SUMMER HOLIDAY THRILLERS
I can’t wait to pack my bikini and my books! We’re heading to Italy for an unadulterated beach holiday. We’ve got one suitcase between three of us, so already I’m worrying which novels to take as I like to read real books in the sand!
Here are my favourite summer thriller recommendations, that will be perfect for down time, whether you’re by the sea or up a mountain
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry, published by Michael Joseph
Lily feels unloved and unlovely. When she meets wealthy artist, Ed, she thinks it’s her one chance of marriage and she takes it, in spite of barely knowing her future husband.
LONGLISTED FOR THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD!
I’m so delighted – I’ve been longlisted for The Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. I can’t quite believe BONE BY BONE is alongside Lee Child’s MAKE ME and Julia Heaberlin’s BLACK-EYED SUSANS.
Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that ‘one simply has to turn the pages.’
And my day continued to get better, as I sat next to Ian Rankin for dinner at Crimefest! Ian said that he was a mid-list writer for eleven years before he broke into the best-seller list with BLACK AND BLUE. So with perseverance and luck there’s hope for us all.
Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me to get through to the shortlist!
CHRISTMAS THRILLERS – If you’re looking for brilliant thrillers to thrill you over the Christmas holidays, here are my recommendations!
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
‘Hello there.’I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.’Do I know you?
Ted Severson is having a martini in Heathrow airport when he meets Lily Kintner. Over drinks and during the long flight back to the states, he tells Lily that his wife is cheating on him. He confesses that he’d like to kill her. It’s a casual, throw-away remark; the kind of thing an angry man might say after one too many gins. But Lily takes him seriously, and by the time the plane lands, the two of them have agreed to murder Ted’s beautiful, adulterous wife.
This is a wonderfully written thriller, set against the chill sweep of Maine in winter, with compelling, ice-cold characters and plot twists that will take your breath away. Continue reading