Cover reveal – The House Guest coming soon in June

Cover reveal – The House Guest coming soon in June

Cover reveal time! I’m excited to share the cover and full description of my next book, THE HOUSE GUEST, which be published worldwide on June 3rd.

A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.

As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake…

Pre-order your copy here

Trophy time – Follow You Home hits 750,000 sales!

Trophy time – Follow You Home hits 750,000 sales!

My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, sent me this trophy to mark a whopping 750,000 sales of Follow You Home.

Of my nine solo books, it is now my biggest-selling novel and I want to say a big thank you if you’re one of the 750,000!

This is what it’s about…

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…

Buy it here.

The House Guest – Out June 3rd 2020!

The House Guest – Out June 3rd 2020!

Exciting news, my forthcoming novel has a new title: THE HOUSE GUEST.

There’s no cover yet, but it will be out on June 3rd 2020.

The book is about a British couple who are house-sitting in Brooklyn for a couple they met on a cruise. Then one rainy summer afternoon a young woman turns up on the doorstep, claiming to know the house owners. The couple invite her in and… well, if you’re a regular reader of my books you’ll know everything is not as it seems.

Here’s the blurb…

When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.

As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake…

It’s already available to pre-order on Amazon here.

2020 Diary date! I’ll be at Lyme Crime Festival

2020 Diary date! I’ll be at Lyme Crime Festival

My first event of 2020 has been announced! I’ll be appearing not once but TWICE at the inaugural Lyme Crime festival in June, in Lyme Regis.

I will be appearing with CL Taylor, in a general discussion about psychological thrillers, and also talking about my recent road trip in America with Ed James, which should be very funny.

Tickets for the festival, taking place from June 26-28, are on sale now at an early bird rate (30% off) and you can buy them here.

On Friday, June 26 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm – How far would you go to research your crime novel? Myself and Ed James will discuss our recent research trip to the Pacific Northwest, where we flew to Seattle, got lost in Oregon and nearly run off the road on Interstate 5 – all in search of authentic detail.

On Saturday, June 27 from 11.30am to 12.30pm – Me and C.L.Taylor will be in conversation. We have both written books described as ‘extraordinary things happening to ordinary people’. We will discuss what inspires us, how we write, what makes a great psychological thriller and the challenges and highlights of our careers.

This is the very first Lyme Crime festival and it launches in June next year at the Marine Theatre, in historic Lyme Regis.

The crime and thriller festival sees the very best talents in the fiction genre join together for a weekend of talks, conversations, panels and other events.

Also, Serendip, the town’s independent bookseller, will have a shop open in the theatre for the weekend, so visitors can buy signed copies of participating authors’ titles.

10 things I’d like my readers to know about me. . .

10 things I’d like my readers to know about me. . .

Oh my goth! This is me in 1989

This is an article I wrote for Female First Website on the 10 things I’d like my readers to know about me. It involves, goths, zombies and karaoke!

  1. I have my mum to thank for my warped imagination. After my parents divorced when I was nine, she used to let me stay up to keep her company. She’d fall asleep and I’d stay awake watching horror movies and all sorts of inappropriate TV. She also let me read her library copy of James Herbert’s The Fog. I’ve loved scary films and books ever since.
  2. I used to be a goth. I had dyed black hair which I would crimp and back-comb until I looked like a skinny version of The Cure’s Robert Smith. My friends and I hung out in a nightclub in Hastings called The Crypt, dancing to Sisters of Mercy songs and drinking snakebite and black because that’s what goths are supposed to drink. (At the time, we denied being goths. If anyone asked, we called ourselves ‘individuals’.)
  3. My worst job was in a food packing factory when I was a student. We made pickle, mincemeat and jelly babies. I used to sit on a conveyor belt picking out the black cornflakes. I wore eyeliner to work which went down really well with some of my more macho colleagues who took to calling me ‘Rambo’.
  4. I’ve been vegetarian for thirty years. Like many people of my generation, I went veggie after watching a documentary about The Smiths in 1987. My views and tastes have waxed and waned over the years but two things remain constant: my vegetarianism and love of Morrissey.
  5. I became a karaoke addict in Japan. I taught English conversation in Tokyo for a year and discovered that karaoke is probably the most fun activity in the world. I am a terrible microphone hog and show-off when it comes to karaoke. The moment I step into that room I transform from a mild-mannered writer into a wannabe rock and roll megastar.
  6. I am obsessed with Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. It’s not only my favourite novel, it’s my favourite anything. A couple of years ago I saw Ms Tartt read from The Secret History (oh it was rapturous!) and afterwards, when I told her how much I loved her books she shook my hand. It was an effusive handshake and I floated home on a cloud of hero-worshipping wonder.
  7. I spend a lot of time daydreaming about how I would survive a zombie apocalypse. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead and have passed many happy hours figuring out a survival plan should the undead ever overrun Wolverhampton (no jokes, please). At the moment, this plan involves kayaking along the canal near where I live, even though I don’t know how to kayak and I’m not sure what I’ll do when I reach the first lock. Panic, probably.
  8. I have four children, one of whom lives in Australia. It’s hard, and I miss her terribly, but I owe the people who invented Skype a very large drink. Twenty years ago it would have been impossible for us to maintain such a long-distance relationship, but we chat every week – mostly about Doctor Who, which is her favourite programme, and which was my favourite at her age.
  9. I went to school with Stella McCartney. No, I didn’t go to a posh private school. Sir Paul sent his kids to the local comprehensive because he’s a man of the people, innit. Stella was in the year below me and I never spoke to her, so she would have no idea who I am and is unlikely to include ‘I went to school with Mark Edwards’ in an article like this. I used to have Paul McCartney’s autograph too (he bought his fruit and veg in my stepdad’s shop) but I lost it, which causes me great pain.
  10. It took me fifteen years of trying to get a book deal. I spent most of my twenties and early thirties writing countless books (I can’t actually remember how many) and although I secured an agent I still couldn’t get a deal. Finally, in 2011, after self-publishing two books with my friend Louise Voss and topping the Kindle charts, I got a deal. That didn’t work out but three years later I found another publisher and now I’m a full-time writer, doing what I always dreamed of.

To read the article on the website, click here.

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