8 books to read if you loved Broadchurch
If you’ve been watching (or streaming) Broadchurch and witnessed this week’s stunning conclusion to the British crime series, you might find yourself wanting more — maybe even lots more mystery, intrigue and murder investigations. Fear not, since we’ve curated a list of great reads built around cases worthy of the discerning eyes of detectives Hardy and Miller.
The Sea by John Banville
Celebrated author John Banville (The Untouchable) takes us to a nostalgic seaside town in this evocative novel, bringing together several Broadchurch-friendly themes: death, memory, beaches and, of course, the sea, as seen and experienced through the eyes of his stoic Irish protagonist.
The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer
This thriller, set on the craggy cliffs of North Devon in England, follows a young girl on the trail of a terrifying serial killer. While women in the area have been targeted as victims, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has other things to think about, like the bullies at school or her parents’ strained marriage. But can she help her father catch a dangerous madman?
A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller
Award-winning journalist Julia Keller explores the repercussions of violence on a small town in her acclaimed debut novel, which recounts the shooting of three elderly men in a public setting and the confused, complicated fallout that ensues.
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Branded with the foreboding subheader “It’s every mother’s nightmare,” this switched-at-birth thriller pits a mother against the world — her husband included — when she comes home to find a different baby than the one she left. The first book in Hannah’s Zailer and Waterhouse series, Little Face is a taut psycholigical thriller with more layers than you’d expect.
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
Child 44 scribe Tom Rob Smith paints the portrait of a family awash in secrets, lies, and competing interests in The Farm, his first standalone work after the celebrated 44 trilogy. Daniel, the protagonist, is confronted with conflicting accounts from his parents on how they’re spending their time at the secluded farm in Sweden they call home, and he has no idea who he should trust…
Dead Man's Grip by Peter James
A suspenseful Sussex-based thriller, this entry in James’ Roy Grace series tells of a horrific car accident and its aftermath, as a crash survivor discovers that other survivors have been brutally tortured and killed. After going to the police and coming back empty-handed, she realizes that she must find and confront the killer herself. This is a whodunnit with twists to spare.
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Murdoch’s 1978 classic novel of reflection and unexpected guests, as told from an egocentric writer’s point of view in an isolated seaside home, leaves much to the imagination. With trademark restraint and expert ability, Murdoch weaves a story that peels back the layers of what it means to be a success, and finds truths that may be difficult to accept.
Time of Death by Mark Billingham
In this thirteenth entry in Billingham’s wildly successful Tom Thorne series, a double kidnapping in the English town of Warwickshire sparks a tabloid media frenzy, which in turn leads to a multi-layered investigation that reveals mistaken identities and a killer with particularly nefarious motives. Thorne and his girlfriend must confront a dark past in order to bring secrets to light.