Maybe we don’t ask ourselves these questions, but we sure seem to care about the novels that ask them of the characters. We love the secrets, we love the thrill, and we love the idea of reading this type of escapism since we are nosy by nature. It might not always be a “who-done-it,” but there is always the question of “what happened?” Following on the success of Gone Girl, numerous books have been released in the past year that widened the literature scope in the Domestic Noir sphere. We are seeing mostly books about women written by women, but the narrator isn’t always as reliable as we would hope her to be. Amy in Gone Girl was very conniving indeed, and you will see that Rachel in Girl on a Train is the definition of a loose cannon.
Sophie Orme, Senior Editor at Mantle Books, sums it up best when she says, “the authors have shown us that we don’t necessarily have to like the female protagonist to sympathize with her plight and be gripped by her story.” If you are also one who is gripped by these stories or enjoy psychological thrillers, then Domestic Noir may be the next thing you check out at the Library. For some suggestions, please look at my new reading list.