Sunday, August 30, 2020

Six books that could only take place at the seashore

S J Watson’s first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success and has now sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide. It won the Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in September 2014.

Watson’s second novel, Second Life, a psychological thriller, was published to acclaim in 2015.

His new novel is Final Cut.

At CrimeReads, Watson tagged six "books set by the sea and which couldn’t be set elsewhere." One title on the list:
Brighton Rock, Graham Greene

Greene’s classic novel was published in 1938 and has been filmed twice. It’s a tense masterpiece, a thriller which sees classic anti-hero Pinkie striving to cover up his part in a gangland murder. To do this he must silence the sweetly innocent Rose, either by marriage (back then a woman could not be forced to testify against her husband) or death. Standing in his way is Ida, who is determined to find out the truth behind her friend’s murder and save Rose, first from Pinkie, and then from herself. Catholicism and guilt run through the novel, too, and it’s Pinkie who eventually learns that the hell he’s been fearing all his life might actually exist here on earth. If you haven’t read it, rectify that immediately.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Brighton Rock is among Danny Denton's ten best bad girls and boys in books, Peter James's six best books and top ten books about Brighton, Lucy Worsley's ten best fictional detectives, Alex Barclay's top ten psychological thrillers, and Linda Grant's five best books with novel approaches to kindness.

--Marshal Zeringue