Stina Jackson, Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir and Lesley Kara - Vengeful Hearts

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Vengeful Hearts

Stina Jackson, Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir and Lesley Kara

 

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Some of our most enduring stories centre around revenge — and many of the most memorable quotes! Some say it’s a “dish best eaten cold,” or that “living well is the best revenge.” Others advise, “Don’t get mad, get even.” Thackery said revenge might be wicked, but it’s natural. Mary Higgins Clark said, “When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” Join our panel of writers as they discuss the allure — and dangers — of revenge, and explain how they’ve explored this in their work.

Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road was an international bestseller and won the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award of 2018. Her new book, The Last Snow, is set in a forgotten corner of Lapland in northernmost Sweden, finds Liv Bjornlund living in derelict house with her teenage son and ageing father. They’re the subject of gossip — why has Liv stayed by domineering father’s side? Is he really sitting on a fortune? He’s made enemies over the years, and someone wants back what is rightfully theirs — and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir’s The Creak on the Stairs was a  #1 bestseller in her native Iceland, and won the Blackbird Award for new Icelandic crime writers. It’s a claustrophobic and chilling debut thriller that begins when the body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes. It’s soon clear she was no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma undertakes an uneasy investigation that uncovers shocking secrets from the past — bringing to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community.

Both Lesley Kara’s debut, The Rumour, and its follow up, Who Did You Tell, were Sunday Times bestsellers. The Rumour was a Kindle No.1 bestseller, and sold over 350,000 copies globally. Lesley co-hosts the podcast In Suspense, dedicated to crime fiction and psychological noir. In The Dare she tells the story of Lizzie, who lost her best friend when they were teens, in what she believes was a terrible accident — though she has no memory of the event. Alice’s family always suspected Lizzie was responsible for the girl’s death, and twelve years on, she’s about to discover that someone’s been planning the perfect revenge.


 

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