Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Six thrillers in which the natural world is a character

Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of four books: the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women (2012), the literary thriller The Devil You Know (2015), and the 1950s-era Hitchcock-style thriller, Hysteria (2018), both of which were named Globe and Mail Best Books of the year, and shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize.

Her newest novel, The Retreat, is about a dancer who must separate truth from lies in order to survive a deadly storm at a remote mountain arts retreat.

At CrimeReads de Mariaffi tagged six favorite "books that use monstrous nature not only as a setting—but as a true character in the story." One title on the list:
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Wild animals are again a theme in this suspense novel about Joan, a mother on what seems like a regular afternoon trip to the zoo with her young son—until a shooter comes through the gate just before closing time. Joan has to use her knowledge of the zoo’s pathways and exhibits to survive a deadly game of hide-and-seek—keeping herself and her four-year old safe from a gunman who is hunting humans.
Read about another entry on the list.

Fierce Kingdom is among Jenny Milchman's ten thrilling mothers in fiction, Christina McDonald's eight thrillers featuring moms on a mission, Sarah J. Harris's eight mysteries with images that might stay with you forever and Mary Kate Carr's eleven recent novels that powerfully tackle gun violence.

The Page 69 Test: Fierce Kingdom.

--Marshal Zeringue