Home is Where the Horror Is: 6 Domestic Thrillers

Home is supposed to be where you feel the safest, surrounded by the people you love and depend upon. But what happens when something changes and you can no longer trust the people closest to you? Or even worse: what happens when you realize you shouldn’t ever have trusted them at all?

These thrillers look deep into the lives of six couples, where the façade of trust and happiness peels away like old paint to reveal cracks and schemes and sometimes, devastating secrets that can no longer be kept. But like any story, any marriage, any problem, there are always two sides to it—so don’t believe everything that you read.

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Clara’s life is thrown into a tailspin when a car crash kills her husband Nick, but mercifully leaves her daughter Maisie, unharmed. But when Maisie starts having nightmares about what caused the crash, Clara becomes obsessed with the idea that Nick’s death was no accident. Uncovering the truth of Nick’s final months leads Clara on a twisting, terrifying path.


Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Ethan and Sutton Montclair is a successful author pleased with his life and his wife, Sutton. But out of the public eye, the cracks are starting to show and when Sutton disappears, the secrets of their past surface, pointing to clues about what shocking deeds each of them may have been capable of.


The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Vanessa used to be married to Richard. Nelly is about to be married to Richard. Vanessa doesn’t want the wedding to happen. Trying to figure out why won’t be easy, as the two women narrate alternating chapters, with dubious reliability.


The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Iris and Will have a great life, so when a plane that Will is on crashes, Iris thinks her perfect marriage has come to a tragic end. Except Will may not have been on that plane after all. And if he lied to Iris about his travel destination, what else has he lied about—and more importantly, where exactly is Will now?


Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Who says that a dark, psychological domestic thriller can’t also be a little fun? As a (seemingly) happy couple leaves on a romantic weekend away, a discussion of the small, ordinary problems every couple has starts to bloom into bigger, more sinister revelations that could rock their foundation as a family to its core. Their weekend away may not be the trip they were expecting.


A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Happy wife, happy life, right? So what happens when that happy wife goes missing, gets in an accident and returns to a life she can barely remember—and a husband who assures her that everything is as it should be, though it doesn’t feel like it? And where, exactly, did that wife go before everything became obscured by shadows?


Are you a fan of domestic noir novels? Let us know what you think in the comments!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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