No question, the most popular thriller so far this year is Paula Hawkins’ slow-burning psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train. So you’ve ridden the train, you’ve unearthed all those lies and secrets, but what do you read next? The editors of BookPage have a few ideas.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Swanson (The Girl with a Clock for a Heart) takes readers to greater Hitchcockian levels with this twisty psychological thriller, which will appeal to readers who loved the way Hawkins jumped from one narrator to another, slowly peeling back everyone’s layers to reveal their true motivations. Read our review.
Blackout by Sarah Hepola
“[B]lacking out wasn’t simply a matter of forgetting what had happened,” Hawkins writes, “but having no memories to forget in the first place.” If you found this line from The Girl on the Train as fascinating as the mystery itself, you’ll love diving into Hepola’s memoir. Read our review.
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Essbaum’s mesmerizing novel finds a desperate housewife breaking out of her domestic passivity through a series of bad decisions and dangerous liasons. It will hit the spot for readers who couldn’t get enough of Megan, the impulsive wife whose disappearance launches Hawkins’ novel. Read our review.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
No one does suburban conflict quite like Moriarty, author of such page-turners as The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot. The unraveling connections between the three central women are some of the strongest elements in Hawkins’ novel, and the three moms here juggle rivalries and plenty of juicy secrets. Read our review.
The Good House by Ann Leary
The townie protagonist of Leary’s 2013 novel loves a bottle of wine as much as Hawkins’ Rachel, and her blackouts render her just as unreliable. Her attempts to protect her reputation in a small, gossipy New England seaside town make for a fun, dark read, with a dash of wicked humor for balance. Read our review.
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Watson’s spectacular 2011 debut includes many of the finest elements of The Girl on the Train—loss of memory, an incident that cannot be recalled, paranoia that seeps from the page to infect the reader, husbands who seem to know more than they let on. At the risk of a spoiler, we’ll say no more! Read our review.
It’s Private Eye July at BookPage! All month long, we’re celebrating the sinister side of fiction with the year’s best mysteries and thrillers. Look for the Private Eye July magnifying glass for a daily dose of murder, espionage and all those creepy neighbors with even creepier secrets.
Ever wonder what mystery authors read in their spare time? Colin Cotterill, who lives in Southeast Asia and is the author of the Laos-set mystery Six and a Half Deadly Sins, is here to tell us as we continue our celebration of all things mystery during Private Eye July! Who knew an author whose latest novel features severed fingers would enjoy a well-crafted children's book?
I have to confess, you’ve caught me at a fortuitous juncture with this request as I only ever find the time or the inclination to read when I’m traveling. My wife and I have spent the past month in the U.S. Lots of airports and sleepless flights and bad coffee. On the 30-hour return home from Seattle, I curled up with a nonfiction title: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren. It’s as far from Dog Whisperer psychology as Freud’s Psychopathology of Everyday Life is to a self-help manual. It promised to be a little dense, but it covered two of my favourite topics: dogs and death. In brief, Warren found herself with an unmanageable German shepherd pup, Solo. She asked around for training suggestions and was pointed in the direction of training her dog as a cadaver search canine. Now, I wouldn’t recommend the arduous program for your poodle unless you still wonder what happened to Auntie Irene who disappeared about the time Uncle Bert laid the concrete patio, but I’m sure you’ll be as fascinated as I was in following Solo on his journey from juvenile delinquent to superstar K9 sleuth.
I tend to cringe a little when people call my books ‘charming,’ but that’s mainly because I kill a lot of people in horrid ways and I don’t think that’s a particularly charming trait. But the New York Times’ assessment of R. P. Harris’ middle-grade reader Tua and the Elephant was right on the mark. It is, indeed, charming. I should first disclose that I know R. P. Harris, and he forced me to take his book on the road with me. I reminded him that I was neither 12 years old nor particularly interested in elephants, but, as he said, the book is set in my one-time home of Chiang Mai. It was peppered with clever observations of Thai life, and I do believe I reverted to my early teens after reading it in one sitting. With illustrations by popular artist Taeeun Yoo, it’s the type of book you look for when you despair at the sleaze and vulgarity drowning your kids these days.
I’m always chuffed to be in a place I’m reading about. We were in San Francisco when I started The Halls of Power by William C. Gordon. His crime novels are set in the ‘60s but many of the sites were still recognizable even though the bars, like a lot of local food and drink establishments in the city have been forced to shut down due to the soaring rents. For those of you who want a dose of nostalgia for the San Francisco your parents knew, you couldn’t do much better than Gordon. He was a crime lawyer back then so a lot of the cases in the books are ones he was involved in. The Halls of Power looks at the role influential people play in subverting justice, so perhaps not everything’s changed.
Thank you, Colin! See anything you'd like to pick up, readers?
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Brad Meltzer is known for many things, from his popular American political thrillers to his comic books to his History Channel TV series to his efforts to promote literacy in Florida. But here at BookPage, Brad is known for writing the warmest emails of all time. And so it comes as no surprise that Brad has some really great fans, as he shares below.
I’ve never told this story. And I promise this is true.
It was over a decade ago, at the start of my career. I can’t remember what book it was for. I think Dead Even or The First Counsel, but I’m pretty sure it was my first trip to Dallas. I was at a local Barnes & Noble and since I was new at this, I made sure to get to the event early. Really early, like, so early, no one else should be there unless we’re related.
So I was surprised to see this group of four or five young men and women in their late 20s, which was about my age at the time. According to the store manager, they’d driven all the way from Oklahoma.
I couldn’t believe it. From Oklahoma . . . all the way to Texas?! With my impaired sense of geography, that had to be like, a 16 hour drive (it was actually five). But still. No one had ever driven five hours to see me sign books before. You don’t forget when someone does that.
By 7:30 or so, the signing begins. People ask questions . . . I pretend I’m funny . . . and then the actual book signing starts. At the end of the line, I notice the folks from Oklahoma. Of course they’re waiting till the end. Whoever’s at the end gets the most time with the author.
Some more time goes by. The signing slowly moves forward, and every few minutes, I keep looking up at the Oklahomans. Even from where I’m sitting, they just seem . . . nice.
Eventually, they get to the front of the line and I sign their books. It’s late now, so I ask them where they’re staying in town. They look at each other and sheepishly admit that they have to drive back tonight. As someone who grew up without much money, I get it instantly: They don’t have the cash to pay for a hotel room (and yet here they are paying full price for a hardback book). They took their entire day to come and meet me.
Now let me be clear: What I was about to do, I’d never done before. I’ve only done it two other times since. But my gut told me these were nice people. And I trust my gut. So I said, “You’re not getting back in the car and just driving for another five hours. I’m taking you all out to dinner first.”
Their reaction alone was worth it.
But here’s the part I love: As we’re all leaving the bookstore together and heading for the restaurant next door, I spot one of the sales reps from my publisher lurking in the corner, by the door.
“What’re you doing here?” I ask, genuinely surprised.
“The publisher told me to come keep an eye on you,” she joked. Noticing the small crowd, she added, “Where you headed?”
“I’m just taking these readers to dinner.”
She almost choked right there. “Wait,” she told me. “You’re taking complete strangers—who you don’t know—to dinner?” I think she gave me some warning about how strangers can potentially chop you up into little pieces. Maybe she flipped through a copy of Stephen King’s Misery. But eventually, she was like, “I gotta see this.”
Looking back, she was just protecting her author from doing something stupid. But there’s nothing stupid about being a nice person. In the end, we all went to dinner together: me, the sales rep and my new pals from Oklahoma (you know who you are).
And the best part? Since the sales rep came along, she surprised us all by picking up the check. So you know what the real lesson is? Kindness will always be rewarded. Also, dinner’s always better when the publisher pays.
On June 16th, my new book tour started in NY. Don’t think I don’t know that at each event, the publisher stills spies on me from the corner.
See you on tour.
The President's Shadow is the newest in Meltzer's Culper Ring series, following The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin. Beecher White is a member of the Culper Ring, a centuries-old secret society founded by Washington and charged with protecting the President. When an arm is found buried in the White House garden, Beecher finds himself hunting down national secrets he never could have expected.
Author photo credit Andy Ryan.
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Don't know what to read while celebrating with us this month? We've got you covered with the ultimate 2015 Private Eye July reading guide.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It seems Hawkins' debut is everywhere this year, with its unreliable characters, hidden motives and juicy, deadly suburban drama. Everybody's doing it. C'mon—you know you want to. (Already read it? Stay tuned for our guide for what to read next, coming soon!) Read our interview with Hawkins.
Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich
The Big Brother conspiracy in Reich's new cyber-thriller is wildly entertaining. We'll let you decide just how far-fetched it is. Just don't blame us if you start eyeing your iPhone with suspicion. Read our interview with Reich.
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
Think your Facebook privacy measures are strict enough? Are you sure? Paranoid readers will especially enjoy Coben's latest thriller full of blackmail and unraveling secrets. Read our review of The Stranger.
The Swede by Robert Karjel
Karjel's English-language debut introduces Ernst Grip, a Swedish cop who's been called in to determine whether or not a suspected terrorist is Swedish. (One more for the road: Swedish.) Read our review of The Swede.
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
And now to Denmark, for the latest from the "Queen of Crime" and her returning detective, Louise Rick. This time, Louise is investigating the death of a woman—who had apparently died 30 years before, along with her twin. Read our review of The Forgotten Girls.
The Mask by Taylor Stevens
The thrillers of Vanessa Michael Munroe are wham-bam-thankya-ma'am action, and this is one of the best so far. Read our review of The Mask.
Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman
Former FBI agent Brigid Quinn is trying to build a nice little life after Rage Against the Dying. But then a few mysterious deaths lead to a much bigger problem. Read our review of Fear the Darkness.
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Following her 2013 best-selling debut, Reconstructing Amelia, McCreight dazzles with a literary mystery, after the discovery of the body of a newborn girl is found in an idyllic New Jersey town. Read our review of Where They Found Her.
The Bones of You by Debbie Howells
Debut author Howells explores a quiet English village following the brutal murder of an 18-year-old girl. This one will especially appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones. Read our review of The Bones of You.
White Crocodile by K.T. Medina
Real-life trauma in Cambodian minefields serves as the backdrop for this truly harrowing story of a woman's investigation into her abusive ex-husband's death. Go Behind the Book with Medina, and read our review.
The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler is poised to take on the most formidable task of his career: the infiltration of a pedophile ring in his hometown of Lafferton, England. Hill's latest is very dark and absolutely unforgettable. Read our review of The Soul of Discretion.
The Liar by Nora Roberts
After her husband's death, Shelby returns home to Rendezvous Ridge, Tennessee, hoping to rebuild her life—and to get something started with newcomer Griff Lott. But Shelby's husband has left behind a dangerous trail. Read our review of The Liar.
Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
Things get real hot in this Victorian-era romance as businesswoman Ursula Kern and archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton team up to solve a murder. Read our review of Garden of Lies.
The Whites by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt
Price's take on the classic police procedural crime novel is set in his signature stark, gritty urban landscape, filled with fully imagined characters with pasts and passions that resonate in the present. Moral ambiguities are our favorite ambiguities. Read our review of The Whites.
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
With Spider Woman's Daughter, Hillerman picked up where her father, Tony, left off. With the second in her series, policewoman Bernadette Manuelito and her husband, Chee, investigate two rather unusual cases. Read our review of Rock with Wings.
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
Two former lovers (and ex-CIA agents) meet for dinner—a tame start to what becomes an urgent unraveling of secrets. A classic noir spy story for the modern age, this may be Steinhauer's best novel to date. Read our review of All the Old Knives.
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
The second espionage thriller from former CIA agent Mathews is an epic international race against time for Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash. Read our review of Palace of Treason.
Toured to Death by Hy Conrad
It starts as all fun and sun for the Amy’s Travel group as they traipse around Monte Carlo, trying to solve a fictional murder mystery—like Clue on vacation. But it appears their fictional murder is a little bit too real. Read our review of Toured to Death.
Pride v. Prejudice by Joan Hess
The 20th installment in Hess' Claire Malloy series finds the unstoppable semi-retired bookstore owner in the middle of a murder mystery—plus a whole bunch of other (entertaining) chaos. Read our review of Pride v. Prejudice.
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
Authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment team up as A.J. Rich to tell a smart, twisty novel of psychological suspense about a woman who discovers her (former) fiance has quite a secret life. Read our review of The Hand That Feeds You.
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Scottoline takes readers into the mind of a dangerous sociopath, as a deranged patient turns a psychiatrist’s life into the stuff of nightmares. Read our review of Every Fifteen Minutes.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
King's sequel to his 2014 bestseller Mr. Mercedes explores the nature of obsessions—and you'll definitely be obsessed. Read our review of Finders Keepers.
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What are you supposed to do on the second night your brother is in jail on a murder charge?
Should you watch The Colbert Report? Should you clean the black crud from behind your kitchen faucet? Should you make yourself a smoothie with protein powder?
I did all of these things trying to forget the prosecutor's words: Her body was found in a wooded area, about ten yards from the side of Highway 114. According to autopsy reports, she died of strangulation and also had a deep wound in her upper left thigh, consistent with assault using a screw-driver or scissors.
But what was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to settle into the situation and practice saying things like, "Jeff? You didn't hear? He's in the clink. Homicide." Or in reminiscent fashion, with a long, throaty cough and the resigned wave of a cigarette: "Back when Jeff was still on the outside . . ."
Probably I wouldn't need to practice. Probably one grows used to saying these things, as the first nights turn into first weeks, then months and years.
What are you reading?
Mary Kubica's startling debut thriller, The Good Girl, has been enjoying plenty of buzz and anticipation ahead of today's release.
Our reviewer has high praise for this "psychological puzzle that will keep readers on their toes" complete with an "especially satisfying" end reveal.
Mia Dennett, a 24-year-old art teacher, comes from a well-groomed family and seems poised to continue climbing Chicago's social ladder—until the day she vanishes without a trace.
Told from alternating points of view and timelines, this mystery is sure to keep you confounded until Kubica finally puts the pieces in order.
Watch the trailer below, but don't say we didn't warn you about the creep-out factor:
What do you think, readers? Interested in reading more? Check out our Q&A with Kubica for The Good Girl.
A chain of names leads to a chain of murders in Timothy Hallinan's latest hardboiled mystery, Herbie's Game. When a list of names linking back to a burglary goes missing, people on the list start popping up dead. Professional crook and sometimes detective Junior Bender takes up the case, and soon discovers that his recently murdered mentor and father-figure might not be all he claimed to be. Our reviewer says of the book: "With complex characters, spicy dialogue, clever plot devices and a liberal dose of humor—as is always the case with Hallinan—Herbie’s Game is a fine read." (Read the full review here.)
Murakami is my favorite living novelist, and he has a new book coming out in a month or two, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, so I went back to his most recent book to get ready for the new one–sort of like a wind sprint in preparation for a race. Murakami is a dazzler and a magician: his books are as much cascades of imagination as they are conventionally organized stories. A young Tokyo woman caught up in a traffic jam abandons her taxi and climbs down a ladder leading from the elevated roadway into a new world— an urban rabbit-hole that ends in a Tokyo with two moons. Here a love affair with God only knows how much karma behind it takes place and events follow a kind of dream logic; a jazz-like riffing on themes of love and disappointment. I hope that doesn't make it sound too forbidding. Like all great magic, it's fascinating even when you don't know how it works.
Jade Lady Burning
By Martin Limon
Limon owns the impoverished world of Vietnam War-era Korea the same way James Lee Burke owns the Louisiana bayous. His Eighth Army investigator heroes, the sensitive Sueno and the combative Bascom---who's never seen a wall he isn't willing to walk through-- are (in my mind) among the great pairs in detective fiction. This, the first book in the series, sees the team pulled into the murder of a Korean prostitute, a crime no one, Korean or American, is eager to investigate. Limon nails two conflicting worlds: the U. S. Army with its rigid codes and knuckleheaded, cover-your-butt officers and occupied, pre-miracle Cold War Korea, a place marked by the truculence of an ancient society knuckling under to a new one. The New York Times named this one of their Best Books of 1992, and they got it right.
This is the most recent book by one of the world's funniest and most level-eyed writers. In this, her third novel, Amy Gallup, a reclusive writer whose moments of (relative) fame are safely behind her, takes a fall one day and hits her head against a birdbath. In a concussed state, she gives an interview to a hilariously earnest young reporter who sees profundity in everything Amy says and—voila!—Amy's on NPR and on her way to becoming America's most reluctant celebrity. Like all writers, I sit alone over a keyboard for months on end in a dark room like Howard Hughes (minus the Kleenex-box shoes) and am then hauled out for the performing-seal part of the job called “promotion,” so Amy's adventures on panels, etc. literally made me laugh till I cried. And Willett is a tough, one-of-a-kind piece of work, as you might expect from someone whose Facebook page is anchored by a photo of an adorable baby behind a sign that says PLEASE DO NOT KISS ME.
Thanks, Timothy! Will you be checking out any of the books on his list?
Loyal fans of best-selling author Linwood Barclay will remember the Archer family from No Time for Goodbye (2007). Barclay's new novel, No Safe House, picks up seven years later. Once again, seemingly idyllic neighborhoods hold dark secrets, and the murder of two elderly locals has everyone on edge. The Archers are still recovering—and quite frankly not doing a great job of it. Their little family unit threatens to fall apart, and they soon once again find themselves fighting for their lives.
Barclay certainly has his finger on what makes for a fast-paced, intense tale of suspense and secrets. We wanted to know what books shaped him as a writer.
The Hardy Boys opened the door, but it was Lew Archer who really invited me in.
The first books I ever read—not counting The Cat in the Hat, which is a classic, but not really what we’re talking about here—were crime novels.
The first honest-to-God hardcover crime novel I owned was a Hardy Boy book. It was The Great Airport Mystery, the ninth adventure starring brothers Frank and Joe Hardy. There were bad guys. There was action. There was a mystery to be solved.
I was hooked. I read as many Hardy Boys novels as I could get my hands on. The Tower Treasure, The House on the Cliff, What Happened at Midnight.
Somewhere around the fifth or sixth grade, I discovered Agatha Christie. The plots became more intricate, more inventive. I devoured the classics. The A.B.C. Murders, Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None.
About a year after that, I stumbled upon the Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout, and loved those even more. The plots were every bit as good as Christie’s, but there was something more. There was humor. Crackling dialogue. As memorable a character as crime fiction has ever had: Nero Wolfe himself. (Apologies to Sherlock Holmes fans. Yes, he’s probably the single most memorable crime solver, but amazingly, at this point in my mystery education, I hadn’t yet discovered him.)
Stout’s books were terrific, and, oh joy, there were so many of them. By the time I’d read all of them, I was about 14 or 15, and looking for something new.
I found it on the squeaky, spinning paperback rack at the IGA grocery store in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. It was the Bantam edition of The Goodbye Look by Ross Macdonald, and what caught my eye was the quote at the top of the cover: “The finest series of detective novels ever written by an American.” (That was from William Goldman’s review in The New York Times, and a few short years later I would be blown away by his novel Marathon Man, which remains one of my favorite thrillers ever.)
No one seems to know whether blurbs work or not, but that one worked on me. I bought that book and was completely drawn in by the detective work of one Lew Archer. I followed him through this case and all the others available at that time, including The Galton Case, The Doomsters, The Zebra-Striped Hearse and, one of the best crime novels of all time, The Chill.
These were the books that changed me. These books showed me how an author could take the conventions of the mystery novel and use them to do more than figure out how someone was murdered in a locked room. Through Archer, Macdonald shined a light on America’s darkness. He explored family dysfunction, alienated and troubled youth, the corruption of wealth and, in later novels, the destruction of our environment.
Macdonald may not have been the first to show the world that a mystery could be a novel, that it could be literature, but he was the first to show me. No writer had a greater impact on me up to that time, nor has any writer since.
Thanks, Linwood! Readers, No Safe House is on sale August 5.
Mystery fans: Was there a mystery you read at an early age that you'll never forget?
Author photo credit Bill Taylor.
If there's one thing that keeps drawing me back to M.J. McGrath's Arctic thrillers, it's the impeccably rendered sense of place. And I'm not just talking about the beautiful and dangerous landscape of the Canadian arctic, but also the historical and cultural details of the Inuit people. In McGrath's third mystery, following White Heat and The Boy in the Snow, half-Inuit and half-outsider Edie Kiglatuk—with the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser—investigates the murder of one of her summer-school students, a young Inuit woman who turns up in the toxic Lake Turngaluk. As this drama unfolds, an environmental conspiracy concerning the toxic lake begins to take shape. The Bone Seeker can certainly be read as a standalone—and should be read, especially by those who crave harsh northern landscapes—but I'd recommend revisiting Kiglatuk's previous adventures as well.
Read on for an excerpt:
She was gazing down at a dip in the land that locals called Lake Turngaluk, the Lake of Bad Spirits, though it was mostly dry now, pitted here and there by windings of briny marsh. Locals said the area was a portal to the underworld and that birds wouldn't fly over it for fear of being sucked under but Derek didn't hold with that kind of nonsense, prefering to believe that the birds didn't bother to visit because what was left of the water was devoid of fish, a fact that had nothing to do with spirits or the underworld and everything to do with contamination from the radar system. So far as Derek understood it, the site should have been cleaned up years ago but it had got mired in political horse-trading until, about a decade ago, Charlie Salliaq had dismissed the old legal team and called on the services of Sonia Gutierrez, a prominent human rights lawyer specializing in aboriginal land claims. They'd finally won their case against the Department of Defence last year. One of Colonel Klinsman's jobs was to organize a working party to begin the necessary decontamination work at the station and on the surrounding land, including the lake.
'How odd,' Edie said. She pointed out of the side window but all he could see were a few thin strings of cirrus.
'What?' Derek undid his belt and twisted his neck around, though it made his head swim to do it.
'A bear. They're usually on their way north to the floe edge by now.'
'You want me to swing back?' Pol asked Derek.
The policeman nodded and prepared himself for the stomach lurch. Ahead, the rows of tents and prefab units of Camp Nanook stood on the tundra in incongruous straight lines, as though on parade. The plane rose higher then banked sharply and wheeled round, retracing their route through a patch of cloud. Coming through into clear air they caught sight of the bear. Spooked by the sound of the aircraft engine, it was running for the safety of the sea.
The surface of the pool where the bear had been appeared to be bubbling and seething. Derek first supposed it was a trick of the light, but as the slipstream from the plane passed across it, the western bank seemed to expand, as though it had suddenly turned to gas. He realized that he never seen anything like this before. He turned back, leaning over Edie to get a better view.
'What the hell is that?'
She curled around and caught his gaze. There was something wild about the way she was looking at him now, the muscles in her face taut, her black eyes blazing.
He began to speak but she cut him off. 'They're feeding on whatever attracted the bear.'
Readers, what are you reading today?