Thrilling Fiction: A Panel Conversation

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Thrilling Fiction: A Panel Conversation

By Mystery to Me

Featuring Lisa Brideau, Katie Lattari, Sara Ochs

What makes a thriller a thriller and is there a thriller for everyone (spoiler alert: yes!)?
Authors Lisa Brideau, Katie Lattari, and Sara Ochs gather to discuss their unique entries into the thriller pantheon: Adrift, a cli-fi, speculative story wrapped around a mystery; Dark Things I Adore, a spiky, slow-burn revenge tale set in the wilds of Maine; and The Resort, a destination thriller set on a tropical Thai island that hides a hidden darkness. What unites these stories and where do they push the boundaries of what people expect when they pick up a thriller? How do reader expectations affect how those stories are enjoyed?
These thriller mavens will read from their gripping novels and have a lively discussion exploring what it means to write a thriller and the fun that can be had carving out new territory within this beloved genre.

About Lisa Brideau

Lisa Brideau’s debut novel, ADRIFT, is a near-future story of amnesia and friendship set against the backdrop of a world struggling with climate change impacts. It was nominated for the 2024 Evergreen Award. Lisa works professionally as a municipal climate policy specialist.

About Katie Lattari

Katie Lattari's debut thriller DARK THINGS I ADORE immediately garnered attention from the New York Times Book Review, Apple Books, Library Journal, and others for its lush, atmospheric writing and sharply drawn revenge plot “which reveals in chilling detail who gets to make art, and who gets subsumed in the process” (NYT). Barnes & Noble chose DARK THINGS I ADORE as its July 2022 national mystery & thriller pick.

About Sara Ochs

Sara Ochs is an author, law professor, and avid traveller. Sara’s debut novel, THE RESORT, a thriller set on a remote Thai island, was chosen as a February 2024 Book of the Month Selection, an Amazon ‘Best Book of the Month’ for February 2024, and one of Audible’s Most Anticipated Debuts of 2024.

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