Hi all! Today is my stop on the Accusation blog tour and I have the lovely Zosia Wand on the blog today talking about her five favourite thrillers!
Top Five Thrillers
The Secret History: Donna Tartt
This is such a rich and delicious book. The atmosphere is chilling and compelling. The story of an elite group of university students who become involved in a murder, draws you into a dark and dangerous world so completely, you feel you have been part of it all.
The Poison Tree: Erin Kelly
Like the protagonist, I was enchanted by the enigmatic Bathsheba and the world she inhabits. I read this book in one sitting, while travelling down to France and have read everything Erin Kelly has written since.
The Woman In White: Wilkie Collins
Something a little more literary, but still a page turner. I have never forgotten the shock I felt when a third of the way through the book the author switched point of view to a different character. And then two thirds of the way through he switched again, this time to the voice of the villain. Unexpected and thrilling and a very clever plot.
The Talented Mr Ripley: Patricia Highsmith
What is so wonderful about the character of Ripley is that we sympathise with him. He is a liar and a murderer and yet we want him to get away with it. This is because the psychology works. We understand why he does what he does, without condoning it and we are on his side. I like it when it’s difficult to dismiss a villain as simply evil. People are more complicated and interesting than that.
Secret Smile: Nicci French
I could recommend anything written by the husband and wife writing team, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their contemporary psychological thrillers were a breath of fresh air when they first started writing together. I particularly like this one because the psychopath is so normal and the scenario utterly plausible. Miranda’s ex-boyfriend starts dating her sister. His actions could be viewed as harmless and yet are calculated and totally devastating. This is my favourite type of thriller and what I set out to achieve with every story I write. It’s rooted in ordinary life. The reader must feel, ‘This could happen to me’.
About the book
Who would you choose if you had to – your daughter or your husband?
Eve lives in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Tarnside with her husband Neil. After years of trying, and failing, to become parents, they are in the final stages of adopting four-year-old Milly. Though she already feels like their daughter, they just have to get through the ‘settling in’ period: three months of living as a family before they can make it official.
But then Eve’s mother, Joan, comes to stay. Joan has never liked her son-in-law. He isn’t right for Eve; too controlling, too opinionated. She knows Eve has always wanted a family, but is Neil the best man to build one with?
Then Joan uncovers something that could smash Eve’s family to pieces…
About the Author
Zosia Wand is an author and playwright. She was born in London and lives in Cumbria with her family. She is passionate about good coffee, cake and her adopted landscape on the edge of the Lake District. Her first novel, Trust Me, was published by Head of Zeus in 2017.