Guardian book reviews by Laura Wilson

May 2018

Award-winning British novelist Belinda Bauer is at her considerable best when writing about children, and the opening chapter of her latest book, Snap (Bantam Press, £12.99), is one of the most vividly unnerving I have ever read. It’s August 1998, and 11-year-old Jack has been left in charge of his young sisters in a hot, […]

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April 2018

A supernatural element has long been present in John Connolly’s excellent Charlie Parker series. The sixteenth title, The Woman in the Woods (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99), is no exception: evil takes many forms, from the depressingly familiar – men who abuse and kill women – to a demonic figure brought into being for the sole […]

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March 2018

Given the current preoccupation with housing, the property-porn thriller looks set to become a staple of crime fiction in the foreseeable future, and Our House, by Louise Candlish (Simon & Shuster, £12.99) is an excellent example of this burgeoning sub-genre. Fiona Lawson arrives home to find a family busy moving into the desirable South London […]

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February 2018

Laura Lippman’s homage to the hardboiled, morally ambiguous novels of James M. Cain, Sunburn (Faber & Faber, £14.99), has the texture and many of the tropes of classic American noir but is set in 1995. Tired of her loveless marriage and limited horizons, beautiful redhead Polly Costello walks out on husband Gregg and young daughter […]

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January 2018

Set in the snowy mountain forests of Oregon, The Child Finder (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £12.99) is the second novel from bestselling American author Rene Denfeld. Naomi, the eponymous investigator, is asked to find eight-year-old Madison Culver, who disappeared three years earlier during a trip to cut down a Christmas tree and who is generally assumed […]

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