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Wed
Jul 12 2017 12:00pm

Suspense in Film

Everyone loves a good suspense film. The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl are two of the best and most interesting mystery films of the last few years, grossing nearly $140 million between them. The casting of these two films—Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, and Alison Janney in Train and Ben Affleck and Rosamunde Pike in Gone Girl—are so on point that they will no doubt be future classics. Theroux is particularly good, giving a chilling performance as Blunt’s ex-husband. It’s fun to see the summer box-office hits, particularly when they are this entertaining.

But as summer cranks up the heat, I’m most likely to be found indoors on a sweltering evening with a freshly popped bowl of popcorn and a classic suspense movie from the ’50s or ’60s. There’s a slower pace to these films that commands your attention. When you settle in to watch, you’re transported not only back in time but to a world that didn’t hum and buzz with constant distractions. Every detail is important. There’s tension in a kettle suddenly shrieking on a stove or the slap of a tennis ball on the pavement. The world was a gentler place, and murder was a shocking intrusion into people’s lives. 

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Fri
Jul 7 2017 9:00am
Excerpt

Julia Thomas Excerpt: Penhale Wood

Julia Thomas

Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas follows a desperate mother who will stop at nothing to solve the year-old case of her daughter's murder (available July 8, 2017).

If it’s the last thing she ever does, Iris will find Sophie’s Killer and make her pay.

On a cold December night in Cornwall, nanny Karen Peterson disappeared with three-year-old Sophie Flynn. The next day, the child’s body was found on a riverbank in Penhale Wood.

A year later, Sophie’s mother, Iris Flynn, appears on the doorstep of investigating officer Rob McIntyre, determined to make him reopen her daughter’s case. McIntyre has his own personal demons, but Iris hijacks his life in order to find the woman she thinks is responsible for Sophie’s death. Following the slimmest of leads, they are soon confronting ghosts from the past and a chameleon-like killer who will do anything to stay hidden.

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