What I Look For In Psychological Thrillers

For this post I decided to write about what I look for in a good psychological thriller, this post was inspired after reading The Blossom Twins blog post on ‘What I Look For In A Book‘ which I enjoyed reading.

It takes a good psychological thriller to please me. And believe me, I love a good psychological thriller when I read one. Psychological thrillers have to be one of my favourite genres to read, I only properly discovered this genre in mid/late 2015, but I’m glad I found this genre!

The first psychological thriller that I ever read was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins which I really enjoyed to say it was my first in that particular genre. It definitely didn’t disappoint me anyway, although when I watched the associated film at the cinema back in early October it didn’t live up to the book. Although I do recommend reading the book first before you go out of your way to watch the film that is associated with it. The book is definitely worth the hype in my opinion at least.

Either way The Girl On The Train paved the way for the love that I now have for psychological thriller books (one of my current favourites being The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne!) I still have many yet to read in the upcoming months! Currently I’m reading Girl Unknown by Karen Perry, so hopefully I’ll have a review of that coming up sometime in the near future.

So, let’s get into what I look for in a psychological thriller –

  • First things first, the opening chapter has to hook me in. Although this goes for every book, I feel as though this is especially important in a psychological thriller.
  • Suspense in a psychological thriller is key. Keeping me on my feet and constantly thinking about the book is great. It makes the story more interesting and is definitely a big page turner for me, for sure.
  • An interesting plot which takes twists and turns is also key, it keeps the story more interesting and I’m more likely to enjoy it (unless it gets too confusing, that is). Plot twists are so important in these kinds of stories to keep me interested.
  • The characters. They don’t necessarily have to be relatable, I wouldn’t expect them to be, but they are definitely important in the story. Good characters and a good plot equals a good psychological thriller!
  • The characters also have to seem real for the most part, too. If not then the plot isn’t as believable.
  • It really helps in the psychological thriller when the writing flows really well. Despite the plot twists I wouldn’t want to be confused when I’m reading in this genre – it would only put me off as I’d find it a little more difficult to read.

Is there anything that you look for in a good book, or maybe in a good psychological thriller if you read them too? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “What I Look For In Psychological Thrillers

  1. I’m into psychological thrillers as well! Although I love to read any thriller but psychological thriller is the perfect combo (in my opinion). I’ll definitely check out The Ice Twins, it seems interesting x

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