Battersea, 1961. London is just beginning to enter the swinging sixties. The world is changing - but not for Violet. She was born at the exact moment Winston Churchill announced victory in Europe, and working in her family's fish and chip shop isn't exactly the most exciting thing in the world.
Then she meets Beau - a motorcycle boy who blows up Violet's grey little life, but things don't go her way for long.
Joseph, her long lost brother, comes home, and young girls start going missing before they're murdered. Then Violet's best friend disappears too. Violet's got a dreadful feeling that Joseph's secret could be the worst kind of secret of all.
Alison Rattle's new read V For Violet is sitting at the very top of our summer reading list, so seeing as she clearly knows a thing or two about books that keep you in suspense from the first page to the last, we thought she'd be the perfect author to ask for some thriller recommendations. THANKS ALISON.
Oooh, and don't forget to scroll down and check out the free extract we've got from V For Violet too, so you can check out whether to grab a copy to chuck in you beach bag for some epic holiday reading.
Alison Rattle's Top 10 Thrillers...
1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Couldn't have a list of my favourite thrillers without including this timeless classic. With its themes of mental cruelty and revenge, a passion that turns to obsession, the brutally wild and bleak Yorkshire moors, the dark and surly Heathcliff and the ethereal Cathy, this thrilling read still packs a punch more than 250 years after being written.
2. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
A fantastically imagined dystopian society, a forbidden love, a fight against prejudice, distrust and terrorism, and two brilliantly feisty protagonists, this ground-breaking YA novel had me literally, on the edge of my seat. Oh, and I might have fallen a little bit in love with Callum.
3. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Highly controversial and dark in the extreme, this book goes for the jugular and never lets go. Left me shaken and disturbed, like I'd just crawled off some super scary roller coaster ride. And I couldn't look a Doberman in the eye for months.
4. Storm Catchers by Tim Bowler
Everything I could want in a thriller. Mystery, suspense, a young girl snatched from a house in the middle of a storm…see? Goosebumps already. I loved the atmosphere of this one; the stormy night- time beaches, the derelict lighthouse, the supernatural elements and the emotional depths of the characters.
5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I don't care what anybody else thinks, the original concept of this book blew me away. Susie Salmon broke my heart as she tried desperately to bring her murderer to justice from her vantage point in Heaven. Wasn't too impressed with the film though.
6. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Disturbing in a wonderfully brilliant way. I always love an unreliable narrator and Jamie is one of the best. When his crazy sister Cate is released from a juvenile detention centre, Jamie's life is plunged into madness. The plot is so fast paced it left me breathless, there are twists and turns galore and the ending….! EXPLOSIVE!
7. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
I read this in a single delicious gulp on a rainy afternoon curled up on the sofa with a tube of Pringles. Delivers everything a thriller should. A hostile island, home to a hospital for the criminally insane, horrifying surgeries and human experimentation and a heart stopping chase towards an ending that is nothing like I imagined. Loved the film too.
8. Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Deliciously twisty, turny and creepy. This psychological thriller about two best friends Zoe and Cara, was one of those books where I knew something wasn't quite right and I had to race through it to get to the end just so I could breathe again.
9. Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet
Addicted to this one from the word go. So love it when a books grabs you like that. The characters are hugely compelling. Two sisters and two brothers whose lives spiral out of control, the despairing atmosphere of a small town and a storyline that slowly sneaks up on you and then holds on to you so tightly that you keep thinking about it for days and days after you've read the final page.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I'm not sure if this book would ordinarily fall into the category of thriller. But if a thriller is defined as a read that takes you to a place of heightened feelings, causing you experience a mix of anxiety, elation, suspense, surprise, anticipation and horror, then this book ticks all the boxes. One of my favourite books of all time.
Fancy an extract of V For Violet, now? HERE YA GO (it's seriously great, so make sure you get stuck in):