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Gilly Macmillan

The Macmillan List

from Gilly Macmillan, author of What She Knew

Book Recommendations

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow

by Peter Høeg

This book is so good that I almost wish I hadn't read it, because I can't ever again experience the utter thrill of discovering it. It has everything: it's thoughtful and intelligent; the prose is rich and evocative from the very first sentence to the last; and both the plot and the characters (especially outsider-turned-detective Miss Smilla) are complex and intriguing, and embedded in a setting that feels vivid and chilling.

The Tin Roof Blowdown

by James Lee Burke

This book is hard-hitting and unflinching yet poetic at times, and a powerful humanity hangs from every word of it. All of James Lee Burke's powers are at their mightiest in this incredible Dave Robicheaux thriller set in a vivid and terrifying New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Black and Blue

by Ian Rankin

In my view, this is one of the best Rebus books, but they're all fantastic. It has the usual Rankin cocktail of great characters; superb Edinburgh setting; some of the most realistic dialogue in the business; deadpan, perfectly placed prose; and a high-stakes, twisty-turny plot to keep you devouring the story right until the end. Rankin's Rebus books have a kind of rhythm and fatalism to them that I find irresistible.

The Secret History

by Donna Tartt

A perfect mystery story. Ingredients: an East Coast American college setting, a group of privileged, refined students, an outsider desperate to get in with them, and a murder. Throw in large doses of intrigue, beautiful prose, and characters you end up knowing so well they feel like your roommates. What more could you want?

No Country for Old Men

by Cormac McCarthy

This book grips me by the throat every time I open it. Extraordinarily well written in prose that is lyrical and sparing yet tremendously powerful, this is an absolute masterpiece of a book. Not a word is wasted, yet the picture of shattered lives that's painted is as realistic and gripping as you can get, and the plot is a vortex you desperately want the characters to be able to extricate themselves from.

Gilly Macmillan

About Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire, and also lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she's worked as a part-time lecturer in A-level Photography and is a full-time mom.

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What She Knew

by Gilly Macmillan

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother's search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

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