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Electrifying and Deceptive: Adele Parks on her favourite thriller novels

October 30, 2018

About The Author:

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, England. Since graduating from Leicester University, where she studied English Language and Literature, Adele has worked in advertising and as a management consultant. One of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK, she has sold over 3 million copies of her bestselling titles in the UK alone and her books have been translated into over twenty-five languages. Her novels have all been top ten bestsellers in The Times (UK).

Adele is a judge for the Costa Book Awards and The British Book Awards. During her career she’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Adele now lives happily in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, teenage son and cat.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

Tom Ripley is one of literature’s most mesmerizing characters — alluring, persuasive, brilliant but wholly amoral. Highsmith penned a character who the reader loves, fears then loathes, on a loop. For this reason, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a perceptive, careful character study and a powerful, electrifying thriller.

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

I loved this incredibly dark, twisting novel that left me feeling perpetually uncertain and tense. The story of Nick and Amy’s embryonic relationship, then crumbling marriage, and eventually Amy’s disappearance is a masterful example of literary deception. I found it almost impossible to put this novel down as I was drawn deeper and deeper into their crazy, horrendous world.

The Widow

Fiona Barton

Troubled marriages have always been interesting playgrounds around which thriller writers like to stomp. So much so, recently, thrillers have a subsection categorisation of ‘domestic noir’ (which my books fall into) because without doubt other people’s marriages are fascinating. Barton tells us the story of long-suffering Jean who stands by her husband when he is suspected of a despicable crime. But when her husband dies, there’s no longer a reason for Jean to stay silent or to tell lies to anyone – even herself – and things only get murkier and more unfathomable.

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

One of my favourite thrillers as I feel this is a new and interesting direction that only women thriller writers could have taken readers. Set in a small, affluent, Australian community, Big Little Lies tackles some deeply disturbing issues such as rape and domestic violence with a sensitive but authentic touch. It’s tense from get-go as the reader is trapped in a tangled web of lies and secrets.

Before I Go to Sleep

S.J. Watson

This novel is a gripping, yet heart-breaking thriller because the protagonist is put in a situation where she is totally estranged from her own identity and literally can’t trust anyone, not even herself. Christine Lucas wakes every morning thinking she is a carefree, twenty-something woman with a bright future ahead of her. In reality, she is a forty-seven year old woman who suffered a terrible attack eighteen years ago that has left her unable to retain memories overnight. As a consequence she has to discover herself each day, with this level of uncertainty, how can she discover who is responsible for what happened to her?


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