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The Book Show: 5 Crime Fiction books that will creep you out

This week, Jenny Crwys-Williams looks at successful Crime Fiction books written with the female anti-heroine in mind. Says Jenny: "Girls focus on a different type of crime - not the gun type - more a domestic type of story."

Some of the books are quite violent (like _Unseen _by Karin Slaughter) and some skillfully weave together the words in a way that will not only engage you throughout, but also creep you out (like Sophie Henna's The Telling Error). And some make for thrilling conversation - like the best-selling, Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins.

The Girl On a Train (Transworld Publishers) by Paula Hawkins Hardback: R328.00 (Exclusive Books) Paperback: R292.00 (Exclusive Books)

A fat, unhappy girl goes to work by train every day and imagines the lives of the people she gets to know by passing them every day. But what happens when you imagine yourself INTO other people’s lives?

Jenny review:

It's become a tremendous success worldwide. If you haven't read this book, I think you'll be left out of a conversation here and there because it's a book everyone is talking about.

Unseen (Random House Struik) by Karin Slaughter Paperback: R263.00 (Exclusive Books)

Karin's latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Jenny review:

This is not a domestic crime novel - it's violent, it's bloody and brutal but gets you sucked in quietly. She is clever and ruthless. It's absolutely unput-down-able.

The Telling Error (Hodder & Stoughton) by Sophie Hannah Hardback: R378.00 (Exclusive Books) Paperback: R292.00 eBook: R141.00

Controversial newspaper columnist Damon Blundyhas been murdered, and a woman who has never met him – housewife and motherNicki Clements – is brought in for questioning.

Jenny's review:

Sophie has won many award for her domestic crime fiction writing - you get sucked into her work quietly. This is a delightfully unsettling book.

The Facts of Life and Death by Sophie Hannah (Transworld Publishers) Hardback: R378.00 (Exclusive Books) Paperback: R263.00 (Exclusive Books) eBook: R170.00

The Facts of Life and Death is a coming-of-age story, an exploration of a troubled family and a pointed portrayal of an isolated North Devon community dealing with murder in its midst. This sense of being on the edge of things actually feeds into the plot.

Jenny's review:

You're going to enjoy this book. It's a fantastic read. Very creepy!

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