Comments: 12
BrokenTune 3 years ago
I think it would work. It certainly has suspense, oodles of it.
I assume since you've picked a noir mystery those tend to go down well at your book club?
I haven't done any mysteries with them at all deliberately, there's a neighboring library that their thing is their mystery book club. I've also only been in charge of this book club for just under a year.
Well, I'd heed MM's hint at the somewhat homoerotic content -- that said, as a mystery / thriller it's great.
Moonlight Snowfall 3 years ago
I haven't read Patricia Highsmith, although I've heard really good things about her. I believe the book has homoerotic overtones, so if that will be a problem for a conservative bookclub, you might beware. I personally think it looks like a fantastic read, but I'm about the least conservative person on the planet.

However, if you are still considering other suggestions, I highly recommend Shirley Jackson as a potential book club pick - either The Haunting of Hill House or the, in my opinion, slightly (but not by much) better We Have Always Lived in the Castle seem like they would be terrific. We Have Always Lived in the Castle has just been picked up for a major screen adaptation and is currently filming in Ireland, which could be a selling point to your book club.
I'm trying to avoid horror, which is a challenge.
Moonlight Snowfall 3 years ago
They are both classic horror, not gory horror - more like psychological suspense. But just the application of the label can be off-putting to non-horror readers, so I get that could be a problem.
Sort of like the difference between Hitchcock and a slasher film.

and it's one i have difficulty with how little horror i do read (and generally how narrow of a section of horror that i read)
The Shirley Jackson sounds like a good option, frankly.
Murder by Death 3 years ago
Is the bookclub an older demographic? If so, one of the gothic romantic suspense writers might be a good option; Mary Stewart, or Barbara Michaels. Michaels definitely does some spooky reads that should keep most conservatives happy. Ammie Come Home is probably the scariest one she's written (although I haven't read them all by a long shot).

Phyllis Whitney has some good options too; if the club is a *really* conservative one (i.e. no supernatural), Window on the Square is spooky without any ghosts, although I don't know how easy it is to find now.

If it's a younger demographic, Simone St. James' books might work: scary without being horror, imo. Especially some of her latest ones, which I found much tamer than her first two.