Suburbia and fiction
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Jade Bald
April 2018
Contributor
Written by
Jade Bald
April 2018

It's a fairly new sub-genre in mystery and suspense.It's set in suburbia.It's domestic thrillers.Examples are 'Girl on a Train' , 'Gone Girl' and 'The Family Next Door'.There's a slew of other titles, taking place across Canada, the US, and Britain.It's at an apex between the country (seen in European/British mysteries more often than not) and cities (which has a 19th century feel to it, a la Sherlock Holmes).

I think the suburbs are gold mines for authors because of many reasons.Couples and families have had and will always have issues worthy of examining.Infidelity.Illegitimacy.Insurance and inheritance issues.Money issues.Addiction issues (whether that is gambling, alcoholism, or drug dependence).Combine that with parenting and working and that can work out to a pretty exciting murder mystery or suspense plot.

   I think suburban/domestic thrillers are gaining more popularity because of how society as a whole feels now.We're deeply connected by technology, yet we have so many mental health problems (because we're not emotionally connected as much as we were say, fifteen, twenty years ago).Parents and children, especially teenagers, are not as strong as they once were and the relationship between spouses can be black holes when money or infidelity issues arise.Technology can be used to deceive both other people and even ourselves.We can use it as masks to how we are feeling.

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