Sunday, 23 July 2017

#AuthorEvent #CrimeAuthorPanel #WaterstonesCrouchEnd

A Murder of Crows


I had the absolute honour of chairing a panel event at the beautiful, newly opened Crouch End Waterstones last Thursday evening. It was a gorgeous venue - absolutely perfect for author events and a real treat to visit just as a book lover! 

The event was organised by author Jennie Ensor and it was a huge success. I was extremely flattered to be invited along and was thrilled to get the chance to speak to Jennie and Kerensa in more detail about their books having met them at a Bibliomaniac event at the beginning of July. It was a real treat to meet Ian Skewis for the first time and he was absolutely charming!  

All three authors are debut authors and are all published with Unbound. All three authors have written about crime and their novels are all categorised as crime thrillers, but each author has written about crime in a very different way. It was great to be able to chat about their inspirations, motivations, purposes, goals and writing styles as well as raising some more complex questions about the concept of evil, the depths to which characters under pressure can sink and how far and to what degree the author has a responsibility to the reader when depicting violent crimes or crimes of a sexual nature. 

It was a fascinating evening; myself and all those in the audience could have listened well into the night and probably until the early morning as Ian, Jennie and Kerensa talked with passion about their novels and their characters. We were treated to an extract from each of the novels and each author managed to cast us under their spell - the atmosphere at the end of each reading was one of breathlessness and to be honest, we were all keen to hear more and read each book for ourselves!

Huge thanks to Jennie for her organisation of the entire event and all the hard work she put into advertising and promoting it. And a massive thanks to Waterstones for being such accommodating hosts - sorry for waylaying your staff with chat about our favourite books (yes, absolutely fatal and they are lucky I ever shut up and left at all!). And finally yet more huge thanks to Jennie, Kerensa and Ian for letting me chair the event. It genuinely was a great evening and I loved having the chance to delve a little deeper into the psychology behind the psychological thrillers and the workings of the minds of their fascinating characters! 

If you haven't read any of their books then I highly recommend them all. Ian's book is now on my bedside table waiting to be read- I was captivated by the extract he shared. Below you can find links to my reviews of Jennie and Kerensa's books and a few photos of the evening! Happy reading!




Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable? 

London, five months before 7/7. Georgie, a young woman wary of relationships after previous heartbreak, gives in and agrees to sleep with close friend Julian. She’s shocked when Julian reveals he’s loved her for a long time. 

But Georgie can’t resist her attraction to Nikolai, a Russian former soldier she meets in a pub. While Julian struggles to deal with her rejection, Georgie realises how deeply war-time incidents in Chechnya have affected Nikolai. She begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her. 

Then London is attacked... 

Blind Side explores love and friendship, guilt and betrayal, secrets and obsession. An explosive, debate-provoking thriller that confronts urgent issues of our times and contemplates some of our deepest fears. 




1950s England. Five-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy. An only child, she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behaviour begins.

As Gracie grows older, she finds solace and liberation in books, poetry and her enduring friendship with Billy. Together they escape into the poetic fairy-tale worlds of their imaginations.

But will fairy tales be enough to save Gracie from Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behaviour – and how far will it go?

Seas of Snow is a haunting, psychological domestic drama that probes the nature and the origins of evil.
 



A Murder of Crows

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland.   

A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again... 

DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. 

But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started. Jack is flung headlong into a race against time to prevent the evolution of a serial killer...

For more recommendations and reviews follow me on Twitter @KatherineSunde3 or via my website bibliomaniacuk.co.uk

2 comments:

  1. thanks so much for this Katherine!

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    1. You're very welcome! Thank you for organising such a great night!

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