The Lingering is here…

Fancy a creepy read for Halloween? Look no further…

A quirky young woman is determined to prove the existence of ghosts in the ex-asylum turned spiritual commune where she lives, but when a secretive new couple arrive sparking a terrifying chain of events, she must convince the other residents that they are in danger, before someone or something halts her investigations forever.

If you like the sound of a dark, modern and unique psychological mystery thriller inspired by The Woman in Black and The Lovely Bones, then you can grab an ebook copy of The Lingering right now*

LOOK AT THE SUPER-SPOOKY COVER!!!

This idea has been bubbling away for years and I’m really excited that its finally out there for you all to read! People who have read it so far have said things like:

A brilliant combination of psychological thriller and ghostly mystery’ (Off-the-Shelf Books)

‘A perfect winter read’ (Lisa Gray)

‘Dark as the darkest night and wonderfully disturbing’ (Grab this Book)

‘Like Stephen King meets Thomas Harris’ (Derek Farrell)

‘Fascinating fusion of murder mystery and ghost story’ (Paul Finch)

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My audio publishers have done a cool little interview, which you can read below, and of course, if you read it and you like it, I would love if you could leave a review…

If you want to come and see me talk about the book, click on my EVENTS page to find out where I will be 🙂

*(if you like audio, you need to wait until Monday 1st October… and paperback, 15th November – and if you’re in the US, you should be able to get the ebook now but the paperback won’t be in shops there until May 2019 – BUT – you can pre-order via this link with free shipping worldwide and get it much sooner… and I don’t know about the US audio yet so please bear with me on that!)

P.S. DON’T READ THIS BOOK IN THE BATH 😉

Untouchable by Ava Marsh #minireview

One of the many crime novels released this week, and one that I had the pleasure of reading early, Ava Marsh‘s Untouchable is a clever, sexy, murder mystery with one of the most intriguing female protagonists I’ve read in a very long time.

Here’s the blurb:

‘If you start feeling anything for a client – and it does happen – count the money. That always brings you back down to earth.’

Stella is an escort, immersed in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. It’s exactly where she wants to be. Stella used to be someone else: respectable, loved, safe. But one mistake changed all that.

When a fellow call girl is murdered, Stella has a choice: forget what she’s seen, or risk everything to get justice for her friend. In her line of work, she’s never far from the edge, but pursuing the truth could take her past the point of no return.

Nothing is off limits. Not for her – and not for them.

But no one is truly untouchable.

My Review:

Wow – this book was an absolute delight! Quite different to my usual reads, and as an author I found myself in awe of the writing. The thing I enjoyed most is the strong ‘voice’ of the protagonist Stella. The sex parties that Stella and her ‘colleagues’ are embroiled in are disturbing and fascinating in equal measure, and the types of characters who ’employ’ these high-class escorts are nicely drawn, without being stereotyped. Despite the subject matter, the book doesn’t feel seedy – it feels all too real (and made me wonder how the author did her research!)

The language is crisp, direct and often humorous in tone, the storyline is intriguing and the pacing excellent. You want to know who Stella was and what happened to her ‘before’ – and little snippets of her past-life and her old friends are neatly woven throughout, as Stella finds herself mixed up in a murder case and with several unsavoury characters in her wake. She’s a very likeable heroine, and the author has portrayed her well with her astute characterisation. There are some inevitable parallels to be drawn with Belle du Jour, but this is no bad thing…

I believe this is a standalone, so it will be interesting to see what the Ms Marsh comes up with next… I suspect there will be more sex 😉

Highly Recommended: eBook is out now, paperback in August.