Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Five psychological thrillers featuring single-minded villains & anti-heroes

May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Edible Austin, and Austin Monthly. Her debut novel, Big Woods, won multiple awards. A Texas native, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Cobb's new novel is The Hunting Wives.

At CrimeReads she tagged "five favorite psychological thrillers that revolve around crime characters who are driven by their naked ambition," including:
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

I love a good Bad Seed-esque type story and Baby Teeth fills this bill in spades. Hanna, 7 years old, is the apple of her father’s eye. She’s seemingly sweet and adorable; Hannah’s dad, Alex, adores his little girl, who can do no wrong.

The trouble, though, is that wily Hanna, who is silent and doesn’t (or can’t) utter a word, does indeed do much wrong, over and over again, only showing her devious, terrifying side to her beleaguered mother Suzette, who becomes, over the course of the novel, increasingly convinced that Hanna is trying to take her out so she can have her father’s adoration all to herself. Told in shifting points of view between Suzette and Hanna, this one will have you eyeing the motives of every kid in sight.
Read about another entry on the list.

Baby Teeth is among Jae-Yeon Yoo's top ten books about the promise & perils of alternative schooling, Pamela Crane's five top novels featuring parenting gone wild, Damien Angelica Walters's five titles about the horror of girlhood, and Sally Hepworth's eight messed up fictional families.

--Marshal Zeringue