Friday, June 26, 2020

Five great thrillers set in isolated places

Nina Laurin studied Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently lives. She arrived there when she was just twelve years old, and she speaks and reads in Russian, French, and English but writes her novels in English. She wrote her first novel while getting her writing degree, and Girl Last Seen was a bestseller a year later in 2017.

Laurin's latest novel is A Woman Alone.

At CrimeReads she tagged five great thrillers set in isolated places, including:
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

I love books about writers, especially those that show the less cutesy or less glamorous side of it. So I was initially drawn to this book by the, ahem, colorful cast of horror writers who all end up at the same allegedly haunted house in search of inspiration, to say nothing of a career boost. Inspiration is what they find in this creepy abandoned house, site of many strange happenings. And then there’s the requisite bricked-in door hiding something ominous and terrible… Before long, each of the writers is penning their own novel based on their time at the house, but when they suddenly hit a (metaphorical and literal) wall, they must go back to Kill Creek to find out how the story ends.

The writer archetypes are spot-on perfect and over-the-top, which goes hand in hand with the recurring theme of the book: to what extent are the horrors that haunt us the product of our own minds?
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue