Anna is a writer who, due to some fault of her parents, is drawn to peculiar and dark historical subjects. Her novels, which have been described as literary crime fiction or historical crime, explore the psychological and social impact of crime and injustice. Anna’s influences include Sarah Waters, Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson and Margaret Atwood.
Genres: Historical Mystery
Anna Mazzola recommends
The Silent Companions (2017)
"Not since The Little Stranger has a book so entranced and haunted me. Compelling, bewitching and beautifully written. Read it if you dare."
The Coffin Path (2018)
"As dark and unsettling as I'd hoped. A brilliant ghost story. Her best novel yet."
Mr Peacock's Possessions (2018)
"What a powerful, rich and fascinating book. Dark historical events are interwoven with the mystery of a missing child on a remote Pacific island in 1879. Highly compelling."
The Poison Bed (2018)
E C Fremantle
"A twisting tale of power, poison and intrigue. Historical fiction with the pull of a psychological thriller."
The Binding (2018)
"What an astounding book something entirely of its own. Brilliant concept, truly extraordinary writing and a killer plot."
The Flower Girls (2019)
"This was as dark and gripping as I hoped it would be. But it's also something else: about justice, rehabilitation and hope."
The Hidden (2019)
"Shines a piercing light on the shrouded history of human trafficking and labour camps in the Channel Isles during WW2. A fascinating and powerful story of love, endurance, betrayal and guilt."
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle (2020)
"Sexy, smart, funny, dark. Get ready for the intoxicating Mr Lavelle!"
The Key in the Lock (2022)
"A dark and poignant Cornish tale of grief, love and the unpicking of long-buried secrets. Set in 1888 and 1918 with shades of Du Maurier and Sarah Waters."
Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies (2022)
"A brilliantly written spy mystery, with a fast-moving plot, characters that leap from the page, and a cornucopia of coding and tech to keep young readers riveted."
That Green Eyed Girl (2022)
Julie Owen Moylan
"Made me cry, took me to smoke-filled jazz bars, and made me want to dance. A brilliantly written, evocative and moving novel."
Winnie M Li
"A fearless and brilliant novel about power, ambition and abuse in the film industry and what it means to be a survivor."
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