Have just been gathering my thoughts for the 5 books for my RIP read.
Having stretched the limits of the criteria to squeeze in a few that have been waiting patiently for far too long and with some lateral thinking thrown in, here's my selection.
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink (1928)
The Golem, the strange,supernatural force reputed to haunt the ancient Ghetto of Prague.."strange mystical visions,wonderful transformations, lurking terrors and perplexing revelations..."
The Rings of Saturn by W.G.Sebald (2002)
A walking tour through the haunted landscapes of the past, in the company of the exiled and the departed.
Little Face by Sophie Hannah (2006)
Her husband David was supposed to be looking after their two week old daughter.But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she's never seen before.With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must be either mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before it's too late?
"Chilling thriller...heart thumping suspense...taut psychological thriller...high quality stuff"
The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski (1953)
This ‘slim, brilliant, very scary novel’ (John Sandoe Books) came out in 1953, it is about a young married woman who lies down on a chaise-longue and wakes to find herself imprisoned in the body of her alter ego ninety years before. It impressed PDJames ‘as one of the most skilfully told and terrifying short novels of its decade.’
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)
Famously dumped by me, in a hotel room in Barcelona about 5 years ago, (yes I invented Book Crossing) after 50 pages as not worth lugging around Europe in my rucksack a minute longer, predictably then rated by just about anyone I ever ask as the best book they'd ever read.We'll see.