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Psychological Thriller Books With Groups of Friends

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Page-Turning Psychological Thriller Books

Do you enjoy page-turning psychological thriller books about a group of friends getting caught up in crazy, twisty and suspenseful situations?  If so, then you’ll love the books on this list!  We’ve gathered some of the best psych thrillers, mysteries, suspenseful and twisty whodunits out there that will keep you entertained from beginning to end.  So sit back, relax, and get ready for an exciting ride!


In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won’t be able to put down.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Shiver by Allie Reynolds

Shiver by Allie Reynolds

In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.

The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman

The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman

From two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Carol Goodman comes a new mystery, about a group of friends isolated on a remote island with a history of foul play.

The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

A year ago a boy was found murdered at a girlsʼ boarding school, and the case was never solved. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of the boy with the caption: “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case–beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey. With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.

Fierce Little Thing by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Fierce Little Thing by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s Fierce Little Thing is a mesmerizing story of friendship and its reckonings. The five from vastly different lives return to confront their blackmailer and reckon with the horror that split them apart. How far will they go to bury their secret forever?

Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight

Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight

In this relentlessly twisty literary thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight, a desperate intervention brings together a group of college friends 10 years after graduation–a reunion marked by lies, betrayal, and murder.

The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay

The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay

A cleverly voiced psychological thriller about an unforgettable–and unsettling–friendship, with blood-chilling twists, crackling wit, and a thrumming pulse in its veins–from the nationally bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Survivor Song.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands–the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

The Herd by by Andrea Bartz

The Herd by by Andrea Bartz

Why did the founder of a glamorous coworking space for women disappear? Her best friends will risk everything to uncover the truth in this “propulsive thriller” (Marie Claire) from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club pick We Were Never Here.

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

The Summer We Buried by Jody Gehrman

The Summer We Buried by Jody Gehrman

An unthinkable crime–and the tattered threads of a friendship gone wrong–come roaring back to terrible new life in Jody Gehrman’s riveting psychological suspense, perfect for fans of Joshilyn Jackson.

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

Everyone has the same questions about best friends Owen and Luna: What binds them together so tightly? Why weren’t they ever a couple? And why do people around them keep turning up dead? In this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger, every answer raises a new, more chilling question.

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Older women often feel invisible, but sometimes that’s their secret weapon. 

They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they’re sixty years old, four women friends can’t just retire – it’s kill or be killed in this action-packed thriller by New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

All the Dark Places by Terri Parlato

All the Dark Places by Terri Parlato

A savage murder rocks a quiet Massachusetts suburb, revealing the dark secrets at the center of a group of friends and setting two women –  one with a traumatic past, the other a Boston police detective – on a hunt for truth in this stylish debut thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena…

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Are any of these psychological thriller books on your TBR?  What books would you add to this list?

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