"You're scaring me," my husband said a few months ago after looking over Karin Slaughter's shoulder Blind-sighted. He was (understandably) crazy about how quietly I read a thriller and described the details of the woman who was sexually assaulted and mutilated. But here's the thing: I was more concerned with how well I identified with the victim's sister, who sought justice on her own terms in this page turner.
You see, it is not violence against women that gives me nightmares – it is the fact that it was attacked in the toilet of a public place by someone who is very popular in the small town. It is this type of realistic action that writers know will rock women to the core. This is just one of the many reasons why Suspense authors are simply better!
Long before the quarantine started, I read books the way other people watch TV. (Bachelor villains have nothing about Lisa Gardner's villains, especially in Touch & Go, where three men kidnap an entire family to torture them in an abandoned high-tech prison.) What can I say? I'm addicted to a good novel, an idiot for romantic subplots, and obsessed with surprising twists and turns. The main character has a split personality? The cop investigating the crime actually did it? Number. Me. In the.
According to Slaughter (coolest name ever), she doesn't care about perfect characters "because they don't really exist". So she prefers to write about people's mistakes to define who they are. For example, if you read about the talented doctor Sara Linton, you will get into her head and relate to her fears, mistakes, and desires. And this pattern also carries over to the bad guys. They are so scary because they are so real.
"The easiest way to think of a bad guy is to think of the first time I was flashed into a museum on a school trip, or the time someone grabbed my chest on the subway, or a hand against my grazed ass in an elevator – the legitimate reasoning that motivates this guy is in the same spectrum as the guy who believes he has the right to rape, torture, murder and kill women, "said Slaughter me in an email interview. As someone who has experienced similar sexual harassment in everyday life, their stories seem so familiar. . . and I want this guy to get caught.
As I was reading, I noticed something: it is much easier for me to get lost in a story when it is written by a woman. Butchering, Gardner, Megan Miranda, Mary Kubica – the list goes on and on. There are writers everywhere in the exciting world, and each one is incredibly talented. Why are more male thriller authors known names? Unpopular opinion alert: James Patterson, Stephen King and Dean Koontz are just a little overrated if you ask me.
For example, I love Patterson's Women & # 39; s Murder Club series. But when Detective Lindsay Boxer returned to work a week after birth 12. from Never, I had to take it off. A week after my firstborn, I could hardly take a shower, let alone find a murderer. Even though the series was written by a woman, Maxine Paetro, I still get lost in the way the four main characters talk, think and act when it comes to their girlfriends, their sex life and their relationships with their children. If the basic characters are not believable, I don't care.
"Women writers I read seem to understand that the real horrors are in the concerned heads of women who don't know whether this neighbor who walks his dog is a threat or not.
Koontz, on the other hand, writes books that are so incredibly strange that it is difficult for me to get scared (for reference, I scream when I hear a knock on the door, so that says something). To take The bad place a story about a murderous family who can teleport themselves. If science fiction is far-fetched, I understand it. But if you're looking for an exciting page turner, that's just not the case. Writers I've read seem to understand that the real horrors are in the concerned heads of women who don't know whether this neighbor who walks his dog is a threat or not, unlike mysterious clowns, who hunt you to kill you on five days that your grandfather predicted on his deathbed (yes, this is a real Koontz novel, Life expectancy).
Don't even let me start with Stephen Kings It. You will fall asleep on 1,138 pages before you ever come across anything scary.
Are you ready to support some writers while getting the best fear of your life? Check out New York TimesBestselling author Kubica’s The other women, a book about Sadie Foust, who recently moved to small town Maine with her husband when her neighbor was found dead – and Foust is suspected of tragic crime. As you read this book, you doubt any character, including the narrator, until you are unsure whether you are really going crazy or whether the world is really that messed up (maybe it is both?). This is for anyone who has ever doubted themselves – especially through manipulative partners.
Another one that you can add to your reading list is The girl from Widow Hills from another New York TimesThe best-selling author and former Reese Witherspoon book club author Miranda. The novel is about Arden, a little girl who was missing in a sleepwalking incident and held onto a storm drain days later. After her mother wrote a popular book about the incident, Arden disappeared from the public and changed her name to avoid public scrutiny. Now she walks past Olivia, where she has successfully avoided stalkers and the media for years. Unfortunately, the 20th anniversary of the notorious incident is approaching and her sleepwalking is starting again. One day she wakes up in her garden – and discovers the body of a man she knew from her previous life. If you can relate to your past to pursue you, this book is for you.
If you want to be chilled to the bone, get Slaughter & # 39; s latest, The silent woman comes out on August 4th. When a woman was brutally attacked in what is now Atlanta, a prisoner in the state prison recognized the MO – the same thing he alleged that former police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his team had wrongly accused him of using it in a string of murders almost a decade earlier. Now GBI investigator Will Trent looks into the past with medical examiner (and Trent's girlfriend!) Sara Linton to solve this crime today and determine whether the prisoner is telling the truth about the past – which is the good name of Linton's late husband would tarnish, Tolliver. It's messy, complicated, graphic, and absolutely fascinating.
Perhaps you just discovered reading through social distancing, or maybe you have been a self-proclaimed book lover all your life. In any case, now is the perfect time to stock up on new novels. You can also choose some that were written by incredibly talented women while you're at it!