‘They stole you from me. They took you away for seven years. Your entire lifetime…Make no mistake, my darling. I am coming for you. I will take you back.’ The Stolen Child is about a couple, Zoe and Ollie, who long for children and when they’re unable to have their own, they adopt a little girl,Read More »The Stolen Child: A dark fairy tale
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 aboutRead More »Happy Mother’s Day!
When I was a teenager, I steadfastly refused to believe that so-called ‘classical literature’ could be better than the assortment I chose from the local… Read More »Wuthering Heights – the novel that has influenced me the most
I had a wonderful chat with two of my favourite crime fiction writers, Vaseem Khan & Abir Mukherjee, for their Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast - out today! Luckily I had two books to talk about, ONE YEAR LATER, as well as THE PRIEST AND THE LILY. We talked about camping in lockdown, asRead More »Red Hot Chilli Writers Podcast
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’sRead More »One Year Later – Bethany
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. TheRead More »Labyrinth – the setting
My exciting news is that I'm working on a new book. Provisionally called Labyrinth, it's a re-imagining of Vertigo, the movie directed by Hitchcock. It's a slight departure for me, as it's less psychological thriller / family drama and more of a crime thriller. It's set in Hackney in London, and as you'd imagine, fromRead More »Labyrinth – new thriller!
I did not die and yet I lost life’s breath… I always like to have a theme or a leitmotif running through my novels and in this one, One Year Later, it’s Dante’s The Divine Comedy. There’s the obvious aspects - it’s set in Italy, it’s hot as hell, but it’s about a young man’sRead More »One Year Later – Dante
Is anyone in a Book Club? I must admit, I don't really have time, although I'd love to be! I have a Book Buddy instead, which is much more random and sporadic, but she inspires me to read books I'd never have chosen myself, and then we go for a walk or aRead More »One Year Later – Book Club Questions
Here's an extract from One Year Later, told from Nick Flowers' perspective, the day his niece, Ruby-May, died. If you prefer to read it, you can download a different extract told from Nick's point of view here: One Year Later - Nick Flowers https://youtu.be/B9dk99onT-I
Here's the prologue to One Year Later. Let me know what you think! If you prefer to read it, you can download it for free here: One Year Later - Prologue https://youtu.be/F6qf4QRVfcg
The inspiration behind One Year Later... https://youtu.be/hIazMxexyM8
Here's what One Year Later is all about. https://youtu.be/lVmBz2DAQw0