Top 5 watery thrillers, inspired by Doug Johnstone's Gone Again

Top 5 watery thrillers, inspired by Doug Johnstone's Gone Again

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John Burnside, Jules Verne and Nicci French have all taken inspiration from the sea

In Doug Johnstone’s latest thriller Gone Again, Mark Douglas is photographing whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach when he discovers that his wife has disappeared. Like Johnstone, these authors all found their inspiration from the sea

A Summer of Drowning – John Burnside

On a remote island in the Arctic circle, two boys drown in mysterious circumstances. Liv, beguiled by stories of a wild spirit who tempts young men into danger, begins to wonder whether the spirit could be responsible for the deaths. A dreamy, creepy treat.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

Three intrepid sea-dogs venture out to rid the seas of a terrifying monster, only to find that the beast is really a huge submarine manned by the mysterious Captain Nemo. A truly fantastic voyage that ranges from the lost city of Atlantis to the South Pole.

We, the Drowned – Carsten Jensen

As soon as Albert is old enough, he sails across the globe looking for his missing father. But when he returns, bearing a mysterious shrunken head and plagued by premonitions of bloodshed, he finds a town increasingly run by women – including a widow intent on liberating all men from the tyranny of the sea.

Losing You – Nicci French

Nina gave up city life for a home on a bleak, isolated island off England’s east coast. She feels safe there, but when her daughter goes missing the island becomes a place of secrets and suspicions.

The Wave – Susan Casey

Giant waves, volcanoes and global shipping don’t usually feature in thrillers, but all the stories here are true. What with the underwater landslides and 100-foot waves, you’re best staying on dry land with a good book.

Gone Again is published by Faber & Faber on Thu 7 Mar.

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