Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Six top thrillers set in stunning locales

Lyn Liao Butler was born in Taiwan and moved to the States when she was seven. Before becoming an author, she was a professional ballet and modern dancer, and is still a personal trainer and fitness and yoga instructor. She is an avid animal lover who fosters dogs and volunteers with rescues. When she is not torturing clients or talking to imaginary characters, Butler enjoys spending time with her FDNY husband, their son (the happiest little boy in the world), and their three stubborn dachshunds; sewing for her Etsy shop; and trying complicated yoga poses on a stand-up paddleboard. So far, she has not fallen into the water.

Butler's new novel is Someone Else's Life.

At CrimeReads she tagged six thrillers that are "all the more delicious for the juxtaposition of beautiful settings and dark deeds." One title on the list:
The Goddesses by Swan Huntley

Nancy and her family move to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii to start over. Her husband has cheated on her and her kids have been acting out. But she is hopeful that the beautiful paradise will help them make a new life. Then she meets Ana, a charismatic yoga teacher she is drawn to. They become close and Nancy has never been happier. But she will soon find out Ana is not as she seems.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue