8. Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Shirley Jackson was best known for literary suspense. Jackson’s unique contribution, writes Franklin, was “her primary focus” on the lives of her generation of women who were raised in the mid 20th Century.
Moore captures the powerful ties between father and daughter as she unspools a string of compelling scientific and personal mysteries.
6. Ben H Winters, Underground Airlines
Winters’ timely new work of speculative fiction is set in an alternative US: Lincoln never became president, the Civil War never happened, and there are still slaves in the certain states. Winters, an Edgar award winner, has crafted a fast-moving thriller with a contemporary ethical framework.