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 …
I recently saw a set of three mugs in one of my favourite shops. They read: I'm the oldest child - I make the rules. I'm the middle child - I'm the reason we have rules. I'm the youngest child - the rules don't apply to me. I had great fun creating Bethany’s character. She’s the middle child in the Flowers family in my psychological thriller, One Year Later. She’s a TV presenter - which was also my former career (this is a picture of me at the start of my TV career as a wildlife presenter for the BBC).…read more →
Happy Mother’s Day! I had hoped to spend today being spoilt with prosecco and cake in some nice cafe - but I'm grateful that my family are healthy and safe at the moment, and spending time with them, no matter what, is the best Mother's Day present. All four of my psychological thrillers are about our relationship with our mothers in one way or another. They’re about the fierce love our mothers have for us but how sometimes love isn’t enough to protect us. My Mother’s Secret - if Stella finds out what her mother is hiding, the family will…read more →
When I was a rebellious teenager, I thought the 'classics' would be boring...and then I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. In these troubling and heart-breaking times, I think we could all draw comfort and solace from immersing ourselves in classical literature. I talk to the Royal Literary Fund about life-changing literature. I feared these books would be dull, staid and part of the establishment that I was so busy rebelling against; and then I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-lcl/ What have you read that's changed your life? read more →
Setting is so important to me. It's almost like another character, setting the tone and the mood as well, as obviously, the location. My last four psychological thrillers, Bone by Bone, The Stolen Child, My Mother's Secret and One Year Later, are all, or partially set in Bristol, where I lived for many years. The novel I'm currently writing, Labyrinth, is set in London. I wanted a bigger, better-known backdrop, grittier and more urban. But, what I'm obsessed with (as anyone who's read anything I've written will know!) is nature. I'm interested in the interstices between the suburbs and ghettoised…read more →