Friday, July 26, 2019

Five crime novels about overcoming self-doubt

Kerry Lonsdale is the bestselling author of emotionally charged domestic drama. Brimming with suspense, mystery, and romance, her chart-topping stories take you from the beach, to the bay, and beyond. Her new novel is Last Summer.

At CrimeReads Lonsdale tagged "five favorite page-turners that draw momentum from the protagonist’s quest to overcome their own self-doubts," including:
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper (Crime Thriller)

What a ride! She Rides Shotgun is about family, sacrifice, and yes, another kidnapping thriller. This time, 11-year-old Polly, who doesn’t talk much and is wise beyond her years, is kidnapped from school by her estranged father Nate, recently released from prison and marked for death by the Aryan Brotherhood. The group has already killed Polly’s mom, and Nate suspects Polly is next. What ensues is a pulse-pounding, run-for-their lives adventure of survival. Nate has doubts, about himself, his daughter, and their chances of survival. But as they grow close and form an unlikely father-daughter bond, Nate accepts that he’ll do anything to ensure Polly’s safety. What appealed to me the most about this book is the raw grittiness of the storytelling. The pacing is spot on and the writing style so visceral that I visualized the story unfolding in the vintage, yellow tones reminiscent of 1970s car chasing movies like Dirty Mary Crazy Larry.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue