Freida McFadden Read-Alikes

If you’re a fan of Freida McFadden, try these authors and novels!

May 23, 2024

#1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages.

​ Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

Author Read-Alikes

Looking for something similar to Freida McFadden? Here are nine authors suggested by NoveList, our favorite book recommendation database.

  • Ruth Ware: Both authors’ works are menacing and intensifying. They often write about rich families, missing persons, and dishonesty.
  • S.A. Prentiss: Both authors’ works are menacing, intricately plotted, and intensifying. They often write about dysfunctional families, married people, and married women.
  • Camilla Way: Both authors’ works are menacing. They often write about dysfunctional families, missing persons, and married people.
  • Samantha Downing: Both authors’ works are darkly humorous, menacing, and intensifying. They often write about teacher-student relationships, married people, and murderers.
  • Lynne Reeves: Both authors’ works are menacing and disturbing. They often write about high school students, dysfunctional families, and missing persons.
  • Rebecca Drake: Both authors’ works are menacing and stylistically complex. They often write about missing persons, married people, and murderers.
  • Paula Daly: Both authors’ works are in the psychological suspense, thriller, and suspense genres. They often write about missing persons, married people, and prisoners.
  • Kate Moretti: Both authors’ works are menacing and creepy. They often write about high school students, rich families, and missing persons.
  • Darcey Bell: Both authors’ works are menacing and intensifying. They often write about dysfunctional families, missing persons, and married people.
No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit

Taylor Adams

Trapped at a Colorado rest stop with four strangers during a snowstorm, Darby Thomas must figure out which of them kidnapped the girl locked in a crate in the van parked next to Darby’s car.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow

Fiona Barton

After Jean’s husband dies, the community wants to know the real truth about the crime he was suspected of—but Jean has secrets of her own.

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife

Kimberly Belle

A woman who has changed her identity to escape domestic abuse and a woman who has gone missing under suspicious circumstances find their lives connected in unexpected ways.

You Never Know by Connie Briscoe

You Never Know

Connie Briscoe

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The Ex by Alafair Burke

The Ex

Alafair Burke

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake

Rachel Caine

Gina Royal is the definition of average–a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor–the ultimate warrior mom.With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake–and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed–or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine

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Liv Constantine

A coolly manipulative woman worms her way into the lives of a wealthy golden couple from Connecticut as part of her plot to achieve a privileged life, unveiling dark secrets along the way.

Clear My Name by Paula Daly

Clear My Name

Paula Daly

A jaded investigator from a UK charity that helps exonerate wrongly convicted people teams up with a naive trainee to follow leads related to a witness who could clear an innocent woman’s name. By the author of Open Your Eyes.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife

Samantha Downing

A seemingly typical suburban husband discloses the secret ways that he and his wife of fifteen years keep their marriage alive and chase away domestic boredom by orchestrating creative ways to get away with murder.

Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Just Between Us

Rebecca Drake

Desperate to save their friend Heather before her husband’s abuse kills her, three friends must decide what lengths they will go to when Heather isn’t the one who’s dead.

Look Closer by David Ellis

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David Ellis

When the murder of a beautiful socialite in a nearby suburb blows up their lives, Simon and Vicky, a’normal,’ well-respected, wealthy Chicago couple, find their secrets and lies having devastating consequences as it comes to light that one of them may be a killer.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

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Alice Feeney

A psychological thriller by a former BBC News producer depicts the harrowing experiences of a coma patient with shut-in syndrome who, while unable to move or speak, must listen to those around her to figure out what happened and who is responsible for her injuries.

The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding

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Joy Fielding

Hiring a housekeeper named Elyse to help care for her father and his wife Audrey, who has Parkinsons, successful real estate agent Jodi Bishop soon discovers that the attractive 60-something widow is attempting to take over their lives when Audreys condition rapidly worsens.

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

Stay Awake

Megan Goldin

Liv Reese, waking up holding a bloodstained knife and her hands covered in scribbled messages, remembers nothing from the past two years and goes on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing, followed by someone who will do anything to stop her from remembering permanently.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us

Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

The divorce has just become final, and Richard is already engaged to someone. One woman is determined to change that situation– no matter what it takes. Soon a tangle of lies binds her life with those of Richard and his new fiancee. A tangle of lies– that hide some dangerous truths.

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets

Jennifer Hillier

A year after the disappearance of her son, Marin, a shadow of herself, hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, only to discover that her husband is having an affair with a younger woman, which is a problem Marin wants to fix by any means necessary.

None Of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

None Of This Is True

Lisa Jewell

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The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs

Mary Kubica

Unnerved by her husband’s inheritance of a decrepit coastal property and the presence of a disturbed relative, community newcomer Sadie uncovers harrowing facts about her family’s possible role in a neighbor’s murder.

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

A Good Marriage

Kimberly McCreight

Begged for help by an old friend, an overworked lawyer investigates a suspicious death in a Brooklyn brownstone before she is confronted by a close-knit circle of parents who would protect an exclusive school.

The Spires by Kate Moretti

The Spires

Kate Moretti

When the past comes knocking at her door in the form of her old roommate, Willa Blaine, who needs refuge from an abusive husband, Penelope Cox, remembering the deadly events long ago when they were known as ‘the Spires,’ feels the cracks in her life widen as she questions Willa’s motives.

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Breakdown

B.A. Paris

Plagued with guilt for not stopping for a stranded driver who was later reported murdered, Cass struggles with an increasingly compromised memory before she begins receiving silent phone calls she believes are from the killer.

You Will Never Know by S.A. Prentiss

You Will Never Know

S.A. Prentiss

A woman’s carefully rebuilt life is upended by a local murder that casts suspicion on her daughter and stepson amid revelations of her husband’s failing business and a private investigator’s inquiries into the death of her first husband.

Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

Hidden Pictures

Jason Rekulak

Hired as nanny in an affluent New Jersey suburb, Mallory enjoys the stability of the job and bonds with Teddy, a sweet, five-year-old boy who is never without his sketchbook until his drawings suddenly become increasingly sinister.

The Only One Left by Riley Sager

The Only One Left

Riley Sager

In 1983, home-health aide Kit McDeere arrives at a decaying Hope’s End to care for Lenora Hope, helping her write about the events leading up to her family’s massacre in 1929 ,and soon discovers this seemingly harmless woman could be far more dangerous than she first thought.

Don't Let Her Stay by Nicola Sanders

Don’t Let Her Stay

Nicola Sanders

Joanne knows how lucky she is. Richard is a wonderful husband, Evie is the most gorgeous baby girl, they live in a beautiful house… Life couldn’t be better. Until Richard’s twenty-year-old daughter Chloe turns up. Chloe hasn’t spoken to her father since the day he married Joanne two years ago. But Chloe wants to make peace. She’ll even move in for a few weeks to help Joanne with the new baby. It sounds perfect, but when things happen that make Joanne feel like she’s losing her mind, she begins to wonder: Is Chloe really here to help? Or has Joanne made a terrible mistake by letting her move in? And is it too late to ask her to leave?

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Ruth Ware

Assigned to review an exclusive North Sea luxury cruise, travel journalist Lo Blacklock witnesses a woman being thrown overboard and is baffled when all passengers remain unruffled and accounted for, a nightmare that unravels as Lo struggles to convince everyone that what she saw was real.

A Flicker In The Dark by Stacy Willingham

A Flicker In The Dark

Stacy Willingham

Twenty years after her father was arrested as a serial killer, Louisiana psychologist Chloe Davis becomes alarmed when local teenage girls once again go missing and she begins seeing parallels that may or may not be there.