An uncomfortable read as we discover the mechanics of grooming.
Almost gothic, the house by the lake should be tranquil and picturesque, but it isn't.
A boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Why him? Is he 'the chosen one' like Harry Potter?
A unusual and clever psychological study where the protagonist is also the antagonist. But does he realise this?
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When the in-laws outstay their welcome. A simple story, simply told. A nightmare.
Spooky, gothic, atmospheric.
Imagine you could go back in time but had to return before your coffee gets cold. Fascinating concept.
A complex, twisted story, cleverly written, well paced and an enthralling read.
A case of not judging people at face value. Even if it is a beautiful face.
Two ten year-olds are accused of a terrible crime. And they refuse to speak.
Witty, well-rounded and complex but realistic.
What Red Was is a novel about pleasure and pain, power and control, and ownership. It also has a fuzzy plotless plot.
A story about guilt, trust and insecurity with doses of chilling terror.
Nordic noir, set in a magical Swedish landscape. A study of the dark side of marriage, motherhood and friendship.
The appeal of this psychological thriller is really quite straight forward. An aspiring writer is stalked by a bookshop owner. Sounds like a fantasy to me, but this story definitely is not. Dark and disturbing.
This book appeals to the many thousands of voyeurs who love to watch ordinary people go about their mundane business while secretly hoping something interesting happens.
Unashamedly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock films, this bestseller and debut novel reads like the script of the dark psychological thriller film it will become. It is easy to see why there have been over a million copies sold.
A psychological thriller about a psychologist. That was the draw.
The title of this novel refers to perceptions of reality and the example given in the book explains it perfectly: like a broken mirror the reflection is real but distorted.
American Psycho is the modern equivalent of The Great Gatsby, where money is king and shallow appearances are the only thing that matter. Where Gatsby focuses on the American Jazz era, Psycho is the Yuppie (Young, Upwardly-mobile Professional) decade of the 1980s, set in Wall Street, New York, at the time of the great economic boom.
The title of this psychological thriller suggests that this is a tale of domestic abuse or something weird. The 'perfect' one-dimensional husband is, obviously, too good to be true (he even looks like George Clooney) and we quickly realise that he is something more sinister.
A Christmas murder story. How exciting!
It's an awkward paradox when a new writer pens an acclaimed debut novel. I am excited by the prospect of a fresh voice, an undiscovered talent waiting to be unwrapped like a gift. Then the potential disappointment.
Hurley is a lovely writer. He has an original eye when it comes to imagery that doesn't jump out nor strain to be different (my favourite was the comparison between a dead man's eyes and mushrooms!).
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