Come in to the Field Library and dive into the dark and scary world of the newest thrillers.
Marrow Island, by Alexis M. Smith, is a different kind of thriller, the creepy, slowly building suspense kind. Two decades ago, Lucie Creeley, the protagonist, fled Marrow Island with her mother in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake that catastrophically damaged the local refinery and the environment and killed her father. She never wanted to return, but now a mysterious group calling itself the Marrow Colony has reclaimed the land, and one of Lucie’s oldest friends has been drawn into the group. The changes to the environment are nearly miraculous, but Lucie’s journalist instincts tell her there’s more going on here than meets the eye, especially with the charismatic leader of the group, and such wondrous improvements to the land must come with a price to the people involved. As she investigates, Lucie begins to wonder what she’s endangering with her efforts and what the truth is really worth.
Imagine the perfect resort, where every possible luxury has been provided for those who are willing to pay for them, and where the security is state of the art, offering would-be patrons everything they could ask for. In Security, by Gina Wohlsdorf, Manderley Resort (points to people who recognize the literary reference there), such a hotel is about to open within 24 hours, but there’s something wrong: one by one, the staff inside this perfectly safe, perfectly secure hotel, is being killed off. Who’s the murderer, how did he or she get into this building, and what’s going on? The author has been compared to Stephen King, Daphne du Maurier and Edgar Allen Poe, and this book is a page turner par excellence.
Leave it to the Scandinavians to come up with a truly gruesome thriller about a serial killer (why is it that writers from the countries with the best social services in the world come up with some of the most horrifying and dark mysteries?). The Crow Girls, by Erik Axl Sund, starts with the discovery of the corpse of a gruesomely mutilated immigrant child. The lead investigator, Detective Inspector Jeanette Kihlberg, runs into difficulties immediately in the form of prosecutors and city officials who are not interested in devoting a lot of resources to an unnamed immigrant, but when the bodies of two other mutilated children are found, it’s clear they’re dealing with a particularly depraved serial killer. Jeanette consults a therapist, Sofia Zetterlund, for her expertise on psychopathic killers, and as the two of them delve deeper into the investigation, they find the murders are only the surface manifestation of an evil that runs much more deeply into the heart of Swedish society than they could have imagined. If you’re a fan of Jo Nesbo (as I am), or Karin Fossum or Stieg Larsson, you should definitely give The Crow Girls a read.