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On deck: psychological thrillers

I’ve decided I want my head messed with, reading-wise, that is, so I’m stocking up on books with twisty, scary, tangled, suspenseful, and chilling plots. First up is Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson, in which Christine Lucas says, “As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me. . . .”  She slowly begins to realize the story her patient and loving husband tells her of her life and marriage, and the accident that caused her amnesia, doesn’t add up.  When she begins a secret journal at the advice of her therapist, it becomes clear that her life is a frightening web of violent captivity.  


Another one I’m looking forward to is A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans.  A new father can’t bring himself to hold his newborn son.  When he  sees a therapist to unravel his strange fears, his deeply buried childhood memories come back, and the traumatic aftermath of his father’s death is revealed.  Is the young boy haunted by a demon?  Booklist Review says, “Perched precariously on the precipice between horror and psychological drama, Evans’ first novel explores the notions of demons–how real they are and how real we are able to make them.”   It sounds quite horrifyingly thrilling to me.         

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