Saturday, July 25, 2015

The best recent thrillers – reviews roundup

The Good Girl by Fiona Neill; Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh; The Infidel Stain by MJ Carter; Death Is a Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh; Edith’s Diary, The Blunderer, Deep Water and The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith

Conan Doyle
Turning back the clock … MJ Carter channels Conan Doyle with nimble precision in The Infidel Stain. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

fiona neillThe latest novel from Fiona Neill, best known for her Slummy Mummy columns, is The Good Girl (Michael Joseph, £7.99), a stark morality tale about the perils of sexting. When a video showing 17-year-old student Romy giving her boyfriend a blow job goes viral, the ramifications are grimly easy to imagine. But Neill leaves the aftermath till the end, beginning instead with the months leading up to the incident – a period of domestic strife for Romy’s family, culminating in a move to the country that was supposed to restore order, and might well have done had their new neighbours not been sex therapists Wolf and Loveday.

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