Book Deal News!

I’m very excited to announce that I have just signed another two book deal with Thomas & Mercer!

The first, The Hike, will be released in spring/summer 2022. It’s about four friends (two couples) who head out for what should be a fun hike in the French Alps on a lovely summer’s day – but as you might expect, things don’t quite go to plan and not all of them make it back down the mountain…

The second, Neighbourhood Watch, will be released early 2023. This one is set in a picturesque new neighbourhood, where nothing is as it seems…

Huge thanks to my brilliant agent Phil Patterson at Marjacq Scripts for sealing the deal with my fab new editor Victoria Haslam.

But if you can’t wait until 2022, you can pre-order my upcoming book, Substitute, which will be out in August this year (bloggers and reviewers, please get in touch HERE!)… and if you can’t even wait that long, you can read my latest book, The Last Resort, right now (or if you’ve never read any of my books, there are another seven that came before that!)


The Last Resort: Some Research Pics

Today is the official release of my latest psychological thriller – THE LAST RESORT. It takes place on a remote island, so of course I had to do some proper island research to get a feel for the isolation, the landscape, the vegetation, the weather and whatever potentially creepy ruins might be uncovered on the way. We travelled to the Isles of Scilly in August 2019 to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary (and like the characters in the book, we ended up stranded, as the Scillonian ferry broke down!) The layout of my fictional island of Nirrik is based on the uninhabited island of Samson. Most of the photos below are from Samson, but there are a few from the other islands too. If you’ve read the book, you might recognise some of these locations. If not, then I hope they inspire you to pick it up!


Latest Crime Reads: Coming Soon in 2016

I’ve got the year off to a great start by picking up early copies of these four beauties – all crime, but all very different. If you’re looking for books to add to your wishlist and you want to topple that TBR pile over once and for all, take a look at these:

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 13.43.38‘The Birdwatcher’ by William Shaw

This is the first of Shaw’s books I’ve read, and I was intrigued by the title and the blurb… “Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation. He’s a murderer himself.” As it turns out, this is a read-in-one-sitting standalone mystery surrounding South’s dead neighbour and fellow birdwatcher, Bob. The slightly bleak south coast setting draws you deep inside, and the parallel story about South’s early years in Northern Ireland is equally compelling. Excellent characterisation brings this neatly woven tale to life, and I kept imagining it on screen. Don’t miss this one.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 13.45.29‘In her Wake’ by Amanda Jennings

Oh my God. THIS BOOK. I’d heard so many good things, but I didn’t expect it to blow me away quite in the way that it did. It’s a psychological thriller, but mixed in with the intrigue, pace and clever reveals, there is the incredibly beautiful writing. I’ve read and loved all of Jennings’ books, but in this one she has upped her game considerably. A heartbreaking story of a missing child and the horrific consequences for all involved, this is a book to be read in one sitting, in a state of total immersion. Deserves to be huge.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 13.49.24‘Viral’ by Helen Fitzgerald

This is the story of Su-Jin, who after being coerced into a trip to Magaluf with her sister, ends up doing something that is set to ruin not only her own life, but that of her high-profile mother, and destroy the family as a whole. Based on the controversial first line (which you’ll have to discover for yourself) the rest of the book came as a bit of a surprise. Fitzgerald’s trademark caustic wit prevails, and yet it is really a story about discovery, about finding out who you really are. Although devastating in parts, it is an expertly written, cautionary tale and it more than deserves to go the way of its title. Fantastic. Check out the fab promo video HERE.

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 16.30.58‘Bad Samaritan’ by Michael J. Malone

I’ve only read one of Malone’s books before – the excellent Beyond The Rage, featuring Kenny O’Neill. This book is part of the Ray McBain series (also featuring O’Neill), and at first it seems to be a fairly straightforward procedural – a girl has been murdered… and there’s a creepy killer on the loose. BUT this book is so much more than that. McBain and O’Neill are fantastic characters, as are the whole plethora of supporting cast. I flew through this, thinking I had it all worked out, and then… I didn’t. With some excellent twists and turns and an ending that will leave you quite literally stunned, this is one to seek out. Fast.

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What have you been reading this year so far? Let me know in the comments!

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