In the realm of psychological thrillers, few subjects are as chilling and suspenseful as stalkers. These relentless pursuers, lurking in the shadows, create an atmosphere of fear and paranoia that captivates readers. If you’re a fan of thrillers and seeking an adrenaline rush, look no further. We will delve into the world of stalkers through the lens of literature, exploring five gripping thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
1. YOU by Caroline Kepnes
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten.
But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…
A chilling account of unrelenting, terrifying deceit, Caroline Kepnes’ You is a thriller more perversely clever and dangerously twisted than any YOU have ever read.
2. Never Lie by Freida McFadden
Newlyweds Tricia and Ethan are searching for the house of their dreams.
But when they visit the remote manor that once belonged to Dr. Adrienne Hale, a renowned psychiatrist who vanished without a trace four years earlier, a violent winter storm traps them at the estate… with no chance of escape until the blizzard comes to an end.
In search of a book to keep her entertained until the snow abates, Tricia happens upon a secret room. One that contains audio transcripts from every single patient Dr. Hale has ever interviewed. As Tricia listens to the cassette tapes, she learns about the terrifying chain of events leading up to Dr. Hale’s mysterious disappearance.
Tricia plays the tapes one by one, late into the night. With each one, another shocking piece of the puzzle falls into place, and Dr. Adrienne Hale’s web of lies slowly unravels.
And then Tricia reaches the final cassette.
The one that reveals the entire horrifying truth.
3. Pretty Evil by Zoe Rosi
You’ve done a bad thing. She has you in her sights. Now you’re going to pay.
Meet Camilla Black: an affluent, respected, influential fashion magazine editor, who lives it up in her beautiful Mayfair apartment. But Camilla’s glamorous life is a lie. Behind her poised exterior beats the cold dark heart of a vigilante killer, a murderer hell-bent on wreaking vengeance upon bad men.
Camilla expects to get away with murder. She’s careful. And anyway, it’s worth the risk. She’s making the world a better place with each predator she kills. But when one of her victims’ bodies is unexpectedly found, his gruesome death is splashed all over the papers.
To make matters worse, she’s now being pursued by Detective Wheelan, a new addition to the Met with laser-sharp focus and a worrying habit of solving impossible crimes…
She knows she should stop, but she can’t. Some men just deserve to die. Will Camilla’s insatiable appetite for justice be her downfall, or can she outsmart the police?
Pretty Evil is the timely, shocking and incendiary thriller that will appeal to fans of Killing Eve Promising Young Woman and I May Destroy You
4. I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
imee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.
When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
I Know Who You Are will leave your heart pounding and your pulse racing. This is the most twisted thriller you’ll read all year.
5. Shared by Two by Jon Athan
Nestor Castle—a bestselling, award-winning extreme horror author—has the perfect life, having transitioned from indie darling to mainstream success. Although he dislikes the limelight, he finds comfort cooped up in his lake house with his loving wife and healthy daughter. However, after announcing his next book—a departure from the horror genre—he finds himself targeted by a disgruntled fan who calls himself ‘Butterfly.’
Butterfly’s messages grow more aggressive, more disturbing, and more threatening each time. When strange occurrences start happening around him, Nestor begins to fear that he is being stalked and he starts to suspect everyone—his agent, his neighbors, the deliveryman, his wife.
Who is Butterfly?
Jon Athan, the author of The Groomer and Lovesick, brings you a psychological horror novel with an extreme edge. There is a fine line between fan and fanatic. Will you cross it?
As we conclude our exploration of these gripping thrillers about stalkers, one thing becomes clear: the subject matter continues to captivate readers with its spine-chilling suspense and psychological depth. Through the pages of these books, we are reminded of the fine line between fascination and fear when it comes to the realm of stalking. Whether you’re a seasoned thriller enthusiast or new to the genre, these five novels will surely satisfy your craving for gripping tales of obsession, danger, and the triumph of the human condition.