What are the best psychological fiction books?

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    #1The Manufactured Identity

    The Manufactured Identity

    The Manufactured Identity by a clinical psychologist Heath Sommer tells the story of the disappearance of Lory's husband after doing a fishing trip routine. Lory and her newfound partners find out the truth behind the unreasonable disappearance.

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    Shreyas Vyas
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Oh this plot sounds intriguing. I can even score it on audiobook for free and listen to it in the car. Great suggestion."
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    #2The Human Obsession

    The Human Obsession

    The Human Obsession by Heath Sommer is the second novel in the Manufactured Identity series. This book about psychological thriller portrays why the people who protect and serve are in the greatest danger.

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    Donna Payne
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "The Human Obsession is part of a great trilogy. The whole series is good, and has some interesting courtroom drama as well. This book may very well be the best of the trilogy."
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    #3The Night Child

    The Night Child
    The Night Child is an adult fiction novel written by Anna Quinn which follows English high school teacher Nora Brown after she sees a girl's face in her classroom following her dismissal of her students. 
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    Russell Peterson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Great choice for a psychological fiction book. "
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    #4To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Terry Young
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I remember reading this book in high school. I would not have thought it would it still would have an effect on me, thirty years later. It opened my eyes to the prejudice that exists still to this day. Not just in the deep south but everywhere. I feel it is an important book to read, especially before adulthood and I really hope it is still read in high school. "
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    #5Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    James Freeman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Psychological fiction is by far my favorite genre. I recently read George Orwell's 1984 and began to explore his other works. The next book I read was Animal Farm and it was great! The story covered many different themes in a creative format. If you haven't already read this book pick it up today."
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    #6The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    Patricia Bradley
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "i like the psychological fiction books because it is the best book the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is my best part"
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    #7Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.
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    Joe George
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Just a link to Of Mice and Men. I don't even think this book is psychological fiction. Feels like some jsut searched and put one random book as the answer. "
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    #8The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Arjun Dutta
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is very captivating, I wouldn't realize so much time passed until it got dark outside. I have recommended this to family and friends who are interested in psychological fiction stories, I found the story very interesting and fund to read and think about."
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    #91984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Patrick Carroll
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "an austere book on the depravity of man, an orwellian classic"
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    #10Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.

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    Walter Robinson
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Crime and Punishment is a great psychological fiction book. It is a book that will play tricks on you and keep you captivated at all times."
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    #11The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    #12House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    House of Leaves is a book by Mark Danielewski that tells the story of Johnny Truant. He is an assistant of a tattoo artist who found a notebook of a dead man. What it contains are recorded videotaped that contain interviews. 

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    Ralph Reynolds
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I am big into fiction. If you like psychological thrillers to I am right up your alley. House of Leaves hit every spot for the literature fan too. This book really honed in on what it meant to get lost in a book."
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    #13Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.

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    Scott Rios
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Gone Girl is so good that the moment I finished it, I started back at the first page to read it again! I suggest you just jump with not too many details because taking Flynn's ride of twists and turn blind is incredibly fun. This is a tale of marriage and the selves we construct, but also of revenge, contempt, and the horrors that resentment can create. Amy is one of the most compelling female characters I've ever read and I never lost interest in her story. Gone Girl is affecting, funny, and terrifying all at once."
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    #14It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is published in 2007. In 2010, it was adapted into a film with the same title. It tells the story of a suicidal teenage guy who gets into a mental hospital wherein he learns stories of other people.

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    Joe Murray
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book attempts to portray a very difficult and not easily understandable side of growing up and does so very skillfully. The story follows a boy who had just gotten into a prestigious highschool and begins to spiral into depression when he can't come to terms with his and others' expectations of him. The story is profoundly sad but one worth the effort to read."
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    #15Things We Lost in the Fire

    Things We Lost in the Fire

    Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez is a pyschological literary fiction novel originally published in 2017. This book is a collection of reminiscing stories of different people exploring the depths of violence and corruption.

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    #16The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones
    Susie is a 14 years old girl who has the chance of seeing how life goes on after she dies: she is able to see how everyone copes with her loss, how her family still has hopes of finding her despite being already dead and how the man who raped and killed her continues his life.
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    Susana Ortiz
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book examines death from a different perspective. The perspective is that of the victim who is now in heaven. It is quite an interesting read that allows us to look deeper into the feelings of the person that left us."
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    #17Fever Dream

    Fever Dream

    Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin is a mystery and psychological fiction novel originally published in 2017. This book tells the story of a dying woman named Amanda and a young boy desperate for a family.

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    Larry Henry
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A very interesting psychological fiction book that deals with a haunting story being told between two people. It is described as a nightmare come to life which fits best psychological fiction books very well."
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    #18The Animators

    The Animators
    The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker is a psychological fiction novel originally published in 2016 the Random House. This book follows the story of two animators - Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses.
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    George Aguilar
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This was a very good fiction book. It was a deeply personal novel and is very riveting. I recommend to anyone considering buying it. "
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    #19Fearscape (Horrorscape)

    Fearscape (Horrorscape)

    Fearscape is a young adult mystery suspense thriller fiction and the first book in Horrorscape series written by Nenia Campbell. It is first published in 2012 by Amazon Digital Services. 

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    Sean Bradley
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book was thrilling. It made me think a lot. It was a very deep book in my opinion. Might even read it again."
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    #20The Royal Game and Other Stories

    The Royal Game and Other Stories

    The Royal Game & Other Stories is a psychological thriller written by Stefan Zweig. This collection of short stories is translated by Jill Sutcliffe. First published in 1941, this book is published in 2001 by Holes & Meier Publishers.

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    Alicia Palacios
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Royal Game and Other Stories is a gripping novel with five different stories, each one stands out in their own right. It's a psychological thriller that keep you wanting more and more. Hard to believe this book was written 70 years ago and still is relevant today. This is a must read for anyone who likes crazy psychological thriller books."
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    #21Trust No One

    Trust No One
    Trust No One is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Greg Hurwitz.  This crime fiction book is first published in 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Danielle George
    Written on May 13, 2018
    ""Trust No One" is a very good book. A well-written plot, interesting and likeable characters, and enough suspense and intrigue to keep one interested and engaged. Fast read with lots of action!"
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    #22That Summer: Part Two

    That Summer: Part Two

    That Summer: Part Two is a young adult suspense thriller fiction and the second book in That Summer series written by Lauren Crossley. It is first published in 2015. 

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    Elizabeth Thompson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This suspense thriller did not meet the mark for me, unfortunately. The plot fell flat and I tried to fully commit myself to finishing. I wish I could say positive things about this."
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    #23I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver)

    I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver)

    I Don't Want to Kill You is a young adult horror fantasy fiction and the third book in John Cleaver series written by Dan Wells. It is first published in 2011 by Tor Books. 

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    Jacob Perry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of occult fiction and the John Cleaver series has not disappointed yet. I Don't Want to Kill You offers fans of the series a sort of (crazy) ending to the John Cleaver trilogy. Guts, gore, demons, occult references, badass protagonist, sprinkle in some dark humor, and you've got a hell of a read. "
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    #24Time Bomb (Alex Delaware)

    Time Bomb (Alex Delaware)
    Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more  explores the corruption of California's golden  coast and produces a novel of complex  characterizations and nonstop suspense.  By the time psychologist Dr. Alex  Delaware reached the school the damage was done:  A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground,  but was gunned down before any children were  hurt.  While  the TV news crews feasted on the scene an Alex  began his therapy sessions with the traumatized  children, he couldn't escape the image of a slight  teenager clutching an oversized rifle. What was the  identity behind the name and face: a would-be  assassin, or just another victim beneath an  indifferent California sky?

    Intrigued by a request from the sniper's father  to conduct a "psychological autopsy" of  his child, Alex begins to uncover a strange  pattern of innocence, neglect, and loss. Then suddenly  it is more than a pattern -- it is a trail of  blood. In the dead sniper's past was a dark and  vicious plot. And in Alex Delaware's future is the  stuff of grown-up nightmares: the face of real  human evil.

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    Kyle Harris
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Johnathan Kellerman is a great author who's great at writing psychological thrillers and suspense novels and one of the reasons he's so good at this is he holds a PhD in psychology and received a lifetime achievement award from the APA for his contribution to the science. So yeah I think this is a great book for anyone looking to enjoy a novel that's grounded in real psychological science."
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    #25Measure Twice

    Measure Twice

    Measure Twice is a mystery thriller fiction novel written by J.J. Hensley. This book is about Detective Jackson Channing who will uncover the mystery. It is first published in 2014 by Bolt Action Books. 

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    Laura Simpson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Measure Twice makes you grab the side of your chair as you sink deeper and deeper into the mind game of this thriller. It it one that you will not want to pit down as your heart is pumping and you just need to know more. "
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    #26Firefly Lane

    Firefly Lane

    Firefly Lane is a women's fiction chick lit written by Kristin Hannah as the first book of her Firefly Lane series. This tells the story of Kate Mularkey. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2008 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Michelle Henderson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Needed a new fiction book I couldn't put down. This book had it all. Centered around the Firefly Lane Saga, it us a mist read in the psychological womens lit genre."
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    #27The Best of Friends

    The Best of Friends

    The Best of Friends is a mystery fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. This obsession fiction book is first published in 1972 by Putnam.

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    Eric Johnson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This was quite a poorly written story. A lot of it was rather straightforward and you could see what would happen next a mile away. The characters were shallow and not much thought was put into any twists and turns the story could have had. I do not recommend it."
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    #28Mad River Road

    Mad River Road

    Mad River Road is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. It is first published in  2006 by Pocket Star. 

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    Andy Su
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "mystery suspense thriller makes it interesting"
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    #29The Girl Before

    The Girl Before

    The Girl Before is a standalone mystery thriller novel written by Rena Olsen which centers on the life of Clara Lawson who changed instantly after her home is invaded by armed men. 

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    Kenneth Clark
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I was in the mood for a psychological book. I searched book review sites and decided on The Girl Before. The book was interesting and definitely psychological. I thought about the story for about a week after I finished reading it. I would recommend this."
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    #30The Book of Illusions

    The Book of Illusions

    The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster is a psychological fiction novel published in 2002. This book tells the story of David Zimmer who recently lost his family in a plane crash. It was nominated for International Dublin Literary Award.

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    Roger Washington
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I think this book shows a lot about how a personal loss can really affect someone. It shows how people deal with grief and how the healing process can be a long one. It also goes through David's quest to find this silent film actor and what knowledge he gains from his travels and experiences."
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    #31Das Boot: The Boat

    Das Boot: The Boat
    Das Boot: The Boat is a thriller war novel and the first book in Das Boot series written by  Lothar-Günther Buchheim. It is first published in 1973 by Cassell. 
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    Christian Stewart
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "You will not want to put this book down. I raced through this because I just needed to know what was going to happen next. Set aside a few days to read it because you won't be able to put it down either."
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    #32Showdown (The Paradise Novels)

    Showdown (The Paradise Novels)

    Showdown by Ted Dekker is a psychological fiction and mystery suspense-thriller novel originally published in 2005. This is the first book in Dekker's The Paradise Novels series. It is followed by Saint.

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    Kathleen Fields
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is really a gripping book. Great for history buffs like me, since it occurs right after WWII. I am definitely interested to read more of his work."
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    #33Other People

    Other People
    Other People is a fiction novel written by Kelly O'Callan which centers on the life of shy and socially awkward girl named Ginny who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and her journey in overcoming it. 
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    Sean Fox
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a book with a very touching and inspirational read. Although the punctuation, especially commas was massively overused, wrecking sentence structure and there are quite a few words used out of context, the writer's amazing ability to flesh out her characters and bringing us lovely, real and flawed characters more than makes up for this. liked it."

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Best What are the best psychological fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Manufactured IdentityBooks 37 Paid
2The Human ObsessionBooks 34 Paid
3The Night ChildBooks 31 Paid
4To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 29 Paid
5Animal FarmBooks 27 Paid
6The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 24 Paid
7Of Mice and MenBooks 23 Paid
8The Catcher in the RyeBooks 19 Paid
91984Books 16 Paid
10Crime and PunishmentBooks 14 Paid
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