‘The Pines is a rambling farmhouse that our parents, David and Eleanor, converted years ago, and although it no longer has the land it came… Read More »Sleeping Beauty – How Somerset inspired my thriller, One Year Later
‘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 have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte I first read Wuthering Heights as a teenager, and since then, I've read itRead More »Life-changing literature
'I don't much like it. Marketing is about selling & writers, as we know, are about writing and reading. They're generally not known for their ability to get you to buy a Prius when you wanted a Yaris’ I've recorded a podcast about having to market myself for The Royal Literary Fund - publishersRead More »Marketing and Me
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’ve always loved Italy, so when I needed a seemingly idyllic holiday for my family in One Year Later, my current psychological thriller, it made sense to choose Italy. I’ve certainly enjoyed remembering the delicious Italian food I’ve eaten on all those trips, the sandy beaches and the slower pace of life…but as the FlowerRead More »One Year Later – Italy
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
Bristol TV has just put out a short film about my latest psychological thriller, One Year Later! At its heart, it's a novel about family secrets and grief.
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