I’ve also just started Linwood Barclay’s A Noise Downstairs. I’d been going to read The Parting Shot, but I think you actually read that one. I’ll get to it too – I love the idea of going back to Promise Falls for a time – but I wanted to read one this summer that you’d not been able to read.
So, this is his newest. And, as usual, he begins with such an ordinary scene, one that turns into something nearly heart-stopping.
It’s just the kind of mess you can believe someone would fall into, and he’s just so good at making you care that that someone climb out of it. He reminds me so much of Stephen King with this knack.
I’ve sampled a few of the American male suspense writers over the past year – Lee Child, Harlan Coben, and the like – and I think he’s got them all beat.
No argument from you, I know. You’ve got your fan-club paraphernalia on display and you’re probably straightening your T-shirt right this moment!
When I borrowed the ballet novel, I’d picked up another book as well, feeling hopeful, but I didn’t want to mention it until I knew it was something you’d enjoy.
Because, oh my, there is nothing more tiresome than a cat book that doesn’t land. But this one? It’s by Nilanjana Roy and it’s called The Wildings.
And it’s everything that I’d hoped to find in those Warrior Cats books that the girls used to read.
You would love the way that they introduce the character of Mara. And how many of the cats are female (and they don’t have to keep house and sweep out the larder, like the female rabbits in Watership Down either).