For this edition of Like This? Try That! I wanted to focus on psychological thrillers as it’s a genre I tend to gravitate towards. Recently, I’ve read a slew of thrillers that were not only really entertaining but also gave me strong vibes of other popular thrillers.
With this genre, it’s not entirely unexpected to find plenty of books with the word “lie” in the title, but it is a fun irony that all three recommendations I have today feature it. I also love it when the covers resemble each other, and some of these definitely do!
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I realize comparing anything to Gone Girl may be a hot point, but I just can’t stop myself. In both of these domestic thrillers, things are not as they appear. Lie to Me explores the relationship of husband and wife, Ethan and Sutton. It features unreliable narrators, a cast of characters who are all out for themselves, and plot twists you won’t see coming. If you like the story and structure of Gone Girl, Lie to Me just might work for you too!
Sometimes I Lie is the story of a woman who wakes up from a coma in the hospital and can’t move, speak, or open her eyes. She can hear what’s going on around her, though, and is trying to remember how she got there. As her story is pieced together, it’s easy to make assumptions based on what you are reading. Much like The Wife Between Us, the line between what you think you’re seeing and what’s actually happening is blurred until the truth is ultimately revealed. Both of these books are best gone into blind, so if you like to be surprised, definitely check them out!
I didn’t make this connection at first, but after finishing The Last Time I Lied, I realized that it strongly reminded me of The Chalk Man. These books both feature protagonists who are trying to put their pasts behind them but can’t. Alternating their timelines between the past and present day, these stories unfold to reveal all the secrets and lies hiding beneath the surface. Either of these are great options if you like thrillers with eerie atmospheres and childhood stories that hold plenty of secrets!
So, there you have three of my psychological thriller recommendations based on other popular psychological thrillers! Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?