Pre-publication events for OUR HOUSE are underway in the UK, bringing April 5th ever closer! This morning I met journalists for breakfast at Riding House Cafe in London - along with two very talented Catherines (Isaac, pictured with me below, and Steadman). Love the keyring Simon & Schuster gave guests: nothing says marital breakdown and criminal deception like this little cutie...
A Very Happy New Year! With just three months to go until OUR HOUSE comes out in the UK, I'm delighted that the book has been picked by Fabulous magazine as one to watch this year. What's more, it's pre-ordering now on Kindle for just £4.99...
...it's your turn - there's an OUR HOUSE giveaway going on right now!
...your attention, please! Our House is now up for request...
Ever since I was a child copying the art deco covers of my Evelyn Waugh Penguin Classics in pen and ink and colouring them with poster paints (we didn't have the internet then, OK), I have thought one of the best jobs in the world is the book jacket designer. Except for the fact that they have to deal with authors saying things like, 'Hmm, that's not what I imagined. And yet I can't really say what I did imagine.' In this feature for Books and the City, I try to explain how the UK and US cover designs came about. Just quickly, though, and without my poster paints.
Pictured here: the original idea for the US cover.
It's all happening! Here now is the cover for the US edition of OUR HOUSE, published August 2018 by Berkley. I absolutely love it! Stormy skies foretell a dark, dark story. And a gold star to anyone who spots that the house is the same one as on the UK cover. Synergy, my dears.
If you've landed here via the homepage, you will already have seen it: the UK cover for OUR HOUSE! I love its foreboding mood and the way it hints at the he said/she said ambiguity of the story. They’re clever, these designers, aren’t they? A huge thank you to my brilliant publisher Simon & Schuster UK, and roll on Spring 2018!
I'm thrilled (and chilled) to have been asked by Sophie Hannah to contribute to DEADLIER, her anthology of 100 crime stories by female writers, out now in hardback and ebook. Sophie is one of my favourite writers and I would expect nothing less than the devilishly eclectic collection she's curated (stories by Margaret Atwood, Daphne du Maurier and Val McDermid are three highlights). My story is the dark (and slightly sleazy) 'The Intruder at Number 40' - the other 99, I plan to read on a long-haul flight next week! Enjoy.
I'm VERY excited to bring news of my next novel, which will be out in the UK in May 2018 and the US in June 2018. It's called Our House and is about a couple whose marriage breakdown is the stuff of nightmares - especially if your idea of a nightmare is to lose your home and become entangled in horrific crimes. As both a property obsessive and a general catastrophist, I suspect this is the story I was always destined to write and I can't wait for you to start turning the pages.
I have a new publisher in the UK, Simon & Schuster, a powerhouse team put on this earth to spread the word about great new fiction. It's such an honour to join their list. In the US, Our House will be published by Berkley (part of Penguin Random House), the team that introduced two of my favourite crime/suspense writers, Clare Mackintosh and Fiona Barton, to US readers.
You can read the full announcement in The Bookseller.
For the month of May, The Swimming Pool is a bargain £1.99 on Kindle - a great time to dive in...