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Invasion of British Suspense Novelists

Invasion of British Suspense Novelists

There has been a recent explosion of riveting, bestselling British suspense novels featuring women protagonists. Many of these novels are dark or gritty, and feature heroines who face significant personal challenges. The women fight against their challenges to survive and to discover the truth behind threatening and mysterious situations. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is perhaps the best known novel in this genre.  If you enjoyed this book, you’ll be glad to know that Hawkins’ Into the Water came out in May and is available at MPHPL!

Several other British authors have written recent suspense novels with a similar feel.  Here are a few recommended by MPHPL staff that you might be interested in trying.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney
Jane moves into a beautiful house designed by a famous architect.  The house is decorated in a very spare manner, and its rental agreement contains very specific and strange rules. After moving in, Jane learns that the previous occupant, who looks very like her, died in the house.  Feeling threatened herself, Jane investigates what happened to the girl before.

Delaney’s The Perfect Wife will be coming out in 2018.


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Laura Blacklock, a reporter for a travel magazine, has a wonderful career opportunity.  She will travel on an exclusive new cruise ship and network with influential people, and then write a major piece about the ship for her magazine.  However, a woman who no one but Laura has seen disappears under seemingly violent circumstances.  After Laura is ignored when she urges the ship’s security officer to look into the situation, she begins to investigate.  Then she disappears as well.

Other books by Ruth Ware include:

In a Dark Dark Wood (2015)

The Lying Game (coming in July 2017)


I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Zoe Walker finds a picture of herself in the newspaper, in what seems to be an ad for a dating service,  However, she has never subscribed to this or any other dating service.  She discovers that her ad is part of a series, and that other women featured in the ads are becoming victims of violent crimes.  With the help of Kelly Smith, a transit police officer who is struggling to revive her damaged career, Zoe investigates.

Mackintosh’s I Let You Go came out in 2014.


If these books appeal to you, you might also want to try these novels.  Click on the titles to read reviews and summaries and check availability.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

Find Me by J. S. Monroe

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

The Book of You by Claire Kendal

Maestra by L. S. Hilton

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey




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