Phil, Queen's Square | December 6, 2018
Fans of things that go bump in the night don’t stop reading thrillers just because the season has come and gone. For all those folks who want to stay up all night reading or wake up in an occasional cold sweat, here are some hot suggestions to get you through the cold winter months.
We all know the thriller touchstones through the decades that continue to resonate with readers: think Exorcist, Haunting of House Hill, Silence of the Lambs, or Gone Girl, for a contemporary example. All have been made into scary movies, sometimes more than once.
The obvious question though is who’s writing the scariest, most haunting books now? Mark Harris and others contemplate the options in the New York Times Book Review “Be Afraid” October 28, 2018 (the one with the squirrel sitting on a skull, licking an eyeball).
Their choices include Infinite Blacktop, described as Sue Grafton but much darker: Bitter Orange, a slow burning thriller; Cross Her Heart, a fast paced thriller with several twists that are well executed; Melmoth, a Gothic horror story about a woman who walks the streets of contemporary Prague; and Lindqvist’s I am Behind You, about Swedish campers who awake in a seemingly infinite field. Reviewers call John Lindqvist the Swedish Stephen King, so you are in good hands it seems.
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All excellent choices to keep you up reading all night, or on one of those dark and snowy weekends.