Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of fourteen novels, including The Other Passenger, coming out on 7/20. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. Visit her at LouiseCandlish.com or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish.
I’m honestly not sure if you can set out to write a “cinematic” novel. It’s a status conferred on the book by readers who have found their imagination unusually fired, with scene after scene arriving in glorious Technicolor—or maybe stylized black and white—all perfectly lit and skillfully performed. Page and screen are natural bedfellows, of course, and these days the majority of TV and film drama originates with books (the journey can be twisty: my new novel, The Other Passenger, is set to become a movie, having been inspired by the noir classic Double Indemnity, itself based on the novella by James M. Cain). Here are five thrillers that excite and disturb as powerfully in print as they do—or will—on screen.