Beyond Bestsellers: an End to the Suspense

by Denise D. 

What a roller coaster month it has been! Snow, daffodils, sleet, cherry blossoms, t-shirts, triple layers. The weather definitely twisted us around. Did the suspense?

Did you find some good reads to keep you up late into the night, peeking over your shoulder? I hit the jackpot with recent suspense releases that contained my favorite cocktail of atmospheric settings and intriguing characters.

Narrated by three women in one family ridden with decades of deceit and now gathered for a funeral, The Glass Forest is literary suspense at its stay-up-all-night best.

Switching between the narrator’s early adolescence friendships in the 1980s and his current middle-aged loneliness– both of which include mysterious murders in his sleepy English Village– The Chalk Man cannot help but remind the reader of a creepy Stand by Me.

Now I’m closing up the month with another tantalizing recent release.

One of my favorite writers is Chris Bohjalian. Whatever genre he chooses, he can be trusted to deliver carefully crafted complex characters, vibrant settings, beautiful prose and a tale that translates into audiobook magic. His latest starts when The Flight Attendant Cassie wakes up in a luxury Dubai hotel with a monster hangover and a dead body. With her self-doubt and hard-living lifestyle, Cassie is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve met of late. Add in interspersed chapters told from an assassin’s perspective and I am in international intrigue escapist heaven.

So how was your suspense month? Did you find a new author? A new subgenre? Do you have any lists to share with us? (Thanks to Pigmama6  for the list of Pacific Northwest suspense for our reading pleasure!)

Whatever you read, I hope you had fun! And get ready to Cook in April!


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One response to “Beyond Bestsellers: an End to the Suspense”

  1. Emily Z says:

    Okay, you’ve sold me on the Flight Attendant. I didn’t know we got to hear the assassin’s POV!
    I really enjoyed The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith for similar reasons. It’s a thriller told from the perspective of someone who works in “information retrieval” (torture).

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