Tana French | Books | The GuardianFrench's latest novel, set among feuding schoolgirl cliques, combines intricate plotting and psychological depth, says Laura Wilson. A shocking tragedy in an otherwise idyllic childhood summer comes back to haunt its sole survivor in adulthood — all the ingredients for a tense thriller that's perfect holiday reading. From PD James to Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt, the novelist picks the books that defy all the thriller's conventions - but remain thrilling. Tana French. Published: 14 Jun Best books of so far.
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A few years ago, the crime writer Tana French was working on a novel when she found herself being interrogated. How would you go about interviewing a suspect in this set of circumstances? What followed, she says, blew her away. And he turned on a dime. Suddenly he was this unstoppable force.
T ana French ducks out of the rain and into an Italian restaurant in the villagey Dublin suburb of Sandymount, looking a little like a mischievous sprite: cap on her head, a crush of vintage and contemporary badges pinned to her bag, a big, open smile. Of Russian, Italian, American and Irish heritage, she orders a cappuccino in the relevant language, though declares herself far fonder of the Leinster damp than the sweltering heat of Rome, where she lived before this latest, decades-long stint in Ireland. This is good work by a good writer. For the reader, what luck. From a united, loving and affluent family, Toby tootles along doing PR for an art gallery, driving his BMW and enjoying his free time with nice-as-pie girlfriend Melissa, with whom he is fondly, if vaguely, considering settling down. Struggling millennial he is not.
She lives in Dublin with her family. How has your background in theater helped you create your characters? When you get right down to it, writing — or at least writing in the first person, which is what I do — is basically the same skill as acting. For years, my job as an actor was to create a character — hopefully a full, three-dimensional character — and spend hours a day operating completely from her perspective, bringing an audience into her world. Writing is just an extension of that process.