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If I Disappear

If you love creepy, small-town American thrillers like The Sinner, True Detective and Sharp Objects, and are partial to a true-crime podcast, then Eliza Jane Brazier’s debut thriller If I Disappear is the perfect eerie and unsettling read for you. Set on an isolated ranch, deep in rural Northern California, the mystery is about what happened to Rachel Bard – a woman who disappears from the area one day without a trace. Rachel was the host of Sera’s favourite true-crime podcast and, when Sera realises she’s missing, she knows it’s her turn to investigate.

I adored the claustrophobic, Southern Gothic feel of this novel and was hooked from the opening pages by Sera’s sharp, compelling voice. It’s not surprisingly that the film and TV rights to the novel have been snapped up by the producers of A Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo, as you can picture the story on the screen with the dusty roads, dense forests and dilapidated cabins. It’s the kind of thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on and it will perhaps put you off planning any future road trips through wild, backcountry America!

Hannah Wann