A distressed young woman falls under the spell of a homicidal maniac and becomes his partner in murder in this disturbing psychological thriller.
Pondering suicide sitting on a Malibu dock one night after running away from home, doe-eyed young Mina Deerling meets smooth-talking Gage Catton, who is trying to load his wife’s body, which is wrapped in a blanket, onto his boat. When Catton finds out to his shock that his wife is still alive in the blanket, he talks the distraught Mina into helping him finish her off with his knife. Together they put out to sea and, miles from shore, toss his wife’s body overboard with an anchor bound to it.
Mina learns that Catton faked his death a year ago and was trying to collect his half of the life insurance payout from his wife when he discovered she had double-crossed him and absconded with all of the money for herself.
Now Catton wants that money, and he’ll do anything to get it, including using Mina to help him achieve his goal in a psychopathic relationship that forces Mina to confront the horrors that lurk in the darkest corners of her mind in a nerve-racking voyage of self-discovery.
I rewrote the last chapter of my latest psychological thriller. I think I got it right now. Which begs the question, how many times do you have to rewrite a novel till you know it’s right? This is about the tenth time I’ve redone this book–most of the corrections minor, but corrections nonetheless.
PS: After I wrote the preceding paragraph, I returned to my thriller and rewrote the last chapter once again. Have I reached the finish line yet? I hope so.
I’m glad the BBC’s Killing Eve is coming back next season. I thought it was the best new series that came out this year. A pitch-dark thriller with plenty of creepy moments and violent action. I especially liked the villain, a dangerous psychopath who doesn’t like men.
I have just finished reading the latest Joona Linna thriller The Rabbit Hunter. For the month of July I’m selecting Lars Kepler as the writer of the month. Lars Kepler is actually the pseudonym for the Swedish writing team of the married couple Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril.
I don’t know if many Americans are familiar with the Joona Linna thrillers written by Lars Kepler. I haven’t seen any of the books on the New York Times best-seller list. I don’t think all of the books in the Joona Linna series have been published in the US, though Sara Crichton did publish several. The Sandman put out by Knopf has been published in the US. The whole series has been translated into English, however, and is published in Great Britain. I don’t know why it has taken so long for Lars Kepler to catch on in the US.
I haven’t read all of the thrillers. I’ve read only The Sandman and The Rabbit Hunter. I preferred The Sandman, but both of these books are excellent fast-paced blood-soaked thrillers, and I’m eager to read the rest of the books in the series.
If you haven’t read Lars Kepler yet and lust for blood and action-packed suspense in your choice of thrillers, this is the month to try him/her, and you’ll be in for a treat.
We just wrapped on the audiobook edition of Force of Impact, the fourth book in Bryan Cassiday’s Ethan Carr Thriller Series narrated by Ed Waldorph. It will be available for purchase in the very near future.