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Published by Avon, 22 March 2018. ISBN: 978-0-0081109-4
If you want a larger-than-life heroine who is
determined to deal with her past, look no further than Lou Wandsworth in The Fear. Lou was bamboozled by an older
man when she was a schoolgirl, taken to France and abused – and she’s never
come to terms with it. She doesn’t set out to confront Mike, but things haven’t
been going too well and when she finds herself back in her hometown to put the
family farm on the market after the death of her father, virtually the first
person she sees is her abuser – and first love – making overtures to another
Mike out to her isolated house. What happens next isn’t what she intended and
it’s certainly not what Mike – or the reader – expected. I was startled by
Lou’s behaviour but at no time did I completely lose sympathy for her. Meanwhile,
someone is organising a vendetta against Lou – and Lou has no idea what danger
she might be in from an unknown enemy – while
Chloe, the latest schoolgirl to be besotted by Mike, is devastated at a sudden
cessation of texts.
I have to
say, this was one of those commercial novels where the plot was compelling, the
reading easy and the multiple viewpoint structure worked nicely. The storylines
kept on delivering and page-turning kept on happening. There was depth and
complexity to the characters, too. I particularly liked how Lou’s feelings
towards Mike remained ambiguous for a long time – and how her determination to
protect Chloe pulled her through.
was worth waiting for, and the final ghoulish twist made me shudder. I’d not
seen that coming: but it was well planted and plausible, which I do like in a
thriller. Men get rather a hard deal in the novel, with few sympathetic
portrayals, although the plot is so gripping it probably won’t trouble most
readers. I can imagine The Fear will
draw more fans to C L Taylor’s bright flame with its satisfying themes of
revenge and redemption.
Reviewer: Dea Parkin
is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five gripping, stand-alone
psychological thrillers: The Accident,
The Lie, The Missing, The Escape and The Fear. Her award-winning books have
sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on all the ebook platforms,
optioned for television and translated into over 20 languages. She lives in
Bristol with her partner and son.
Dea Parkin is an
editor with her consultancy Fiction Feedback and is also Secretary of the Crime
Writers’ Association. She writes poetry and occasionally re-engages with The
Novel. When she isn't editing, managing or writing she is usually to be found
on the tennis court – or following the international tour at home on TV. Usually
with several books on the go, she entertains a penchant for crime fiction,
history, and novels with a mystical edge. She is engaged in a continual
struggle to find space for bookshelves and time for her friends and her cat.
THEAKSTON FESTIVAL ROUNDS UP SIX SUSPECTS ON CRIME NOVEL AWARD SHORTLIST
The shortlist for one of crime writing’s most wanted accolades, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced.
The shortlisted six were whittled down from a longlist of 18 titles.
The prize, created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction, was open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.
The shortlist in full
Mick Herron, Spook Street
Val McDermid,Insidious Intent
Denise Mina,The Long Drop
Abir Mukherjee,A Rising Ma
Stav Sherez,The Intrusions
Susie Steiner, Persons Unknown
Val McDermid, Susie Steiner, and Mick Herron return as contenders after being shortlisted in 2017,
the year Chris Brookmyre took the winning accolade.
Mick Herron’s espionage thriller, Spook Street, is the fourth in his award-winning Jackson Lamb series. His acclaimed series is based on an MI5 department of ‘rejects’ – intelligent services’ misfits and screw-ups. Herron’s writing was praised by critic Barry Forshaw for ‘the spycraft of le Carré refracted through the blackly comic vision of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.’
Val McDermid’s Insidious Intent features DCI Carol Jordan and Tony Hill, two of the most iconic characters in crime fiction. The LA Times said it was a novel that ‘shows Val McDermid deserves her Queen of Crime crown’. McDermid last received the Novel of the Year accolade in 2006.
Denise Minacould make it a hat-trick after winning the award in 2012 and 2013, she is the only author to date to have won the Novel of the Year in two consecutive years. The Long Drop has already attracted a wealth of awards; Mina was the first woman to win The McIlvanney Prize for The Long Drop.
Abir Mukherjee is the only author on the shortlist for a debut novel. A Rising Man, saw Abir Mukherjee picked as a 2016 New Blood author by Val McDermid at the Festival. She hailed it as, ‘One of the most exciting debut novels I’ve read in years.’ It too has won awards, including the CWA Historical Dagger. His sequel in the Sam Wyndham series is A Necessary Evil.
The Intrusions by Stav Sherezwas a 2017 Guardian and Sunday Times book of the year, dubbed ‘A Silence of the Lambs for the internet age’ by Ian Rankin. The book was acclaimed by critics for its echoes of Emile Zola and influences from Graham Greene to Dostoyevsky.
Former Guardian journalistSusie Steiner’s first crime novel introduced Detective Manon Bradshaw in Missing, Presumed, a Sunday Times bestseller. Her follow up, Persons Unknown, a Richard and Judy book club pick, has attracted huge critical acclaim.
The 2018 Award is run in partnership with title sponsor T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Mail on Sunday.
2018 marks the 14th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.
Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said:
“The shortlisted authors are already rich in awards, but there’s only one Novel of the Year, so it will be fascinating to see which of these remarkable titles prevails - all are simply outstanding.”
The shortlist will feature in a six-week promotion in libraries and in WHSmith stores nationwide. The overall
winner will be decided by the panel of Judges, alongside a public vote. The public vote opens on 1 July and closes 14 July at www.theakstons.co.uk.
Helen Donkin, Literature Festival Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: “The public’s vote is incredibly important. It’s the readers that have real power when it comes to judging a book’s worth, so I’d encourage everyone to make their voice heard – it’s free and simple to vote online.”
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 19 July on the opening night of the 16th Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.
Published by Matador, 1 October 2013. ISBN:
New Yorker Chrissie Fersen, who only a few months
previously was pregnant and in love, has now travelled to Glasgow in Scotland
with her brother Edward for a break, following a traumatic time. When Edward is
called into work, Chrissie continues her sightseeing alone and wonders into a
neighbourhood of elegant three storey houses. Staring at the buildings she
experiences a feeling of familiarity. Then in a basement window she sees what
can only be a woman being murdered. Running to escape the sight and sounds that
surely must be in her head she finds herself in front of a library. She starts
by researching murders in Sauchiehall Street going back 50 years.
the library she meets Billie Vane who helps her by producing back copies of the
Glasgow Herald.Eventually Chrissie
tracks the murder back to 1862, and the death of a servant girl.But what has a murder more than a hundred
years ago got to do with her?How can
she recognise a house in Glasgow when she has never visited Glasgow before?
These two unlikely people seek the truth to the murder. But as they investigate
to find the truth they put themselves in danger. Could the events of the past
have tentacles linking to the current day?
intriguing and absorbing this mystery contains a fey element that captivated
this reader’s attention. Well-written with good characterisation this
fascinating mystery will keep you turning the pages. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Alan Vealewas born in 1952 in Manchester. He spent most of his formative years (from age 20 to 60) as a
thespian and/or working in the civil service. As a teenager he discovered the
joy of creative writing and applied his energies in that direction mainly to
theatre scripts. His first novel The Murder Treewas published in
October 2013, and he has just released a more personal story about his parents’
experience of emigrating in 1949 (A Kangaroo in My Sideboard). Written
in his mother’s words and based on original letters she wrote during her
adventure, it is a heart-warming tale of ambition versus adversity in a