Best Psychological Thriller Audiobooks

Listing the best psychological thriller audiobooks is no mean feat. It’s a genre that’s exploded in popularity and one whose writers are prolific. K. L Slater alone releases about three books a year and most of them have a shout for being included. With so many great choices, I’ve approached this task in my own mercenary fashion, setting myself rules. It’s been tough. Excuse me while I wipe away a tear and unroll this parchment (ahem):

  1. Only one book per author.

  2. Nothing too obvious. I’m looking at you The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. Love you, but give someone else a turn.

  3. Define your terms.

The first two required some deep soul searching and a Rocky style training montage. Number three though. That called for my thinking hat.

What is a Psychological Thriller?

 

Dark, suspenseful, mysterious, these are the illusionists of the fiction world. They paint a picture, only to reveal that nothing is as it seems.

​Sometimes known as domestic thrillers or psychological suspense novels, psychological thriller audio books are multifaceted hybrids. Yes, they incite the fear, adrenaline rush, heart-in-your-throat excitement of a thriller. But these stories go beyond action and suspense, homing in on the mind, both of the characters and the readers. Their characters are twisted and sinister, often hiding their true nature until the very end. The reader is led through a labyrinth of deception, mystery and misdirection until the final reveal, the showdown, the culmination.

Perhaps the magic behind the best psychological thriller audiobooks is their exploration of the darkest parts of human nature. Or maybe it's the challenge of working out the truth.

Putting the Audio in Book

Finally, there are the narrators. The explosion of psychological thrillers has attracted the very best voice artists, from veteran audio stars like Julia Whelan to TV and film actors like Emilia Fox and Joanne Froggatt.

Best Psychological Thriller Audiobooks: Top 10

1

The Last Thing She Told Me

By

Linda Green

Read By

Joan Walker, Sarah Durham

Babies are buried in the garden. The final words uttered by Nicola’s grandmother. on her deathbed. Bear in mind, this isn't the climax of this story. Oh, no, no, no. That's just the opening salvo. Talk about starting at a hundred. And that, my friends is the level at which it stays as the story unfolds.

2

Poison Orchids

By

Sarah A. Denzil

Read By

Anni Taylor, Aimee Horne

Paranoia at the ready in this tale of she said, she said. When two terrified backpackers are found, broken, bruised and with totally different accounts of their ordeal, detectives must uncover the truth. Based in Australia’s Northern Territory, this is a truly chilling, layered story of false promises and misplaced trust. And if that’s not enough, it’s read in the charming accented voice of Aimee Horne.

3

The Flower Girls

By

Alice Clark-Platts

Read By

Emilia Fox

There are crimes that society cannot forgive or forget. And when children commit brutal crimes, it’s hard not to wonder if they were born bad. Is there such a thing as inherent evil? If you, like me, are fascinated by this topic, this is one for you. Oh, and did I mention the narrator is Emilia Fox? Excuse me while I drop my mic.

4

The Family Upstairs

By

Lisa Jewell

Read By

Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn

Lisa Jewell knows a thing or ten about creating mystery. And complex characters. And gripping plots. So, despite a slow first chapter, I put my trust in the old Jewellster and kept on truckin’. And wow, was I right to. This story and all the characters in it are bonkers. In a good way. And all the bad ones. This deep dive into controlling human behaviour goes from strength to strength building to a dramatic ending.

5

The One

By

John Marrs

Read By

Clare Corbett, Vicki Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies, Sophie Aldred

It’s an alluring promise. You can meet The One. Your soulmate. And all through a simple DNA test. But is it too good to be true? Well. It wouldn’t be a psychological thriller if the answer was no… Performed by a fantastic cast, this seduced me with its sci-fi premise and thrilled me to the end.

6

The Silent Ones

By

K.L. Slater

Read By

Lucy Price-Lewis

Picking K L Slater’s best book was like trying to choose between cake and another cake. So right yet so very, very wrong. In the end, I chose this gripping tale of family secrets and betrayal. Also good are Blink, Safe With Me and Liar. Dammit. Broke the rules.

7

Hydra

By

Matt Wesolowski

Read By

Tim Bruce, Jane Slavin, Kris Dyer, Jonathan Keeble, Joan Walker, Julius Howe, Rebecca Rainsford

A family bludgeoned to death. And the sole surviving daughter is accused of the crime. Arla is that girl and now she's talking to podcaster Scott King. Told in the style of a deep-dive true crime podcast and performed by a large cast, this is both brilliantly written and beautifully produced.

8

Never Saw Me Coming

By

Vera Kurian

Read By

Brittany Pressley

A group of psychopaths anonymously assembled on one university campus. What could go wrong? Right? Well, spoiler alert. Things go wrong. Murdery wrong. This unique book make you guess not at who the psychopath is, but rather which one is the culprit. Tinged with a dark humour that narrator Brittany Pressley delivers with aplomb, this is a must add to your psychological thriller audio books TBR list.

9

The Stranger In My Home

By

Adele Parks

Read By

Rachel Atkins

Adele Parks’ first foray into the world of psychological thrillers is an absolute gem. Having loved her previous works in women’s fiction, I was unprepared for the shift in tone, but I got on board. Fast. Strap in, because this one’s full of surprises.

10

Elizabeth Is Missing

By

Emma Healey

Read By

Anna Bentinck

One adjective you don’t expect to apply to psychological thriller audiobooks is charming, but this is. It’s told from the perspective of Maud, an elderly lady suffering from Alzheimers and a thoroughly lovely narrator. If your granny told you scary murder stories, they’d be like this.

Rest of the Best Psychological Thriller Audiobooks

A top ten doesn't do justice to all the fantastic psychological thriller audiobooks out there. Have a browse below for more excellent examples of the genre. 

214 Palmer Street

By

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Karen McQuestion

Stacey Glemboski

Refreshingly Different

Blink

By

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K.L. Slater

Lucy Price-Lewis

That Twist Gave Me Whiplash

Close Your Eyes

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Rachel Abbott

Lisa Coleman

DCI Douglas As Gripping As Ever

Come Back For Me

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Heidi Perks

Sally Scott, Nathalie Buscombe

Closets Open, Skeletons Everywhere.

Come With Me

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Ronald Malfi

Joe Hempel

A carefully crafted mystery with echoes of (and I don't bandy this about) Gone Girl

Daisy Darker

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine

Alice Feeney Is A Master of Twists…

Deadly Little Lies

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Stephanie DeCarolis

Norma Butikofer

I Know What You Did Last Summer Meets Gossip Girl

Don't Ever Tell

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Lucy Dawson

Georgia Maguire, Rachel Atkins

A Juicy, Vengeful Delight

Gone Girl

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Gillian Flynn

Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

Julia Whelan as I’ve never heard her before

Hide

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Nell Pattison

David Thorpe, Sherry Baines, Alex Wingfield, Nick Biadon, Clare-Louise English, Billy Ashcroft, Beth Eyre

Excellent, Especially the Characters

I Let You Go

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Clare Mackintosh

David Thorpe, Julia Barrie

An Irresistable Page Turner

I See You

By

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Clare Mackintosh

Rachel Atkins

Chills and Thrills

I'll Never Tell

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Casey Kelleher

Daphne Kouma

This. Gave. Me. Chills.

Invisible Girl

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Lisa Jewell

Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly, Connor Swindells

Lisa Jewell Casts Another Dazzling Spell

Little Disasters

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Sarah Vaughan

Sophie Roberts, Esther Wane, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Sarah Feathers

Predictable but still enjoyable.

Mirrorland

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Carole Johnstone

Katie Leung

Haunting story, beautifully read.

Nanny Needed

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Georgina Cross

Emma Ashton

Twisted Me Round Its Little Finger

Rock Paper Scissors

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine, Richard Armitage

Thrilling and Creepy With A Killer Twist

Sometimes I Lie

By

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine

Flawed? Yes. But Eerie and Captivating

The Birthday Party

By

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Wendy Dranfield

Sarah Borges

Moriarty, Jewell and now Dranfield

The Cabin in the Woods

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Sarah Alderson

Stephanie Cannon

Clutched My Pearls So Tight I’m Picking Em Up Off The Floor

The Child

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Fiona Barton

Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Steven Pacey

Just brilliant.

The Girl Before

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J.P. Delaney

Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lisa Aagaard Knudsen

Stunning Performances

The Girl She Wanted

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K.L. Slater

Kristin Atherton

Slater Snares Me Again

The Girl Upstairs

By

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Georgina Lees

Meg Travers

Utterly Engrossing Mystery

The Girl on the Train

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Paula Hawkins

Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher

Entertaining

The Girls

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Lisa Jewell

Gabrielle Glaister , Amelie Jewell

A Heady, Toxic Web of Secrets: Peak Jewell

The Invited

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Jennifer McMahon

Amanda Carlin, Justine Eyre

Good Story Not Supported By Performance.

The Liar's Daughter

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Megan Cooley Peterson

Melissa Moran

This Felt Searingly Real

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

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Rhett McLaughlin

Link Neal, Vikas Adam

A layer cake of secrets, lies and divisive characters, addictive to the last bite.

The Love of My Life

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Rosie Walsh

Imogen Church, Theo Solomon

Mystery + Love Story + Drama + Thriller = Mind Blown

The Marriage

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K.L. Slater

Lucy Price-Lewis

Not Her Best, But…

The Marriage Pact

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Michelle Richmond

Tom Taylorson

Captivating, Addictive, Flawed But Enjoyable

The Marriage Secret

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Carey Baldwin

Stephanie Cannon

A Game and A Gambit Fit for a Queen

The Memory Chamber

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Holly Cave

Imogen Church

I’m In Limbo On This One

The Night She Disappeared

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Lisa Jewell

Joanne Froggatt

I “Dug It”…

The One I Left Behind

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Jennifer McMahon

Julia Whelan

Tragic, Horrifying, Fascinating

The Perfect Ruin

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Shanora Williams

Chante Ellison, Nola Vance

Rich Revenge

The Secret Next Door

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Rebecca Taylor

Libby McKnight

Big Bad Lies

The Street Party

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Claire Seeber

Anna Cordell, Laura Brydon, Nano Nagle

A layer cake of secrets, lies and divisive characters, addictive to the last bite.

The Unheard

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Nicci French

Olivia Vinall

Heard And Enjoyed

The Widow

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Fiona Barton

Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, Mandy Williams, Jayne Entwistle, Steve West

One of the best psychological thrillers I've read.

The Wife Between Us

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Greer Hendricks

Sarah Pekkanen, Julia Whelan

More Twists and Turns than a Curly Wurly

The Woods

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Harlan Coben

Carol Monda , David Chandler

Brilliant: A Cut Above