Monday, June 17, 2019

Nine notable seaside thrillers

Janna King is a screenwriter, playwright, and director. She has written TV movies and series for Lifetime and The Hallmark Channel, King World and more. Her two short films, “Mourning Glory” and “The Break Up,” which she wrote, directed and produced, were official selections at several film festivals.

King's debut novel is The Seasonaires; her new novel is the sequel, Malibu Bluff.

One of her nine best seaside thrillers, as shared at Crime Reads:
The Husband Hour, by Jamie Brenner

Ensconced alone in her family’s warm, familiar Jersey Shore house, Lauren, a young widow, struggles to heal over the death of her star hockey player-turned-soldier husband. But when her parents, competitive sister and her sister’s young son descend for a summer together, Lauren’s inner turmoil bubbles to the surface with the family’s dysfunction. Secrets are uncovered and threatened to be exposed in a documentary about her husband, forcing her to face the problems that plagued her seemingly perfect marriage. Brenner shows sensitivity while examining the tough subject of traumatic brain injuries in sports while keeping the fictional drama and tension high. This novel is about crimes of the heart and ethical questions as opposed to traditional whodunit elements, but the striking personal jeopardy makes for a thought-provoking and riveting read.
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--Marshal Zeringue