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
SUMMER THRILLERS – It’s almost time to hit the road – we’re heading to France – so I’m hoping to chill out by the pool with a stack of great books, a croissant or three and a carafe of wine. Yes, some chance with a five year old!
In case you’ll have more time to read than me over summer, here’s some recommendations for thrillers you’ll want to pack in your suitcase:
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career as a geneticist, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she’s drawn into a passionate affair… This is a taut, brilliant and brutal thriller, about the dangers women face when they think they ought to be able to have it all in a society that dislikes powerful women. The language is spare, precise, perfect, and I love the inclusion of science too. As Hilary Mantel says, ‘There can’t be a woman alive who hasn’t once realised, in a moment of panic, that she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man.’ Continue reading
CRIMEFEST 2015 – The most powerful thing a writer can do is to get a character to lie to herself.
This year I attended Crimefest, a literary event for crime fiction and thriller readers and writers. Here’s a brief snippet of what went on…
As a mixed-race writer, I’m acutely aware of skin colour. There’s always someone in my novels who isn’t white – Levi in my new thriller, Bone by Bone, is the key mixed-race character. I describe everyone by their skin colour and ethnicity.
MY YEAR OF THRILLERS – The expression on his face was more confusing to Tom than if he had focused a gun on him. The face was friendly, smiling and hopeful.
The Talented My Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
I’m writing a psychological thriller at the moment and, to get to grips with a genre quite different from my own (literary, historical), I’ve spent the last two years reading thrillers.