Notable: First-time novelists off to a good start

Published January 21 2015


Off to a good start

These three debut thrillers are getting their authors a lot of attention.

Descent (Algonquin Books) by Tim Johnston is a beautifully written and gripping tale about a teenage girl who disappears during a family vacation in the Rockies and the psychological effects on the family devastated by her loss.

The Girl on the Train (Riverhead) by Paula Hawkins is a Hitchcock-influenced, intensely suspenseful story of obsession about a young woman who sees something while on her daily commute that entangles her in a murder investigation.

The Marauders (Crown) by Tom Cooper is set on the Louisiana gulf coast after the BP oil spill and recounts the quest of a one-armed, pill-popping shrimper who encounters all manner of very bad people as he searches for the long-lost treasure of the pirate Jean Lafitte.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor