I'm VERY excited to report that The Other Passenger has been optioned for a movie by the brilliant actor-director Joseph Cross, who calls the book 'dark, twisty, suspenseful and utterly disturbing'! It's still early doors, of course, but I shall bring you all the news as it comes in - especially to do with the casting of the two couples... Details in this piece in Variety...
I have big exciting news! OUR HOUSE is going to be an ITV drama! A four-part series will be filmed in 2021, bringing to the screen the web of lies Fi discovers when she comes home one day to find out her house has been sold without her knowledge. The screenwriter Simon Ashdown is an award-winning genius and, from what I’ve seen so far of his script, he has done the book justice and then some. I’ll share news of casting as I have it – can’t wait to see who will play Fi and Bram – and other developments. Basically, you have no choice but to join me for this televisual ride!
When I was growing up in the Midlands town of Northampton in the 1980s, I'd regularly dive into Jackie Collins' fictional world of sunshine and palm trees and movie stars and I'd dream of being there too, right at the pool's edge. Then the bodycount would start to rise and I'd be glad to be in the Midlands, after all. I never have gone to LA, but that didn't stop me jumping at the chance to introduce this beautiful new edition of LA Connections - part of Simon & Schuster's #BeMoreJackie campaign. Enjoy, dream, escape!
The covers for the Quick Reads 2021 have now been revealed, including mine for The Skylight, which I just love! In the story, our narrator Simone spies on the downstairs neighbours in their glamorous new kitchen extension through the enormous skylight they've had put in. Harmless enough - until the day she sees something that stirs murderous impulses in her... Find out more about the Quick Reads campaign and pre-order The Skylight for 99p. The books publish in May 2021.
The audiobook of The Other Passenger is published today! It's a little later than the hardback and ebook in the UK because we wanted to wait for Steve Mackintosh to be available to record it... He's one of my all-time favourite actors and I had him in mind constantly when I was writing Jamie (also, a little bit, with Bram in Our House, but it's absolutely definitely not an obsession). So when Simon & Schuster audio team were casting Jamie, I kept saying, 'Can you get someone who sounds like Steve Mackintosh?', until, eventually, they said, 'We'll try and get Steve himself.' The rest is audiobook perfection.
The Other Passenger is out today Down Under and I can't wait to hear what my farthest-flung (from me, obviously, not from one another) readers think of it! Better Reading says it will knock your socks off - read their review to whet your appetite...
Hello, July, month of my birthday... This year is especially nice because THE OTHER PASSENGER has been picked as Apple Books' Thriller of the Month!
I'm thrilled and proud to be a part of Quick Reads 2021 with a new short novel called The Skylight. Check out the stellar line-up here, along with details of this hugely successful literacy campaign.
Hooray to me - and my wonderful publisher S&S UK! The Other Passenger is now out in the UK in hardback and ebook, with the audiobook to follow on July 9 (more on that soon). A huge thank you to all who have pre-ordered or intend to try it. I can't wait to hear what you think!
Hello, June! Reviews have started to come in for The Other Passenger, which publishes in hardback, ebook and audiobook in the UK on the 25th - can't wait! Sarra Manning at Red Online hails 'the queen of the urban thriller' (that's me - ha!) in her Best Books to Read in June, while Francesca Brown at Stylist says the big twist 'made my head hurt'... More to come - and don't forget you can pre-order a special signed edition from Waterstones.