Isabel’s recent novels Little Sister and Beautiful Liars both entered the Amazon bestseller charts within weeks of release, as readers new and old were gripped by her pacy, character-driven psychological thrillers. The books have since gained a strong following from individuals and reading groups alike, and thanks to those readers’ support, Little Sister went on to be nominated in the Dead Good Reader awards 2018.
This Autumn, Isabel returns with the hauntingly beautiful Lake Child …
Set in a remote valley town in the heart of Norway’s ancient fjords, Lake Child centres on the mystery of a young Norwegian woman, Eva Olsen, as she wakes after an accident and finds herself confined to the attic room of her family’s forest home. When 17-year-old Eva gains consciousness, injured and robbed of her most recent memories, she trusts her parents’ advice that she must remain in her attic bedroom while she recuperates. But when Eva decides the time has come to break free of their caring incarceration, she discovers a world of secrets and lies, and a journey to discover her true identity begins.
If you loved THE TOP OF THE LAKE, SHARP OBJECTS and THE SINNER, you’ll love this multi-layered, atmospheric thriller about a small town with secrets to hide.
This month paperback copies of Beautiful Liars will go to SIX lucky UK readers … enter by signing up to my Book Club Newsletter by midnight 30th November!
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Join us at this month’s Culture Bite Festival for the How To Get Published panel, where I’ll be chatting with fellow writer Stephanie Marland, and Sam Eades, Senior editor from Orion Books.
Together, we hope to give you tips and tricks for getting published, whilst discussing our own particular paths into publishing. Everyone welcome!
Date: Friday 28th September
Venue: Uxbridge Library
Tickets: £5 – bookable in advance here
We’re pleased to tell you that the eBook of Beautiful Liars has been included in the Kobo Fierce Women promotion at 99p.
And the good news is that Amazon Kindle have matched the price, so whichever eReader you use, you can snap it up at a bargain price – for one week only!
Location is an essential anchor within any story, and it’s an element I frequently return to when I’m invited to host creative writing workshops at universities and festivals. Indeed, later this week I’ll be at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, running a ‘Creative Writing Kickstart’ on the theme of location.
An authentic sense of place will serve as a mirror to a characters’ inner emotions, helping to propel the story towards vital actions and dialogue. Locations, it seems to me, are emotional landscapes – quite apart from positioning characters in a particular place and time, they can provide a channel through which those characters can say the things they don’t want to or manage to say in words.
This week I’ve been in Norway, researching the locations of my 2019 novel, Lake Child, a thriller set in the Norwegian fjords. In order to cover a number of locations, the most economic (in terms of time and cost) way to travel was via cruise ship, enabling me to sail in to Stavanger, Olden, Alesund and Bergen – four very different locations in the fjord region, giving me four very different perspectives to draw on for my novel. I’m now entering the tricky second draft stage of writing Lake Child, and have returned from my trip energised and inspired by the experience of walking my characters’ paths. Thank you to P&O Cruises for helping me with information, and for being fabulous travel hosts. I’ll look forward to sharing more news on Lake Child (including cover reveal!) nearer publication …
THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me back in May. There’s now a second round to get through, so if you’d like to see Little Sister named ‘Most Dysfunctional Family’ at this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Writing Festival in Harrogate, you know what to do! We’re up against stiff competition, from some amazing books and talented writers, so every vote counts. Huge thanks to followers on social media who have already voted this week … I’ll keep you posted on the results!
Did I say thank you? THANK YOU ❤ VOTE HERE before 18th July 2018!
To celebrate the release of Beautiful Liars in paperback this month, I’ll be giving away SIX fabulous new thrillers to one lucky reader. *To enter, simply sign up to my Book Club Newsletter and you’ll be automatically entered into every monthly giveaway. Easy!
Here’s the link – SIGN UP HERE – and if you’re already subscribed, since new data privacy laws have come in, it’s worth reconfirming your consent to make sure you’re still signed up.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
*UK residents only
You are warmly invited to join me for a glass of wine (or two!) this June as I launch my new thriller Beautiful Liars at my hometown Waterstones in Chichester. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance to secure a place. Details on the banner above – look forward to seeing a few of you there!
This week I had the great pleasure of chatting with writer and podcaster extraordinaire Mark Stay on The Bestseller Experiment, as he asked me questions about getting published, my writing processes, and how I set about plotting the many twists and turns in my latest thriller Beautiful Liars. We also hear from my ace fiction editor Sam Eades, who shares some of her wisdom regarding novel endings and routes to publication. Featuring a wealth of fascinating guests – from Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston to Joanne Harris of Chocolat fame – The Bestseller Experiment is a must-listen for anyone interested in writing, reading and ways with words. Click on the image to tune in!
This week the Beautiful Liars Blog Tour continued as I talked to The Quiet Knitter about some of the locations in the book, and shared a couple of exclusive short previews:
‘As a novelist, I’m constantly discovering new things about myself and the way I write. With experience I find that I must be fixed on a location before I can write a word, and being a coastal girl at heart, it’s no surprise that most of my books share a coastal theme. Beautiful Liars is my first departure from the sea – taking us to the diverse locations of rural Derbyshire, modern London and importantly, the Regent’s Canal. Arguably, you could say that I still find myself gravitating towards water …’ To read the full feature, visit The Quiet Knitter here.