September’s Book Giveaway

This month’s UK Newsletter Giveaway is a special GOLD edition copy of Candice Carty-William’s runaway bestseller and British Book Awards Book of the Year 2020, Queenie.

It’s the book everyone’s been talking about … and you could be in with a chance of winning it. Every one of my UK subscribers is automatically entered into the monthly prize draw.

Simply sign up to enter by midnight 30th September. Thank you to my publishers at Trapeze & Orion Books for providing this prize. GOOD LUCK!


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July’s Thriller Giveaway

This month’s UK Newsletter Giveaway is an advance proof copy prize of Araminta Hall’s gripping new thriller, Imperfect Women.

The paperback, set to be a big success, isn’t available until April 2021 (hardback August 2020), so this is a prize worth nabbing!

Every UK subscriber is automatically entered into the monthly prize draw. Simply sign up to enter by midnight 31st July. Thank you to my publishers at Orion Books for providing this prize. GOOD LUCK!


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2020 Cover Reveal Newsletter Out Now!

I’m delighted to tell you that the official cover for my latest thriller, 33 Women (out this autumn), has been revealed.

What do you think? I love it!

To find out more about the book and enjoy an exclusive 3-chapter extract, just click on the image … more to follow in the coming months!

Lake Child is a 99p Kindle Deal

For the first time since release, Lake Child is 99p in the Kindle Monthly Deal!

Red magazine called it ‘fiendishly clever’, bestselling novelist Elly Griffith described it as ‘satisfying on every level’ and master storyteller Ian Rankin said it had him ‘gripped throughout’ … so what are you waiting for?

BUY IT HERE

 

May’s Thriller Giveaway

This month’s UK Newsletter Giveaway is an eBook prize, containing TWO of my thrillers:

Little Sister and Beautiful Liars

Both have been Amazon bestsellers and were shortlisted in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2018 & 2019.

Every UK subscriber is automatically entered into the monthly prize draw. Simply sign up to enter by midnight 31st May. Thank you to my publishers at Trapeze Books and Orion for providing this prize. GOOD LUCK!


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Isabel Ashdown Chats with Medina Books

This May, I’m thrilled to be Author of the Month at Cowes based Medina Books on the Isle of Wight!

This independent bookshop is a favourite of mine, combining a passion for reading and writing with buckets of Wight spirit. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the island, with three of my novels set there, and several more created on writing retreats and family holidays there over the years.

In this interview, Krissy from Medina asks me to share my latest literary discoveries, my top book nooks, and my strangest lockdown habits …click here to read more.

ps Medina Books have an ace mail order service, so I’ll just pop links to my island titles below and leave you to browse … Happy reading!

little-sister-by-isabel-ashdownLittle Sister by Isabel Ashdown
After sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited.

With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart. Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?

SUMMER OF '76 Final Cover, 22 April 2013Summer of ’76 by Isabel Ashdown
It’s the start of one of the hottest summers on record with soaring temperatures and weeks without rain; the summer of Abba, T-Rex, Bowie and Roussos; of Martinis, cheesecake and chicken chasseur; of the Montreal Olympics and the Notting Hill riots – the summer Big Ben stopped dead.  For 18-year-old Luke Wolff life is looking good, until temperatures rise, and with windows and doors constantly open, long-buried secrets bubble over.  Soon the community is gripped by scandal, and everything Luke thought he knew about family and trust is turned on its head.

Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown MASTER coverGlasshopper by Isabel Ashdown
Portsmouth, 1984. Thirteen-year-old Jake’s world is unravelling as his father and older brother leave home, and his mother, Mary, plunges into alcoholic freefall.  When his parents reconcile, life finally seems to be looking up. Their first family holiday, announced over scampi and chips in the Royal Oak, promises to be the icing on the cake – until long-unspoken family secrets begin to surface.  Locations include 1950s Brighton, 1980s Portsmouth, the Dordogne, and the Isle of Wight where Jake holidays with his cousins in the West of the island.

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April’s Uplifting Four Book Prize

This month’s UK Newsletter Giveaway is an eBook prize, containing FOUR new fiction titles to lift the spirits:

Maybe One Day by Debbie Johnson, The 24 Hour Café by Libby Page, Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove & Four Minutes to Save a Life by Anna Stuart

Every UK subscriber is automatically entered into the monthly prize draw. Simply sign up to enter by midnight 30th April. Thank you to my publishers at Trapeze Books and Orion for this generous prize. GOOD LUCK!


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Ten Books to Read in Isolation

If you, like so many of us, are isolating at home right now, you might like a few book recommendations to take your imagination to other places. Personally, I love a ‘Locked Room Mystery’, in which the drama plays out in a confined space – often making for great tension, character revelation and intrigue! Here are ten novels, set, at least in part, in closed rooms or limited locations, starting with my latest thriller Lake Child:

Lake Child by Isabel Ashdown
In the heart of Norway’s ancient fjords, 17-year-old Eva awakes from a horrific accident, to find herself bed-bound and confined to the attic bedroom of her forest home. Her devoted parents watch over her night and day, but the accident has left Eva without her most recent memories – and not everything is as it seems. As secrets from that distant night begin to surface, Eva realises she has to escape and discover the truth. But what if someone doesn’t want her to find it?
Currently 99p in the Kindle Spring Promo

(Words from Orionbooks.co.uk)

Room by Emma Donoghue
Jack is five.
He lives with his Ma.
They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.
Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child kept in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom.

(Words from Hive.com)

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Telling the story of a nameless woman driven mad by enforced confinement after the birth of her child.

Isolated in a colonial mansion in the middle of nowhere, forced to sleep in an attic nursery with barred windows and sickly yellow wallpaper, secretly she does what she has to do – she writes. She craves intellectual stimulation, activity, loving understanding, instead she is ordered to her bedroom to rest and ‘pull herself together’.

(Words from Hive.com)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan – and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

(Words from Hive.com)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war.

Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.

(Words from Hive.com)

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse. Except things don’t go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin …

(Words from Hive.com)

Misery by Stephen King
King’s Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan.

Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery has made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing. That’s when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in pain in a strange bed. But it isn’t hospital.

(Words from Hive.com)

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one – The golden couple – The volatile one – The new parents – The quiet one – The city boy – The outsider – The victim.
Not an accident – a murder among friends.

(Words from Hive.com)

Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews
Four blonde, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive…
Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie have perfect lives – until a tragic accident changes everything. Now they must wait, hidden from view in their grandparents’ attic, as their mother tries to figure out what to do next. But as days turn into weeks and weeks into months, the siblings endure unspeakable horrors and face the terrifying realisation that they might not be let out of the attic after all.

(Words from Hive.com)

Slade House by David Mitchell
Turn down Slade Alley – narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it.

Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you and invites you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.

(Words from Hive.com)

For each of the above titles I’ve included a link to Hive.com – an online community network supporting independent high street bookshops. Check them out HERE … and happy reading everyone!

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Isabel Ashdown and Helen Fields: Waterstones Brighton

An Evening With …

Helen Fields & Isabel Ashdown
Tues 11th February 2020, 7pm
Waterstones, Brighton

I’m delighted to be appearing at Waterstones in Brighton this February, over ten years since my first event there, back when I was introducing my debut novel Glasshopper in 2009.

This time I return with a fellow thriller writer, one whose work I’m a great admirer of: Helen Fields, author of the bestselling DI Callanach series. Helen will be reading from her new novel Perfect Kill and I will be sharing Lake Child, in what promises to be a fabulous evening of book chat and new discoveries!

We hope to meet lots of readers there, new and old – and tickets can be reserved via the Waterstones website HERE.

Exclusive Christmas Short Story from Isabel Ashdown

My exclusive Christmas short story, Norwegian Fireflies, was published in last week’s Sunday Express. If you missed it and fancy a warm wintry tale set in the heart of Norway’s atmospheric forests and fjords, you can read the story here.