The Thrill is All Mine
Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is just one of the latest in a long and sometimes nerve-shredding line of psychological literary thrillers. Although novels like Gillian Flynn’s blockbusting Gone Girl have certainly rekindled the fire, the roots of that tale may lie in the brief but bizarre disappearance of the supreme queen of suspense herself, Agatha Christie, who in 1926 famously vanished after her charismatic (but philandering) husband Archie threatened to leave her for another woman.
Christie returned, but not before the eerie parallels with Flynn’s plot played out – a husband under suspicion, an entire nation gripped for days by the unfolding drama. As Christie proved with her much-later but exceptional Endless Night, the power to shock was not unknown to her.
Here then are our own twisted fictional favourites, where nothing is as it seems and only the final, breathless page will set you free. From Rebecca’s Daphne du Maurier through to Red Dragon’s Thomas Harris, these are the books that will guarantee you doubting all you know and everyone you've met...
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