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My top five thrillers - Miranda Rijks

Miranda Rijks is the author of 18 psychological thrillers - many of which have been Amazon bestsellers. Here are her top five thriller picks she recommends for your reading pleasure.

Before becoming a fiction writer, Miranda Rijks helped newbie entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses.

In 2015, she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and everything changed. She now lives in Sussex, England with her husband and black Labradors, and spends as much time as possible in the Swiss Alps. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessively knitting and painting on her iPad. Her mountain paintings are sold through

Her next psychological thriller, The Lodge, is set on a game reserve in South Africa, and will be published on 26th July 2023.

1. Here to Stay - Mark Edwards

For me this is the epitome of a twisty domestic thriller, the sort of thing that might happen if you have the in-laws from hell. Gemma and Elliott have a whirlwind romance and just a couple of weeks after they marry, Gemma asks if her parents and sister can come to stay. The tension and conflicts increase at breakneck speed but at the end of the book, I thought I had it all worked out. And then I gasped out aloud. Mark Edwards pulls off a truly shocking twist. This is the book I wish I had written! It’s fabulous.

2. The Couple Upstairs - Shalini Boland

Shalini Boland is one of the authors who got me hooked on psychological thrillers and when she releases a new book, it’s an automatic buy for me. The Couple Upstairs is set in Bournemouth and features Nina and Zac who move into a new apartment. They quickly befriend their neighbours and soon all sorts of things start to go wrong. There’s a wonderfully claustrophobic feel to this book, plenty of twists and turns and a shocker twist at the end.

3. The Woman on the Bench - Eliot Stevens

Not only is this a great story but I think it’s beautifully written, even more exceptional because this is Stevens’ debut. Elliot Stevens achieves both literary finesse and fast paced action typically found in psychological thrillers. Set in London and the south of England, it’s tightly woven with an original premise, and as a bonus, has a fabulous twist at the end. Mark and Cecilia seem to have the perfect life, until he meets Alice. But he can’t leave Cecilia because she knows too much…

4. Don't Let Her Stay - Nicola Sanders

It’s the realism in this book along with the gasp-inducing twists that makes it so compelling. The characters jump off the page and just when you think you have it all figured out, bam, you don’t! As a veteran psychological thriller reader, it’s rare that I’m totally surprised. This one got me and stayed in my mind long after I finished the book.

5. The Marriage - KL Slater

Who wouldn’t be captivated by this extraordinary premise: Ten years ago he killed my son. Today I married him. K. L. Slater is a master of the genre and consistently writes twisty, gasp-out-aloud domestic suspense. This is full of twists and turns with believable characters. K.L. Slater is another automatic buy for me.


Miranda's latest thriller, The Other Mother was published in April 2023.

Miranda's other books include: The Visitors, The Arrangement, The New Neighbour, The Second Wife, The Other Mother, The Insomniac, The Concierge, Forget Me Not, The Only Child, What She Knew, The Influencer, Roses Are Red, You Are Mine, Deserve To Die, I Want You Gone, Fatal Fortune, Fatal Flowers and Fatal Finale.

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