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1zdufran
May 28, 2009, 10:40am Top

I would like to suggest The Bad Seed by William March for a "Psychological Suspense" novel. It is one of my favorites!

2billiejean
Jun 1, 2009, 1:19am Top

I just checked it out and it looks really interesting.
--BJ

3pj77
Jun 19, 2009, 5:31pm Top

Thanks zdufran, I just had a look too and think it looks really interesting. I'm not a big 'psychological suspense' reader and therefore have no idea what to read for July yet, so thanks for the suggestion.

pj77 :)

4billiejean
Jun 20, 2009, 2:42am Top

I went ahead and did some brainstorming here as I will be out of town for a couple of weeks at the beginning of July. The books that I found were:
Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steele
Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
Frankenstein: Dead or Alive by Dean Koontz
The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Last Child by John Hart
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
One Second After by William R. Forstchen

I think that I will read Odd Thomas as I was able to borrow it from my daughter. See y'all when I get back! :)
--BJ

5readeron
Jun 30, 2009, 1:49am Top

All the suggestions sound great! I tried to choose some books from my TBR again, though.

I made for myself a shorter list than usually, who knows probably this way I'll read them in time.:)

- Dean Koontz: Intensity
- John Fowles: The Collector
- Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley
- Ruth Rendell: A Demon in My View
- Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone
- Ruth Rendell: Sight for Sore Eyes

Some extra info about the genre from the Reader's Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction:

"Characteristics of Psychological Suspense

1. Elaborately constructed plots create stories characterized by frequent mental twists, surprises, and layers of meaning. Endings may be unresolved. Madness acknowledged or discovered, often features in these stories. Key to the impact on the reader is the atmosphere, the nightmare quality created.

2. The pacing is more measured and the physical action less intense than in the related genres.
These are often densely written novels with more description than dialogue.

3 Protagonists are often misfits, who may or may not be sympathetic characters. Readers observe the characters rather than participate in their dilemmas.

4. Elegantly written.

Key authors: Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters, Robert Goddard, Stephen Dobyns, Patricia Carlon"

I think I'll start with something by Ruth Rendell.

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Another definition for Psychological Suspense:

Suspense/thrillers that provoke feelings of anxiety resulting from an uncertain or psychological situation. (Auburn Hills Public Library -- Booklists)

From this booklist I have on my TBR the following books (I couldn't resist making a list):

Baldacci, David:
- Split Second
- Hour Game
- Simple Genius
- Last Man Standing

Brockmann, Suzanne: Troubleshooters Series 1-9
Brown, Sandra: Play Dirty

Clark, Mary Higgins:
- I'll Be Seeing You
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart
- Nighttime Is My Time
- On the Street Where You Live
- Remember Me
- Weep No More My Lady

Coben, Harlan
- Hold Tight
- Just One Look
- No Second Chance
- Tell No One
- The Woods

Connelly, Michael: The Poet
Coulter, Catherine: FBI Series
Deaver, Jeffery: Lincoln Rhyme Series 1-7
Eddings, David: Regina's Song
Gardner, Lisa: Bobby Dodge Series
- Alone
- Hide

Hoag, Tami:
- Night Sins
- Guilty as Sin
- Ashes to Ashes
- Cry Wolf
- Kill the Messenger

Howard, Linda
- Cry No More
- Mr. Perfect

Iles, Greg: Dead Sleep
Johansen, Iris: Eve Duncan Series 1-6
Johansen, Iris:
- And Then You Die
- Fatal Tide
- Final Target
- Firestorm
- Killer Dreams
- No One to Trust

Kellerman, Jonathan: Alex Delaware Series 1-18
King, Stephen: Rose Madder

Koontz, Dean: Chris Snow Trilogy Series

Fear Nothing
Seize the Night

Koontz, Dean: Odd Thomas Series

Odd Thomas
Forever Odd
Brother Odd
Odd Hours

Koontz, Dean:

By the Light of the Moon
The Face
False Memory
From the Corner of His Eye
The Husband
Icebound
Intensity
Life Expectancy
Mr. Murder
The Taking
Velocity

Krentz, Jayne Ann: All Night Long
Lippman, Laura: What the Dead Know
Lowell, Elizabeth: Innocent as Sin
Margolin, Phillip: Ties That Bind
Morrell, David: Long Lost
Patterson, James: Alex Cross Series
Patterson, James: Women's Murder Club Series
Roberts, Nora: Blue Smoke
Sandford, John: Kidd Series
- The Fool's Run
- The Empress File
- The Devil's Code
Sandford, John: Prey Series
Sandford, John: The Night Crew
Sebold, Alice: Almost Moon
Setterfield, Diane: The Thirteenth Tale

I'll love this genre!:) Happy reading for everyone!:)

6pj77
Jul 15, 2009, 5:19am Top

hey everyone....how is your July read going?....finished The Collector By John Fowles tonight. Definitely not the type of book or genre that I enjoy. Extremely creepy and disturbing.
pj77

7Morphidae
Jul 15, 2009, 7:46am Top

Here are some selections from Reader's Advisory:

Instruments of Night by Cook, Thomas
The Church of Dead Girls by Dobyns, Stephen
Strangers on a Train by Highsmith, Patricia
Sight for Sore Eyes by Rindell, Ruth
The Scold's Bridle by Walters, Minette
The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
Collectors by Griner, Paul
The Running Woman by Carlon, Patricia
The Land of Laughs by Carroll, Jonathan
A Simple Plan by Scott, Smith

I'll be reading Turn of the Screw.

8billiejean
Jul 18, 2009, 12:31am Top

I finished my book for this category: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Psychological suspense definitely describes this book. I could not put it down. It was a little creepy, but not too creepy. I chose this book because I could borrow it from my daughter, but I had also been interested in reading it. Now, I think I will try to find some of the sequels.
--BJ

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