Final Girls…….Revealing the cover. First there were three…


VERY EXCITED to be revealing part one of the cover for one of next years stand out thrillers “Final Girls”  – and I have two brand new special edition proofs to giveaway (you’ll have to wait and see what the new ones look like!) if you would like one either comment here or tweet me @Lizzy11268 and I shall pick 2 names out of the proverbial hat…

I’ve read it. Trust me you want it…



Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were called The Final Girls.

Three young women who survived unimaginable horror. Three victims of separate massacres grouped together by the press. Three strangers bound by similar traumas.

Lisa. Quincy. Samantha.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

Head over to Very Berry Cosmo shortly for Part Two of this feature….its going to be fun!

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A Suitable Lie – Michael Malone. Blog Tour Review.


Publication Date: Available Now from Orenda

Source: Review Copy.

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match, and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it—a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

A Suitable Lie – apt title for a novel that speaks to the horror and realities of domestic abuse, the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell other people – in this novel Michael Malone puts the rare twist of fate into his narrative showing it from the opposite angle to that which is much talked about.

There are many books that show the sheer psychological affects of violence against women in domestic situations, but when that is flipped on its head and it is the man who endures, the sad truth is it is not much talked about. Like it couldnt happen. Like the male will always have dominance over the female in strength both mental and physical and will always be able to walk away. We question it far more in that scenario, make assumptions, say well look he can just fight it off, defend himself, its ridiculous to think that he couldnt. Right?


Michael Malone with his Tour de Force of a novel throws you into a marital war zone and quietly but steadily breaks down your defences, shows you a harsh reality, breaks your heart. Andy thinks he has found happiness but his new wife Anna is damaged, badly, her bubbly outer image hides a dark and twisted internal reality that comes out in violent and unimaginable ways. Manipulative, controlling, hiding behind a facade, Anna will indeed change Andy’s life forever.

It is a tough read. You do want to shout. As Andy is broken down, steadily losing a grip on himself, becoming more isolated and distraught this is hard hitting and emotionally traumatic. Even more so because there is a child involved, there were times when I cried for him. For all of them actually, yes even Anna.

I wanted to put it down. Then I had to pick it up again. The writing is intense, clever, thought provoking, indelible. A Suitable Lie is a harsh yet compelling reality check, a story that will grip you, throw you under a bus, pick you up again then chuck you off a cliff. A slow burner with a dark soul, this is a Grimm fairytale there is no Disney here. But it speaks truth. No matter how much you wish it didnt.

Happily Ever After. Nope not so much.

A truly incredible novel. I doubt I’ll ever forget it. Mr Malone needs to be writing more like this. I like the books that break me.

Highly Recommended


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2016 Spotlight: Murderabilia Craig Robertson


Publication Date: Available Now from Simon and Schuster

Source: Purchased copy/Review Copy

The first commuter train of the morning slowlyrumbles away from platform seven of Queen St station. Everyone on board is sleepy, avoiding eye contact, reluctant to admit the day has begun. And then, as the train emerges from a tunnel, the screaming starts. Hanging from the bridge ahead of them is a body. Placed neatly on the ground below him are the victim’sclothes. Why?
Detective Inspector Narey is assigned the investigation and then just as quickly taken off it again. Tony Winter, now a journalist, must pursue the case for her.The line of questioning centres around the victim’s clothes – why leave them in full view? And what did the killer take with them, and where might it appear again?
Murderabilia – the practice of collecting items from crime scenes. Items only available on the dark web. The collector must be prepared to pay a high price. As Narey is about to find out.

Blimey this book was banging. Highly entertaining, seriously addictive and so entirely fascinating I’m almost tempted to go find out stuff on the internet. But then common sense kicks in, today is NOT a good day to die.

So anyway as a fan of Narey and Winter I’ll just say that they are put somewhat through the wringer in this one, like really I shouldn’t have expected that – but there were points in this that I actually did go NO really don’t do that. But then it happened anyway. Because Craig Robertson is evil. Or something.

The subject matter at the heart of Murderabilia, that being the collection of all things crime, no matter how macabre, by people some of whom you would not want to meet in a dark alley at night, is such an entirely gripping premise that I have been sat here for the past few hours totally immersed – paper cut type immersion, its that good.

It seems funny to call a novel with such dark happenings wildly entertaining but that is what Murderabilia is – wildly entertaining. And scary. And relatively sad in places. All the good things. Top notch crime fiction of the type all us avid crime fans devour with the fervour of true fanatics. And its great writing. GREAT writing. We all know how I love the great writing.

The story rocks along, the settings are vivid, the plotting is perfect, the resolution in no way predictable, not sure there is anything else really to say.

I’ll just echo Martina Cole and say I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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Getting to know you with Tom Roberts…


Today I’m getting to know Tom Roberts, author of  The Kingdom of Men, The Horse Lord, Rose’s Story and soon to be released The Riders of the North: The Games. You can try Chapter One for free on the Kindle HERE. Thanks so much to Tom for answering my questions – fascinating stuff in this one and in a few days on the blog he’ll be back talking about the inspiration behind the latest release. Look out for that one too, its great!


Where did you grow up and what was family life like?

I grew up in Ruabon, a village in North Wales, near Wrexham and lived there until I was 12 when I moved to a border town in Shropshire. My family life was pretty typical; my mum is a teacher and my dad a physio technician at the local hospital. I have a younger brother, who like all siblings can be a pain but he has kept me going when things got tough.

When I moved to secondary school life changed because my mother started a new job as Deputy Head at a private, independent school so I went into year 7 (as staff children get a discounted place) That was a culture shock for me, growing up in a working class village in Wales, to suddenly finding myself in the same school as a Duke!

Academic or creative at school?

Neither really. I was sporty and the class fool. I played rugby, cricket, and football and through most of my schooling I messed around in class and was at times disruptive, culminating in me being suspended in year ten. I learnt my lesson from that so buckled down and passed my GCSEs. I went onto 6th form at Ellesmere and got three good A-level grades so went off to university to study history. Post-education I think I have finally got to the point where I am academic and creative as I run my own business, I write novels, so I got there in the end but my early years of secondary schooling weren’t best used. My mum will argue that it was because I wasn’t challenged but I say I was just a bit of a tool!

First job you *really* wanted to do?

The first job I really want to do when I was a child was to be a fire-fighter, as lots of boys do, and that did stay with me for a while and then I switched to wanting to be a fighter pilot but due to my dyslexia and my dislike of maths, that wasn’t going to happen. I was in the army cadets so I decided to aim at getting in as an Officer and that’s what I pursued all the way through until past graduation. I went through the first stages of selection but unfortunately due to the level of my dyslexia I didn’t get through the selection process and that put an end to that – so as you would expect, I left the country and travelled whilst I thought about what I really wanted to do.

Do you remember the moment you first wanted to write?

I never set out to be a writer; it wasn’t something that came on my radar. Being severely dyslexic (and I am in the top 1% of severity – not the top 1% you want to be in but those are the cards dealt to me) it wasn’t something open to me. I was good at English Literature in school, I always enjoyed exploring the different texts and characters as reading had not been the issue; it was writing/spelling that was the problem for me, so much so that my version of spelling words was a language of its own! After university I took a gap year and travelled, going across America, and on my return I decided to try and find a way to improve my writing so I started to write for myself, not for anyone else and not because I thought it would lead to anything. For the first time I could let my imagination run free to write what I wanted – no exam constraints – and so the characters walked into my life, the stories came and, strangely, I felt really happy when writing – which was a complete contrast to everything I associated with writing up to that point – when I finally shared my stories with others they were well received and things developed from there – now I just love it.

Who are your real life heroes?

I don’t really have real life heroes; I never really had a role model as such, except obviously my parents. Mainly because although I played a lot of sports I never really followed a particular sportsperson or team, or was that interested in movies or anything like that. I did always enjoy history, which is why I pursued it to degree level, so if you asked me who is one of my heroes but not alive it would have to be either Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan, which might seem peculiar, I don’t admire what they did but I do admire the conviction with how they did it.

Funniest or most embarrassing situation you’ve found yourself in?

I am sure there will be more to come, and there are too many to share them all, as I do get myself in some fixes, but one of the funniest moments (well for everyone watching!) was at a New Year’s Eve party at my friend’s house. Her fiancé asked me to help him sort the outdoor lights and fireworks and, happy to help, I jumped over the fence as a shortcut, so didn’t spot an open cesspit on the other side, and landed right up to my chest in excrement! I had to spend the rest of the evening in a pair of rugby shorts that he gave me to change into whilst my jeans went into their washing machine. That is just one of many that my friends bring up when we start the ‘do you remember ….’

DIY expert or phone a friend?

Definitely expert as I helped my dad when I was 16/17 with the self-build of our house so I feel very confident with most DIY things, at a basic level there is not much in the house I can’t put back together or fix

Sun worshipper or night owl?

Both. I love being up and about in the daytime doing stuff and for those who don’t like mornings I can be annoying, one of those chirpy ones! But, I don’t need that much sleep so I like going out at night and hanging out with friends so I am happy to burn the candle at both ends

A book that had you in tears.

I read historical fiction or fantasy so although there isn’t a book that has had me in tears I do invest in the characters and the plot. There have been TV shows or documentaries that have moved me, particularly when friendship and loyalties are stretched or when someone is left isolated. I do hate that.

A book that made you laugh out loud.

There were sections in Richard Ayoade’s autobiography that made me chuckle.

One piece of life advice you give everyone

Spend an hour a day not thinking about yourself, think about the people around you, and the world, and put your troubles in perspective. Remember that in the end, when we shuffle off this mortal coil, it isn’t the stupid things you’ve done that will bother you, what you will regret is the things you didn’t.

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An epic fantasy series to take you into a world of adventure and intrigue, where the Elders control their Kingdoms, but it falls to the young warriors to protect the world.

2016 Spotlight: Lost in Nashville. Neil White.


Publication Date: Available Now.

Source: Review Copy.

A father and son, the open road, and Johnny Cash.
Number one bestselling ebook author Neil White has penned an emotional journey through the life and songs of Johnny Cash, as told through the eyes of a fictional English lawyer, James Gray, whose life is a success. Or, at least, he thinks it is.
It has something missing though: a bond with his father, Bruce.
Bruce Gray is old, tired and estranged from his family. He spends his time drinking and drifting in the small seaside town in England that James once called home.
James decides to take Bruce on a road trip, to try to connect with his father through the one thing that has always united them: a love for Johnny Cash and his music. Together, they travel through Johnny Cash’s life; where he grew up, the places he sang about – a journey of discovery about Johnny, the South, and each other.

Lost in Nashville then, a bit of a departure for Neil White whose crime novels I have always loved, this time instead of freaking me out he made me cry. CRY dammit.

Lost in Nashville is an emotional read but it is also an informative one in a very entertaining way. I had a very peripheral knowledge of the Johnny Cash story before going into this, afterwards I had a real sense of the man and his music, learning about it through the eyes of our two main characters here, James and Bruce, whilst they try and rebuild their broken relationship.

This is a road trip in more than one sense, an actual journey and a life journey through the lives of these two, a Father and Son who have fallen apart but for whom there is hope. A journey through the life of Johnny Cash and a literal road trip through the places that informed him. Descriptively speaking this is absolutely gorgeous, you’ll get the sense of time and place, you’ll live this one. I love it when I live through a book rather than just read it. Happens less than you might think.

Lost in Nashville is also strangely gripping – I say strangely because being used to this authors twisty crime plots I didn’t imagine that he could also grip emotionally for an entire narrative but that is what happened here. I was rooting for these two, whipping through those pages hoping they could reconcile their differences, all the while being fascinated by the actual journey they were on. At the end I was a bit of an emotional wreck.

As a non country music fan this was entirely brilliant. If you want a different perspective, that of someone who knows the backdrop try Crime Thriller Girl’s review HERE

I fell in love with this story. It is a story of life, of family, of the things that separate us and the things that bring us back together. A beautiful story, an intensely emotive one and a story that will stay with me.

Who would have thought it? I think the indomitable Mr White might want to consider writing a few more like this in those moments between. He’s got the magic touch.

Read it, live it, love it.

Highly Recommended.

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Ones to Watch in 2017: The Roanoke Girls Amy Engel.


Publication Date: March 2017 From Hodder.

Source: Review Copy

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse?

Oh what to say about those Roanoke Girls. I’m still a little stunned if I’m honest. This one just dug down deep into my soul, then wrung it out and I came out the other side feeling rather ragged. IT JUST GETS YOU THAT WAY.

Beautiful writing with a hard hitting and emotionally resonant storyline, The Roanoke Girls covers some very dark subjects – on that I have to warn that not everyone will cope with this as a novel. Whilst I can’t give anything away there is a truth about what can happen behind closed doors and an insightful but unflinching examination of the fallout on so many lives that these things can have that is utterly gripping but intensely anger inducing at times. I cried great big buckets of tears and felt randomly stabby during parts of this tale –  and Amy Engel has a considered and beautifully intense eye for prose that pulls you right into the heart of things.

Is it a thriller? Do you know thats the one thing that I have to be quite firm on, I don’t think it IS a thriller. The mystery element, what happened to Allegra, where did she go, that yes gives this a crime twist – but for me it simply serves the ongoing story. The history behind the Roanoke Girls is revealed, each little nugget of truth informing the whole, whilst we stick mainly with the latest two, Allegra and Lane, the book covers generations of a family in turmoil and that, THAT is where the heart of this is. It will break your heart. It will make you crazy. It will force upon you things you maybe don’t want to hear about but absolutely should.

Sometimes we are blind to that which goes on around us, either because we genuinely don’t see beneath the surface or because we don’t want to. In The Roanoke Girls Amy Engel forces us to look, into the depths of human nature and right at those things that we wish were a lie.

Everyone wants to be a Roanoke Girl. But be careful what you wish for…

I want to say I loved it but loved is not the right word. I’m never going to forget those characters, that place and time that the author evokes so incredibly well, it was utterly utterly gripping, at the end I was destroyed. Any book that can do that is a book that should be read. Don’t you think?

Highly HIGHLY recommended.

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The Mountain in my Shoe Louise Beech. Blog Tour Review.


Publication Date: Available Now from Orenda

Source: Review Copy

A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

Having had a very strong connection to “How to be Brave” the debut novel from Louise Beech I was particularly keen to read her next novel – this novel – The Mountain in my Shoe. I sat down with it one day and that was that. I was pulled into this most extraordinary tale with its emotionally resonant characters and utterly gripping story. When I think about how many books I’ve read in my life so far and how many more I’m hopefully going to read in the years to come I can say hand on heart that this one is going to stay with me. You get it. There are always a few that you know will not let go of you, for various reasons, this is one of those.

I’ve seen a lot of people go into the story detail so we’ll skip over that for the most part – but The Mountain in my Shoe is a stunning and immersive narrative about a boy – Connor – his life in the care system, the people he finds, their lives and the relationships we have that end up defining us. There is a psychological/mystery element that just makes the whole thing more addictive and oh my word there is some beautiful writing to be found here, Louise Beech just has a way of grabbing you right in the heart and  not letting go – darn her!

The narrative here has a gentle, probing touch  that just speaks truth – it is terrifically effective you absolutely do fall into the world the author creates and genuinely feel every emotion along with the characters. The mystery element serves the story in a way that not many writers can pull off – it is not the mystery it is how the characters deal with it that counts here, the slow emergence of their own acceptance and their own life journey.

Clever writing. Beautiful storytelling. Louise Beech is one of only a handful of authors out there at the moment that I genuinely believe people will still be reading in 100 years long after we are all gone.

Gorgeous. Unforgettable. Emotional.

Highly Recommended.

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20 Questions For….Neil White.


Leading into tomorrow’s e-book release of the brilliant (and to be reviewed on Friday) Lost In Nashville, a slight departure for the enigmatically clever (that’s £50 he owes me) Mr White, now seemed like a good time to throw 20 Questions at him. As you do…

So your next crime book is the start of a new trilogy. Tell us about it. Don’t bang on though we haven’t got all day…

Firstly, it’s not a trilogy but a whole series. Pay attention. It’s about a defence lawyer and a private detective, the private detective being a former client of the defence lawyer when she was accused of murder but acquitted. They work together to fight injustice, dodgy clients, dark deeds and their own unrequited feelings for each other.

When you last got drunk did you do anything stupid?

I was wild and crazy, drinking until the early hours and falling asleep in front of the television. Yes, I stayed up very, very late.

I’ve read all your books and it is the worst kept secret in the world that I’m a fan. So which is your favourite and why? No you can’t say the new one to plug it a bit more, it has to be one of the others.

Dead Silent. The pace is slightly slower, and it was the first book where the characters determined the plot, rather than coming up with an idea and then moulding it around the characters. As a character was a freelance journalist, the plot involved a Lord Lucan type character who would come out of hiding if the character proved his innocence first. The character’s occupation determined the plot.

You are some kind of legal genius (so I’ve heard) – do you think you could plan, execute and get away with the perfect murder?

Well, they haven’t caught me for the three I’ve done so far, so I guess so.

You are a rugby league fan. Why is that? Is it the rugged handsome players or what?

Rugby league is brutality and grace all in one game. Tough and uncompromising but with so much beauty as the ball sweeps between the players, everyone in motion, decoy runners, like watching a dance, fluid and poetic.

What would your wife say is your worst habit?

Watching rugby league and drinking too much. And killing people, although I tend to be quite sketchy on the details, just to protect her. She does like the constant replenishment of spades and saws though. Good to see shiny things in the garage.

There is another book on the horizon. Non crime. I of course know nothing about it so give us a clue. Again though no banging on. We are not even halfway there yet…

Lost In Nashville, it’s about a man approaching his fortieth birthday who takes his father on a road trip, to try and reconnect with him. They travel Johnny Cash’s life, starting at his birthplace and visiting the places important to Johnny Cash’s story and places he sang about. They discover a lot about Johnny Cash and a little bit about each other.

I self-published it because it is very much a personal project and I was impatient about it.

If you are at a party and there are people you would really like to avoid (don’t pretend that never happens it comes upon us all) are you willing to hide under a table? Or are you endlessly polite? (I’ll pretend I didn’t see you diving behind the bar when you saw me coming at Crimefest)

I tend to be polite, although I have been known to walk the other way at times. I’m big though, so I don’t change direction easily. Like a cargo ship.

I don’t tend to approach people to talk, I’m too shy and not gregarious enough for that (I assume that people think I’m an idiot, and I hate to see it confirmed in their expressions). I will always chat back though.

Talking of festivals which is your favourite?

Harrogate, just because so many people go. But Crimefest and Bloody Scotland are great too.

How much do you love Corrie Jackson and would you two like to have another chat for the blog? (I’m asking her this in her 20 Q’s too just so you don’t think I’m picking on you…)

Corrie is great, very talented and cool, but she needs more gravy in her life. You can never have enough gravy.

Talking of interviewing people for me (I’m glad you’ve learned its safer just to do what I ask) is there anyone you would like to ask many questions of that I haven’t yet annoyed you into doing?

If you could sort out that Grisham chap, I’d be most obliged.

One thing you can’t live without.


One thing you’d rather live without.

My weakness in front of a sweet rack.

If you and Rod Reynolds were stuck on a desert island and the only way to survive was cannibalism do you think you’d emerge victorious or would he?

It’s a moot point as to whether being compelled to munch your way through my glutinous mass is a victory. The answer is, therefore, that we are both losers.

The cheese question – everyone is struggling with the cheese question – but what IS your favourite kind of cheese?

Mature cheddar. Mmmmmmmm.

If you were going to a fancy dress party with Murder and Mayhem as the theme what costume would you choose?

The quiet man you suspect the least.

Your favourite read of the year so far (no you can actually only have one for this interview. I’m strict. If you pick more than one I edit you down to your first answer)

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Name something that irrationally irritates you.

People who say “Can I get” in coffee shops, as opposed to “have”. I want to stamp on their feet when I hear it.

Your top writing tip for those who need them…

Keep going. It won’t write itself.

How much do you hate me right now?



About Lost in Nashville:


A father and son, the open road, and Johnny Cash. Number one bestselling ebook author Neil White has penned an emotional journey through the life and songs of Johnny Cash, told through the eyes of James Gray, a lawyer whose life is a success. Or, at least he thinks it is, but it has something missing: a bond with his father, Bruce. Bruce Gray is old, tired and estranged from his family. He spends his time drinking and drifting in the small seaside town in England that James once called home. James decides to take Bruce on a road trip, to try to connect with his father through the one thing that has always united them: a love for Johnny Cash and his music. Together, they travel through Johnny Cash’s life; where he grew up, the places he sang about – A Journey of discovery about Johnny, the South, and each other. Always fascinating, an evocative and emotional personal road trip, Lost In Nashville will captivate you, inform you, and along the way may even break your heart.

You can Purchase Lost in Nashville HERE

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Ones to Watch in 2017 – Little Deaths Emma Flint.


Publication Date: 12th January 2017 from Picador

Source: Proof copy

It’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery.

Noting Ruth’s perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment, tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can’t help but do the same. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press. Soon, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew.

Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive – is she really capable of murder?

For me, Little Deaths was a marvel of a novel. Poignant, thought provoking, beautifully written and engaging, also randomly rage inducing – I went through a spectrum of emotions reading Ruth’s story and at the end I was wrung out.

Also, warning: Will cause google mania as you look up the case that Emma Flint took her inspiration from. That is also extraordinarily fascinating. I have today purchased her recommended book on the subject.

Little Deaths starts with a tragedy – two missing children. I don’t think its really a spoiler to say there is not a happy ending for the tiny ones – what follows is a multi layered, insightful and scarily authentic dig around the court of public opinion, the influence of the press and the dogged determination of a police investigation headed up by an obsessed detective.

Set in Queens, New York  in the Summer of 1965 Emma Flint brings that time, that place, to beautiful, occasionally awful, always vivid life. You will see and hear it, find focus in the community surrounding Ruth as she faces every mothers worst nightmare. Ripples going outwards, infecting and affecting so many lives, this novel shows you all the nuances, those places inbetween, it was gripping, utterly gripping from the very first page. That did not go away.

I think it should be noted that in this reviewers opinion  if you are expecting a psychological thriller, a “whodunnit” then you won’t get that. Whilst there is resolution in a sense, whilst there is an element of “Did she Didn’t she” that is the peripheral of Little Deaths. Whilst still intriguing on that level the heart of it is in the characters, their influences, a snapshot of a time, a place, a judgement that one would hope we as a society would have left behind us now. We have not though as the cases glaring at us from todays headlines prove all the time.

I’m back to Little Deaths is a marvel of a novel. Literary crime with a dash of eloquence and a story rooted in the truths we don’t like to think about.

Highly Recommended

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There’s something about Maggie – with Michelle Davies. Gone Astray.


Today I am very happy to welcome Michelle Davies to the blog talking about one of the characters in her novel Gone Astray. Maggie is a Family Liasion Officer – not often the main focus of police teams in Crime novels so something a little different there for you…

There’s something about Maggie…

A question I’m often asked these days is whether I’ve put a lot of myself into my characters, particularly my series detective, DC Maggie Neville.

On paper, the answer would appear to be ‘nothing’: Maggie is in her late 20s, lives alone in the town where she was born and raised, doesn’t have much of a social life and is unhealthily close to her sister Lou, a single mum with three children by different dads. I, on the other hand, am hitting my mid-40s, I live in London with my partner Rory and our seven-year-old daughter Sophie, and while parenting has curbed any chance of spontaneous nights out, I still go out more than Maggie does!

But there is a reason Maggie is like she is. I wanted my leading police character in Gone Astray to be unique, and as a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) had never taken centre stage before in a detective series, it was the perfect role and I created Maggie to fit it.

My research revealed that many officers who undergo FLO training have themselves experienced a degree of grief that makes them empathetic to the relatives they are helping. For Maggie, that comes the form of an accident when she was a teenager in which someone she knew was killed and for which she blames herself.

Her relationship with her sister Lou, while frustrating at times, demonstrates her belief in the importance of familial ties – a crucial trait for any FLO. It also proves she has patience in spades, another requisite of the job, as it can many hours and days to coax traumatised relatives into giving statements.

I then deliberately cast Maggie in her 20s because I didn’t want her to be jaded like a more senior officer in his/her 40s might be. The absence of cynicism, particularly in regard to policing, makes her outlook generally positive, which again is a good way to be when you’re surrounded daily by so much grief. I’m also a massive Prime Suspect fan and used to wonder what had made DCI Jane Tennison the way she was, so I was very happy when Lynda LaPlante explored her early years in Tennison. I see Maggie as Tennison was before the job wore her down.

I hope you like Maggie and what she stands for. We may not be similar, but she really is a woman after my own heart.

About the Book:


What if someone thinks they deserve their life more than you?

When a Lesley Kinnock buys a lottery ticket on a whim, it changes her life more than she could have imagined . . .

Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a £15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter Rosie to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives – and friends – as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

But it soon turns into their darkest nightmare when, one beautiful spring afternoon, Lesley returns to their house to find it empty: their daughter Rosie is gone.

DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family. And she has a crisis threatening her own life – a secret from the past that could shatter everything she’s worked so hard to build.

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