A J Finn is the pseudonym of Daniel Mallory, currently a senior publishing executive at William Morrow/ HarperCollins. An Oxford graduate and former book critic, he lives in New York City.
His debut novel, The Woman in the Window, is currently in development as a major motion picture at Fox.
A J Finn recommends
Magpie Murders (2016)
(Magpie Murders, book 1)
"An extravagant circus of a novel, part high-wire act, part funhouse mirror. Intricate, bold, stone-cold clever both comfortably old-fashioned and thrillingly new."
The Chalk Man (2018)
C J Tudor
"Utterly Hypnotic. The Chalk Man is a dream novel, a book of nightmares: haunted and haunting, shot through with shadow and light - a story to quicken the pulse and freeze the blood. A dark star is born."
"Bitter, yes, but also sweet -- and moving, and searching, and quietly devastating: a novel to detonate the heart. Steep yourself in this exquisite story. You won't regret it, and you won't forget it. Fans of Gail Honeyman and Joanna Cannon will love Bitter."
Splinter in the Blood (2018)
(Carver and Lake, book 1)
"One of the boldest, most inventive serial-killer thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs...anchored by a protagonist as complicated as she is compelling."
The Burning Chambers (2018)
(Burning Chambers, book 1)
"Oh, what a glorious novel. A masterly tour of history; a rapturous romance; and?best of all?a breathless thriller, alive with treachery, danger, atmosphere, and beauty. This book will transport you. Kate Mosse is that rarest of writers: a storyteller who breathes fresh life into vanished worlds."
The Death of Mrs. Westaway (2018)
"The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting."
The Good Son (2018)
"A cool, crafty did-he-do-it thriller buoyed by a rising tide of madness. Provocative yet profound, humming with mood and menace, The Good Son will rivet readers of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith."
The President is Missing (2018)
Bill Clinton and James Patterson
"A bullet train of a thriller.The Day of the Jackal for the twenty-first century."
Big Woods (2018)
"Stephen King's Stand by Me collides with Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects in this exceptional thriller. Gutsy, gripping - and pitch-perfect in its resurrection of an era long gone."
Boy Swallows Universe (2018)
"Joyous. Simply joyous. I hugged myself as I read it. My heart raced, swelled, burst; my eyes leaked tears; my stomach ached from laughter. Boy Swallows Universe is--I can't think of a word more apt--magical. This vibrant, vital, altogether miraculous coming-of-age novel marks the debut of an exquisitely gifted storyteller. . . and what's more, it's transformative: After reading Trent Dalton's book, you won't be the same as you were before."
The Last Time I Lied (2018)
"Breathtaking -- brightly written, scalpel-sharp, and altogether inspired. This swift, red-blooded thriller set my pulse thrumming."
A Noise Downstairs (2018)
"Linwood Barclay’s novels as intelligent as Michael Connelly’s, as compelling as Harlan Coben’s never fail to astonish. A Noise Downstairs, his best work yet, is a cobra of a story: smooth, slippery, unnerving . . . and likely to strike when you least expect it. I devoured this book."
(Martin Scarsden, book 1)
"A heatwave of a novel, scorching and powerful. This extraordinary debut, perfect for readers of the magnificent Jane Harper, seared my eyes and singed my heart. Don't miss it."
"Sadie: a novel for readers of any age, and a character as indelible as a scar. Flat-out dazzling."
Call Me Evie (2018)
J P Pomare
"Literary suspense as dark and fresh as midnight in winter, with a merciless twist-of-the-knife finale. One of the most striking debuts I've read in years and years."
The Hunting Party (2018)
"A ripping, riveting murder mystery ? wily as Agatha Christie, charged with real menace, real depth. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware."
The Chestnut Man (2019)
"A full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson, drenched in atmosphere and charged with adrenaline. Buckle up. You'll gulp down every word. I loved this book."
The Woman Inside (2019)
E G Scott
"From its seize-you-by-throat opening to that jack-in-the-box finale, this slick, sleek thriller held me breathless. Psychological suspense at its brightest and boldest."
The Silent Patient (2019)
"The perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing - I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later - it's now 5.47 AM - I've finished it, absolutely dazzled."
A Version of the Truth (2019)
B P Walter
"Devilishly well-plotted, crisply written...a smashing debut!."
The Wolf and the Watchman (2019)
Niklas Natt och Dag
"Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthralling-and the best historical thriller I've read in twenty years."
Courting Mr. Lincoln (2019)
"A miracle; an exquisite story exquisitely told If you love Jane Austen, or Hamilton, or fiction - of any era - that transports and transforms in equal measure, look no further."
The Island (2019)
(Hulda, book 2)
"Ragnar Jonasson writes fire-and-ice novels: white-hot suspense stories set in the magnificent, forbidding terrain of his native Iceland. Few writers at work today conjure atmosphere with such power, or plot their mysteries with such craft. And The Island is his best book yet, an unflinching thriller that braids past and present, good and evil, love and loss. I can't wait for Hulda Hermannsdóttir's next case."
The Night Before (2019)
"A dazzling hall-of-mirrors thriller: ferociously smart, furiously paced, and - best of all - honest-to-goodness surprising. All hail Wendy Walker."
Death in a Desert Land (2019)
(Agatha Christie, book 3)
"Andrew Wilson's Christie novels do Dame Agatha proud."
The Reunion (2019)
"Witty, elegant, and peopled with complex characters, it's one of the most sheerly suspenseful novels I've read in years -- and among the most enjoyable, too."
A Stranger on the Beach (2019)
"Rides its rising tide of terror to a finale that blanched my knuckles. An exceptionally suspenseful thriller."
The Man in the White Linen Suit (2019)
(Stewart Hoag & Lulu Mysteries, book 11)
"He's of my very favorites a novelist whose champagne-fizzy mysteries tickle the brain, heart and funny bone in equal measure."
The Other End of the Line (2019)
(Inspector Montalbano, book 24)
"Set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other...altogether transporting."
The Holdout (2020)
"Plunge a syringe filled with adrenaline into the heart of Twelve Angry Men and you’ve got The Holdout."
Our Little Cruelties (2020)
"A dark jewel of a novel - finely observed, swift and exciting."
Have You Seen Me? (2020)
"Arms linked, breath held, we drop alongside Ally Linden into Kate White’s dagger-sharp, whip-smart new thriller Have You Seen Me?, the same questions burning like neon signs in our minds. . . . As nimbly plotted as Before I Go to Sleep, as winning as the best of Mary Higgins Clark, Have You Seen Me? showcases Kate White at her formidable best."
Don't Turn Around (2020)
"A novel like razor-wire: elegant, sinister, bristling with hooks. Who is the predator and who is the prey? Is the danger behind you, a pair of headlights on that lonely highway or right beside you, gripping the wheel with white knuckles? As you race down the roads that slice across Jessica Barry’s American Southwest, you might catch a glimpse of the desperate fugitives from No Country for Old Men, or the wayward college kids of Joyride, but Don’t Turn Around is very much an original vehicle, part chase thriller, part psychological suspense, altogether audacious, wholly ingenious."
The Other Passenger (2020)
"A novel like a roulette wheel at full tilt: smooth, hypnotic, relentless, exciting and ultimately, just as unpredictable Like every Candlish thriller, The Other Passenger is psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister."
The Eighth Detective (2020)
"Dizzying, dazzling - a potent potion of a thriller, a brew of bibliophilia (think The Shadow of the Wind), wire-taut tension (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and plot swerves so sharp and sudden you risk whiplash with each turn of the page, as bold as the best of Michael Connelly and Lisa Gardner. When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The wait is over."
The Less Dead (2020)
"One of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past twenty years, an artist whose thrillers double as embracing moral inquires."
An Inconvenient Woman (2020)
"A hangman's noose of a thriller, airtight and inescapable, each strand expertly braided, each loop perfectly knotted. Harrowing yet humane -- a novel as provocative as it is suspenseful."
The Girl in the Mirror (2020)
"Ferociously entertaining. A novel like a triathlon: part evil-twin thriller, part howdunit (or did-she-do-it?), part juicy family drama. Drop Knives Out and Double Indemnity into the blender, shake some Dead Calm over the froth, power it on, and you’ve got a cocktail like The Girl in the Mirrorfresh, flavorful, and utterly intoxicating."
Goodnight, Beautiful (2020)
"Constructed with house-of-cards precision, this cunning story surges forward as though powered by outboard motor. But Molloy proves equally skilled in the elusive arts of character and dialogue: Goodnight Beautiful isn’t only the most suspenseful novel you’ll read this year; it’s likely to be the funniest, too. I wish that every book, in every genre, were as deeply imagined and fully inhabited as this one."
The Dead of Winter (2020)
S J Parris
"If Hilary Mantel, John Le Carre and Michael Connelly were to join forces, they might gift us with a novel addictive as any of Parris's books featuring monk-turned-spy Giordano Bruno."
Red Corona (2020)
"Relentless and sleek. This pitch-perfect debut a gripping espionage thriller in the vein of Charles Cumming, Tom Rob Smith, and Mick Herron signals the arrival of a remarkable talent."
Lola on Fire (2021)
"Lola on Fire sizzles and scorches like fresh steak slapped on a red-hot grill. . . . . How often does a ferocious action thriller gather your emotions in a net and haul them to the surface writhing and shiny? What was the last novel to kick-start your brain and your pulse at the same time? Cross Elmore Leonard with Lisa Gardner and you get Rio Youers."
The Sanatorium (2021)
"The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller - gracious in its nods to the classic locked-room mystery, yet bold enough to burst out of that room through the window. Pearse writes prose fresh and crisp as Swiss Alp powder, and her characters fascinate even as their numbers dwindle."
Who Is Maud Dixon? (2021)
"Smoothly written, nimbly plottedyet also buzzing with an irresistible intensity and relish. Roaring round of applause here."
The End of Men (2021)
"So much speculative fiction amounts to nothing more than just that: idle what-iffing, spitballed at the reader with little conviction and even less imagination. But The End of Men, like only a very few novels published since The Handmaid's Tale--think Naomi Alderman's The Power, think Children of Men by P D James--builds an alternate reality so persuasive, so confident, that it soon evolves from intriguing fiction to you-are-there docudrama, as vivid as Max Brooks' World War Z. Part parable, part thriller, and altogether provocative, this is the stuff that classics are made of."
The Collective (2021)
"Aflame with tension, this intricate, powerful thriller rips a tunnel into a past as deep and dark as the midnight sky."
The Damage (2021)
"A magnificent debut to rival the very best of Dennis Lehane, The Damage scores knockout thriller punches chapter after chapter. It's dense and exciting, as though Michael Connelly and Tana French had joined forces. A spectacularly plotted and powerful family drama."
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