In fact, one of them – Lisa Jewell’s psychological thriller ‘Then She Was Gone’ – made me cry and feel rather low when I’d finished it. I know, diddums. 😦
Apparently, (if you’re planning on reading it, don’t click on this link or it will all be spoiled for you) the ending
was going to be quite different but when Lisa submitted the manuscript to her editor, she (the editor) wasn’t sure about it and brainstormed with another editor and then told Lisa what they felt she needed to do to ‘save’ the book. (This is just one of the things that a good editor will do, if you’re lucky enough to have one!).
I like Lisa Jewell. I’ve read most of her (more cheery!) novels, since her award-winning debut, Ralph’s Party, I think she writes well and I usually enjoy her books so, it’s not her – it’s me. I don’t think psychological thrillers – or ‘dark’ books of any kind – are really ‘me’. There’s enough misery in the world without reading about more, made-up misery, in my humble opinion. (Although crime and thrillers are now the best-selling genres, so what do I know?).
Anyway, the antidote to ‘dark’ books is ‘Up Lit’ – a new feel-good genre, apparently, focussing on kindness and with a requisite happy ending (so if I cry, at least they’re ‘happy tears’!).
I’ve read – and enjoyed – Joanna Cannon’s ‘Three Things About Elsie’ and Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ which are good examples of the genre and now, there’s a new ‘Up Lit’ book on the block: the first novel from … brace yourself… twenty-five year old Libby Page, called The Lido, which is about a group of residents who come together to try to save their local outdoor swimming pool from closure.
There’s more information about it here – and scroll down that page too, for Libby’s ‘Tips on Writing a Page-turner’.
Swimming and niceness! What’s not to like? I’m definitely adding this cheery-sounding little number to my ‘to read’ list. 🙂