Claire McGowan 2018 Reading Highlights
Claire McGowan, author of THE KILLING HOUSE, the sixth in the Paula Maguire series, picks out some of the books she's highlighting for 2018.
Posted on April 10, 2018 in Guest Author
Tags: Claire McGowan, Paula Maguire, The Killing House
In the piece I wrote for the blog last year I thought it was going to be a bumper year for thrillers and it really was. I’m sure the same is true for 2018. Here’s five books that I’m picking out from the huge choice out there – hope you get to enjoy at least one of them!
DARK PINES / Will Dean
An isolated Swedish town.
A deaf reporter terrified of nature.
A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest.
A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.
It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.
EXQUISITE / Sarah Stovell
A chilling, exquisitely written and evocative thriller set in the Lake District, centring on the obsessive
relationship that develops between two writers…
Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name.
Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend.
When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops… Or does it?
Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
REAL TIGERS / Mick Herron
‘If you read one spy novel this year, read Real Tigers’ The Spectator
‘The finest new crime series this millennium’ Mail on Sunday
Catherine Standish knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks.
She’s worked in the Intelligence Service long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back.
What she doesn’t know is why anyone would target her: a recovering drunk pushing paper with the other lost causes in Jackson Lamb’s kingdom of exiles at Slough House.
Whoever it is holding her hostage, it can’t be personal. It must be about Slough House. Most likely, it is about Jackson Lamb.
And say what you like about Lamb, he’ll never leave a joe in the lurch.
He might even be someone you could trust with your life . . .
TAKE ME IN / Sabine Durrant
The sensational new thriller from the author of the Richard & Judy bestseller Lie With Me.
A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention…
And now Dave Jepsom is in their lives.
Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face.
He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything.
He’s in the streets they walk down. He’s at the office where they work. He’s at their front door, leaning on the bell…
If only they could go back. Back to when the lies were still hidden. Before the holiday, before the beach, before the moment that changed everything.
But it’s never how it starts that matters. It’s always how it ends.
GATHER THE DAUGHTERS / Jennie Melamed
‘Obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale? This brilliant book is the one for you’ Stylist
‘An intriguing, gorgeously realised and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart’ Kate Hamer
On a small isolated island, there’s a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day take charge, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood.
But before that time comes, a ritual offers children an exhilarating reprieve. Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps, to roam the island, sleep on the beach and build camps in trees. To be free.
At the end of one of such summer, one of the younger girls sees something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home with a truth that could bring their island world to its knees.