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Best Horror Books of 2020

  1. Snake Eyes by Joyce Carol Oatesbert
  2. We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
  3. Delirious by Daniel Palmer
  4. A Circle Of Wives by Alice LaPlante
  5. The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda
  6. The Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict
  7. The 7th Victim (Book 1 Of 8) by Karen Vail
  8. Cage Of Bones by Tania Carver
  9. Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham
  10. After She’s Gone by Sheryl Browne
10 Best Horror Books Of 2020 With A Psychological Twist

If you’re a fan of experiencing a good old fashioned, spine-tingling scare, then you probably enjoy horror movies. When those stories are in the written format, they can become even more terrifying as your imagination fills in the blanks and creates frightening scenes.

You know what they say, sometimes the book is a whole lot better than the movie. The list below of the best horror books of 2020 should give you some examples of stories that will keep you up at night and disturb you.

1. Snake Eyes by Joyce Carol Oatesbert

The storyline in this volume is best described as a twisted psychological thriller that involves a death row inmate, his lawyer, and the lawyer’s wife.

After the lawyer is successful in getting his client’s case overturned, he befriends the former inmate welcoming him into his life. Eventually, the former inmate becomes close to the lawyer’s wife.

The rest of the story you will have to read yourself but expect elements of paranoia to creep into the story as the pages flip by.

2. We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

17-year-old Alice Monroe was your typical teenager but now she’s in a mental hospital. The result of difficulty dealing with the death of her boyfriend.

Did we mention that he was killed by Alice’s twin sister who is a well-known arsonist? If that doesn’t grab your interest, imagine that Alice spends her days planning a vengeful dose of murderous rage directed at her sister.

Add a slightly off-kilter friend within the mental hospital and you have quite a book on your hands.

3. Delirious by Daniel Palmer

Charlie Giles is a successful businessman. He is the senior director of a startup that heads in the right direction thanks to great hiring, training, and process implementation. Then things start to go a little bit haywire when coworkers start dropping dead.

The twist is that all the evidence implicates Charlie as the cause. But Charlie has no recollection of anything that would hint at him harming anyone.

But there is a mental illness in his family history…hmmm.

4. A Circle Of Wives by Alice LaPlante

The murder of a popular children’s reconstructive surgeon sets in motion an investigation that uncovers a whole lot of hidden information about the doctor.

Detective Samantha Adams discovers that the murdered doctor was married in three different communities to three different women and none of them were aware of the others.

As the investigation continues, it unravels more bizarre details that prove that sometimes you don’t want to open that can of worms.

5. The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

The title itself sort of makes your skin crawl a little bit, doesn’t it? This book is nothing short of the twisted thriller you are seeking.

The story follows Jane, who lost her daughter Mary a year before. Jane has been living in a haze of medication and grief and now her youngest daughter’s graduation is approaching – along with the first anniversary of Mary’s death.

Jane’s world has changed a great deal since that day and it continues today. A must-read for sure.

6. The Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict

Medical professionals tend to be common characters in books of this genre and this particular volume follows that same pattern.

Eric Lavender is a Psychotherapist who has enjoyed living the bachelor lifestyle in Manhattan. That is until he meets Colleen Golden.

She is a single mother and a divorce lawyer who influences Eric to change his ways which are fine at first but a disaster is on the horizon that flips this story inside out and defines the word “horror.”

7. The 7th Victim (Book 1 Of 8) by Karen Vail

This is the first in a series of books on character Karen Vail. Vail is an FBI profiler who is working a case involving a serial killer from Virginia known by the nickname of Dead Eyes.

She has a lot of obstacles coming from her personal life including a divorce and dealing with an ailing mother. However, Vail is certain that the answers to unlocking the mystery of Dead Eyes exist with the 7th victim.

It’s an edge-of-your-seat read from start to finish.

8. Cage Of Bones by Tania Carver

An abandoned house reveals a shocking discovery for Detective Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito. It contains a cage made of bones that is home to a feral child.

This unlocks the investigation for a serial killer that has kept a step ahead of the police for the past 30 years.

In a bizarre combination of suspense and horror, Brennan and Esposito work their way through the case uncovering more frightening surprises along the way that lead to the killer.

9. Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham

Written by The New Yorker’s ‘Best of Mystery Writers,’ this crime thriller is set in the 1950s. It revolves around a serial killer who runs rampant in the theatre district of London.

Private Detective Albert Campion has the task of hunting the killer down. There are clues, but they are few and far between. In total, the PI has a left-hand glove and a letter case made of lizard skin to work with.

The longer it takes to crack the case, the more victims that surface.

10. After She’s Gone by Sheryl Browne

This tale traces the adult lives of two childhood friends. One is Detective Inspector Matthew Adams and the other is criminal Patrick Sullivan.

The latter, described as a man with no morals, depraved and vile, starts to take victims after a drug bust led by Adams results in the death of Sullivan’s brother.

Revenge is the fuel in this volume that sees Sullivan getting back at Adams using any means he can and hurting anyone who gets in the way.

Best Horror Books of 2020 Wrap Up

If the hair on the nape of your neck stood out at all as you read the descriptions of the books listed above, you are a true fan of twisted psychological thrillers. It isn’t for everyone, but if you can sit up late at night with the TV on and your doors unlocked, you will enjoy reading any of these 10 best horror books of 2020 above.