Published by Wildfire

Ebook & Hardback (29 June 2017)  |  Paperback (11 January 2018)

352 pages

Source: ARC – Review Copy



Welcome to my stop on the final day of the blog tour for An Act of Silence.  I’m delighted to be able to share my review. My thanks to the publisher for the review copy and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the tour invitation.

 

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MOTHER. WIFE. POLITICIAN. LIAR.

THEN: How far did she go to conceal the truth?

Politician Linda Moscow sacrificed everything to protect her son: her beliefs, her career, her marriage. All she wanted was to keep him safe.

NOW: What will she risk to expose the lies?

When the voices she silenced come back to haunt her, Linda is faced with another impossible choice. Only this time, it’s her life on the line . . .

An Act of Silence is about the abuse of power, the devastating effects of keeping the truth buried, and the lengths a mother will go to save her child.

 

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I very much enjoyed the previous book by Colette McBeth, The Life I Left Behind (reviewed here) and was excited by the news of a new book.  An Act of Silence is a very different and a much darker read.

Centred around Linda Moscow, a previous incumbent of the post of Home Secretary, Linda now spends her days as a recluse after a political scandal that she was involved in ended her career. Her son Gabriel has had a chequered life but is now a successful stand-up comedian. When Gabriel appears in Linda’s kitchen one morning, telling her that he is wanted by the police on suspicion of murder, both of their lives are about to implode.

Linda and Gabriel have always had a strained relationship. Gabriel was a difficult child and not without his problems. He blamed his mother and her job for a lack of attention and love and seemed to think that she always thought the worst of him.  However, in her own way, Linda loved him and protected him as best she could. Now Gabriel keeps his distance and only visits occasionally when he wants something. Like now. However will Linda be completely on his side, or will she let him down again?

The theme of politics is very much at the forefront of this story and even though Linda is no longer part of it, she is unable to escape the fallout of deeds done in past decades. There have been reports that historical acts of child abuse carried out by ‘the great and the good’ have been covered up at the highest level; and although not graphically described, the reader is left in no doubt that vile and depraved people are being protected and have been allowed to continue with the collusion of others.  This same subject of course has been very much in the news in past months.

Machiavellian political characters and corrupt officials all play a part and they will stop at nothing to protect themselves – Literally. Nothing. Linda and Gabriel are caught up in the most horrific way and not for the first time, Linda has some very difficult decisions to make.

Being completely honest, as much as I was looking forward to it, An Act of Silence didn’t immediately grab me. The beginning had a much slower pace, particularly the chapters recounting Gabriel’s childhood and it took me a little while to get into it. However once I did connect, WOW. What a fabulous read this turned into. With betrayals and twists galore, this really is a rollercoaster of a story. The characterisation is excellent and frighteningly realistic with some truly vile people who you would hope to never encounter in real life.

I’m not going to give any detail of the plot as it really is one that you need to uncover for yourself. All I will say is that the complex storyline and intricately woven strands between past and present were so superbly done. With multiple narrators, and clearly defined timelines, you see the story from more than more perspective and so my opinion of each person shifted with each new revelation.

An Act of Silence is an exciting, intriguing and tension filled read – right up until the end, and my poor fingernails were bitten to the quick!  Definitely one to recommend!

 

 

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Colette McBeth is the author of three critically acclaimed psychological thrillers. Her latest, An Act of Silence, is part domestic, part political thriller. In her former life Colette worked as a political correspondent for the BBC at Westminster, a news reporter and started out on regional newspapers. She lives by the sea with her husband and three children and never has enough time.  Colette is a member of Killer Women, the female collective of crime writers.

 

Author Links:  Website   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Amazon UK   |   Amazon.com   |   Goodreads

 

 

 

Published by Doubleday/Transworld

ebook, hardback and paperback : 11 January 2018

272 pages



It’s the last day of the publisher blog tour for Turning for Home today and I’m delighted that Barney Norris has kindly agreed to answer a few questions.  My thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to take part in the tour.

Q&A

Welcome to the blog Barney
You’re an author and a playwright and are the co-founder of a touring theatre company, Up InArms. What was your first interest – theatre or writing, or did one lead to the other?

Hello, thank you for having me! I think both of those worlds excited me from a very early stage – being in plays helped me get control of shyness when I was five or six, and books seemed exciting as soon as I could read them. I’ve always been into both.

Can you tell us a little about your second novel, Turning for Home. Where did the inspiration for the story come from

Turning For Home is a novel about family, and the deep rooted identities we get from our families, and also about the way that people carry wars within themselves. Different conflicts, but always conflicts under the surface that are shaping how we live. I started writing it because I was interested in the way the legacy of the Troubles is playing out in our own time; then events in my own life further complicated what I was doing, and I found myself writing about more types of hunger than I had expected.

If you are writing a play and a book at the same time, how difficult or easy is it to give your full attention to the story in hand. Does the other project keep interrupting your thoughts and demanding your time instead?

I try to write one thing at a time these days; it’s much better to concentrate and let all the ideas that come to you go in the one story. I tend to find stories are made up of lots of little ideas, that are usually secretly related to each other once you really look at them, and are also of course related to whatever you’re doing in your life at the time you have them all. It stands to reason, then, that all those related fragments should go in the same story – that way, you might be able to reverse engineer something coherent and interesting.

How did you plan/research your books? Do you plot in detail or just see where the story takes you?

I don’t plan in great detail, and while I’ve done lots of research for certain projects, in the end I always just make everything up. I can always see a kind of shape for the story, which I work towards – without a sense of the shape of what I’m going to do, I can’t start.

What is the best writing advice that you have received? And what advice would you give to anyone trying to get their novel published? Is there anything that you wished you had done differently?

I don’t know what advice has really worked for me – I think it’s all so personal, it’s probably a bad idea to pass on quotes. I find a lot of things I think are helpful stop working for me after a while, actually. The one thing I cling to is a line of D.H.Lawrence – ‘bite down and don’t let the bastards shake you off till the money starts flowing like blood’. When it comes to getting published, I think it’s important to be humble, and be ready to start it all again if you’re asked to; and to be relentless in pursuing the goal you have. You have to beat and beat at the door – people don’t mind, and if they mind, they’ll tell you, and those people weren’t going to print your stuff anyway, so what have you lost in annoying them? As to wishing, I always wish I was more humble about things. Although I’m also aware that the armour of confidence is necessary to get anything done.

Is there any part of the writing process which you enjoy (or dislike) the most – i.e. researching, writing, editing?

I love all of it, but I love writing by hand – I tend to lie on my stomach in the sun with a pen and some paper and try and get into the headspace I associate with colouring in when I was a child. That free, happy place, lying in the sun, is a lovely place to go.

Do you read reviews of your work?

I do; over the years I’ve learned lots from them, and I also have to for my theatre work, because I produce a lot of it and need to sell the shows. And I love criticism; I love that field of creativity, and feel so lucky to have my stuff talked about by some quite brilliant people (I think there are brilliant people reviewing plays and books out there). But I’m thinking I might try and read a bit less. I care a lot about the work I’m doing, and I can be quite vulnerable about it, and I worry about how it would feel if my work had its head kicked in, at the moment, because I’ve been writing a lot of personal stuff that feels very vulnerable. I discovered Good Reads the other week and it’s a really quite sorrowful place, I trawled through and saw so many amazing writers being treated like ready meals. That was very far from what I think reading is like, so that’s made me want to read less criticism. That’s part of a general trend for me, I used to want to write journalism, and generally to write as much as possible. Now I dream of saying no to everything that isn’t utterly essential for me to say for my own wellbeing. I want to be quiet now, not loud.

When you’re not working or writing, what do you do to relax?

Not much at the moment! I’m having a busy year and the work has been quite full on. I just like spending time with my wife, really. And those friends who make me feel calm. And my books. And I do love telly. I like walking, I do what I can of that. Gardening makes me happy, and we’ve just bought a flat with a little garden, so I hope perhaps more of that this year.

Are there any authors whose books have made an impact on you? What type of book do you enjoy reading for pleasure, and what are you reading now?

All writers are readers; all writers will have hundreds of authors who make impacts on them every day. At present I’m reading a lot of new work because I’m a judge for the Somerset Maugham Award, and my pleasure book I’m currently reading is a collection of Yeats’s later essays (nice populist name check there…! Sorry). I tend to fall for writers and then go quite deeply into them. That’s happened to me with a lot of different people, so I don’t know if I can name a type of book I like. Anything by whoever I’m in love with at the time.

Finally, what’s next for your writing career?

I’m writing my third novel at the moment, and then I’m going to write some plays, and then another novel, according to the contracts I’ve signed! That will take a few years, so I have this lovely calm feeling of knowing what I’m going to do. Alongside that, I have a few plays waiting to go into production with various theatres, that will all need more work as they go into rehearsal, so I’ll work on those one at a time if they all reach the stage as well. And I’m going to try and explore film; I’ve held off because the exciting projects have been in theatre and books, but my company Up In Arms are just starting to feel excited about this medium, so we want to do some exploring. The really big adventure is that we’re going to make bigger theatre; I’ve done five years of studio plays and now I want to work with bigger emotional palettes, for bigger audiences, on bigger canvases. That’s the project of the next few years.

 

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‘Isn’t the life of any person made up out of the telling of two tales, after all? People live in the space between the realities of their lives and the hopes they have for them. The whole world makes more sense if you remember that everyone has two lives, their real lives and their dreams, both stories only a tape’s breadth apart from each other, impossibly divided, indivisibly close.’

Every year, Robert’s family come together at a rambling old house to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, distant cousins – it has been a milestone in their lives for decades. But this year Robert doesn’t want to be reminded of what has happened since they last met – and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Neither of them is sure they can face the party. But for both Robert and Kate, it may become the most important gathering of all.

As lyrical and true to life as Norris’s critically acclaimed debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, which won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, this is a compelling, emotional story of family, human frailty, and the marks that love leaves on us.

 


 

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Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving university he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Offwestend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. Barney’s new play Nightfall is one of the three inaugural productions at Nicholas Hytner’s new Bridge Theatre, beginning early 2018.

 

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Published by Century/Penguin  (28 December 2017)

Available to buy in ebook and hardback  |  Paperback (23 August 2018)

356 pages



This is one book that I am really excited to read. I have a beautiful hardback, signed numbered limited edition from Goldsboro Books as part of their 2018 Book of the Month Club to which I’ve recently taken out membership.  I hope to get to it soon but in the meantime I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Innocent Wife with a guest post by author, Amy Lloyd.  My thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to take part in the tour.

 

Advice for Aspiring Writers

by Amy Lloyd

1. Get on with it.

Seriously, just do it. Nothing feels worse than not writing that book you have in your head, I promise. You will torture yourself for what you haven’t written but you can forgive yourself for writing absolute garbage. Besides, garbage can be fixed later! Just set yourself small manageable goals. If it’s absolute agony and all you can manage is 500 words that day then let yourself off the hook after you hit that word count.

A lot of the time sitting down and starting is the hardest bit and you’ll find that at 500 words it feels pretty good to be writing. Just be realistic with your bare-minimum goals and you won’t scare yourself off.

2. Walk.

Plots don’t pop into your head fully-formed, they take time and effort and as you write your novel you’ll come up against a huge plot hole or realise something doesn’t work and you’ll need to puzzle it out.

Walking really helps me work out these problems and gets my brain working. If I sit there staring at the computer the pressure is too much and I will waste time having a full on meltdown.

If nothing else, walking should make you feel better and help you to unwind and stop you from spiralling to the point where you want to give up.

Get some air, listen to some music, and remember to have something you can make notes on if you do manage to work it out.

3. Have fun.

Enjoy writing your first draft. It should feel good! Anything you want to happen can happen. First drafts are where you can experiment the most and there’s no pressure to get it perfect.

You get so much freedom on your first draft and you should make the most of it instead of worrying about whether it’s great or not. You will edit it until you’re sick of looking at it. Embrace the fact that, at this stage, it can be rubbish and that doesn’t even matter! The important thing is to finish it. Then you can start torturing yourself trying to make it good.

4. Be interested in everything.

The more stuff you’re interested in, the more material you have to write about. Who knew that my fondness for true crime books about serial killers would lead to a legitimate career path?

Inspiration will come from everywhere; you just have to be open and interested in order to recognise it.

5. Ugh.

There will be times when it feels so crappy that none of this will help. It happens to all of us and writers are very open and honest about it. I find it helps to follow lots of writers on Twitter and Facebook because it can be very reassuring to know I’m not the only one.

In the darkest times it will still feel lonely and impossible but I promise it doesn’t last forever, even if it seems like it will! One day the fog will lift and you’ll start to enjoy it again and it’s worth it because when it’s going well it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

 

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HOW DO YOU CONFRONT YOUR HUSBAND WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH?

Gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all …

 

 

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Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She won the Daily Mail First Novel competition for The Innocent Wife in 2016. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, with her partner and two cats.

 

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Publication Date: October 9, 2017
BeWrite Press
Paperback & eBook; 138 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Jewish



Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Where Do I Go.  My thanks to Amy of HF Virtual Blog Tours for the invitation to take part. For my turn today, I have a guest post from Beverly on her writing inspiration.

Writing Inspiration

by Beverly Magid

All three of my novels feature female protagonists, ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances. That’s my overall general inspiration, but of course each of the books had their specific, particular moment when I decided to write them. Starting out years ago as a journalist, then a publicist in entertainment, people were always pushing me to write a Hollywood story. Be my own version of Jackie Collins, but entertainment was my job, a fun one, but work nevertheless. I loved talking to John Lennon, or seeing Cary Grant conduct a press conference, but I had no desire to go behind the scenes and do a gossipy kind of novel. And to be truthful, I didn’t know any deep dark secrets which would lend themselves to that type of book.

What interested me is what keeps a woman strong when faced with obstacles. Life is always throwing us a curve and it’s how we handle that problem which makes us the person we are. I had a very early draft of a story about two young people during World War 2 on the home front of Brooklyn. I couldn’t get the character, Judith, out of my mind and when I was offered the chance to be a part of a workshop led by author, Janet Fitch (WHITE OLEANDER) I jumped at the opportunity. From that workshop came FLYING OUT OF BROOKLYN, the story of Judith, unhappy in her marriage, unfulfilled as a woman, meeting again the boy she had a crush on during high school, now a returning wounded veteran, as tormented as she was, with a very guilty secret of his own.

Then, later, I was given a tape my father had made before his death, the story of his growing up in Russia, during the very turbulent times of Cossack attacks, peasant unrest and pogroms against the Jews in villages and cities across the country. He described how his mother tried to protect him, especially during the catastrophic flu epidemic that swept through the world, killing millions. It was that image of my grandmother doing whatever she could to keep my father, who was her youngest, safe from illness, that spurred me on to research that time and build my fictional story, SOWN IN TEARS, about Leah who survives a pogrom in 1905, and is left alone to protect her children. Plus of course I had to add a forbidden romance and many other problems which poor had Leah to confront and hopefully overcome.

The third and current novel, WHERE DO I GO, was inspired by a question from a reader, “what happens next to Leah?” I didn’t plan to continue the story, but it got me thinking about where she goes and what happens to her as an immigrant in America in 1908, still poor, still struggling, but determined to make a better life for herself and her boys. She’s also determined to find a bit of beauty in life, and perhaps a bit of love again. Leah refuses to give in to the horrific conditions she sees around her and she has to fight back.

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It’s 1908 and Leah and her boys have immigrated to New York’s Lower East Side to live with her brothers after surviving a pogrom in their Russian village. She determined to find a home in America but the conditions are harsher than she expected. The garment sweat shops are brutal to work in and it’s essential that her son Benny works after school to help with expenses. Unbeknownst to her he runs errands for the local bookie/gangster. Life isn’t what Leah hoped for, but she’s a fighter and not willing to accept the awful conditions at Wollowitz’s Factory. She’s on a journey to find her own voice, to find a place for herself and her sons, to find a little beauty and romance in her life.

 

 

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Beverly Magid, before writing her novel, was a journalist and an entertainment and celebrity PR executive, who interviewed many luminaries, including John Lennon, Jim Croce and the Monty Python gang, and as a publicist represented clients in music, tv and film, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg, John Denver and Dolly Parton to Tom Skerritt, Martin Landau, Kathy Ireland and Jacqueline Bisset.

Beverly is a longtime west coast resident who still considers herself a New Yorker. Among the social issues she’s passionate about is literacy and she worked with KorehLA to mentor elementary children in reading. Also she has been an advocate for Jewish World Watch, an organization dedicated to working against genocide and to aid the victims of war atrocities. On a lighter side, she is also a volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo, monitoring animal behavior for their Research Department.

She is a news and political junkie who supports environmental, animal and human rights issues. She believes most passionately that “We must remain vigilant to the those who would erode the rights of people around the world and work to defeat them.”

 

Author Links:  Website   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Amazon UK   |   Amazon US   |  Goodreads

 

Published by Viking/Penguin Books

ebook and paperback : 14 December 2017

400 pages

Source: Review copy provided by publisher



Welcome to the publisher blog tour for Close to Home and congratulations to Cara Hunter on being chosen as one of the Richard and Judy Spring 2018 Book Club Reads. For my turn today, I have a guest post from Cara together with my review. 

 

 

#FindDaisy: Social media in Close to Home

by Cara Hunter

Right from the very start, I knew social media would be a big part of this book. These days any incident like this – particularly one about the disappearance of a young child – will inevitably play itself out in the full glare of online observation, whether the people involved like it or not. It can be very useful, of course, and you regularly see tweets from police forces asking the public to report any sightings of missing people. But there’s a downside to this ‘always on’ surveillance too, and it’s a very dark one. As the Mason family in Close to Home are about to find out.

I did a lot of research online for the book, looking at how some real-life abduction stories have played out on Twitter. I thought I already knew how low human nature can sink on these sites, but I have to admit I was shocked. Shocked and just aghast at what people are prepared to say in public about individuals they have never met, and situations about which they know next to nothing. As my central detective, DI Adam Fawley, says in the third book in the series, which I’m currently working on, “Social media is a forcing ground for our darker selves. I sometimes think we’re turning into that race in The Forbidden Planet – a supposedly advanced civilisation who created a machine to turn their thoughts into reality, only to find they’d released the monster in their own minds.”

The problem, I think, is that society hasn’t yet caught up with social media. Unlike face-to-face conversations or written communications like letters or even email, we just don’t have any established ‘norms’ for how we behave online. Codes of behaviour which have evolved over centuries don’t seem to apply on Twitter or Facebook: people assume they can say whatever they like. It’s as if they don’t think it’s ‘real’ because it takes place virtually. But there are consequences in the real world, all the same. But there’s more to the social media aspect of the story than the trolls. Some of the Twitter feeds in the book are written by perfectly genuine people who are simply trying to understand what’s happening. There’s an old saying that a bystander can be a better judge of the game than those who are playing it, and there are times what that’s true here, too.

So social media is both the devil and the detail in the story of Close to Home. But it has one more important role as well. I used the social media voices in the book like the chorus in ancient Greek theatre: standing to one side and speaking straight to the audience, and passing judgement on the characters and events. But then – as the story reaches its climax – some of those detached observers cross the invisible boundary between the virtual and the actual and intervene directly in the story. And when that happens, the consequences are only too horribly real….

 

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SOMEONE TOOK DAISY MASON… SOMEONE YOU KNOW.

The RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB pick everyone is raving about, this pulse-pounding thriller about the search for a missing child is perfect for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.

HOW CAN A CHILD GO MISSING WITHOUT A TRACE?

Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying…
And that Daisy’s time is running out.

Introducing DI Fawley and his team of Oxford detectives, and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2018, CLOSE TO HOME is the new crime thriller series to get addicted to.

 

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Close to Home is the first in a new series  – yay, a series that I can follow from the beginning and not have to play catch up with – and I will certainly will be following this one!

Eight year old Daisy Mason has disappeared during an evening BBQ at the family home in Oxford. When DI Adam Fawley arrives during the night to take statements and to begin the investigation, my hackles were raised immediately – not with him but with the mother when she asks him to take his shoes off before stepping indoors because the carpets have been cleaned.  Who the heck worries about their carpets when their child is missing!

The structure of this book was different to usual. There were no defined chapters which I found a bit disconcerting at first simply because for me that’s the natural end of a reading session, although there were asterisks to delineate the beginning of a new section.  The narrative from Adam Fawley’s perspective is told in the first person, whilst everyone else is in the third. Each section ended with a cliffhanger or a question – all encouragement to keep reading and I really didn’t want to put the book down.

The story uses flashbacks to move between various times before the disappearance and to the investigation in the present.  Interspersed with the story are social media posts and police interview transcripts, these all help to give an additional edge to the story, particularly as the intervention of social media isn’t particularly helpful with random strangers jumping in with their own theories and judgements. Everybody is aware of Twitter trolls and keyboard warriors and there is an abundance of them in this book.  As the police follow up leads in an attempt to pin down the timeline it becomes clear that not everyone is being totally honest – almost to the point of obstruction.

The characterisation was good, especially for Adam Fawley.  I liked Adam. He was a troubled man and not without his flaws but did his best to put his own personal problems to one side whilst leading the hunt for Daisy and the story wasn’t all about him.  The Mason family themselves, particularly the parents, are shown to be dysfunctional and quite frankly awful, although I did have some sympathy for their young son Leo.  The lack of emotion or empathy from the beginning made them very easy to dislike and for my own part I would have preferred them to have been a shade of grey rather than black and white.  Daisy herself was not a perfect child, she could be cruel and manipulative.  So many times I thought I had worked it out but my list of suspects kept changing until eventually I admitted defeat!

With plenty of red herrings and surprising turns, Close to Home was an intricately plotted, addictive and extremely enjoyable read. It does touch slightly on some darker subjects for example child pornography and abuse but this is not gratuitous. I liked the occasional humorous exchanges and banter between the police team which helped to lighten the tone and although there always so many missing children stories to choose from the bookshelves, this one was rather different.

My thanks to Poppy and the publisher for the ARC to review and for the invite to take part in the blog tour.

 

At the time of this post, Close to Home is available to download for 99p from Amazon UK.

 

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Cara Hunter is the pen-name of an established novelist starting a new life of crime in a series of Oxford-based books to be published by Viking/Penguin. Though this is not the Oxford of leafy quads and dreaming spires but an altogether edgier, unkinder place. The first novel, Close to Home, will be out in January 2018, with a second slated for later that year. “So many people who’ve read Close to Home compare it to Broadchurch, and in my book, that’s a compliment to kill for…” (from CRA Website)

I’m lucky enough to live in the city I write about. Oxford will be familiar to crime fans across the whole world because of the fabulous Morse novels and TV, but my version of the town is a long way from the beautiful ivy-clad colleges. A much edgier place where the crimes are darker and closer to home.

I’ve always been a voracious reader and viewer of crime – I’ve learned so much from the outstanding writing that we now see on crime TV like Line of Duty or Broadchurch, and I’ve tried to recreate the experience of watching series like that for my readers. I love true crime TV as well – my husband used to tease me about it but now just nods sagely and says ‘research’ !

What else about me? I have pet cats who do their best to distract me whenever I get close to a keyboard (if you have cats, you’ll know), I love travelling, spending time with friends, and I have never knowingly turned down a glass of champagne….

 

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