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Aug 2 2016 2:00pm

The Killer Inside My Holiday

Read this exclusive guest post from Kate Horsley, author of The American Girl, about the thrill of traveling to strange and foreign places and how that creates the perfect setting for crime novels. Then, make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book!

What better reading matter to take with you on holiday than a book about someone on else on holiday, especially if that person happens to be living dangerously? For me, there’s always been something especially enthralling about novels that blend the vividness of travel writing with a walk on the dark side, from the Mary Stewart and Rumer Godden novels I read as a kid to more recent classics like Alex Garland’s The Beach.

Jim Morrison sang that, “People are strange when you’re a stranger.” The ubiquity of that sensation has driven the franchise of Taken thrillers, starring Liam Neeson, in which the relentless hero kicks the asses of foreign baddies in search of his daughter. This turned out to be a scenario simultaneously so convincing and so troubling that it put some American parents off sending their children to Europe completely. Neeson, a keen traveler himself, was called upon to reassure them that his troubles abroad were only fiction. Our innate fear of the unfamiliar is often what feeds the thrill of foreign-set suspense, but should it?

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