Monday, March 13, 2023

Five of the best maternal thrillers

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham, England, where she now writes full-time.

McAllister's latest novel is Wrong Place Wrong Time.

At the Waterstones blog she tagged five favorite "novels in the rising genre of maternal page-turners," including:
The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is one of the most versatile crime thriller authors out there. She’s written about hen parties, AI houses, a shareholder’s buyout meeting gone wrong, and miscarriages of justice, but in this one she turns her hand to the elite of Oxbridge and a crime committed a decade earlier. It’s a fabulous whodunnit with a real heartstopper of a denouement, but what I loved most about this is the careful depiction of the heroine’s pregnancy: never a driver of the plot, but all the same Ware captures so well the ongoing humdrum of midwife appointments, high blood pressure and ongoing anxiety, while adding stakes to the safety of the protagonist, too. Read it to find out who really killed the IT girl, but also to experience first-hand how it feels to be pregnant and vulnerable. Ruth Ware can write anything and anyone, and I will be reading all of them.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue