“Like This? You’ll Love These” is a new feature on our blog, where we compare lesser known Canadian novels to mega hits that have topped the bestsellers charts and gained rave reviews. And, best of all, the authors featured in this series will ALL be in Hamilton from April 6th to 9th!
For our first instalment of “Like This? You’ll Love These!”, we tackle Gone Girl, the novel that set in motion our renewed addiction to literary thrillers and all of the twists and turns of the genre!
Gone Girl: Gillian Flynn, Crown Publishing Group
What we have to say: Think back to the literary scene of 2012, if you can. Everyone was still swept up in the buzz of the runaway smash hit from the previous year, Fifty Shades of Grey and Canada was preoccupied with the beauty of Will Ferguson’s 419. And then a dark little story about the psychological effects of long-term relationships and a mysterious disappearance. Skyrocketing to the top of the charts, Gone Girl was on the New York Times‘ bestsellers list for 8 consecutive weeks and was quickly made into a blockbuster David Fincher film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Ever since then, readers haven’t been able to get enough of the literary thriller, evidenced by the fact that the genre occupies multiple spots on most bestseller lists.
You’ll Love These!
I’m Thinking of Ending Things: Iain Reid, Simon & Schuster
From the Dust Jacket: “In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned. In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.”
(Note: This is one of our volunteers’s staff picks! If you ever need someone to talk about *that* ending with, he’s your man!)
Iain Reid will be reading from I’m Thinking of Ending Things on Thursday April 6th at 9:30 pm! Tickets to the event are available here.
The Couple Next Door: Shari Lapena, Doubleday Canada
From the Dust Jacket: Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?
Shari Lapena will be reading from The Couple Next Door on Saturday April 8th at 8:00 pm! Tickets to the event are available here.
So Much Love: Rebecca Rosenblum, McClelland & Stewart
From the Dust Jacket: When a young woman named Catherine Reindeer vanishes without a trace from her small town, those who know her are left to cope with her absence. Moving back and forth from her outer circle of acquaintances to her closest intimates, Rebecca Rosenblum’s first novel reveals how the lives of those left behind can be overturned in the wake of an unexplained disappearance. But at the heart of the novel is Catherine’s own surprising story of resilience and recovery. When a final devastating loss after months of captivity forces her to make a bold decision, she is unprepared for everything that follows her dramatic escape. Woven throughout are stories about a local female poet who was murdered decades earlier, a woman whose life and work become a lifeline for Catherine during her darkest hours—and who may ultimately hold the key to Catherine’s quest to find solace in the aftermath of unimaginable tragedy. So Much Love is a haunting novel of longing and loss, the necessity of bearing witness, and how the stories we tell have the power to shape our lives.
Rebecca Rosenblum will be reading from So Much Love on Thursday April 6th at 9:30 pm! Tickets to the event are available here.