Monday, May 15, 2023

Eight top taut thrillers set over three days or fewer

Anna Snoekstra is an award-winning author and screenwriter. She lives in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, where she writes from an old football factory. She is the author of Only Daughter, Little Secrets, The Spite Game and, most recently, Out of Breath. Her novels have been published in over twenty languages and optioned for film and television.

At CrimeReads Snoekstra tagged eight thrillers "with pacing so rapid and relentless the fate of their protagonists seem to hang by the thinnest of threads." One title on the list:
Her Dark Lies by JT Ellison
A long weekend

This one has some real Rebecca vibes, which makes it right up my alley! Her Dark Lies is part of the trend we’re seeing of re-emergence of locked-room style stories in interesting locations, this one being set on the small Italian island Isle Isola. Nashville artist Claire is there for her wedding to uber-wealthy Jack. But this long weekend is, of course, far from idyllic with skeletal remains discovered on day one and the mysterious sailing-accident death of Jack’s first wife called into question. Adding to the break-neck pacing is the use of multiple POVs, all characters with secrets who are put to the test over this long weekend.
Read about another entry on the list.

Her Dark Lies is among Amanda Jayatissa's seven best thrillers set at weddings.

--Marshal Zeringue