Thursday, October 6, 2011

Top ten psychological thrillers

Alex Barclay is the author of two novels featuring NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi, Darkhouse and The Caller. She won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood Runs Cold.

In 2007 at the Guardian, she named her top ten psychological thrillers, including:
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

Children as victims, children as perpetrators - unsettling and expertly handled in this story of two 11-year-olds, one considered the good girl, one the bad. Thrown out of a pool party for misbehaving, they stumble across an unattended child in a buggy. Cut to seven years later when the girls are being released from juvenile detention for their roles in her death, another child goes missing and questions are raised about the true circumstances of the original crime.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see Andrew Klavan's 5 best psychological crime novels.

--Marshal Zeringue