Monday, July 29, 2019

Eight tales of deep, dark family lore

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, was born and raised in the flattest parts of the Midwest. Now that she’s escaped the plains of her youth, she writes dark suspense from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She enjoys summer trail hikes with her family almost as much as she enjoys staying inside during the winter. Since leaving the lighter side of fiction, she has written the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels Evelyn, After; Half Past; Jane Doe; and her latest Amazon Charts bestseller, False Step.

At CrimeReads she tagged eight favorite crime books that are full of family secrets, including:
Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King

A complex true-crime story set in rural Florida during the Jim Crow era, this book tells a brutal tale of racism, rape, murder, and a sheriff famous for his cruel stranglehold on a small town. For some families, justice isn’t nearly as important as keeping their secrets close.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue