Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short story writer, known for her psychological thrillers and crime novels. Her most famous works include 'Strangers on a Train' and 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'.


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  1. 1. The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a psychological thriller that follows the story of Tom Ripley, a young man struggling to make ends meet in New York City. When a wealthy shipbuilder mistakes Tom for a close friend of his son, Dickie Greenleaf, he offers him an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy to persuade his wayward son to return home. Instead, Tom becomes obsessed with the luxurious lifestyle of Dickie and his girlfriend, Marge, and goes to extreme lengths to make it his own, including identity theft and murder.

    The 154th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Strangers On A Train

    In this psychological thriller, two men meet by chance on a long train journey and strike up a conversation that leads to a chilling pact: each will commit a murder for the other, executing what they believe to be the perfect crimes due to their lack of obvious connection to the victims. However, as one of the men becomes entangled in the sinister plan and the other's sociopathic tendencies emerge, the agreement spirals into a tense and dangerous game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator, and pulling both men into a world of guilt, paranoia, and psychological torment.

    The 1439th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Price Of Salt

    The novel centers around a young aspiring set designer working in a department store in 1950s New York who becomes infatuated with an elegant and sophisticated older woman, a customer who is trapped in a loveless, high-society marriage. As their friendship develops into a deeper bond, they embark on a road trip across the USA, a journey that defies the era's social norms and leads them to confront the complexities of their feelings and the repercussions of their unconventional relationship. The story explores themes of love, freedom, and the price one must pay for choosing to live authentically in the face of societal expectations.

    The 1974th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Deep Water

    This psychological thriller revolves around Vic and Melinda Van Allen, a couple living in a small town in the American suburbs whose marriage has soured due to Melinda's serial infidelities. Vic, a seemingly mild-mannered man, tolerates his wife's affairs to keep the family together for the sake of their young daughter. However, the situation takes a dark turn when Vic uses the rumors of his involvement in the disappearance of one of Melinda's lovers to keep her in line. As the story unfolds, the facade of a normal suburban life crumbles, revealing the complex and disturbing depths of Vic's character and the lengths he will go to protect his family and his pride.

    The 4942nd Greatest Book of All Time