Recently I have read quite a few novels which have been termed as psychological thrillers and I wondered which is your favourite and which have fallen a bit flat. I am also getting a bit fed up with every new novel being phrased as “the new Gone Girl”.
So here goes with three I have read recently.
Mother Mother by Koren Zailckas
This novel is about a dysfunctional family. There is Violet a 16 year old girl who is being accused of being a danger to her family and her brother William who is an intelligent 12 year old with epilepsy and autism. Then there is the elder sister Rose who has escaped or has she! Meet the parents especially the mother, Josephine. Is she the woman who wants what is best for her family or is there something more sinister than that!
I did enjoy Mother Mother, thanks to Love Reading, who asked me to review it but I did not find it particularly suspenseful and I guessed what was happening when more than half way through. The author also didn´t seem to know when to press the end button. After a particularly good scene towards the end it then waffled on for several more pages. But saying that I would still recommend it.
The Book of You by Claire Kendal
Clarissa is being stalked by a colleague, Rafe, who is always there and when “presents” start to arrive she becomes more and more frightened. She is then chosen for jury service and feels that the court room is a safe haven for six weeks where Rafe cannot get to her. However, she then starts to find parallels with the young woman who is the defendant in the case being heard.
This was written in the third and first person going back and forth to entries written in her diary. I found it quite disconcerting and started to speed read. I also found Clarissa to be a very irritating person and kept saying to myself for goodness sake go to the Police. I also didn´t like the stereo typing of one of the jury members, Robert, who guess what, is a fireman. All in all I found this as thrilling as being slapped about the face with a wet fish.
However, thank you Love Reading for giving me a chance to review this novel.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Now this is what I call a psychological thriller. Within a few minutes I could not put it down and was drawn in to the world of OCD and domestic violence. I won´t put too much of the plot on here because if you haven´t read it, I just want to say to you drop everything you are doing and go out and buy it now. It´s only 2.99 on Amazon and it is the best three quid that you will spend.
So what are you favourite psychological thrillers? And what did they call them before Gone Girl!