that challenge their family’s perceptions and bonds.
15. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Amber wakes up in a hospital, unable to move, speak, or open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they don’t know she can. “Sometimes I Lie” is a psychological thriller that explores Amber’s complicated life, her marriage, and the events that led to her current state, with a narrative that weaves between past and present.
16. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
After witnessing a car in the woods and the woman inside it who ends up dead, Cass begins to forget things and starts receiving silent calls. “The Breakdown” is a psychological thriller that delves into paranoia, guilt, and the fear of losing one’s mind, with a tension that builds to a shocking revelation.
17. The Whisper Man by Alex North
After the death of his wife, a father and his son move to a new town looking for a fresh start. But when a local boy vanishes, their world turns upside down. “The Whisper Man” is a chilling tale of a serial killer haunting a town, blending elements of a detective narrative with a dark psychological thriller.
18. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Hired for a high-paying nanny job at a luxurious Scottish Highlands home, Rowan Caine finds herself in a nightmare that lands her in prison, accused of murdering a child. “The Turn of the Key” is a modern gothic thriller with smart home technology gone awry, sinister happenings, and a mounting sense of dread.
19. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Naomi, a private investigator with a knack for finding missing children, is tasked with a new case: finding Madison, a girl who has been missing for three years. “The Child Finder” is a haunting, beautifully written novel that explores themes of survival, resilience, and the power of hope through its captivating mystery.
20. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
This novel weaves together the stories of a mother and a teenage girl who died in the river that runs through town. “Into the Water” explores the deceitfulness of memory and the ways the past can haunt the present. It’s a complex tale of family secrets, with multiple perspectives that reveal the truth piece by piece.
21. The Dry by Jane Harper
In a drought-stricken Australian town, federal agent Aaron Falk returns for the funeral of his childhood friend, who allegedly killed his family before himself. “The Dry” is a gripping mystery that slowly unravels the community’s secrets, lies, and the truth about a decades-old mystery intertwined with the present crimes.
22. The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland
Tessa Markham returns home to find a little boy in her kitchen who asks, “Are you my mummy?” “The Secret Mother” is a psychological thriller that delves into the depths of a woman’s grief and her journey to prove her sanity and uncover the truth behind the child’s appearance in her life.
23. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Set on a remote island off the Irish coast during a glamorous wedding, tensions rise and old grudges resurface among the guests. “The Guest List” is a suspenseful whodunit that slowly reveals secrets and motives, leading to a shocking twist. It’s a meticulously crafted tale of suspense, set against a backdrop of stark beauty and isolation.
24. Watching You by Lisa Jewell
In a peaceful suburban neighborhood, someone is watching. “Watching You” unravels a complex web of obsession, jealousy, and murder through the eyes of multiple characters, each with their secrets. It’s a compelling thriller that examines the idea that you never really know what’s happening behind closed doors.
25. The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent
This psychological thriller follows Autumn Carpenter, who becomes obsessed with the seemingly perfect life of Daphne McNeil through her social media. When Autumn takes a job as Daphne’s family’s nanny, her obsession takes a dark turn. “The Memory Watcher” is a gripping tale of obsession, identity, and the dangerous façade of social media.
26. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
“The Night Sister” is a blend of a murder mystery and a tale of horror that spans generations, centered around the Tower Motel and its dark history. With elements of suspense, family secrets, and a touch of the supernatural, it’s a story that keeps readers guessing until the very end.