Recently I was interviewed by Anna Britton about my approach to writing, how I produce a first draft, how I moved from women’s fiction to murder mystery and more. The interview is now on YouTube here.
This is a book I very much enjoyed recently which I highly recommend. This is my review on amazon:
This book reminded me so much of one of my favourite books ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. The Room in the Attic is a compelling, dark, heart-breaking, gripping read. I literally stayed up late into the night to finish it.
The story alternates between two stories, one a nurse caring for a little girl when the house was an asylum in 1903 and two troubled boys in the same house in 1993 when the house was a boys’ boarding school. So often with books set in different times I find myself preferring gone over the other, but this was different. Both stories were so beautifully written that I loved them both equally.
It is a beautifully crafted, well researched novel. The details of life in an asylum and attitude towards women in the early 20th century were shocking, as indeed were some of the descriptions of life in a boarding school in far more recent times.
However, it is the warmth of the relationships that develop in both timelines that will stay with me. They are beautifully written and heart breaking at times, but they give the book hope and light.
Having been through such a journey it was brilliant that, at the end, the writer gave us a glimpse into the lives of the characters after the story ended.
“As Juliet’s father lies dying, he issues her with a warning. There is a killer on the loose, and they may be closer than she can ever imagine.”
My next book, The Island, will be published by Boldwood Books on 24 June 2021 in all formats worldwide. It is now available for pre-order. If you click on the cover image above you will be taken to the Amazon uk site. I’ve recorded a short video about the book which you can view on my amazon author page here. I hope you will enjoy it, and as always I welcome reader feedback. Just click on the “Contact” tab above to let me know what you think.
On Sunday 28 March I took part in a live broadcast for the Reading Between The Lines Book Festival with fellow writer Diane Saxon. It is available to view here.
I heard Martin Edwards speak at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival some time ago and was keen to read this, his latest novel. It is very well researched, a book steeped in the the 1930’s. A classic whodunnit. I have always loved Agatha Christie and this is one of the few books that has matched hers. I loved the character of Rachel Saverneck. A great read, highly recommend.
Thia is a book I thoroughly enjoyed recently by one of my favourite authors. The pacing is perfect, with twists and turns all the way through. It combines brilliant plotting with complex, well-developed characters.
Stella is a wonderful protagonist: strong, determined, independent, and yet vulnerable. I loved the way she used her work as a dog behaviorist (fascinating in itself) to analyze and handle people.
A great read, highly recommended.
My next novel, The Island, is now with the editors before publication in June 2021 by Boldwood Books. It is available for pre-order on Amazon here
Like The House Party it is set on the Isle of Wight, and it starts with a suspicious death.
Keep an eye here and on my Amazon page for more news.
Free to be Tegan has a wonderful new cover! It is designed by Peter O’Connor of Bespoke Book Covers, and I think it is the best yet. My debut novel has been through two self-designed covers and one previous professional version, but with cover styles changing all the time it was right to have a refresh. The paperback features on the spine the beautful Welsh poppy painted for the original cover by my sister, Janet Nicholson.
My latest novel is published on Tuesday 21 July by Boldwood Books. It is at amazon (click on the cover above!), kobo, barnes & noble, google books, etc, as a kindle book, ebook and paperback. You can also pre-order the audiobook narrated by Karen Cass, but that will not be published until a few days after the other versions.
I hope you will enjoy the new book. It is a little different from my previous novels. It starts with a mysterious death, which the central character, Beth, finds herself investigating alone. The setting is the Isle of Wight. There have been lots of positive pre-publication reviews such as “Truly a great puzzler with a superb ending! I HIGHLY Recommend!!!” You’ll find lots of quotes on the various sales sites and you can “look inside” the book on some of them (on amazon you can look inside the pareback, but not the kindle).
See my blog on the Boldwood site today here, and look out for the “cover reveal” for The House Party tomorrow!