Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Ten mysteries that harness unreliable narrators

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron, Edgar Award finalist and five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, writes books she hopes readers can’t put down.

Her latest suspense novel, Careful What You Wish For, was inspired by the Marie Kondo life-changing decluttering tips. It explores the relationships built by professional organizers and their clients—showing just how easily the lines between professional and personal can be blurred. In it, Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. Sometimes she find herself wondering if he sparks joy. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “outstanding.”

At CrimeReads Ephron tagged "ten of [her] favorite novels that harness unreliable narrators, playing just this side of fair." One title on the list:
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Adolescent angst…

At thirteen years old, Evie Verver is a simmering mix of child and woman, of yearning and innocence. One summer day, her best friend disappears and Evie is the only one who saw the maroon sedan (was it really there?) that drove slowly up and back just before Lizzie vanished. Now everyone is listening to her.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The End of Everything.

--Marshal Zeringue