Have you ever read a novel that inspired you? I’ve read some that made me want to listen better, help more or just be a better person. As a writer, I’ve come across several books that make me say, ‘I wish I could write like that.’ I’ve discovered metaphors and thought, ‘why couldn’t I have come up with one that good?’ My favorite (no surprise) is suspense. A well-written suspense is better than extra icing on my birthday cake!
Right now I’m reading Gone Girl now by Gillian Flynn and let me tell you, this is one well-written book. There are a few big plot twists and some really shocking moments in the mystery. The story is captivating and the writing close to perfect.
The story is told from two points of view, both done in first person—Nick Dunne, the husband, and Amy Dunne, the wife. Amy’s is written as her diary. I don’t want to give you any plot spoilers here, so all I will say is Nick and Amy see things very differently. The author lets the reader think they know what’s going on, only to pull the rug out from under halfway through the book.
I must add that the authors here at Not Your Usual Suspects are a very talented group. And although none wrote Gone Girl, they have written some really terrific suspense stories. I’ve read a bunch of them and am in awe of the skill of many members.
What suspense books have you read that kept you on the edge of your seat?