Liz Currently Loves….Tomorrow The Killing by Daniel Polansky

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Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

Once he was a hero of the Great War, and then a member of the dreaded Black House. Now he is the criminal linchpin of Low Town. His name is Warden. He thought he had left the war behind him, but a summons from up above brings the past sharply, uncomfortably, back into focus. General Montgomery’s daughter is missing somewhere in Low Town, searching for clues about her brother’s murder. The General wants her found, before the stinking streets can lay claim to her, too.

So, Book Two of the Low Town novels and I have to say having read this, these have now moved very close to the top of my favourite fantasy novels. Having thought about it a little there are two reasons for this – The world these characters inhabit is rich, wonderful, awful and amazing all at the same time and Warden himself is one of the best characters I’ve found in this type of fiction. He is beautifully imperfect, unpredictable and intriguing. Two books in and you feel you have only just scratched the surface…and yet still feel you know him well.

In this instalment he is chasing down the daughter of General Montgomery, who is off searching Low Town for her brothers murderer. Warden has history with both the General and his son Roland so against his better judgment he agrees to get involved – of course in this world nothing is straight forward and soon he finds himself in deep water once again..

The pure storytelling here is a joy to behold – giving depth to the characters we met in The Straight Razor Cure and bringing new ones into the mix, I’m definitely in love with the people, Wren in particular. There is dark humour and an ironic outlook on life alongside a rollicking adventure that will hold you in its thrall until it is done.

I really cannot recommend these books highly enough, especially for those who love the Fantasy genre and who love depth and intelligence in plotting and characterisation. Brilliant. Bring on Book 3.

Happy Reading Folks!

Liz Currently Loves….Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

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Coming January 14th From Crown Publishing

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley.

Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a bombed-out shell of its former self. Now he’s a hitman.

I wasnt sure quite what to expect when I started this one  – the premise sounded interesting and it turned out to be a terrific story. Spademan lives in the real world while many around him live in a dream – hooked up to machines they all live lives they have chosen while outside the city rots around them. After the death of his wife in the dirty bomb, Spademan found he had a particular talent for killing. All it takes these days is a phone call and a name…he doesnt care about the reasons, he just needs to know who and where. Until he meets Persephone….

I loved the world the author has created here. In the aftermath of the bombings, many survivors deserted the area, leaving behind the destruction, but for some reason many stayed. Some to live actual real lives, others to live a virtual life of their own construct. Spademan is an intriguing character – he has his own moral code, he will not harm children as that takes a “particular kind of psychopath” but he will happily kill anyone else without knowing why. When Persephone becomes his next target however, his mindset begins to shift. Its a fascinating insight into a very troubled mind.

The world is rich with atmosphere and delightfully drawn supporting characters who all invade Spademan’s space causing one problem or the other, even when they are trying to help. There is some wonderful ironic humour here to offset the darker aspects of the story and this author is adept at creating visual images in your head as you read – imaginatively speaking this is superb.

Story flow is perfect, some beautiful writing skill and clever plot development make this an absolutely wondrous reading experience. I am secretly hoping to have more tales of this city..

Happy Reading Folks!

Great Christmas Books 3. Various.

So to finish off this week (I am away from tomorrow until the 29th so although you may see one or two new reviews go up this is my last blogpost before Christmas) here are a few more books you might consider as Christmas gifts for loved ones.

 

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So. Sarah Pinborough’s retelling of some classic fairytales, giving them an adult and humerous twist have an AWFUL lot going for them. Not only are they great stories, all connected and wonderful but I can tell you – the look of the actual books themselves is stunning. Beautiful little hardbacks, gorgeous illustrations and just a perfect “feel” to them. Shh…don’t tell the kids….

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Looking for something for Young Adults? You won’t go far wrong with either “Tethers” by Jack Croxall, a Victorian set fantasy tale of adventure or The Memory Game by Sharon Sant, a heart wrenching tale of a boy gone from this earth before his time. Again, both beautiful looking books, there is not a vampire to be found anywhere, sparkly or otherwise!

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Looking to get someone back into reading? Or know of anyone who loves short stories? Perhaps “Nocturnes” by John Connolly would be a lovely gift – especially if you get the rather gorgeous looking hardback version. Including one story featuring Mr Connolly’s main protagonist, Charlie Parker, and a host of other dark and wonderful tales, this would be a great gift for anyone.

So that is your lot! And that is me done until the festivities are over. Have a Very Merry Christmas everyone.

 

Happy Christmas Reading Folks!

 

Great Christmas Book Gifts 2. The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

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It is the sweltering summer of 1997, and Karen is a straight-laced, straight-A university student. When she meets the impossibly glamorous Biba, a bohemian orphan who lives in a crumbling old mansion in Highgate with her enigmatic brother Rex, she is soon drawn into their world — but something terrible is about to happen.

So Day Two of my Christmas Book Gifts idea’s and today I’m choosing “The Poison Tree” by Erin Kelly. Do you have a friend who is a lover of mysteries but not so hot on Police Procedurals? Who loves a story told from both past and present point of view where you know something is coming but you are not sure what? All involving characters you can love, and hate and love to hate? Then The Poison Tree is perfect! With one of the most satisfying endings for this reader ever, it was a huge favourite of mine the year I read it and remains so to this day.

Erin Kelly very kindly offered to answer some questions from me about the book amongst other things and here is what she had to tell me.

Tell me a bit about Biba – was she based on anyone you know or purely out of your imagination ?

Biba is a composite of various friends and acquaintances I knew in my late teens and early twenties. I never met a glamorous, intoxicating free spirit who wasn’t a complete narcissist, and that’s Biba in a nutshell. I say she’s a composite – actually, after the book was published a few people fingered the same person as the inspiration for Biba, and it occurred to me that I might have subconsciously been thinking of her as I wrote. And no I’m not telling you who she is.

And then we have Karen, who on the surface appears easily manipulated. How do you feel she developed over the course of the story?

Well, when the book opens she’s a ‘gifted child’ who has achieved academic success very early but her emotional and social development has been completely arrested. By the end of the book, the opposite is true: she has realised none of the potential her parents and tutors saw in her, but she’s strong, fierce and even old before her time. I loved writing her.

The Poison Tree has one of THE most satisfying endings I’ve ever read. Was it the plan all along?

No! The first draft of the novel, the one my agent sent out to publishers, ended with Karen answering her midnight phone call. I thought my cliffhanger ending was very bold and clever. I’d just read In The Woods by Tana French: she plays a similar trick and I was very influenced by the book. But the editors we shared The Poison Tree with were unanimous in their dislike of my open-ended book. They said that the book was so suspenseful and tightly plotted that they felt cheated. Two of them even asked whether there were pages missing because they were so sure there was more to it. And I listened to what they said; after all, they had edited dozens of books between them and this was the first one I had ever written. It was humbling to realise they they knew my own book better than I did! But their words rang true. Even in these days of self-publishing, expert insight that only professional publishers can bring is invaluable. So, I went away and rewrote the ending. And I’m so glad I did, because it felt completely inevitable, and it’s the thing readers love the most about the book. I get letters and emails from people who cheered at the last few pages, and I can’t now imagine the novel ending any other way.

The tv adaptation was very different – did you like what they did with it?
I was completely fascinated by the whole process and loved watching my characters brought to life on screen. The story was changed quite dramatically – the identity of the murder victim, for a start- and people assume that I was outraged by this. Not at all – actually, the sweeping changes needed to condense 350 pages into 90 minutes of television helped me think of it as a drama in its own right. The only thing I didn’t really like was the house they used. In my novel, the splendour in which Rex and Biba live is very much decaying – their house is literally falling down around their ears, it’s all they have and they don’t even own that – but the one on screen was a bit too polished. It was hard to feel much sympathy for these orphans of the storm when they lived in such a desirable property.
One book you would make everyone read if you could.
The Morville Hours by Katharine Swift. It’s non-fiction, a beautifully-written account of one woman’s life’s work, the restoration of a walled garden in Shropshire. It sounds incredibly dry but it’s not. I came across it when I was researching The Sick Rose and I must have given it to a dozen people since, and they have all loved it.

 

Something you wish you were good at but are not.

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Favourite comfort reading author or book.

I read non-fiction and memoir for comfort these days because I can’t fully switch off when I’m reading novels any more. I loved both Rupert Everett’s memoirs and I love Bill Bryson.

 

Thank you so much!

 

Find out more here: http://www.erinkelly.co.uk/

Follow Erin on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mserinkelly

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poison-Tree-Erin-Kelly/dp/1444701053/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387267344&sr=1-1&keywords=the+poison+tree+erin+kelly

On a side note, Erin Kelly also wrote “The Burning Air” which has one of the best game changer twists I’ve ever read – you may want to consider that one also!

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Happy Reading Folks!

 

 

Great Christmas Book Gifts 1. The Humans Matt Haig.

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So we all know by now about me and this book so I won’t go on anymore (well maybe a bit), although my mission to ensure that everyone on the planet reads it is still ongoing…

As far as great Christmas presents goes you probably can’t go wrong with this one if you are trying to find something for a reader….It is many things. For me it was a life saviour, a book that gave me a new outlook on life and the things it throws at us. For others it has been pure entertainment, with its wry humour and often darkly ironic outlook. And it has an Alien. And a dog. So something for everyone then…go on pop it in someone’s stocking..they will love it.

A little while back I featured this book along with some soundbites from friends and loved ones on how they found it. If you missed that, here it is.

http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/yes-yes-liz-still-currently-loves-the-humans-by-matt-haig/

In a kind of a follow up to that, Matt Haig himself very kindly offered to answer some questions for me…some from me and some from them. Here is what he had to say.

How does it feel to know “The Humans” has touched so many people on a very basic level – because I know its not just me..

Well, if that’s the case, then it feels very nice, and also odd. Writing is a very private thing, almost the opposite of publication. But you just hope that if you write stuff that means something to you, that other people would like it too.

 
You work hard to bring the issue of Depression and its very real consequences out into the light of day – often it seems to the detriment of your own peace of mind – is it good to know that despite the pitfalls you are making a difference?

Yes. The thing with depression is that stigma directly affects the way people feel with it. Depression isn’t a disease of your heart or your lungs but of your thoughts. Negativity and stigma are salt in the wounds. Truth and honesty is part of the cure.
How closely do you follow the “life rules” that emerge during the telling of the tale?

Ha! Well, I know the theory, but the practice is hard!
Karen’s Question.

How much of the plot of a book do you know before writing it? Do you have a vague synopsis that gradually takes shape as you write and rewrite, or do you have a fairly clear idea of where it’s going to go from the first draft?

I have a vague idea in my head, but rarely anything written down. I have to write to find out where I am going. It’s a risky writing method, but at least I have editors.
Faye’s Question (bookshelf Butterfly)

Where did the inspiration for this story come from? Was it a life event or was it character led?

Kind of a general life event, in that it was during the serious depression I suffered in my twenties that I first had the idea of looking at humanity from an alien’s perspective, because that is pretty much how I felt.
Mels Question.

There are wide ranging conspiracy theories about Alien visitation – do you think its possible that Alien life has secretly visited us?
It’s possible! I mean, if an alien was advanced enough to get here they’d be advanced enough to disguise themselves. But why would they want to travel all that way without saying hello?

Karl’s Question

If you could spend a day with any alien from science fiction, who would you choose and why?

ET. Because he wouldn’t kill me. And he’s funny.
Aunty Gorg’s Question

If you ever actually met an alien and had to spend the day with it, to show a day as a human, what would you do/where would you go?

I’d go to a library, the biggest I could find, and say ‘Read all about us.’

 

Thank you so much Matt for taking the time.

So go on, get a copy of this book for someone you love. Why not?

Find out more about Matt and his books here: http://www.matthaig.com/

Follow Matt  on Twitter here : https://twitter.com/matthaig1

Purchase Link : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humans-Matt-Haig/dp/0857868756/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374844776&sr=1-1&keywords=matt+haig

Happy Christmas Reading Folks!

Liz Currently Loves…The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley.

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Coming January from Macmillan – Tor Forge.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance copy via netgalley.

When the emperor of Annur is murdered, his children must fight to uncover the conspiracy—and the ancient enemy—that effected his death.

Now I don’t usually do fantasy novels/sci fi novels unless they are of the Urban or YA variety, but my good (online) friend Cory raved about this one SO much that I just could not resist taking a look. Well there are good decisions then there are GREAT decisions, this one turned out to be a great one because it was fantastic.

Right from the start I was TOTALLY absorbed in this world that Mr Staveley has created here – with its rich landscape and extraordinarily well drawn characters, all of them compelling and intriguing. The story is beautifully complicated yet well flowing and intelligent, an absolute page turner of the highest order.

The author deftly weaves several layers of plot, creating a world of intrigue and betrayal then pulls it all together as we head for a terrific conclusion.

I do like a clever book as anyone that follows my reviews knows – when you have a story that is  both sophisticated and challenging, yet immensely readable then you know you are onto a good thing. This is a good thing!

I could probably go on for hours. And hours. But a delightful experience awaits you should you choose to pick up this particular novel and therefore I shall not spoil a single moment. I knew nothing going in bar the fact that one of my friends enjoyed it so much that she went into Rabid Fangirl Mode. Which trust me, she doesnt do often. I’m currently considering switching to that mode myself….

Happy Reading Folks!

 

Nick Quantrill on Hull…City of Culture 2017.

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So when Hull was announced as the next City of Culture, I asked all round nice guy and terrific author Nick Quantrill, who hails from said City, if he would like to write me a short piece on Hull and his feelings about it. And so here is what he had to say.

 

From Crap Town to City of Culture (by Nick Quantrill)

Hull, 2017 UK City of Culture? Maybe people outside of the city were surprised that Hull had beaten off stiff competition from the three other short-listed cities when the announcement was made, but there had certainly been a growing sense within the place that its time had come, that it was ready to come out of the shadows. But how does a place becomes that ten years ago was named the worst place to live in 2003’s “Crap Towns” book?

The answer is no doubt complex and elusive, but the Hull of 2003 had taken more than its share of kickings. Hitler had done his best to obliterate the unnamed “northern coastal town” during World War Two, government policy had killed off the fishing industry and its children were either failing exams or falling pregnant.

The first change was physical. Jutting out like a shark’s fin over the water, The Deep, was freshly open and gaining a reputation for being one of the world’s most spectacular aquariums. Similarly, after years in the doldrums, Hull City AFC moved into a new stadium and started their march to the summit of English football, both venues killing the ‘nothing ever happens here’ school of thought stone-dead.

Similarly, things were happening in the city’s artistic scene, with aspirations being raised. A new, purpose built home for Hull Truck, the city’s premier arts space and the reimaging of the merchant warehouses in the Fruit Market as well the online space, http://www.thisisull.com/ , offered a platform to artists. It was an opportunity grabbed eagerly by a grassroots scene; novelists, poets, playwrights, spoken word performers, all marching to their own beat and benefitting from the city’s end of line isolation on the east coast, leading to a certain ‘otherness’ feel to the work.

In 2009, Hull made its first bid to be UK City of Culture, but failed to make the shortlist which eventually saw Derry-Londonderry emerge victorious. Why didn’t Hull win? In truth, it wasn’t ready. The sense of change was tangible, but the city hadn’t yet worked out how to use culture in a wider context.

The Freedom Festival, which takes the legacy of slavery abolitionist, William Wilberforce, emerged as an arts festival designed to celebrate the concept of freedom and what it means in the present day. Building on that, in 2010 the city launched its Larkin 25 celebrations. A city-wide trail of ‘Larkin Toads’ sculptures was devised, all decorated by local businesses and community groups. You don’t need to know much about the man to realise his undoubted legacy comes with baggage, but the toads were a hit with residents, with many families spending weekends spotting them and enjoying Larkin’s poetry at each stop. The city had found a way to use culture as a tool to engage with a wider audience and explore what makes Hull what it is.

Hull has slowly found its voice and purpose. No longer are we just that place at the end of the line, unwilling to shout proudly about who we are. There’s an artistic presence in the city that demands attention and has the capacity to deliver. Hull has never been the barren wasteland many people assumed it was, but what it hasn’t had before is a narrative framework for making sense of what it has to offer. This is falling into place, so the challenge is to create a lasting legacy and inspire more artistic expression. Come now or come in 2017, but you’ll find a vibrant city already delivering high quality culture. As the bid film says, “this city belongs to everyone”.

 

Thank you so much Nick.

Find out more about Nick here: http://www.nickquantrill.co.uk/

You can follow on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/NickQuantrill

 

 

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough. Mission Impossible…

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A woman sits beside her father’s bedside as the night ticks away the final hours of his life. As she watches over her father, she relives the past week and the events that brought the family together . . . and she recalls all the weeks before that served to pull it apart.

So I was lucky enough to attend the launch for “The Language of Dying” the other evening – I met a lot of lovely people, including Sarah herself, who is just as wonderfully lovely and funny in real life as she is on social media, and the beautifully mad but insanely talented writer Will Carver who you can see interviewing Sarah in the picture above. After a highly entertaining evening, I started reading the novella on the train home – then read on into the early hours, now I find myself with a Mission Impossible..HOW do I put into words the sheer emotion and heart that is in every part of this story – or how it made me feel. Don’t worry – this post will not self destruct, however I have had to take the weekend to try and make some sense of what I want to say.

There are probably two parts to this review. The personal and the professional if you like. Lets start with the personal because really, thats how I read. Every book gives me something – whether it be fantasy or crime or science fiction. Whether its a bit of time in another world, or a heart stopping rollercoaster thrill ride, every book I read adds a piece to me…no book left behind. Then occasionally,VERY occasionally, one comes along that touches my heart and soul in a way that is almost indescribable. Those books are few and far between and “The Language of Dying” is one of them.

At the launch, Sarah told us some of the background to her story – I knew at that point that this book was probably going to open up some old wounds, my experiences being strangely similar except, of course, very different in the way that loss is different for everyone. Still, as I read I was transported back to a time in my life that still often haunts me in those darker hours.

When I was a teenager I lost my Father – who at the time was the one person in my life who I felt really understood me. It wasnt quick – he suffered a second stroke and over the course of many weeks he just faded away. I can’t say much more about it, it is still not something I talk about often – but so much of what Sarah has put into this novella mirrors my own senses and emotions from that time. She has captured here those things that at the time I was unable to clarify – how all your senses open up while you are waiting for the inevitable, how the sounds and smells of the room can overwhelm you at the time and also take you back to that moment months, years, even decades later. The Language of Dying is not just made up of words, it is a language of sense and feeling. This was cathartic for me – yes I cried a million tears again but they were good tears. And the memories that came back to me were not just of those final weeks but of all the weeks, months and years that came before that, the precious memories, the ones you hold in your heart. Flashes of time spent with someone you loved who also loved you. See, now I’m crying again writing this review…So enough of that lets move on, but before I do. Thank you Sarah.

From a professional point of view there is not an awful lot I can say. If you have read any of her previous novels you will already know that Sarah Pinborough is a terrific weaver of words and magic on the page and this is no different in that respect. She has put her own twist on the tale as usual, there is a dark and magical side to the story that I will let you discover for yourselves – because of course you are all going to read this now right? The sheer power of the descriptive prose that brings the entire family and their relationships into focus is superbly done, clever and evocative writing that takes you right to the heart of the matter and keeps you there until you are through. I am absolutely in love with this one – it will stay with me forever.

I really cannot recommend this highly enough. If you have ever suffered loss this will speak to you in ways I can’t describe even though I have made my best effort above. Even if you have not, this is fantastic storytelling – one of those you wish you could just make everyone read. Just because. Short but bittersweet, it is a timeless tale…age will not diminish its power.

If you would like to get a copy for yourself clickety click here – if you are a lover of physical books this one is stunning. I mean just look at that cover! Happy Reading Folks.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Language-Dying-Sarah-Pinborough/dp/178206754X/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

The Killer Inside by Will Carver – more short story art.

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A wonderful little “Bridging” tale between Will Carver’s earlier novels (Girl 4 and The Two) and his latest book in the January David series “Dead Set” I was slightly late to the party – in that I read this today, rather than before I read Dead Set. I’m actually pleased I did it that way around as it gave it quite a fun edge. As long as you are familiar with the authors work, it will be just as good either way to my mind.

So we have Eames plotting and scheming, interspersed with January doing his thing – I loved the little portions about the letters Eames received and his true feelings about them – and having prior knowledge of what was coming made it all the more entertaining for me.

If it has been a while since you read the previous two novels this is perfect to get you back in the Eames v January v Audrey frame of mind and dive straight back into the weird and wonderful world Mr Carver has created. If you have already read “Dead Set” and did not realise this story was available, then fear not – you will enjoy it in a completely different way!

Short but sweet, JUST as delicious as the chocolate pudding I consumed whilst I read it, it comes highly recommended from me, along with all of Will Carver’s other books. Especially if you like your crime with a twist and if you love a writer who writes outside the box.

Get your copy here: It won’t cost you a penny! http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Killer-Inside-Will-Carver-ebook/dp/B00FM12Q90/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

 

Happy Reading Folks!

Happy Publication Day to Luca Veste and Dead Gone.

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So what feels like ages ago now, I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to read Luca Veste’s debut novel – a terrific serial killer thriller “Dead Gone”. Today you can get your hands on an ebook copy and I caught up with Luca and asked him a few pertinent questions – here is what he had to tell me.

 

Tell us about how DI Murphy first started coming into focus for you.

Dead Gone went through so many changes before I settled on what would become the main focus. Murphy came through during either the second or third “try” at writing the novel. I tried writing a druggie/underworld style book, before ditching that for an “everyman” type of book (which is much more difficult than it looks) before settling on a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller. I knew I’d need a lead detective, so the first chapter I wrote including Murphy, I wrote about the only copper I knew at the time. My uncle (and godfather) John. He’s pretty much as I describe Murphy in the book. Six four, bearded, bulky, strong. Everything else is just fiction, but I wanted Murphy to be almost more ordinary than other detectives within the crime genre, which would make his responses to horrific events more relatable hopefully.

The novel feels authentic re investigative techniques – was there a lot of research involved?

Well…some. Unfortunately, authentic investigative techniques are far too boring and laborious to ever be exciting, so you have to use a bit of poetic license. I spoke to a number of police officers and detectives whilst writing, but then disregarded quite a bit of what they told me in order for things to work. I never asked what the set up was in Merseyside Police, as I knew I wanted to keep the character list short (to give a more claustrophobic feel to the story), but all the procedures are mostly correct. The internet is a glorious tool for research though. I’ve no idea how writers did without it before!

Was it difficult to write the more violent aspects of the story in a realistic way?

Some scenes were more difficult than others. I had issues with some of the more gory acts, as there’s a fine line between shocking and comical. I also didn’t want to go over the top, hoping for the most violent aspects to happen in the readers mind, rather than on the page. Writing from a victims point of view helped a lot with that, as shock kicks in quite quickly, so you can play with the differences between reality and the visceral experience in that situation.

Tell us a little bit about what’s next for Murphy and his team.

Next up is an exploration of vigilantism and youth culture. I wanted to do a slightly more social commentary on the issues surrounding the gap between generations in cities today, and then my dad said something that brought it all together. He was complaining about the scallies and anti-social teenagers, when he said “all the old boys should get in a van and go around teaching these kids a lesson”. I’ve written from both sides of the coin, and packaged it up in a murder investigation which quickly turns into something quite more.

Do you have any “quirks” while writing?

Not so much a “quirk”, but more as part of my OCD. I can’t end on an odd number of words. Also, the whole piece of writing has to be an even number. Odd numbers are evil. Even numbers are good.

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The Stand by Stephen King. Still the best novel I’ve ever read, the best post-apocalyptic novel I’ve experienced, and the best King book by a long way.

Plus there’s loads of pages, so plenty of fuel to make fire if needs be (JOKES).

First thing apart from family and pets you would rescue from a burning building?

Well, all my photos are backed up online, so I’ve no problem losing those. So, probably my special shelf. It’s full of all my signed books I’ve collected over the years.

 

Thank you so much Luca!

 

Review

First of all thank you so much for the advance copy of this book from the author. Who is a lovely chap!

 

In Dead Gone we meet DI David Murphy – a man who has suffered a terrible loss – as he attempts to track down a killer. Not unusual you might think. But actually it is. This is a new breed of serial killer and David, alongside his partner in crime DS Laura Rossi will find themselves entering the darkest recesses of the human mind.

So lets talk for a moment about that group of books commonly known as “serial killer thrillers”. There are many out there – good ones, bad ones, scary ones…go into a bookshop and you will find plenty. To my mind the best ones have been written by Thomas Harris, John Connolly and more recently Joe Conlan.  I would also like to give a nod to The 50/50 Killer by Steve Mosby – a fairly stunning example of its genre. Now you can happily add Luca Veste to that list…This I can say with certainty. Its not easy to avoid cliche when writing a book of this kind, its also not easy to give it a new “voice” but this is what Mr Veste has managed to do and with terrific success. Engaging, frightening, genuinely shocking in places it will grip you to the last. Flowing storyline, terrific writing and a nod to those that have come before, this is an amazing debut.

So. Characters. You all know I love great characters yes? You will find a fair few in the pages of this novel. David Murphy, haunted, searching for reasons, has great depth to his character. I loved that he often set off down the wrong path – made assumptions then had to correct – not the perfect policeman who you are always sure will eventually solve the case but a realistic nod to investigative technique.  He is open to development – a great thing especially when you know that this is the start of a series. Laura is intriguing also, especially in her background and ties to family. I look forward to finding out more about them.

The mystery elements are well imagined and will keep you guessing – the very heart of any crime read. Its complex – no easy trail to follow here but always intriguing and never dull. The resolution will not disappoint. This is going to be a terrific addition to the genre. And if this is the first book, gosh, what is to come? I will wait to find out. Impatiently.

 

Find out more here: http://lucaveste.com/

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