Domestic thrillers as a subgenre are exploding in popularity, with hits like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train flying off the shelves. While...
Domestic thrillers as a subgenre are exploding in popularity, with hits like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train flying off the shelves. While there are plenty of copycats out there, Clare MacKintosh's I Let You Go is an incredibly fresh, intense addition to the category (it even earned praise from Paula Hawkins of The Girl on the Train fame).
Opening with a tragic car accident that takes a son from his mother, the story moves to the remote Welsh coast where Jenna Gray is mourning and trying to escape from the memories of that horrible day. Meanwhile, two Bristol police detectives are investigating the accident, chasing potential leads on the hit-and-run.
In MacKintosh's hands, a simple (if tragic) premise is transformed into a dark forest of twists and turns, complicated relationships, and breathless page turning. The final surprise will knock you out and have you lending the book to all your thriller-loving friends.
Don't miss it if: You like some tears with your tension
A deal with the devil is always a great start to a thriller. When Nick Mason accepts early release from a 25-year prison term after five long...
A deal with the devil is always a great start to a thriller. When Nick Mason accepts early release from a 25-year prison term after five long years inside, the reduced sentence doesn't come for free. Instead, Nick is at the beck and call of a mysterious criminal mastermind. Whenever the phone rings and instructions are given, Nick has to obey.
Outwardly, Nick's new life seems charmed. A new house, a new car, and plenty of money. But Nick's just as trapped as he was behind bars, and with the detective who put him away the first time watching him like a hawk, the increasing demands from Nick's shadowy benefactor are putting him in terrible danger. Nick is desperate to start over with his daughter and ex-wife, but as the walls close in, the risks he's forced to take become more and more haunting.
Steve Hamilton is the author of the popular Alex McKnight series, which scooped him a prestigious Edgar Award, and The Second Life of Nick Mason proves he's still got the touch, this time with a hero on the wrong side of the law.
Don't miss it if: You've ever had a really bad boss who pushed you to the breaking point
Most of us know all too well what it's like to be 17 years old, yearning to escape from where we grew up. Unfortunately for Alice Pearson, that...
Most of us know all too well what it's like to be 17 years old, yearning to escape from where we grew up. Unfortunately for Alice Pearson, that desire ends in tragedy. Set in 1979, the story follows Alice, a regular angsty teen in upstate New York who spends her time counting down to high school graduation and smoking up with her friends in the woods near their houses.
When they meet Jack Wyck, who lives in an isolated farmhouse near their hangout, his quasi-mystical philosophizing and offers of a place to party is intriguing to the teens. Soon they find themselves part of a small group of followers Wyck has amassed, and their good-times utopia slowly descends into something sinister. As Mr. Wyck's final plan approaches, moral boundaries are blurred, until one fateful night where everything goes terrible wrong. Alice barely escapes, and we re-encounter her 20 years later, living a quiet life and desperate to forget what happened with Wyck. When a documentary threatens to expose everyone connected to Wyck, Alice is forced to re-open old wounds and examine what her own responsibility was in the cult-like group in the old farmhouse.
The Singing Bone is Hahn's literary debut, so stay tuned to more from her.
Don't miss it if: You're fascinated by master manipulators and their power to control