Historical women in fiction

  • Marie Benedict (The Other Einstein; Carnegie’s Maid)
  • Paula McLain (The Paris Wife; Love & Ruin — Hemingway)
  • Melanie Benjamin (The Swans of Fifth Avenue — Truman Capote)
  • Nancy Horan (Loving Frank – Lloyd Wright)




Mama Makes Up Her Mind: and other Dangers of Southern Living
by Bailey White
Motherlove: Stories by Women about Motherhood edited by Stephanie Spinner
Mothers and Sons stories by Colm Tóibín
Lost Daughters by Laurie Alberts
Leftover Dreams by Charlotte Vale Allen
Lost Geography by Charlotte Bacon
Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker
What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
Never Again Good-bye by Terri Blackstock
Redeeming Eve by Nicole Bokat
Her Own Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Bay of Angels by Anita Brookner
Sometimes I Dream in Italian by Rita Ciresi
A Big Storm Knocked It Over by Laurie Colwin
My Beloved Son by Catherine Cookson
What Girls Learn by Karin Cook
Judy Garland, Ginger Love by Nicole Cooley
The Waking Spell by Carol Dawson
Shades of Grace by Barbara Delinsky
A Place for Kathy by Henry Denker
The Blessing by Jude Deveraux
The Empress of Weehawken by Irene Dische
Mapping the Edge by Sarah Dunant
The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
House of Many Rooms by Marius Gabriel
A Mother and Two Daughters by Gail Godwin
Mother: a Novel in Two Parts by Maxim Gorky
Inventing Memory by Erica Jong
When They Took Away the Man in the Moon by Kate Lehrer
Mothers and Daughters by Gwen Madoc
Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
The Good Mother by Sue Miller
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
A Mother’s Love by Mary Morris
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


  • Banks, Maya
  • Begley, Jamie
  • Black, Shayla
  • Blakely, Lauren
  • Bliss, Chelle
  • Carew, Opal
  • Day, Sylvia
  • Devine, Thea
  • Dohner, Laurann (paranormal)
  • Foster, Lori
  • Hardt, Helen
  • James, E. L.
  • James, Lorelei
  • Jones, Lisa Renee
  • Leigh, Lora
  • Me, Tara Sue
  • Zane

Suspense (non-series)

  • Joseph, Nic.  Boy, 9, Missing
  • Lupton, Rosamund.  Sister
  • McMahon, Jennifer.
  • Stevens, Chevy.  Still Missing

Non-stop action and a creepy look inside the psychology of the perpetrator and sometimes the victim.   These books often involve more violence than those on the Psychological Suspense list.

  • Holahan, Cate.  Lies She Told
  • Swanson, Peter.  The Kind Worth Killing

Authors of books that combine a lot of elements that make them hard to put down.

  • Moriarty, Liane
  • Moyes, Jojo
  • Picoult, Jodi

Often referred to as “the Girl” books because so many of them reference “girl” in the title, these are domestic thrillers, often with unreliable narrators.  These may burn a little slower than psychological thrillers.

  • Barton, Fiona.  The Child; The Widow
  • Delaney, J.P.  The Girl Before
  • Flynn, Gillian,  Gone Girl
  • Hawkins, Paula.  The Girl on the Train; Into the Water
  • Jewell, Lisa.  Then She Was Gone
  • Knoll, Jessica.  Luckiest Girl Alive
  • Koch, Herman.  The Dinner
  • Kubica, Mary.  The Good Girl
  • Lapena, Shari.  The Couple Next Door
  • Mackintosh, Clare.  I Let You Go
  • MacMillan, Gilly.  What She Knew; The Perfect Girl
  • Messud, Claire.  The Burning Girl
  • Miranda, Megan.  All the Missing Girls
  • Moriarty, Liane.  Big Little Lies
  • Paris, B.A.  Behind Closed Doors
  • Pinborough, Sarah.  Behind Her Eyes
  • Sager, Riley.  Final Girls
  • Ware, Ruth.  In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game
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