Psychological Thrillers by Women Authors Featuring Female Lead Characters

Do you like a book that grabs you and makes your heart race until the end? All of the following books are fast paced psychological thrillers featuring female lead characters written by women authors. These picks are hard to put down.


The title character is unlikeable and filled with self-loathing; she is pitiable, disturbed and repulsive. Also, strangely fascinating. So, here’s a page turner with a deeply compelling character study.

Into the Water

This is the second novel by the author of the popular Girl on the Train. A single mother of a 15 year old girl is found dead in the river of a small town. As it turns out, there is a long history of dead women being found in this river. The author reveals the story from many characters’ points of view and also alternates between first and third person for different characters. The book is quite suspenseful and almost everyone in the town is guilty of something.

The Silent Wife

This book is a portrait of a toxic marriage, told between two alternating voices: “her” and “him.” On page two, it is revealed, “that a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her.” A quick read.

Under the Harrow

This concise novel includes shocking murder, an unreliable narrator and surprising plot twists. The author creates a complex relationship between the two sisters and puts the reader inside the head of the main character, Nora. There is a surprise ending.

The Winter People

Here is a chilling thriller with a touch of the paranormal. The narrative is quick paced and terrifying! Reading this may induce nightmares.

The Woman in Cabin 10

Journalist Lo Blacklock landed an assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise, the Aurora. Her first days with selected guests are pleasant and enjoyable, but then suddenly, during a frigid dark night, Lo witnesses a woman being thrown overboard from the cabin next door. The next day however, all the passengers remain accounted for as the cruise carries on as normal, and Lo must figure out if she truly did see something horrifying. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby and as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.