Monday, July 10, 2023

Five top thrillers about domineering parents

David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently a professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His novels include The Request, Layover, Somebody’s Daughter, Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, Somebody I Used to Know, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.

His new novel is Try Not to Breathe.

At CrimeReads Bell tagged five great books about domineering parents, including:

It’s possible you tried your darnedest to avoid reading King Lear in high school or college. Or you opted for the Cliff’s Notes or the Wikipedia summary. But don’t fall asleep on Smiley’s Pulitzer-prize winning retelling, which features everything from the original play and then some. Abuse, poisoning, murder, blinding—and all of it set on a farm in Iowa instead of a crumbling kingdom in England. It’s a literary novel, yes, but with action and pages that fly by like a thriller. And it features a father who really, really shouldn’t get any gifts on Father’s Day.
Read about another entry on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue