Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Thirteen creepy & dysfunctional families in literature

Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 51 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie, and the follow up The Closed Casket. Hannah is also the author of a self-help book, How to Hold a Grudge, and hosts the podcast of the same name. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

Hannah's new novel is Perfect Little Children.

At CrimeReads she tagged thirteen of her favorite creepy and dysfunctional families in literature, including:
Defending Jacob, by William Landay

This is both a brilliant courtroom thriller and a heart-breaking family tale in which the 14-year-old son of an assistant district attorney is accused of the murder of a fellow student. The intricacies of family bonds, the nature of trust and the boundaries of parental love are handled brilliantly, and the most unnerving thing here is that one can never be sure, even after the brilliant resolution, just who is the creepiest family member and why.
Read about another entry on the list.

Defending Jacob is among Hallie Ephron's top ten novels that harness unreliable narrators, Charlie Donlea's top ten slow-burn thrillers, Alafair Burke's six top legal fiction / domestic suspense hybrids, Kate Moretti's eight suspense novels that explore nurture vs. nature and Nicholas Sparks' six top books about family.

The Page 69 Test: Defending Jacob.

--Marshal Zeringue