Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Six books that elevate the serial killer thriller

The Fields is Erin Young’s first contemporary thriller, following Sergeant Riley Fisher of the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office. On publication in 2022, it became a Glamor Book of the Year, a Times Thriller of the Month, was picked by Amazon USA as a best book of the month, and Young was named in Oprah Daily as one of the best female thriller writers of the year. The Fields was also a finalist for hardcover thriller of the year at the ITW awards. It is in development for TV by the producers of Big Little Lies and City on a Hill.

Original Sins, the sequel to The Fields, is now in bookstores.

At CrimeReads Young tagged six titles that dive into "the things that turn people into killers, the experience of victims, and society’s reaction to the murders," and elevate the serial killer thriller. One title on the list:
THESE WOMEN, Ivy Pochoda

A gritty, ambitious novel – bleak, but electrifying, following the intersecting stories of women who live on the margins in the seedier side of Los Angeles. The plot revolves around a spate of murders of young women in the area, most of whom are sex workers, and how they are dismissed and overlooked.

The setting is grimly, but compellingly realised. I love how Pochoda’s LA is itself a character. It’s an interesting look at how victims and killer can each exist in plain sight and be – for very different reasons – ignored by those around them.
Read about another entry on the list.

These Women is among Adele Parks's four best novels with nuanced portrayals of sex workers, Alex Kenna's five top modern LA noir books by women writers, Meg Gardiner's six favorite crime fiction books, Eliza Jane Brazier's ten top thrilling stories of Los Angeles, Stephen Miller's favorite crime titles of 2020 and Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith's ten American masterpieces that are actually crime fiction.

The Page 69 Test: These Women.

--Marshal Zeringue