Katherine Faulkner, an award-winning journalist, studied history at Cambridge. She has worked as an investigative reporter and an editor and was formerly the joint Head of News at The Times (London). She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
When I was writing my novel Greenwich Park—about a woman whose seemingly perfect life starts to unravel as a result of a friendship forged at her first prenatal class—I had never even heard of the term “Mum-noir.” Since then, a series of such novels which, like mine, explore the darker side of motherhood—particularly new motherhood—have hit the shelves. Perhaps it is no great surprise that the experience of pregnancy and new motherhood—with its attendant feelings of loneliness, paranoia, self-doubt, and isolation, and the fissures it creates in female friendships—has proved to be fertile ground for the lurid imaginations of authors of domestic suspense. Here are some of my “Mum-noir” favorites.