This week’s cubby features some of my favorite mystery/thriller novels!
John hart – The Last Child
Tana French – In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor
Joe R. Lansdale – The Bottoms
Donna Tartt – The Secret History
S.J. Watson – Before I Go to Sleep
Erin Kelly – The Poison Tree
One thing all these novels have in common is they all took me by surprise, the stories twisted and turned taking me to places I never expected. My absolute favorites out of the bunch are The Likeness, The Bottoms and The Secret History.
The Likeness – Honestly, In the Woods was a cover buy and The Likeness is the follow-up novel. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons detective Cassie Maddox to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who she is. A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction.
The Bottoms – Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color.
The Secret History – Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.
Honorable mentions go to Before I Go to Sleep and The Poison Tree. Before I Go to Sleep came out last year as a movie with Nicole Kidman and The Poison Tree left my jaw hanging at the unexpected ending.
What are your favorite mystery/thrillers?