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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.
If you’re looking for a reading group to join, contact your local library for details – and if you’re active on social media, you can join in the conversation and share the library love with the hashtags #WhyILoveMyLibrary and #LibrariesWeek
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!
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.
Today the Beautiful Liars Blog Tour stops off at The Tattooed Book Geek, for an exclusive interview with book lover and blogger Drew. Here’s a taster – you can read the rest of the interview by following the link at the end:
1. Would you please tell us about Beautiful Liars?
In Beautiful Liars we meet Casey, a strange and solitary woman who moves into a new home and vicariously inhabits the life of the previous owner – by answering a letter in her name. The letter in question comes from TV personality Martha Benn as she attempts to launch an 18-year-old cold case investigation into the disappearance of her childhood friend Juliet. Before long, Casey’s deception takes over her every waking thought, and her desperation to maintain the connection with celebrity Martha starts to border on instability. Is she dangerous? And will her obsession jeopardise Martha’s case? Only time will tell. To read the full interview, visit The Tattooed Book Geek.