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  1. U.G. Ridley

    U.G. Ridley I'm a wizard, Hagrid Supporter

    Jun 21, 2016
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    Any thriller novels that show how to do tension well?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by U.G. Ridley, Jul 5, 2016.

    Particularly one that includes one or more psychopaths, please:D

    I'm writing a thriller/horror, whatever it winds up being classified as, and I really want to figure out how to do tension well, especially when the bad guy is a psychopath that the MC finds themselves alone with.
  2. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

    May 20, 2012
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    occasionally Oz , mainly Canada
    Intensity by Dean Kootz.
    He's good with suspense. He can build and build the scene and leave you ( as the mc ) trapped under a bed as a serial killer stalks the house and then digress and really draw it out. He guilds the lily occasionally but I found Intensity to be his best work.
    For horror -
    Richard Laymon. He does suspense well but he can be kinda gory so he's not for everyone.
    Joy Fielding. She has good suspense in her novels one I think, I can't remember the title, was about a young woman dragged along on a road trip with a psychopath.
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