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Peter Swanson on What Makes a Heart Pounding Thriller

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There are good psychological thrillers, and then there are great psychological thrillers – the ones that leave your heart pounding, and your breathing just a touch too fast. While sometimes it can be hard to sort between the two, now you don’t have to: Peter Swanson, author of Her Every Fear has just come out with his latest contribution to the genre. All the Beautiful Lies is a twisted tale, equally as beautiful as it is thrilling. Taking place on the coast of Maine, Harry Ackerson returns home just days before his graduation from college when his stepmother Alice calls to tell him that his father has died and the police think it’s suicide. There, he promises himself that he will discover the truth…

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BookTrib Q&A: Andrea Dunlop ‘Regrets Nothing’ about Her Love of The Big Apple

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In 2017, books with a strong female protagonists were super popular: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish are just two of the books that had everyone in love with a strong female lead last year. This year, we are about to see another wave of bold women in literature and one of those will come from Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light: A Novel, and the novella Broken Bay. She Regrets Nothing: A Novel, is Dunlop’s latest work that combines complex characters, intrigue and the lights and sounds of the Big Apple. Leila Lawrence from the quiet town of Grosse Point, Michigan, becomes an orphan at the age of 23. At her mother’s funeral, three of her wealthy, albeit estranged cousins from New…

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A.J. Finn Takes the Classic Novel Noir to New Heights in His Debut, ‘The Woman in the Window’

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When you’ve been as successful in the publishing world as A.J. Finn, you know a thing or two about what makes a really good book. With his debut novel The Woman in the Window, Finn has done just that: capturing the key element that makes psychological thrillers so captivating and mixing it perfectly with the hallmarks of the noir genre, we can’t wait for you to read this complex, twisted debut. Anna Fox is a recluse unable to go outside of her New York City home. Once a child psychologist with a family, she now lives alone, separated from her husband and young daughter. She spends her days drinking a lot of wine, watching old movies, and spying out the window on the new…

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Early Bird Books: 8 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Movies

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Books and movies have a relationship that’s as old as Hollywood itself. Together, writers and filmmakers have given us everything from great adaptations to huge disappointments, and some truly weird interpretations in between. But that comes with the territory of turning our favorite words into live action pieces of cinema. If you’re a fan of both books and movies, check out these eight books that inspired adaptations. The Color Purple, Alice Walker The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and went on to inspire the classic 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. With apologies to Spielberg, Walker’s novel remains the definitive version of the story. Walker’s book uses a technique that film just can’t accommodate. The…

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Books That Keep You Guessing Who’s Next

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Soapy and twisty, one of our favorites, How to Get Away With Murder, is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of character we don’t quite fully like (or hate), but who we’re still rooting for anyway. Season 4 airs tonight on ABC and we’re already taking bets on just who might end up murdered this year. Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this year’s 69th Emmy…

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How to Get Away With Murder: 5 Reads on Annalise Keating’s Fictional Bookshelf

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It’s time for another fictional bookshelf, where we imagine the books our favorite characters might have lining their shelves. Since it’s also Emmy week here at Booktrib, we wanted to pick an Emmy-nominated performance we’re most definitely rooting for. The choice was easy – Viola Davis’s Annalise Keating from ABC’s smash hit, How to Get Away with Murder. Soapy and twisty, HTGAWM is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of…

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Tall Poppies’ Suggestions for Every Type of Reader

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At BookTrib, we are constantly searching for the best ways to connect readers with writers, opening their eyes and worlds to fresh ideas! This is how we came across a wonderful group known as the Tall Poppies, who are not only avid readers, but extremely talented writers as well! On a weekly basis, we will be introducing many wonderful books to you straight from the Tall Poppies. Reviews are on their way! I was shocked—shocked!—to hear that some readers out there haven’t read every single one of the forty-plus Tall Poppies out there. Then I realized, I haven’t read every single one of the forty-plus Tall Poppies out there. But how could I pick who to read next? Um… obviously,…

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More, Please! Books that Need Sequels Immediately

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There’s nothing like reading a wonderful book that keeps you up all night, fills you with warm fuzzies, or even makes you shed a tear or two. But when the story is finally over, you’re left with an empty feeling that just won’t go away. If you’re lucky, the author will write a sequel and you’ll get to hang out with your favorite characters for a little while longer. But more often than not, one book is all we get, leaving us to imagine, speculate and pray for that sequel that will probably never come. There’s not much I wouldn’t do to get a sequel to my favorite novels. These are the stories that consume my thoughts, that I read again…

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Diagnosing Literary Characters, One Murderer at a Time

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Murder is contextual. Meaning, the action of killing by itself tells us nothing about underlying motivation. A murder in war, for example, has an entirely different motive than a serial killer’s compulsive, methodical kills. It’s apples and oranges, really: both fruit on the outside, but very different on the inside. If we want to understand the mind of a murderer, real or fictional, we need to understand motivation. Truth is, murderers have motivations for their kills and they usually have a moral code, too. A skewed moral code, but it’s one which makes their kills make sense to them, nonetheless. And hey, when you’re driven to kill, who cares what everyone else thinks. Right? These three fictional villains certainly don’t.…

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Book Cravings: Read the Next ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Girl on the Train’!

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I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to say this: The Trap by debut thriller author, Melanie Raabe, is the next book to follow the likes of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. This anxious novel brings you into the dark world of Linda Conrads, a bestselling author who has locked herself inside her house (and mind) for the past 11 years. Accident or fate, Conrads catches a glimpse of the grey eyes of the man, who has both killed her sister and left her riddled with anxiety, while watching TV. This sets her down a path leading to a whirlwind of detective work, all while writing her next novel, not a romance this time but a…

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Oscar loves to read! Movies based on books score big

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I went to bed in my tux Wednesday night just so I’d be ready for Thursday morning’s announcements of the Academy Award nominations. And while I woke up a little rumpled, I was happy to see that a host of movies adapted from books will be looking to go home with Hollywood’s favorite golden boy when the Oscars are handed out on February 22. Clearly, Oscar’s big favorite this year is Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which garnered nine nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Golden Globe award winner Michael Keaton), and Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton). While not based on a book per se, Birdman owes much of its plot to the wave of comic…

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10 Pop culture things to be thankful for this year

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Thanksgiving is this week and most of us will spend the next few days stuffing our faces, watching football, and trying to avoid that weird great aunt who’s always asking about your love life. But this is also the holiday where we have a chance to look back over the past year and reflect on what we’re thankful for. Sure, that list includes family and friends and all that, but what about those pop culture moments that we still can’t stop obsessing over? From marriages to movies, here are 10 pop culture things to be thankful for this year: 1. Jamie’s Abs Some of us have been waiting years, and I mean years, for Outlander to make it to the…

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Do you remember who you are? Amnesia on the page

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“I don’t remember any of what I’m about to tell you.” That jolting line begins Su Meck’s 2014 memoir, I Forgot to Remember. Meck suffered a rare case of complete retrograde amnesia, known as “Hollywood amnesia” because it occurs more in movies than in real life. She has absolutely no memories between her birth in 1965 and May 22, 1988. On that day she was playing with her son in their kitchen when a ceiling fan fell on her head. Much of the book’s early section is reconstructed from hospital medical records. Having entered with partial paralysis, horrible headaches, and extremely limited vocabulary, Meck improved enough that doctors released her within three weeks, recording that her long-term memory “seems fairly…

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A man walks into a bar but the Girl is Gone

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It’s no surprise that Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel Gone Girl will be reborn as a movie, due out in October of 2014. The source material is so morbidly cinematic, director David Fincher (who recently adapted Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) could hardly decline. However, readers are now learning of an alternate ending, conceived of and written by Flynn herself. Should it come as any surprise, given the disparity between literature and film? All stories follow the same dramatic arc, whether the narrative takes the form of a book, a movie, or even a joke. For example: a man walks into a restaurant (Situation) with a duck on his head (Conflict). The waiter brings him a menu and…

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