*Blog Tour* Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall


*Many thanks to Lisa Hall and HQ Stories for my review copy*

Today I’m delighted to have not only a review, but a Q&A with lovely Lisa🙂

About the book:

Don’t. Trust. Anyone.

It was supposed to be a fresh start.

A chance to forget the past and embrace the future.

But can you ever really start again?

Or does the past follow you wherever you go…

You can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

About the author:

Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.

Readers can follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaHallAuthor

My thoughts:

I read and LOVED Between You And Me by Lisa Hall earlier this year. I was blown away by it to be honest! I was super excited to get an early review copy of Tell Me No Lies to read, and I know I was a little apprehensive that it may not live up to BYAM. I needn’t have worried because Tell Me No Lies was absolutely brilliant!

Psychological thrillers are the BIG thing this year. There has been a glut of them and I read so many, that unless there is something special in there, they all blur into one when I try to remember anything about them. Lisa’s books have the something special and then some!

Tell Me No Lies starts out innocuously enough, but just as with a spider web and a fly, the reader gets pulled in and cannot escape the inevitable. I devoured this book, I didn’t want to put it down. At times I had to remind myself to relax as my body was knotted with tension at some parts of the book.

When I finished, both angry and breathless in equal measure, I had to message Lisa with a shouty emoji message!!! I just couldn’t comprehend what I had read! In the best way possible obviously! I won’t go into the plot, especially seeing as how the blurb is quite ambiguous, but I will say it’s absolutely an excellent book!

Tell Me No Lies has most of what I look for in a psychological thriller. A great cast of characters, a fast-paced plot, tension and frustration in equal measure! I loved it, really LOVED it. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Q&A with Lisa Hall…..


Bookish ones first:


Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?


It was super quick! I submitted the first three chapters of my manuscript at the end of September, and two weeks later received a phone call from my now editor, asking me to send her the rest of the book. A week later, she contacted me to offer me a two-book deal!


What made you choose to write a psychological thriller?


I didn’t set out to write a psychological thriller – it just turned out that way. I always thought if I wrote a book it would be more of a chick-lit/women’s fiction novel, so I was quite surprised when things went the way they did.


How would you describe Tell Me No Lies to readers who have yet to pick it up?


I’d like to say it’s a gripping read, and hopefully those who have read it will agree! It’s a story that looks at how well we know the people we let into our lives – I tend to take people at face value, and I wanted to look at what would happen if a character let someone into her life who perhaps wasn’t the person she thought they were.


What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?


There are so many good things about being an author! Meeting readers and getting to spend my day making things up feature pretty highly.


What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?


It’s always hard to receive negative reviews – that’s probably my least favourite thing. I found them really upsetting at first, but now I just don’t bother to read them!


Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?


I’m happy where I am right now, so hopefully I’ll still be doing this – I’ve got a brilliant team behind me at HQ, and I’ve got a ton of ideas. I’ll keep writing all the time people want to keep reading me!


What’s next for you?


I’ve just submitted book three to my editor, so I’m waiting on edits and working on a little secret project while I’m waiting, plus I’m starting to research book four. Then there are the characters dancing around in my head, begging to be put into book five….


Less bookish questions:


Can you tell me your all-time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?


Gone with the Wind is my all-time favourite book, and I’ve re-read it a million times. It’s like a reading version of comfort food for me – the ultimate love-story, but with a fantastically feisty heroine.


Have there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?


Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker. It’s a brilliant, brilliant novel, with a perfect sense of location and some amazing characters, all woven together with secrets and lies. If you haven’t read it yet, you really should.  


When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?


Reading, mostly! I don’t get a lot of spare time, as I have lots of children and lots of animals, so any spare time I do get I like to chill out with a good book.


Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?


I don’t have time for hobbies! As I still work part-time for our family business, by the time I’ve squeezed my writing time in and fed my children I’m ready for bed!


What’s your favourite holiday destination?


New York, hands down. We went for the first time this year and I just fell in love with the whole place.


Favourite food?


I’m a fiend for the cheese. Any cheese.


Favourite drink?


I’m a big tea drinker, but I won’t say no to a glass of wine!


Huge thanks to Lisa for answering my random questions, and writing all-round AWESOME books!!!🙂

Rebecca Bradley Guest Post

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to have the lovely Rebecca Bradley joining me on the blog today. Rebecca has written an excellent guest post on Sexism in Modern Policing which I get to share with you guys!

Rebecca has recently published a novella, Three Weeks Dead, which is a prequel for the DI Hannah Robbins series and you can get your copy by clicking HERE.

And click HERE to have  look at Rebecca Bradley’s Amazon page and her books!

About the book:

How far would you go if someone took your wife?

Especially, if you buried her a week ago.

When Jason Wells is faced with this scenario, he is confronted with the prospect of committing a crime that will have far-reaching consequences.

Can young DC Sally Poynter get through to him before he crosses that line, or does a desperate husband prove to be the case she won’t ever forget?


About Rebecca Bradley:

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.

Sign up to the newsletter, on the blog at rebeccabradleycrime.com, for exclusive content and giveaways.


And without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Rebecca…

Sexism in Modern Day Policing


Firstly, I want to thank Kate for having me on the blog today, especially after a bit of a mix up with dates thanks to a hastily arranged medical procedure throwing  me off kilter, making me forget to write this! So, thank you for still having me Kate.


I’m a medically retired police detective, having served for 16 years before retirement. I worked 8 years in uniform and 8 years as a plain clothes detective in a specialist unit.


I asked Kate if she’d be interested in this topic because in Three Weeks Dead, the novella I’ve just released, my DC, Sally Poynter, starts her first shifts on the Major Crimes Unit and faces a misogynistic colleague. It got me to wondering what the perception was of sexism in modern day policing – would my story of it be believed?


So, with that in mind, I thought I’d write a blog piece. A behind the scenes look, if you will, because there have been plenty of news articles on the topic over the years. Only in August of this year, ex-Chief Constable of Northumbria, Sue Sim stated that there was a ‘sexist, money-grabbing, boys’ club culture’ within her own force. This is a 2016 news article not 1980s sentiment as you might imagine. Examples in the press tend to be the extremes, though. The big cases that involve outlandish statements or large sums of monies when women sue forces for sexism. I wanted to give a personal view, a personal working experience.


This is that.


I joined the police in 1999. My tutor was a long-serving male officer and a nicer officer/man, you couldn’t wish to meet. I was incredibly lucky to be sent out onto the streets with him as my guide. With (we’ll call him Derek) Derek, I got to hear about how life in the police was in the ‘old days’. He used to love to tell me the tales about how women officers never even used to be allowed into the main station, they had their own shed to work from which was set up in the car park. Can you believe that, they had a shed to work from? And their work was to look after the women and children. If you look at it from that point of view, then women in the police service has moved on considerably.


As a probationary constable, I was treated as part of the team, right from my first day. But, there was one officer, who, when we went out together, said to me once, and I’ve never forgotten it – ‘If someone does a runner, I’ll give you my hat to hold while I run after them.’


Well, I’m not a shy retiring flower. I gave him some earache and as soon as we were back in the station I made sure everyone else knew so they could give him earache. It wasn’t malicious, not on his part or on mine. We ribbed him about the stupidity of his comment and that was how I dealt with it. I was lucky to work with a great group of people.


I was also very lucky to be told during a discussion one evening that one of the guys would rather go into a fight (pub fight or some other similar public disorder incident) with me than some of the other male choices he had. My early years were positive and I didn’t see – other than one stupid, but not malicious male – misogyny.


But, that’s it, isn’t it? Does sexism have to be malicious to cause harm to its subject? Or does the hapless, speak-before-they-think, male, still fall into this category? I don’t think hat-holder meant to offend, he was a lovely guy in every other way, but I do think he considered himself the better option to go off during the chase.


Other than the early incidents (there may have been a couple with hat-holder), I never saw my career being hampered or held up because of my gender. My health was doing enough of that for me in later years!


What I did notice though, was how female officers of rank were talked about. How they dressed, wore their hair and even how they smelled were perfectly acceptable discussion points. In fact, these were practically all that were mentioned rather than work issues. Women in such a strong work environment are fighting to be seen on an equal footing. Don’t let it fool you that we have female Chief Constables and females of higher ranks so women must be winning the fight for equality within the walls of policing, because these women have worked hard to get where they are, but I’m betting you, someone, somewhere, below them, is discussing what they’re wearing (if in plain clothes) how they’re styling their hair and how they smell – women wear perfume, get over it.


No, I didn’t find myself up against sexism, but had my health allowed me to progress the promotion ladder, I most certainly would have been discussed in terms of all the above when out of earshot, rather than what it was we were working on.


This is not acceptable and policing has a long way to go to have women on a real equal footing. There is still education to be done amongst the lower ranks about women and their progression. I adored the job, but it doesn’t mean I’m blind to its flaws.


Within the police there are a couple of associations, the Black Police Association, and Women’s Police Association to name a couple. What I regularly heard from white males, was why wasn’t there a white male association. Many just don’t understand the difficulties facing women (or black/minority ethnic officers), they see that women are now progressing, but they don’t notice the underlying problems that are still there. That women officers might need the support of fellow women officers. That if there wasn’t an issue in the first place the associations wouldn’t have existed. According to Gov.uk 2015 only 30% of the police service is made up of women and of those only 21% are Chief Inspector or above.


While some women may have broken through the glass ceiling in policing and made it all the way to Chief Constable level, the way in which they are perceived by their peers and subordinates, is another issue entirely.


Women in policing – there is a long way to go. There is still work to do. And it’s work that everyone, women included need to be a part of. There is sexism in the police service, but it’s not always as overt as you’d expect it to be. Now it needs to be brought out from the shadows and all officers just do the job and love it, regardless of the gender they are or the gender of those they work with, below or above.

Huge thanks to Rebecca for taking the time to come up with such an interesting guest post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading that, and getting a glimpse into her time working in the police.

I was lucky enough to be a part of Rebecca’s previous blog tour too, and you can click the link below to have a look at another great post!

Rebecca Bradley *Guest Post*


*Blog Tour* Inside The Whispers by A. J. Waines


*Many thanks to A. J. Waines for my review copy*

About the book:

Where the most dangerous place – is inside your own head…

Following a London Tube disaster, three traumatised survivors turn to clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby, for help – but she’s mystified when their stories don’t add up. Her confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they start committing suicide.

When her partner, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what is causing them and a mysterious and chilling crime begins to unravel.

Then the flashbacks begin for Sam…

The first book in the Dr Samantha Willerby Series, INSIDE THE WHISPERS is a tense, haunting Psychological Thriller that will leave your nerves in shreds.

Purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

Inside The Whispers by A. J. Waines

About the Author:

*AJ WAINES is a Number One Bestselling Author with over a *Quarter of a Million* copies sold worldwide*

AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers and is a Kindle (KDP) TOP 10 ‘MOST-READ AUTHOR’ in UK (2016). Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, gaining a rare insight into abnormal and criminal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards!

*GIRL ON A TRAIN – a Number One BESTSELLER in the UK and Australian Kindle Charts*

*THE EVIL BENEATH – reached Number 1 in ‘Murder’ and ‘Psychological Thrillers’ in the UK Kindle Charts.*

*DARK PLACE TO HIDE – reached Number 1 in ‘Vigilante Justice’.*

*NO LONGER SAFE – sold 30,000 copies in the first month in 12 countries and went to Number 1 in ‘Murder’, ‘Serial Killers’ & ‘Crime Noir’, in UK & US.*

The first four books [The Evil Beneath, Girl on a Train, Dark Place to Hide & No Longer Safe] are standalones and can be read in any order. Inside the Whispers is the first in a new series, featuring Clinical Psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

AJ Waines has traditional publishing deals in France, Germany (Random House) and USA (audiobooks) and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times newspapers. She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband.

Q&A with A. J. Waines

Bookish ones first:


Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?

Having worked as a psychotherapist for 15 years, I’ve always been interested in the way people think – their secrets, motives and the lies they tell! Finding myself heading towards burnout a few years ago, I decided to use my background and have a go at writing a psychological thriller. I managed to get a top agent on the basis of that first book, although it never went anywhere in the end and is still in a drawer. With subsequent books I’ve been incredibly lucky, securing deals abroad and a strong readership on Amazon with sales in thirteen countries – although the ride never ceases to be bumpy!


What made you choose to write psychological thrillers?

I’ve always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and having worked with ex-convicts from institutions such as Broadmoor, I wanted to use my experience of the ‘criminal’ mind in my fiction. Having said that the most interesting part for me is the ‘mystery’ element – sending the reader on a labyrinthine journey looking for clues as to what on earth’s going on! Inside the Whispers is more of a ‘why’ and ‘how dun it’, than a ‘who dun it’, because in this book, I was more interested in the motives and background to the crime and indeed whether a crime had been committed at all.


How would you describe Inside The Whispers to readers who have yet to pick it up?

It’s an intense, tormenting book introducing my new series character, clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby. She’s mystified when three traumatised survivors of the same London Tube fire turn to her for help and start recounting what happened to them  – only their stories don’t add up. Much to her horror, one by one they start committing suicide. When Sam’s partner, Conrad, starts suffering the same nightmares and flashbacks, she panics – and the race is on to solve the devious mystery behind the smokescreen…


What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

As a ‘hybrid’ author (published both traditionally and independently), I love the variety involved. It’s very rewarding having control over all aspects of the publishing process, such as designing blog posters, banners and publicity and working closely with my cover designer.


What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

The uncertainty is very hard for me, as I love things to be clearcut! I also find proofreading the final copy of a manuscript really tough – I have copy-editors, beta-readers and proofreaders on the way, but in the end the final version is down to me. By that stage, the words just blur into mush and it’s so hard to spot errors.


Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

I’m so blessed that I can earn a living from my writing and I just want to carry on until I run out of ideas. I hope to develop and improve everything I can – plotting, character development, style, pace – everything, but above all, enjoy the process.


What’s next for you?

I’ve just moved house and for the next month I’ve got workmen tramping in and out, taking windows out and decorating etc. It’s hard to work when all that’s going on, but my intention is to begin editing the next book in the Sam Willerby series, Lost in the Lake, which is due out in summer 2017.


Less bookish questions:


Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

Hard to find just one, but I think it would have to be the book I first read when I was about eleven, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I love padlocks and keys to hidden places and cottage gardens – and there’s a beautiful transformation in the book on several levels.


Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

Tons! Tell No One by Harlan Coben is a cracker of a read, as are The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, A Simple Plan by Scott Smith and Zoe Heller’s brilliant Notes on a Scandal. I certainly wish I’d written any one of them and more!


When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

My husband is a great cook, so I love wining and dining. I also love walking anywhere where there is water: lakes, rivers, the seashore. I love films, tv dramas and reading (of course).


Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

I like gardening, Pilates and yoga and from my therapy days, keeping a journal is key to my mental health! It helps me to stay focused, up-beat and mindful.


What’s your favourite holiday destination?

I don’t go on holiday much – I get terribly sick in cars and boats etc. I love trains though and visiting Pompeii when I did ‘Interrail’ as a teenager was incredible – the way a whole city was frozen in time, engulfed by lava. New York was freezing when I visited and I spent almost the entire time in bed with flu. In Rome, last year, I picked up a stomach bug and the same thing happened, so I don’t seem to have much luck, but I’ll keep trying!


Favourite food?

I’m vegetarian and adore Mediterranean food – anything with garlic and aubergine.


Favourite drink?

A strong Pimms with oodles of fruit!

My thoughts:

Having read and loved No Longer Safe by A.J. Waines I was really excited to be able to read Inside The Whispers, which is the first in the new Sam Willerby series. I had read the blurb so needless to say I was suitably intrigued to see what direction A. J. Waines was going to go in this new series.

While I enjoyed Inside The Whispers, I found that at times it fell just a little flat for me. I loved the premise and I really liked Sam. I found her empathy and caring nature very endearing. I’m not used to books where the main character isn’t in mortal danger so this was quite an interesting departure for me.

Inside The Whispers is a slow-burner as regards a psychological thriller. This is by no means a bad thing. The author has paid great attention to her characters and she builds them up nicely throughout the novel. Some, like Sam, will play to the readers empathy, and others will be on the other end of the spectrum.

I don’t like discussing the plot in-depth, and here is no different. Inside The Whispers is, at times, a tense read. I enjoyed how A. J. Waines has created a foundation for the series. While it didn’t fully grab me, it is nonetheless a good start to what could be a promising series featuring Sam Willerby and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next novel.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, and books that make you ask why as opposed to who, then I would definitely recommend Inside The Whispers!

*Blog Tour* PsychoAnalysis by V. R. Stone


About the book:

A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.”

Get your copy by clicking the link below:

PsychoAnalysis by V. R. Stone

About the author:

V.R. Stone loves crime stories – The Silence of The Lambs, The Sopranos, American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Shutter Island – movies, TV shows and books featuring cynical cops, femmes fatale, gangsters and serial killers. Thrills, twists and violence – that’s what he craves. Give him a well-crafted tale featuring compelling characters on the wrong side of the law and he’ll be a happy man.

He really does have an unhealthy fascination with bags of money, drug running and people getting shot, stabbed and strangled. But he doesn’t have the guts to set up a protection racket in his leafy London suburb, rob a bank or empty a clip into the back of anyone’s head. So he sits alone in a room and writes crime thrillers.

When he’s not busy with that, he works in the City of London and spends time with his very patient wife and very impatient children.

You can connect with V.R. at:



Ellen’s Review:

As soon as  I read the blurb for this book and saw the bloody, Rorschach inspired cover art I knew I would love it!


The killer is revealed within the first few pages so no spoilers when I say it’s about a female serial killer; not a common subject matter. Sarah Silver is a high flying hedge fund manager by day and ruthless man hunter (literally!) by night. I know I shouldn’t have liked her but I did and part of me was rooting for her to get away with her heinous deeds. You can sense her unravelling as the story progresses and her acts become increasingly depraved.  She thinks she wants to be cured but can she ever be trusted?


Martin White is a likeable, run-down detective. Although damaged in his own way, he is determined to crack this case.


Dr Karl Gross is a psychologist specialising in celebrities and serial killers. Could he be the one to cure Sarah? With his own “personal” interests he often made me feel uncomfortable.


A cracking story which has everything I love in a psychological thriller, this is the debut novel from VR Stone and I can’t wait to read more. I will be recommending this book for a long time and have already assigned it the hashtag #alltheawesome

Have a look at the fab book trailer here:

PsychoAnalysis Book Trailer

Make sure to catch up with the blog tour too!


Weekly Wrap Up Oct 15th

Hey everyone,

It’s weekly wrap up time. Funnily enough, as I type this, its only Saturday which means I actually had some time to get organised! Now if only I could figure out how to stretch out time so I could read all of the books I need to… 🙈📚

This week was quiet enough with reading again. I managed to read 3 books, maybe 4 by the time this gets posted! So roughly 134/135 books read this year so far!

Anyway, as regards blog posts this past week, I had 5 posts. A relatively low key week but I think that’ll all change in the coming weeks as I’ve got loads coming up!

This week I read and reviewed the latest Mel Sherratt:


The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

I had two blog tours on Thursday and Friday for James Carol and Graham Smith:

*Blog Tour* The Killing Game by JS Carol

*Blog Tour* I Know Your Secret by Graham Smith

I snuck in a review for a 2017 release that you all need to read if you love psych thrillers:


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough 2017 WatchList

And last but by no means least, I was on the blog tour for Anne Coates and her new book, Dancers in the wind:


*Blog Tour* Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates


Next week there’s some more great blog tours here:

My ever-wonderful guest reviewer Ellen is on the tour for PsychoAnalysis by V. R. Stone.


I have Rebecca Bradley joining me on the blog again with a guest post as part of the Three Weeks Dead publication blog tour.


I’m also on the blog tour for A. J. Waines and her forthcoming book Inside The Whispers!

So! That’s been my week and what’s coming up here next week too!

How has you’re week been? Have you read anything I need to know about?? 😉📚

*Blog Tour* Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates and I’m delighted to have a great guest post from Anne herself!

About the book:

Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Webridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognizable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realize that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah must expose the truth—and stay alive.

You can order your copy by clicking the link below:

Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates


About the author:

For most of her working life in publishing, Anne has had a foot in both camps as a writer and an editor, moving from book publishing to magazines and then freelancing in both.

Having edited both fiction and narrative non-fiction, Anne has also had short stories published in a variety of magazines including Bella and Candis and is the author of seven non-fiction books.

Born in Clapham, Anne returned to London after graduating and has remained there ever since. In an attempt to climb out of her comfort zone, Anne has twice “trod the boards” – as Prince Bourgrelas in Ubu Roi when a student and more recently as a nun in a local murder mystery production. She also sings periodically in a local church choir and is relieved when she begins and finishes at the same time – though not necessarily on the same note – as everyone else. Needless to say, Anne will not be giving up her day job as an editor and writer.

Telling stories is Anne’s first love and nearly all her short fiction as well as Dancers in The Wind began with a real event followed by a “what if …” That is also the case with the two prize-winning 99Fiction.net stories: Codewords and Eternal Love.

Anne is currently working on the sequel to Dancers in the Wind.


Hannah and me – how far is the protagonist Hannah Weybridge a reflection of AC?


Hannah Weybridge resides in my house – or rather my house as it was some twenty years or so ago. She also lives in my mind, choosing facets of me she likes and discarding what she considers to be my failings and weaknesses. So I have created some new ones for her!


Hannah is a freelance journalist, a single mother with a young baby daughter living in East Dulwich, London. So far so similar.


And, in fact, the interviews Hannah conducts for The News at King’s Cross at the beginning of Dancers in the Wind, are based on ones I was commissioned to write. I have obviously fictionalised them and to be honest the young woman I interviewed must sadly be long dead as she was a heavy drugs user.

In the 90s, (my novel begins in 1993) as a freelance journalist, I worked subbing shifts and wrote features for the News of the World colour supplement. In those days the redtop Sunday was quite a crusading newspaper and some of my friends worked on stories which exposed rackets and people who were exploiting others.


But it was also big on celebrities – some who fared better than others. I remember one story written by a fellow journo about an ageing actress who was “a national treasure”. The story was spiked as the revelations it contained would have been distressing for her and her fans. It was my first experience of how newspapers manipulate public opinion by what they omitted to publish. This happens to one of Hannah’s stories but for a very different reason.


The interview with the prostitute and police officer I wrote was never published as the features editor thought it was too sad. Other commissions were less emotionally draining and did see the light of day.


I also wrote for a range of magazines and newspapers including house magazines some of which have now ceased publication as has the News of the World but for rather different reasons! I fared better than Hannah in that I was having my short stories accepted for publication in Bella, Candis and other magazines. During this time I also started writing non-fiction books for various publishers.


By basing Hannah’s character on some of my experiences, I was writing about a world I knew. The location is London – a city I love and where I have lived for most of my life. However what I have enjoyed most when writing was putting Hannah in dangerous situations, which I have never encountered and that would have had me running for the hills.


I think every writer uses part of their own DNA for characters in their books. Playing around with my own prejudices and preconceptions has been fascinating for me but what I sincerely hope is that readers discover a well-rounded character they would like to get to know better.


Hannah’s life is deeply scarred by her experiences in Dancers. What she faces in the sequel, Death’s Silent Judgement, is done under the shadow of evil from book one…


Fortunately I live an altogether more harmonious life.

Huge thanks to Anne for joining me on the blog today!🙂

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough 2017 WatchList

As a book blogger, I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to read books that aren’t out for a while, Behind Her Eyes is one such book, and it’s definitely one to add to your wishlist…

There’s a reason this book has the hashtag #WTFthatending.

About the book:

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their world, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far someone might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough


About the author:

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, adult and YA author. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough


My thoughts:

I had seen Behind Her Eyes popping up on social media months ago and I knew I had to read it and the lovely folks at Harper Collins sent me over a proof copy. Needless to say I dropped everything else and started reading it immediately.

This book is everything I look for and more in a psychological thriller. It is menacing, chilling and gripping in equal measure. The characterisation is absolutely spot on, and the plot is just stellar. Talk about unexpected. It’s not a spoiler when people are tweeting #WTFthatending, it’s an entirely accurate description because the reader literally sits there after finishing it wondering WHAT THE ACTUAL FUDGE DID I JUST READ!!!!!! And as much as I love to use profanity, I still won’t use it here.

I am not going to discuss the plot, as per, because the subtle nuanced prose that Sarah Pinborough has written does not need dissection. It needs reading, and concentration, and possibly re-reading to see if you missed anything. I will hold my hands up and say I re-read the ending three, if not four times because I just couldn’t believe what I had read.

Behind Her Eyes is stunning. It is a lesson in just how twisted a psychological thriller can be. I cannot recommend it highly enough.