Since Amy’s daughter, Ruby-May, died in a terrible accident, her family have been beset by grief. One year later the family decide to go on holiday to mend their wounds. An idyllic island in Italy seems the perfect place for them to heal and repair their relationships with one another.
But no sooner have they arrived, than they discover nothing on this remote island is quite as it seems. And with the anniversary of the little girl’s death looming, it becomes clear that at least one person in the family is hiding a shocking secret. As things start to go rapidly wrong, Amy begins to question whether everyone will make it home …
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In the garden of the house in Somerset that we’ve been renovating is a small pond. In my next psychological thriller, One Year Later, a toddler drowns in a large pond in the garden of a rambling farmhouse. One year later, the family meet on a remote island off the coast of Italy for her anniversary in an attempt to reconnect and heal, but will everyone make it home? ‘Ruby-May holds out a bunch of tiny purple flowers in her small fist. Her fingers smell of spearmint. She opens her mouth and green water pours out; skeins of pond weed…read more →
I'm so thrilled - my fourth psychological thriller is out on 1 August. Just in time for you to pack in your bag for a beach holiday! It's partly set in Somerset and Bristol, but mainly on a seemingly idyllic island in Italy. It's available to pre-order. Some secrets won't stay buried.... Since Amy’s daughter, Ruby-May, died in a terrible accident, her family have been beset by grief. One year later the family decide to go on holiday to mend their wounds. An idyllic island in Italy seems the perfect place for them to heal and repair…read more →
In May 2017 we bought a house in Somerset. It was originally built in the 1950s and for almost two years we’ve been renovating it. And it’s finished! I hesitate to do a huge cheer in case something else falls apart or starts leaking - but we are absolutely delighted. In fact, our house was shortlisted for an award (LABC SouthWest Building Excellence)! While we were working on the house (yup, it’s a stressful as everyone on Grand Designs tells you), it made me think about the similarities between building a house and writing a novel. Both kinds of projects…read more →
What would you tell yourself if you could? The Royal Literary Fund recently gave me the opportunity to write and record a letter to my younger self. I know your grammar is... idiosyncratic would be the kindest way to put it. But you can learn where commas go, you know! Do have a listen and let me know what you think! My most important advice to you is: please don't be frightened of failing, of falling, of learning, & of acknowledging that you need help https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-lys/ read more →