Beyond Bestsellers: Is the Suspense Entertaining You?

by Denise D. 

Ides of March

Happy Ides of March, Beyond Bestsellers! (Hopefully the day is treating you better than it did Julius Caesar and the only thing making you wary is the suspense in your novel!)

Did our quiz lead you to a good match? Have you read enough suspense to create a list? If so, we’d love to see it!

As I confessed in my first blog, I’m a fan of psychological suspense. Give me a couple of unreliable narrators telling the same story– with very different interpretations– and I’m a happy camper. Add in an historical period, an international city that screams intrigue, and a Hitchcockian noir atmosphere, then I’m liable to gush rave reviews.

My selection this month, Tangerine, is hitting the mark. Since it’s a LibraryReads selection for March, you can rely on it being hot.

Tangier, Morocco. 1958. A newlywed with some mysterious trauma in her past holes up in her apartment while her husband experiences the city’s intrigues. And then the newlywed’s Bennington College roommate shows up. It’s the first time they have seen each other since “the accident.”

I love everything about this book: the alluringly mysterious characters, the vibrant setting, the way the author gives the two alternating narrators their own authentic voices, the hint of Patricia Highsmith, and the mounting suspense.

If you’re intrigued, be sure to place your holds now!


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