Du Maurier, Daphne
This brooding classic thriller is signature Du Maurier: there's a naive young protagonist, a seductive yet possibly murderous romantic partner and an old estate haunted by the memory of dead former occupants. It's how the writer spins these elements together, making you question all your preconceptions, that draws the story out like a taut rope. With female-driven thrillers more popular than ever, it's clear that Gone Girl, The Favourite Sister and Big Little Lies are the spiritual successors of DuMaurier's classic stories of psychological suspense.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)