Saturday, June 08, 2019

Five of the savviest, toughest women in crime fiction

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers The Girl from the Sea, The Best Friend, The Millionaire's Wife, and The Child Next Door. She lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children, and their cheeky terrier mix.

Boland's The Secret Mother is now out in the US.

At CrimeReads she tagged five of today's savviest, toughest female protagonists in crime fiction, including:
Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes

To me, strength doesn’t always mean being tough and powering through with calm capability. Extreme situations can render even the strongest people vulnerable, leading to mental health issues, isolation and fear. But these are the times when a person’s true strength is really tested. This is when we can give up and hide away, or we can decide to gradually come out of the shadows and seek help so that we can ultimately help ourselves. And this is the situation facing Catherine Bailey.

In this terrifying thriller, former party-girl Cathy has been rendered almost helpless with PTSD after escaping an abusive relationship. But now it looks as though it might be happening all over again. Author Elizabeth Haynes does an incredible job of creating claustrophobic tension throughout this novel. There was no way I was putting this book down until I knew if and how Cathy would win her freedom from her demons—real and imagined.
Read about another entry on the list.

Into the Darkest Corner is among Jane Robins's top ten creepy psychological thrillers.

--Marshal Zeringue