I love reading mysteries and thrillers and often wonder what authors of those genres like to read. Today we have Serena Macksey, who pens thrillers under the pen name Alex Marwood, sharing the books on her nightstand. Take a peek with me and I think you’ll find some new books to add to your to-be-read list, including her newest novel, The Killer Next Door.
I read a lot of non-fiction when I’m writing. At the moment I’m rereading Out of the Shadows, Anne-Marie West’s 1995 memoir of being raised by the serial killers Fred and Rose West. Although, obviously, it’s ghostwritten, it’s a terrific book in its way, particularly because it reflects the worst thing of all for victims of abuse as West was: the confusion of continuing to love the vicious parent despite knowing that the only emotion one should feel is loathing.
I’m trying to save Alison Gaylin’s Stay With Me for my vacation in a couple of weeks, but I have a feeling the temptation will overcome me. Gaylin’s Brenna Spector series – the central character is cursed with perfect recall of every event in her life – is wonderfully ingenious. The tightness of Gaylin’s plotting is quite breathtaking.
And I’ve just finished Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter. An absolutely cracking debut. I enjoyed the narrative voice – cynical, wisecracking, vulnerable – of the heroine more than I’ve enjoyed a piece of first-person writing in a long while.
Alex Marwood’s newest novel The Killer Next Door is a tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors? It releases next week on October 28 and is available for pre-order. More about the novel:
Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.
Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of British novelist Serena Mackesy, a former journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. Her first novel The Wicked Girls won an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original and is nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Marwood lives in South London and is working on her next novel.