Shirley Jackson Awards are announced for the previous year's "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic."
I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any of the winners - yet. I'll be heading to my library with the list and then settling into my deck chair with a big black hat for shade and a gin and tonic by my side before submerging myself into a few of the winners. The 2016 Award Winners look intriguing. Come on in! The water's fine.
The Secret Place (2014) by Tana French. This is one in a series of books about a Dublin murder squad. It's the only one I've read in the series and each book stands alone, so you don't have to read them in order. There is a little bit of magic and a lot of suspense about who murdered a boy found on the grounds of a private girls school. It was the kind of book that even when I wasn't reading it I was working out in my head who I thought the murderer was. There were many late nights with this one.
But I digress. If you want to read more posts about Shirley Jackson just type in her name in search box on the right. She comes up regularly in this blog.