Classic reads: Top 5 Suspense

With the change of seasons everything slows down a little bit in Ibiza. There is more time to relax, chat, spend time with friends and to read! During the hectic summer months we’re lucky to have time to skim the Diario headlines so it is a real luxury to be able to sit down and enjoy a good book. To inspire your library, we’ll be sharing a few posts about our favourite classics in different genres. First up, five suspense novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Deception and desperation are at the heart of this masterpiece by Patricia Highsmith. Tom Ripley is a working class man who is mistaken for the friend of a rich young playboy. The playboy’s father asks Tom to go to Italy and persuade his son to come home to America. But innocent lies turn dark and boundaries blur as Ripley discovers he has an uncanny talent for pretending to be someone else.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

You’ve probably read, or at least seen, many versions of the Sherlock Homes stories. This tells you how good the original stories are, and they are well worth reading (or rereading). From Baker Street to the Valley of Fear via Bohemia, Utah and other far-flung corners, the great detective uses his preternatural observation skills and intuition to solve impossible puzzles and see justice done.

Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean

This ice-bound Cold War thriller has all the elements of a vintage suspense tale: explosions, spies, nuclear submarines, villainous double agents and extreme danger. The plot involves a rescue mission by a US submarine to save a group of Brits trapped on an ice floe in the Arctic Sea after a mysterious fire destroys their meteorological station. However, neither the devastated ice station, nor the men sent to help the survivors, are what they seem to be. Will anyone make it out of the Arctic alive?

Uncommon Danger by Eric Ambler

It is the late 1930s. Europe is approaching the brink of war and Kenton, a broke freelance journalist, is trying to get home and find enough money to pay off his gambling debts. He agrees to smuggle a suspicious envelope across the border for a man he meets on the train. Before he can return the envelope the stranger is murdered and Kenton finds himself in a race to figure out who wants the envelope, and how he can get out of the country without being its next victim.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

A bride is haunted by the ghost of her husband’s first wife, Rebecca. At first she is convinced her husband is still in love with his deceased wife. The housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, doesn’t help matters by constantly hinting that Rebecca was more beautiful, accomplished and charming than the new wife. There is a twist to the tale, and another, as the boat containing Rebecca’s body is found and competing stories emerge. Was it murder? Did she commit suicide? The ending of this tale, memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, is one of the all-time great moments of suspense.

What are your favourite suspense stories? Share in the comments or Tweet @IbizaEyes

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