Written by Karen Osman
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It was the one place she should have been safe.
Angela was just a baby when she was abandoned, and a children’s home is no place to grow up. When manager Ray takes girls off to his ‘den’ in the garden, they always come back crying…
So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape.
Years later, Angela starts to search for her birth mother, Evelyn, hoping to heal the scars of her childhood. But strange and sinister events start to unfold.
And Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter’s return.
Why I Love Writing and Reading Psychological Thrillers
Over the last three years, I have written three psychological thriller novels and for the most part I’ve loved every moment, but it does make me wonder why I’m so interested in themes such as lies, murder, obsession, crime, and all the other gory bits that often come with this genre. And I’m not the only one – last year The Telegraph reported that in 2017, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold, up 19% since 2015, outselling other types of fiction for the first time. The Home is my second psychological thriller novel and probably the most intense compared to my debut thriller, The Good Mother, and my third book The Perfect Lie (publishing 8 August, 2019). As well as writing thriller, I also read a lot of this genre and while I’ll admit that I do occasionally delve into a heart-warming, uplifting story, I always return to a thriller. So why do I, and many others, love this genre so much? Here are just a few of my thoughts …
Reading a thriller is rarely a passive activity. As you move through the story, your brain is always trying to work out the puzzle and this is enjoyable for many readers. You become engaged with the story on a deeper level playing the role of a detective. As an author thought, creating that puzzle can be one of the most difficult parts of the writing process. You have to create enough suspense to be credible but not give anything away too early otherwise the reader may feel cheated.
The world can be a scary place and it’s been suggested that our enjoyment of the thriller genre allows us to address some of our fears in a safe environment. Mel Campbell wrote in her article: “Basically, psychological thrillers let us feel fear in a controlled way, reeling us in slowly by deliberately building suspense. We go inside the heads of morally ambiguous characters as directors create moods of anxiety, fury and confusion. Like the characters, we struggle to figure out what’s really going on. And with a final shocking twist, the tension gives way to exhilaration.”
Whether it’s a film or a book, I would agree with this completely and as an author, I would also add that I utilised some of my deepest fears in my writing.
We live in a busy world and living in the digital era, our attention spans have become shorter. The National Centre for Biotechnology information claimed that the average human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. We’re used to consuming our information quickly and instantly and a thriller can offer a fast-paced narrative with its page-turning plot and storyline. It’s a delicate balancing act – you can’t have a murder on every page so the challenge as a writer is to create engagement without losing the reader.
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Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 456 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 4 September 2018
- Purchase Links: Google Play
Meet the Author
Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother.
When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her to young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.