The shortlist for the six awards have been revealed, ahead of the Crimefest Gala Awards Dinner which will take place in Bristol on 21st May.
Battling it out in the £1,000 Audible Sounds of Crime category for best unabridged crime audiobook published in the UK in 2016 are Rachel Abbott for Kill Me Again, read by Lisa Coleman (Bolinda / Audible), Fiona Barton for The Widow, read by Clare Corbett (Bolinda / Audible), Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Sphere), Holly Seddon for Try Not to Breathe, read by Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek & Katy Sobey (Bolinda), Ben Aaronovitch for The Hanging Tree, read by Kobna Holdbrook– Smith (Orion Publishing Group), Lee Child for Night School, read by Jeff Harding (Transworld Digital), Anthony Horowitz for Magpie Murders, read by Allan Corduner & Samantha Bond (Orion Publishing Group) and Peter May for Coffin Road, read by Peter Forbes (Riverrun).
Isn’t this gorgeous?! Never mind that my favourite colour combination is black and pink (and only partially to do with the Pink Ladies from Grease), it’s so cleverly constructed and evocative. I just adore it.
Try Not to Breathe is out in Taiwan in May, published by Crown publishing.
How cool is this? My wonderful publisher Corvus has put together a video for Don’t Close Your Eyes and it makes me want to squeal. It also makes me want to read the book even though I already know what happens…
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Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.
Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn’t…
And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she’s just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can’t be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.
But Sarah isn’t the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship…
I mean, I know lots of us don’t watch anything on DVD any more but I’m inspired by this lovely quote about Try Not to Breathe in round up of best beach reads, “As addictive as the best box sets.” It set me thinking about which ‘box sets’ had left the biggest mark on me.
Now I love The Wire and The Sopranos, but I’m trying to edge away from the totally obvious.
The French version of Try Not to Breathe (Retiens ton souffle) was published this week by City Editions. This is the only translation that I have any grasp of the language (that’s putting it kindly) so I’m intrigued to see how far my schoolgirl French gets me with it…
Okay, I’m waiting for something and consequently finding it impossible to focus on my work in progress so instead I’m going to write… about writing. I think this is where I insert a gif of a snake eating itself and procrastinate for even longer via a deep dive into Giphy.
Since I was published, I’ve received a lot of interesting questions from readers, especially those working on books of their own. Something that comes up a lot is how I write, my process for turning this:
There are 35 lessons in total and I’m not going to blabber the contents all over the place (not least because I’d get in trouble) but one lesson in particular really stood out. It’s called “Writing Habits”.