The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis #BookReview

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There’s trouble in paradise . . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy.

It should be paradise. But it’s turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes.

After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?

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Blimey! Let’s skip to the best part right away and let me tell you, this one sure packs a punch in the end. I can’t get over it, I’m still thinking about it! I’ve got a lot of respect for anyone who can figure out how this story will unfold on her own :-).

I can’t say much about the plot, only that Jemma, the main character, wanted to get married for a long time and when it’s finally happened, she doesn’t feel very happy at all. What’s more, the newlyweds have a massive blow-up in front of another couple who are honeymooning in the Maldives too and Jemma doesn’t even remember the rest of the evening, she was so drunk. Her spouse goes missing that same night. Queue the perfect unreliable narrator. What did she say to her new female friend after he stormed off, what did she do? She’s kind of worried about that and that made me edgy too. Suspicion soon falls upon her, from other couples, from the staff in this dreamy resort, from the media who have caught on very quickly and sense a great story to sell.

What struck me as well was that Jemma was so much aware of how she looked and how she had to act in front of other people. I can understand you don’t want the police to scrutinize you but still, it felt strange and it sure added to my doubts if she was to be trusted.

So why did I like this novel but am I not using a thousand superlatives? Well Jemma was a little too erratic in behaviour for me sometimes. She misses her husband, but in other parts of the story she detests him, can’t stand him, hates him even. I had high expectations about what happened to make her very suddenly feel so strongly but honestly I still don’t completely understand. Something did happen but I still don’t feel it should translate to these overly negative feelings towards her hubby.

There are a few twists and turns in this novel and one of them came quite early in the novel which made me almost squeak from surprise because I wasn’t expecting anything to happen so soon in the story. Unfortunately there’s nothing of exitement following this first thrill and there isn’t happening very much at all on the island, it’s pretty much status quo all the time regarding the investigation so even though I still had the burning question that I wanted to know if her husband was dead or alive and if she had anything to do with it, I had nothing but the past and the lead up to their honeymoon to read about. There sure is a lot of drama to be found there. The story unfolds much more in the past than in the present which was intriguing and interesting but I felt the storyline about his disappearance was a bit slow-going and I kind of wanted more intrigue there. You’ll have to wait for it, you’ll probably fervently check how many pages there are left in the novel like I did and then – finally – all will be revealed in an astonishing and gripping ending. My overall conclusion is that The Honeymoon had a really very strong beginning and a truly astonishing ending :-).

One word of advise to those engaged.. I wouldn’t go to The Maldives and plan on reading this novel, it might give you ideas!

If anyone wants to do a bookswap for this one, let me know 😉

Behind Her Back by Jane Lythell #BlogTour #BookReview #QandA

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What’s it about?

Liz Lyon is a television producer and busy single mum to a teenage daughter. She works at StoryWorld, the UK’s favourite morning show. As both confidante and team leader, she is the person tasked with controlling the conflicts and tantrums that flare up off-air. Having just started dating again, she’s also having to deal with a few conflicts and tantrums at home…

Following a blissfully peaceful two-week holiday in Italy, Liz has returned to find a new colleague has joined the station. Lori Kerwell has been brought in to increase the show’s profitability. But Liz is not sure that’s the only thing on Lori’s agenda.

As Lori builds her power base with the bosses, Liz finds herself wondering what’s really going on behind her back…

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About the author

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Jane Lythell worked as a TV producer for 15 years and her two novels Woman of the Hour and Behind her Back take the lid off the TV industry.

She has also written two other novels. After The Storm follows an English couple who get on a small boat with two American strangers to sail to an island after knowing them less then 24 hours. It has been described as Marine Noir, and her debut The Lie of You a portrait of obsession to the point of madness in which a woman tries to destroy her colleague.

Jane Lythell lives in Brighton in the UK and is a sea-lover, star-gazer, film and football fan. After years in television she moved to the British Film Institute as Deputy Director, did one year as Chief Executive of BAFTA (which was miserable) followed by seven years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (which was interesting). She now writes full time.

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Q & A

1. Can you tell me what Behind Her Back is about and why people should absolutely read your new novel?

It’s about backstabbing at the workplace and conflict with a teenage daughter at home. Liz Lyon is a respected but stressed TV producer who has to manage the huge egos of on-screen TV stars and a difficult boss at work. When she returns to her flat, which should be her haven, her daughter Flo gives her a hard time. When Liz starts dating again, Flo deeply resents the new man in her life. Meanwhile at work a new senior employee is making moves against Liz.

Read this if you like a relateable heroine facing work and home conflicts.

2. Your novels have such a realistic feel to them. Is there perhaps an overlap between fact and fiction? Are parts of this novel a bit biographical, like the doubts Liz has and her struggles with teenage daughter Flo?

Absolutely! I worked as a TV producer for fifteen years and was also a lone parent to my daughter. I struggled with this. It was hard to keep the balls up in the air and I felt torn by the competing pressures. Sometimes I felt that I wasn’t doing either role properly. I left working in TV when my daughter Amelia was nine-years-old. I wanted to explore this world and these pressures.

3. There are a lot of secrets and lies in your novel, which is great because nobody wants to read a novel where there’s nothing happening but I’d love to hear what is/was the best part working at a TV station?

There is a feverish and high tempo atmosphere in a TV station that broadcasts live shows and this can breed conflict and drama. The upside is that you feel you are at the centre of things that are happening in the country. You get to hear about books, films, trends and news events before anyone else and this can feel heady. There is also a great sense of camaraderie when the show goes well.

4. If given the choice, would you prefer working for a man or a woman and can you explain why ?

Difficult question because the best boss I ever worked for was a woman who was supportive, fair and generous. But the worst boss I ever worked for was also a woman who was controlling, divisive and did not share the information I needed to do my job! That was very miserable. So I think on balance that I would rather work for a man.

5. Your novels have a psychological side to them and show power games, vicious traits of people etc. Have you ever thought about writing a full-on psychological thriller going even further than you’ve taken it now?

My first two novels were psychological thrillers: The Lie of You and After The Storm. I am fascinated by the psychological states of my characters and like to get inside those characters’ heads so that the reader knows what is really going on as opposed to the image they present to the world. I’m interested in what tips a character into full-blown obsession. This is definitely an area I want to explore further in my books.

6. Is there going to be a third novel? What are your future projects?

There may well be a third Liz Lyon book as I can imagine more storylines about Liz, Julius, Fizzy and Ledley unfolding into the future. I’m very fond of the characters even though they often misbehave! However at the moment a new idea for a book is growing in my mind which I’m keen to develop. This idea is in psychological thriller territory so I may have to think about that next.

7. If you could have a wish come true, how would you like your future to look like? Any more dreams you have?

On a personal level I would love to travel more in South America. I have visited Buenos Aries, when I was working at the Foreign Office. It is such a beautiful city. I’d like to visit Brazil and Chile.

On the writing front I would be thrilled if any of my books made it onto the TV or film screen. My two psychological thrillers have been bought by a production company so fingers crossed.

Review

star three and a half

Behind Her Back is the sequel to Woman of the Hour and includes the same people as in the first novel, with the addition of one newcomer who promises to be the trouble maker of service. I’m talking about Lori, a new employee who waltzes into StoryWorld and does nothing short but take over the place. Her field of expertise is marketing and advertisement and it should stop there but Ms. Powerpoint has all sorts of brilliant ‘ideas’ and of course she gets her way every single time. She wheedles her way in the daily editorial meetings and she wants to have her say about everything. I guess everything can be proven with figures and charts but she certainly forgets about the human aspect, how everything was going smoothly before her arrival, and Liz will have to reconcile and appease different parties again. I don’t think you can blame Liz really for not warming up to her.

I really like the fact that this novel creates quite an intimate atmosphere by the way it was written, I had the impression I was almost reading Liz’ diary with her everyday troubles at work alternated with scenes of her home life. It wasn’t that at home it was all peachy either, she faces challenges on both fronts. I really felt for Liz, apart from her friend Fenton, she doesn’t have anyone to really unwind with. I was happy to see there was some romance in the air but the guy works at a rival station so can you really unburden yourself when he could be using it against you? Is he even really interested in her or more in the scoop about what is going on behind the scenes at StoryWorld ? I was left wondering about that and hoped Liz would be cautious. This led me to wonder as well if their relation would and could survive the fact that she couldn’t open up completely.

It didn’t take but a few pages to be plunged back into the pitpool of egos, and my god do those presenters have egos!, they have egos the size of a country and they have to be handled very carefully. In a very natural evolution there came to be two camps in this novel, camp Fizzy and camp Ledley. Although Ledley had his shortcomings and wasn’t playing fair at some point, I was on his side from the beginning. I felt he didn’t deserve to be treated this way and I came short to acknowledging that Liz really favoured presenter Fizzy, even if it meant grudgingly agreeing Lori had a valid point here. Fizzy is called the ‘Queen of Live TV’ but I didn’t like that she was being placed on such a pedestal. Not to say anything but she was a weather girl in the past so I didn’t understand the special treatment. It bothered me, even though I believe this must be something that is just a given in the tv world. I also didn’t feel much motherly love between Fizzy and her son Zachery which was a shame and only added to my unsympathetic feelings towards her.

Liz is a normal woman facing life’s hardships on her own, she’s a woman who cries and shouts too, she’s not a superwoman like so many heroines in books lately, so this was definitely refreshing to read. If you like to see how her life unfolds with ups and downs and get a little peek at the inner workings of the entertainment section of a TV station, you’ll enjoy this novel, it feels all too realistic. As Behind Her Back offers a little recap here and there about what happened in the first novel, I’d advise to read that one first if you’re interested, although this one can certainly be read as a standalone as well.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, Head of Zeus, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas #BookReview

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What’s it about?

She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.

But she can’t hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?

Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what she did.

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As a reader of so many thrillers each year it’s not so easy to find a novel with a great plottwist that I didn’t see coming, but boy this one certainly hit it off! Oww yes, you are going to love Last Seen Alive if you enjoyed Claire Douglas’ previous novel Local Girl Missing! Even if they are completely different stories, you’ll experience the same exhilarating feeling when reading this. You are led to believe – again – that the story is a pretty straightforward one but I can assure you that you don’t know anything ;-).

I’m not going to lie, the first part of the story is a storyline which you’ll find in other novels as well, Libby is seeing things that don’t add up, suspicion is all around. Ms. Douglas is doing the legwork for the brilliant plotting in part 2 and 3 of this novel and this first part is very relevant is all I can say. I was totally invested in the lives of Libby and James and I did my best to try and figure out what was going on and who was to be suspected in this story but I still didn’t see IT before I was told in the second big break in this novel. I really like it that the author also included Libby’s own thoughts and theories and suspicions, making the character really think for herself and cleverly showing all the possibilities there are and so creating very subtly the seeds of suspicion. If you’re like me, all you’ll probably do is nod your head and think that’s exactly what I was thinking. Well you’re going to do a double-take when you find out how this plotline is going to develop. That’s a promise I make :-).

The prologue of the novel alone is to die for. It’s not even a page long but raises soooo many questions and is a brilliant set up for the rest of this novel! A lifeless body, a woman standing over him, one question on her lips, was she seen killing her husband?

All through the first part of the novel, when Libby and James are in Cornwall enjoying a little in promptu vacation after a few tumultuous weeks, I was wondering what could have happened to this couple to have brought this on, I kept going back to that prologue in my head. They are so wonderful and happy together and I couldn’t for the life of me imagine what could make Libby kill her husband. How well do you really know a person though? Who’s keeping secrets? Libby sees strange things in Cornwall… is someone really taking pictures of her husband? Who’s standing in the back yard of the holiday cottage?  When they get back home the situation escalates even further. Could I keep on denying that the ever so friendly and kind James had some (dirty little) secrets? Libby doesn’t want to believe he did anything wrong but puuuhlease ;-). Argh Ms. Douglas sets the stage and she’ll go in for the cut in part 2 and 3. I had the whole situation judged and catalogued and I was finding myself out of my depth suddenly with the major turn of events.

Well the second part of the novel, where Libby revisits her past at the age of 21 and right before she met James, shows she has some secrets of her own. I already knew she had some bad memories about her trip to Thailand but didn’t realise it ran so deep. Secrets I didn’t come to expect from this teacher, someone who seems to be born to teach children. The twist is really well done!

The third part is confession time in the present, time to get all the secrets out on the table and she’s going to have to spill it all to the police when the body in the back yard is discovered. There’s lots more fun to come when they try to make Libby confess and she has to come clean about everything. I really appreciate the amazing plotting Ms. Douglas has done. I seriously love this author! The only downside is that this is one of those books that you’ll always remember the twist of ;-).

Without any doubt, I highly recommend reading this one and I think you’ll see it on my favorite list of this year! I already look forward to the next novel!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, Penguin Books, in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Night Stalker by Clare Donoghue #BookReview

 

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Dead Woman’s Ditch. The site of a grisly two-hundred-year-old murder – and a recent hit and run. When a young woman’s body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset’s Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate.

They find a community gripped by fear and superstition. The locals won’t venture out at night, believing there’s a man stalking the hills; a phantom cloaked in folklore and legend, keeping the sinister legacy of Dead Woman’s Ditch alive.

Confronted by a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to their own squad, Lockyer and Bennett will have to accept what they can’t see before they can find what’s really there . . .

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Dead Woman’s Ditch, Great Bear, Will’s Neck, Frog Combe.. this is Shervage Woods, the incredible atmospheric setting of this story. Imagine driving home through the winding hills, passing cattle grids, the weather cold with rain hammering down and snow falling all around. A small village where the land still lends itself to ghost tales and plenty of legends, the one with John Walford not even nearly forgotten.

Dead Woman’s Ditch is the place where a woman, Jane, was killed in 1798 by her husband John Walford. A decade old murder finds root in a present case when there’s a woman found dead at the same place and the local population goes on and on about a link between the deaths. Other than the place there’s nothing that binds them, Walford is long dead, and yet. DI Lockyer doesn’t believe in legends and superstitions but the deeper he digs, the more stories he hears and he has to wonder if there really is a connection.

DI Mike Lockyer and DS Jane Bennett are assigned to the case in Somerset because there’s a London connection. In reality though he has to take control of the investigation without the present DI Bill Townsend knowing so. It seems people higher up aren’t very convinced about his competence and Lockyer has to agree, 3 days in and the investigation still stands nowhere. Townsend is convinced the girl was killed in a hit and run at best, but Lockyer conducts the investigation like it should, leaving no stone unturned and he discovers way way more than he bargained for. At the same time there’s also the voice of Steph, a young girl who has the feeling she’s being followed and is scared of driving home at night. Nobody takes her fears seriously though so she’s left to buckle up and just get on with it. I had the strongest sense of foreboding and if I could have spurred the team on myself I seriously would have.

I had no idea how this story was going to play out for such a long time, I kept wrecking my brain who could be behind all of this. I thought I paid attention to detail and figured it all out by myself while they were still fumbling about. I was dead wrong. I can’t say anything anymore than that I fell from surprise into surprise into surprise. No typo, it’s exactly what I mean. The middle part of the novel was maybe a little bit of nothing really big happening at all but it all came rushing down in one spectacular cascade. The ending of this case was great! Now I know why I loved the first novel so much again too, such a great reveal.

This novel can be read as a standalone but I read novel 1 and now number 4 and I advise you to do the same so that you can place the personal lives of Lockyer and Bennett better.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, PanMacmillan, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Zodiac by Sam Wilson #BookReview

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What’s it about?

In a society divided along Zodiac lines, status is cast at birth – and binding for life.

When seemingly random murders plague the city, is it a rebellion against the system or the work of a twisted serial killer? Zodiac is an imaginative and gripping thriller from debut author Sam Wilson.

Even for the most experienced detectives, every once in a while a murder can shake them to the core. Like when the Chief of Police is killed in his own home.

For Detective Jerome Burton, catching the killer will change his life forever.

Because this murder is only the first piece of a vast and twisted puzzle made of secrets, lies and tragedy.

The signs are everywhere. But is the truth written in the stars or hiding in the shadows?

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star three and a half

I really wanted to read this novel when I saw the stunning cover with that caption line. Those who know me won’t be surprised though if I tell that I really never read dystopian books. The first and last one I read was years ago and didn’t really appeal to me in the end. So it might be even more suprising if I say that I actually enjoyed Zodiac.

A lot of it of course is the merit of this really interesting concept of a society based on different signs and the idea that you can’t treat people of different signs the same way because people of different signs behave differently. Sounds plausible right ;-)? Right, until of course there’s a whole hierarchy based upon this principle and some signs are regarded more highly than others. This novel focuses mainly on 2, 3 signs: being a Capricorn or a Taurus brings you a good status, but the lowest sign of all is Aries. They are prone to violence, they live in bad neighbourhoods, they are the most unemployed and the biggest population in prison are Aries too. But then of course they get caught most because – according to some – they are sought out, a stop and search for them is the new norm. One of them who raises his voice against the oppression of his sign is Solomon Mahout, leader of Aries Rising. On the other side there’s also the RAM Squad, a special unit set up to control the Aries population.

I read it all with a lot of interest and really didn’t think I could get lost in this world as much as I did. There is an overview about each sign before the novel kicks-off. I was apprehensive about what I would find further on in the novel because the mention of a sci-fi and fantasy culture didn’t seem like it was talking about me as a Virgo. In the novel itself I did find one reference to my own sign that sounds more like it though ;-):

Virgos […] were smart and interesting and independent, but they were often so socially blunt that talking to them was like boxing.

Anyway, onto the story itself. The first murder victim they find was working at the police force in one of the highest ranks. Detective Jerome Burton is assigned to the investigation and gets help from astrologer Lindi Childs. She’s going to see if the murderer’s profile fits based on his birth charts. Riiiight. Queue my sigh ;-). Thankfully the weight of this approach wasn’t hanging over the novel at all :-). Burton has his own personal struggles too, about his sign and about the sign his unborn child will be born into. Children will be born sooner to get the right sign but that might have consequences for its health too of course. Of course there’s also fraud with birth certificates and there’s even a school, The True Signs Academy, for children who have to learn the necessary code of behaviour to fit into their sign then. There was obviously put a lot of thought in all of this and it’s strange but I was completely loving this!

At the same time there’s a guy (capricorn) Daniel who stumbled upon a secret his father kept from him and is following his own investigation with the help of some Aries kid he ran into. Until suddenly someone Burton interviews leads them to the same place. The thing that confused me a little were these two plotlines and it took me quite a while to realise that they don’t start out at the same time.. the plotline with Daniel starts much earlier than the other one but that wasn’t made clear, it’s actually years ago in the past and it’s only towards the ending that they are both coming together gloriously in the present.

The last part of the novel held threats, danger and quite a bit of battle and action. Unfortunately, I still didn’t grasp all that well what the murders were about in the end and I found that the motive for the murders wasn’t explained thoroughly enough. Personally, I found the world-building and everything in it a little more interesting than some people’s fantastical ideas but then it might be just me, so don’t let that put you off.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Broken Branches by Jonathan Lee #BookReview

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‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

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Wow! I was a little bit afraid of a plotline centered around a curse – it sounded a little bit too fantastical already for me and I hadn’t even started it – but I can tell you that I didn’t need worrying. Yes of course there’s this talk of a curse, something that is passed on from generation to generation, from father to son, and even when it wasn’t clear from the beginning what this curse really entails, it was obvious that the tree in this novel is tied to it. The tree is important in the past and present, it is described often and detailed and fed the creepy feeling that goes along with a curse, yet it didn’t dominate the story too much, it was verging but never over the top in his creation of a kind of surreal atmosphere.

I’m just going with a brief outline here: the main characters are Ian and Rachel. She’s acting strange, distant, they don’t talk anymore, she sleeps alone.. you get the drift. He’s researching his family history, a tedious job. He hopes to find answers there and get their marriage back on the rails, if he ever gets through the stacks and stacks of paper in his study. Weird things are happening, it’s all very mysterious and I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. Even though there were a lot of confusing events and no real answers, I didn’t even understand what he was trying to do compiling a family tree, it never annoyed me and I was and became invested in Ian’s life, even more so after he shared so many about his youth.

I really liked the character of Louisa, his grandmother, the most. She’s like a little ray of light in his past and it seems she was the only one friendly to him in his childhood and as a young adult. She’s straightforward, honest, righteous, kind. The contrast between her and his own parents was so big I felt it in my bones, the unfairness of it all.

I had no shortage of (in hindsight quite rediculous) theories about what was going on but had to give the story its time to unfold by its own accord.

I was pretty astonished when I realised right at the very end of the novel what the author just told me. He took this idea, something that is a delicate thing, but not all that uncommon, and created a perfect plotline around it. This is a memorable story. It was poignant, honest, and it had me under its spell.

I received a free copy of this novel from publisher Hideaway Fall in exchange for my honest opinion.

Brothers and Sisters by Adele O’Neill #BlogTour #Guestpost

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About the book

Nothing remains buried forever… What would you do to protect the ones you love?

A gripping, highly emotive story of love, survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty. Perfect for the fans of Kathryn Hughes and Dorothy Koomson.

When human remains are found on Fitzpatrick Estate, Detective Kelly is drawn deep into the complex web of Fitzpatrick family secrets as Timothy and his sister Rose, now in their sixties, are catapulted into the centre of the investigation.

When the pathology report identifies the remains as that of their uncle, Patrick Fitzpatrick, missing from Fitzpatrick Estate since 1970, they scramble to protect their past.

What would you do to protect the ones you love?

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Having lived and worked in the UK and Dublin since college, Adele now lives in her hometown of Arklow, Co. Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland, with her husband and two teenage daughters. She writes overlooking the Irish Sea and is an active member of the Wexford Literary Festival committee.

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When your Characters have a mind of their own

When I first began to write Brothers and Sisters and the dark tale of sibling loyalty and the lengths we would go to, to protect the ones we love, I had a plan. A well-researched plan that brought me from the depths of Kilkenny checking the acidity of the soil to the corporate offices of London and Dublin, and plenty of other places in between. My characters were imagined and created with detail and purpose, the perfect narrators of a story that spanned five decades. My plot was riddled with impossible choices that resulted in devastating outcomes. All the makings of an un-put-down-able story, what can be the problem with that, I hear you say?

My characters decided how the story was going to end, that’s the problem. The devastating outcome that I spoke about and the perfectly planned and meticulously plotted ending that I had imagined wasn’t happening all because my characters had a say.

Liken it if you will to the development of your child. The parent being the author and the character being the child.  You plan and fantasise about how wonderful they will be, you anticipate their arrival with excited musings of their future. You nurture and nourish them, investing your time and energy giving them every chance to become fully formed contributing individuals and then one day, everything you have hoped for them, everything you have wished for them happens, they become independent, will-full thinkers, the architects of their own destiny. My characters grew and developed a mind of their own, they had a plan for how this story was to unfold and who was I to tell them otherwise.

Normally, the writing process for me is planned, organised and researched. Before I place a finger on the keyboard, I like to know who I’m working with. What my character’s motivations are, what they like and don’t like and where their limits lie just so I can push them a little past it. I like to know where the characters are coming from and where they’re going to end up so when Rose and her brother Tim had other ideas for the devastating outcome and who was going to be on the receiving end of it, I was as surprised as I hope all the readers of Brothers and Sisters will be. I shouldn’t complain though, it was their loyalty to each other, the loyalty and bond that I imagined for them that put us on this detour.

If I had one piece of advice to other writers it is this; listen to what your characters have to say, you may be as surprised as you want your reader to be!

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