Welcome to Desert Island Crime, where each week a bestselling crime writer reveals their top chilling titles. This week, we ask Vanessa Savage, author of the thrilling Woman In The Dark, to reveal her top picks.
Woman In The Dark is out in hardback and the paperback is available to pre-order now.
How am I meant to only choose eight books?! That really is a crime! It’s possible I’ll end up going down with the ship as I refuse to let go of the other eight million books I want to be stranded with, (it’s also possible those eight million books are the reason the ship sinks in the first place) but if I’m forced to choose, here are eight books I know I’ll enjoy re-reading…
Stephen King – Misery
It was a tough choice from all King’s novels as I love so many, but I’ll go with Misery – a classic psychological thriller with Annie Wilkes as the most terrifying Number One Fan ever…
Stephen King – On Writing
Is it cheating to choose another Stephen King if the second is non-fiction? I’d love to take On Writing; part memoir, part advice, this is my favourite book on the craft of writing.
Diane Setterfield – The 13th Tale
Maybe not strictly a crime novel, I think this gothic tale is crossover enough not to get confiscated by crime fiction customs and I can lose myself once again in the tragic lives of the March family and the disturbing secrets that lie within the ruins of Angelfield House…
Alistair MacLean – Night Without End
This will be my nostalgia read from an author I used to read in my teens – once I’d exhausted everything on my own bookshelves, I started working my way through my dad’s shelves. As I’m on a desert island and might need cooling down, I’ll choose Night Without End, first published in 1959 – a whodunnit set in the Arctic, where a plane crashes close to a remote research station… with a killer amongst the survivors.
Sharon Bolton – Now You See Me
I’m a huge fan of all Sharon Bolton’s books, but some of my favourites are the Lacey Flint series, so I’ll take the first of the four, where DC Lacey Flint becomes involved (for a while as a suspect) in the hunt for a Jack-the-Ripper copycat killer.
Clare Mackintosh – I Let You Go
Set partly in Wales so it will remind me of home when I’m stranded on the island, I Let You Go is one of my favourite contemporary psychological thrillers with THE finest twist.
Arthur Conan Doyle – A Study in Scarlet
I need some classic Sherlock Holmes on the island with me – and I think I’ll take A Study in Scarlet, where Doctor Watson meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time.
Thomas Harris – The Silence of the Lambs
I love this thriller, where FBI trainee Clarice Starling seeks help from notorious psychopath Hannibal Lecter – Lecter is terrifying as he gets inside Clarice’s head while the FBI desperately try to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill.
There's a stranger in the house . . .
But what if the stranger is your husband?
'Kept us utterly spooked and utterly hooked' HEAT
'Claustrophobic and compelling' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
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'A vivid portrait of buried tensions' DAILY MAIL
'An intense tale of deceit, treachery and loss' THE SUN
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'Creepy and atmospheric' AMANDA JENNINGS
For Sarah and Patrick, life has always been easy. Then they move to Patrick's childhood home and everything changes.
Fifteen years ago, another family was murdered there. Patrick says they can make it perfect again, but their children are plagued by nightmares and Sarah swears someone is watching the house.
Worse still, the longer they live in their 'dream' home, the more different her loving husband becomes . . .
A chilling psychological thriller about dark family dysfunction and the secrets that haunt us, The Woman in the Dark will captivate fans of Shari Lapena, Louise Candlish and THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd.
What readers are saying about THE WOMAN IN THE DARK:
'I can honestly say that this book will be next years must read psychological thriller of 2019'
'A deeply disturbing psychological thriller which always stays on the right side of horror'
'What a cracker of a book. Unputdownable and well written'
'I loved this book and stayed up half the night to finish it'
'A real page-turner . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it'
'A dark and many layered book. Hooked from the very first page'
Brilliant . . . a fantastic ending with a twist that I did not see coming