Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Five titles exploring twisted mother/daughter relationships

Sarah Pekkanen is the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of four novels of suspense including The Golden Couple and The Wife Between Us, and the solo author of the thriller Gone Tonight. A passionate volunteer for rescue animals, she serves as an Ambassador for RRSA India and works hands-on in India to heal and vaccinate street dogs. She lives just outside of Washington, D.C., with her family.

Pekkanen's new novel is Gone Tonight.

At CrimeReads she tagged five "creepy, scary or just plain strange mother-daughter stories," including:
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

This book kept me up at night – that’s right, I was completely terrified by the story of a little girl who wants more than anything to live alone with her father. And that means getting rid of her mother. Told from the points of view of both mother and child, you know something terrible is coming, because if seven-year-old Hannah has her way, one of them has to go. And her mother is starting to feel the same way.
Read about another entry on the list.

Baby Teeth is among Leah Konen's seven thrillers that explore the darker side of motherhood, Rebecca Kelley's nine books featuring female villains who lean into their wickedness, Amber Garza's five titles featuring (possibly) murderous children, Christina Dalcher's seven crime books that challenge notions of inherent female goodness, May Cobb's five psychological thrillers featuring single-minded villains & anti-heroes, Jae-Yeon Yoo's top ten books about the promise & perils of alternative schooling, Pamela Crane's five top novels featuring parenting gone wild, Damien Angelica Walters's five titles about the horror of girlhood, and Sally Hepworth's eight messed up fictional families.

--Marshal Zeringue