Here are four psychological thrillers where love and shame collide, creating a warped kind of sexual chemistry. Abduction, paranoia, addiction, and obsession thicken the mix.
The Shuttered Room
Jessica Fraser would appear to have everything: money, a devoted husband, a lively son, and a fulfilling career. But her life takes a nasty turn when she's taken hostage and incarcerated in an upstairs room by three thugs demanding a huge ransom from her rich father. In a bid to escape, she cuts a hole in the bedroom floor with a cutlery knife. From there, Jess observes the three of them going about their everyday business. That's when she starts playing games with them. That's when her spying pulls her into a treacherous psychological game with her abductors.
Gemma's husband vanishes under mysterious circumstances, leaving only a black contorted doodle and mysterious debts. But saving her home proves the least of her worries after Gemma earns urgent cash by performing routines for a mysterious chronic insomniac.
Nancy is hurled into the world of celebrity when she finds herself performing a shoot for handsome but odious millionaire, Vince, as they walk from one of his nightclubs. But the seduction of this other world sours after Nancy learns the truth behind her 15 minutes of fame.
A Hard Lesson
Sarah thought she was teaching a schoolchild a little English.
How wrong she was.
Not only is her subject a full-grown thug, he's dyslexic and part of a gang headed by a psychopath. And this psychopath doesn't like people interfering with his business.
Soon, she'll learn the meaning of treachery.
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Awesome Value for Money!
Brilliant Hitchcockian Psychodrama
I don't generally listen to fictional audiobooks more than once (so many books - so little time!!!) However, I will certainly listen to more audiobooks by this author. And I've just bought a paperback copy of one of the titles in this selection for a friend (who sadly doesn't listen to audiobooks) for Christmas.
There are so many! But maybe the crash in 'Nora' and the art gallery scene in 'A Hard Lesson' stand out for me at the moment.
I think she's a really good narrator. She paces the narration well and brings a lot of tension and emotion to the reading. She 'does' children beautifully.
I bought this selection because I'd already listened to, and loved two of the books in it and this was a good way of getting the remaining two for the price of one. The books may not be for everyone. They are quite psychologically subtle, and most of the action is in the development of the characters and the interplay between them. They're also very unusual. I keep making the comparison with the films of Alfred Hitchcock. That's the closest I can get to what these books are like.... Subtle, sinister, and very real.