Erica Ferencik is the award-winning author of the acclaimed thrillers The River at Night, Into the Jungle, and Girl in Ice, which The New York Times Book Review declared “hauntingly beautiful.” Find out more on her website EricaFerencik.com and follow her on Twitter @EricaFerencik.
Compiling this list of suspenseful novels not only helped me identify what I look for in these sorts of books, but clarified some of the qualities I hope to include in my own work. The nonstop dread in Audrain’s The Push; the wildly unique voice of Messud’s The Woman Upstairs; the masterfully plotted A Reliable Wife; the truth about those we love—versus who we want them to be—in Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. All of these novels reveal some truth about human nature through the lens of suspense, and often touches of horror.
I can only hope that my novels: The River at Night, Into the Jungle, and now, Girl in Ice, are a fraction as brave in their storytelling, and that they reveal—in their own way—the darker spectrum of human nature.