Helena’s Top 5 of the month

Ten top-notch thrillers that will keep you turning the pages until you’ve devoured the whole thing!

Harlan Coben, Stay CloseLast week, the UK edition of Harlan Coben’s new standalone novel Stay Close was published.

The White Devil by Justin Evans

In his debut novel A Good and Happy Child, Justin Evans explored themes as hefty as memory repression, demon possession, and parental anxiety. Now, he is back with a brand new novel that at first glance seems a bit too good to be true.

The Postmistress - Sarah Blake

The Postmistress - Sarah BlakeLondon, 1940. While bombs fall over streets, monuments, and shelters, American radio reporter Frankie Bard is in the thick of it all: the nightly raids, the fear, the neighbours who suddenly, from one day to the next, aren't there anymore.

Haunted House Stories and Andrew Pyper’s The Guardians

Andrew Pyper The GuardiansFor as long as I can remember, haunted house stories have intrigued me. It is such a classic, simple set-up, really; yet there is so much room for exporation not only of the haunted house but of its inhabitants and their hidden inner rooms.

Helena on Joyce Carol Oates

On a drab February morning very much, I imagine, like this one, renowned novelist Joyce Carol Oates drove her husband of 48 years, literary editor/publisher Raymond Smith to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Little did they know that the trip to the ER was to be their very last trip together – on 18 February, after seemingly improving, Ray died after contracting a secondary infection. He was 77. 

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