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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott which was published on 24 February 2014.
Please see yesterday’s post for the blurb, instead here is the author explaining how she got the idea for her latest novel.
Sleep Tight is the story of an obsession that escalates from persistent stalking to something far more sinister – a powerful compulsion to possess. When the object of such potent emotions is slipping out of reach, tensions mount and control is lost.
When asked about the subject of this novel, Abbott said, ‘Being stalked is a terrifying experience, and yet it has only recently been classified as a criminal act. I was stalked when I was in my early twenties – and for a long time, I didn’t know who by. I would find messages stuffed under the windscreen wipers of my car, saying “I’m watching you”, and sometimes a flower on my front doorstep. I was constantly looking over my shoulder – wondering who it was, and what would happen next. So when writing this book, I tried to imagine how that might have intensified, if I hadn’t been saved by the intervention of a good friend who was prepared to put her own safety at risk.’ Rachel Abbott
This is my second book this year (already) about stalking, the first being The Book of You by Claire Kendal. Sleep Tight the Manchester police try to work out what has happened to Olivia and her children, they have disappeared without trace but how and why?
I have just finished The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D’Silva due to be published on 28 February 2014.
‘You were adopted’.
Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parent’s will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks.
Now, with the scrawled address of an Indian convent begins a search for the mother and family she never knew and the awakening of childhood memories long forgotten.
The secrets, culture and people that Nisha discover will change her life forever. And, as her eyes are opened to a side of herself she didn’t know existed, Nisha realizes that she must also seek answers to the hardest question of all – why?
Weaving together the stories of Nisha, Shilpa and Devi, The Forgotten Daughter explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional themes of motherhood, loss and identity – ultimately asking the question of what you would do out of love for your children? Goodreads
This is the second book by Renita D’Silva, her first Monsoon Memories wove a story set in England with one set in India. This book has a similar mix although far more of the story is set in India with wonderful notes in a diary on how to prepare Indian dishes which is a nice touch for those who want to replicate the food to go with the book. My review will be posted very soon.
Can you ever know what those closest to you are really capable of?
A son returns to the small town where he grew up, where his mother still lives and where a terrible event in his childhood changed the lives of almost every person living there. As the story unfolds through the eyes of the son, the mother and finally, the father, the reader experiences the taut build up to one day’s tragic unravelling, and the shock waves that echoed through a once happy family and close-knit community. Will they ever be able to exorcise the damage of that day or do some wounds run too deep? Goodreads
Having loved What Lies Within, Tom Vowler’s debut novel I have high hopes for this one.
So… I think this is the only time where every book I have on a Wednesday is by an author I have previously read.
What are you all reading, anything you can tempt me with?