Friday, September 18, 2020

Eight great books about women who disappear

Wendy Walker is the author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not Forgotten, Emma In the Night, The Night Before and Don’t Look For Me. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages and topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad. They have been selected by the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, The Today Show and The Book of the Month Club, and have been optioned for both television and film.

[The Page 69 Test: Don't Look for Me; Q&A with Wendy Walker.]

At CrimeReads, Walker tagged eight favorite thrillers in which a woman is missing, including:
And Now She’s Gone, Rachel Howzell Hall
Missing Woman: The Mysterious Girlfriend of a Renowned Surgeon

I love this tagline: Isabel Lincoln is gone. But is she missing? What is so fascinating about the missing woman set-up in this novel, is how deep it delves into the reasons why most women who disappear leave of their own volition. With sharp, witty dialogue, and a story that takes us backward into investigator Grayson Sykes’ past, and then forward into the complex web of lies and misdirection as the search for Isabel heats up, And Now She’s Gone is unique in its storytelling and narrative voice. And there are plenty of psychological issues to sink your teeth into about why women decide they need to run, hide, and reinvent themselves.

Read about another entry on the list.

And Now She’s Gone is among Alyssa Cole's five crime novels that explore social issues.

Hall's Lou Norton series is among Amy Stuart's five deeply flawed characters you’ll learn to appreciate and Sara Sligar's seven California crime novels with a nuanced view of of race, class, gender & community. Land of Shadows is among Steph Cha's top ten books about trouble in Los Angeles.

--Marshal Zeringue