I blame 90’s cinema on my obsession with twisted love stories. From Basic Instinct to Fatal Attraction and every sexy thriller in between, there’s something more chilling when thrillers involve obsession, deception and love. If you’re looking for a thriller that includes those twisted relationships, here are some of the sexiest and scariest stories you’ll never want to end!
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowen is a struggling writer who just received the opportunity of a lifetime when she is hired by Verity Crawford’s husband, Jeremy, to complete the remaining books in a series Verity has written after she is seriously injured. When Lowen is reviewing notes for the series, she finds an incomplete autobiography written by Verity and begins to read it behind Jeremy’s back. As Lowen finds herself deeper and deeper in to the manuscript, she begins to uncover dark and disturbing secrets about Verity and Jeremy.
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Lucy Albright is now in California for college, far from her home in Long Island and ready for all college life has to offer. Things take a twisted turn when Lucy meets Stephen DeMarco, who may be charming and attractive, but is also confusing and toxic. Stephen immediately wants Lucy while also trying to keep a disturbing secret from his past from exposing him as the man he really is. While Lucy knows Stephen is no good for her, she just simply cannot deny his charm.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Samantha Downing crafts a chilling tale about a couple who seemingly has a normal and successful love story. They fall in love, have children, move to the suburbs, and have the perfect life. But with all of this success comes boredom and with boredom comes the desire to spice things up to keep their marriage fun and exciting. But this couple’s idea fun might be cold-blooded murder.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Dr. Theo Farber is a criminal psychotherapist who has been waiting his entire career for someone like his new patient, Alicia Berenson. Alicia is a beautiful woman with the perfect life who is responsible for shooting her husband in the face and hasn’t spoken a word since. Theo’s determination to get to the bottom of what happened that night turns into obsession in a psychological cat-and-mouse game with Alicia that could be deadly for both of them if she does speak.
Seeing Strangers by Sebastian J. Plata
Greg Kelly really does have it all. He’s married to an attractive Spanish-born artist named Cristian, he has a successful job, a beautiful apartment, and also an open marriage that allows him to sleep with whomever he wants in NYC. Their open marriage is about to come to an and as Greg and Cristian choose a surrogate and once the baby is here, the two agree to close their marriage. With one last summer of sexual trysts, Greg’s life becomes an anxiety-filled rollercoaster when an old hookup comes back into his life and refuses to let him go.
The Silent Woman by Minka Kent
Jade Westmore is a newlywed who has married the charming and recently divorced Wells Westmore. But this marriage comes with a beautiful new home, there is a cottage in the back that Wells’ ex-wife, Sylvie, lives in. Three years ago, Sylvie had a horrible accident and hasn’t spoken a word since. Although Wells has instructed Jade to never enter the cottage or disturb Sylvie, Jade tries to bring Sylvie a peace offering of a bouquet of flowers. But Sylvie has something for Jade as well, a note that says one word: Run.
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
In this cautionary tale of love and obsession, Fisher takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a story the features an unconventional love story that is the ultimate twisty thrill. Thursday shares her husband Seth with his two other wives, Monday and Tuesday. The three women have never met and know nothing about one another. When Thursday finds a piece of paper with Monday’s real name and address, she finds herself creating a faux friendship with Tuesday and falls into a rabbit hole of mystery as to not only who Monday and Tuesday really are, but reveals disturbing information as to why Seth is so desperate to keep the women separated.
These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever
Toxic relationships that you can’t turn away from take on a new meaning in this literary love story full of psychologically terrifying moments. Paul is still reeling from the death of his father when he meets Julian at a university in Pittsburgh during the 1970s. Julian is charming and mysterious and Paul is immediately drawn to him, becoming obsessed with proving to Julian that he is worthy of his friendship. As the friendship turns to a relationship and Paul gets more in tune with who Julian really is deep down, obsession turns to violence and neither man is prepared for what’s to come.
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
In the most chilling relationship I’ve yet to read and the one that will make your jaw drop, Heartsick is the first in a series by Chelsea Cain and most comparable to the movie Basic Instinct—if that says anything. Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell worked on a task force together for a decade, searching for a vicious serial killer that was haunting Portland. Not only did Archie fall in love with Gretchen, but he found out—too late—that she was the serial killer they were hunting. Now two years later, Gretchen is in prison and Archie is finally returning to work when a serial killer attacks Portland again. Working with a determined young report and the old task force he left behind, Archie must do whatever it takes to find this madman…even if that means asking Gretchen for help.
The Nowhere by Chris Gill
Isolation and obsession merge together in this coming-of-age story. Seb is sick of his life on his family’s remote farm filled with days of chores and dealing with his short-tempered father. But everything changes when a new family move in next door and Seb meets Jake, a handsome bad boy type that promises to be Seb’s perfect escape toward a life far away from the country. As the relationship between the two goes far beyond friendship, Seb wonders how far would the two of them go if the promise of a different life became more than a fantasy.
White Ivy by Susie Yang
Love, lies and obsession weave together beautifully within this story of race and class that combines part coming-of-age story of an Asian American woman, diabolical obsession, and a psychological thriller. Ivy’s immigrant grandmother taught Ivy at a young age how to steal from yard sales and second-hand stores in order to fit in. Ivy is your typical teenager, lusting after the wealthy Gideon, until her mother discovers Ivy’s stolen goods and sends her to China. Years later and back in Boston, Ivy runs into Gideon’s sister Sylvia and takes it as a sign the two are meant to be together. As Ivy infiltrates her way into Gideon’s life, someone from her past that knows her better than anyone threatens to shatter the luxurious lifestyle Ivy has fought so hard to achieve.
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
Combining a salacious and sensual story of friendship and murder into a plot involving guns and martinis, May Cobb will seduce you into a wild group of friends and leave you dying to be part of the friendships before you even see danger approaching. Shortly after Sophie and her husband leave Chicago to raise their son in a small Texas town, Sophie finds herself restless and missing the big city. Then, Sophie meets the mystifying Margot and her clique known as the Hunting Wives. As Sophie bonds with the new women in her life, she finds herself in way over her head in this new world of late-night target practice and copious amounts of cocktails. Sophie’s world comes crashing down as her family life starts to fall apart and the police find the body of a teenage girl close to where Sophie and her friends get together.
Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage
The filthy rich lifestyle combines with a sensual modern gothic tale of ambition and animalistic attraction that will leave you breathless, Yes, Daddy is one you’ll have a hard time not thinking about. When Jonah moved to New York City, he had big dreams, but unfortunately, those dreams are on hold while he works at a restaurant and can barely make ends meet. Upon seeing the charming Richard, Jonah crafts a plan for the twos paths to cross, and this “chance” meeting turns into a disastrous affair. Soon, Jonah is in the Hamptons with Richard and his friends, noticing all of the gorgeous young men that work for them are covered in bruises. As the affair comes to a terrifying end, Jonah is soon on Richards bad side and begins to regret everything he did to try to get a step ahead.