Monday, May 03, 2021

Seven great thrillers that play with form

Amy Suiter Clarke is a writer and communications specialist. Originally from a small town in Minnesota, she completed an undergraduate in theater in the Twin Cities. She then moved to London and earned an MFA in Creative Writing with Publishing at Kingston University. She currently works for a university library in Melbourne, Australia.

Clarke's debut novel is Girl, 11.

[The Page 69 Test: Girl, 11]

At CrimeReads she tagged seven favorite thrillers that play with the writing form, including:
They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Unbeaten for its use of symbolism and metaphor, Howzell Hall’s contemporary interpretation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None makes use of emails throughout the novel to build suspense and mislead the reader. The main character, Miriam Macy, is thrilled when she receives an email congratulating her on winning an all-expenses-paid trip to a private island. As things take a dark turn in this strange group of strangers, the snippets of emails from the contest organizers, as well as emails between Miriam and her daughter back home, start to take on a sinister tone as the reader learns that none of the characters in this book is reliable in what they’re telling each other—or themselves.
Read about another entry on the list.

They All Fall Down is among Catriona McPherson's five top mystery novels set on islands, CrimeReads' ten best crime novels of 2019, Kristen Lepionka's seven favorite unlikable female characters.

The Page 69 Test: They All Fall Down.

--Marshal Zeringue