It will be Eva. He pushes away the lethal, dark thoughts, letting his brow soften as he imagines the timbre of her sleep-clouded voice saying, Come back to bed …. As she leaves the shelter of the headland, the full force of the wind hits Eva. Her hair whips back from her face and she hugs the flask of coffee tight to her chest. Clouds of sand gust along the shoreline, sending a tangled knot of fishing line pinwheeling along the beach. A woman passes in the other direction, her purple coat flattened to her back by the wind. The whole week had been like that: grabbing meals at different times, tension from work stalking them home, falling into bed too late and too shattered to talk.
Ahead, the rocks where Jackson will be fishing come into focus. Huge sombre boulders stretch right out into the sea. Her eyes had opened just enough to see him disappear through the doorway, a red woollen hat pulled down over his ears. Just beyond the rocks she sees the flash of a boat. It disappears momentarily into a trough and she thinks the conditions are too rough to be out on the water today. She squints against the wind and sees it rise again on the crest of a wave: an orange lifeboat.
In her childhood summers when her father was still alive, they would come to this beach every morning to swim together, her father making lunging rotations with his long, bony arms in a backstroke.
She had loved those swims when the water was calm and the early sun glanced off the surface. But today the sea is something darker, forbidding. She scans the rocks for Jackson, eyes watering in the wind. But now all that breaks the grey wash of sea and sky is the lifeboat.
Even as she tells herself that it could be on a training mission, her knees are bending, carrying her forward into a run. The flask bounces against her hip and her boots flick up sand. Her breath comes in warm, quick clouds and she feels restricted by the layers of her clothes — her jeans unyielding against her knees, her coat buttons tight against her breastbone. When she reaches the base of the rocky outcrop, she finds a dozen or so people gathered there.
Her gaze moves over them and then travels up the length of the rocks, where waves charge, tossing white water high into the bruised sky. The air is heavy with the smell of salt. Eva hurries towards a man zipped into a waxed jacket, his steel-grey eyebrows ruffled by the wind. Eva feels all the air leave her lungs as if someone has grabbed her hard around the ribs. She drops the flask and yanks her mobile from her pocket, ripping off her gloves to dial. Dropping the phone into her pocket, she stumbles towards the rocks. Her scarf flies behind her as she clambers over the wet boulders, the cry of wind filling her ears.
Her breath is ragged, and spiked thoughts pierce at her, making her mind whirl. She tells herself to focus only on where she is putting each foot, placing one carefully in front of the other. Ahead something colourful catches her attention. She picks her way over barnacle-lined rocks until she is close enough to see it. A green plastic tackle box lies open, wedged between two rocks. She recognizes it instantly: she bought it for Jackson last Christmas to house the lures and weights that were gradually filling up his bedside drawer.
Now salt water fills the trays, so that two bright blue lures float inside like dead fish. There is a loud, shattering boom as a wave smashes into the rocks. But she cannot move, cannot turn. She is frozen, fear leaden in her stomach. Her face smarts with the cold and the back of her head is wet. A slow trickle of water seeps beneath her scarf. Seconds later, she feels the pressure of a hand on her shoulder. Would definitely recommend. Sucks you in from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. I lost count of clever, subtle twists.
It was a joy to spend time with the multi-faceted residents of St Catherine's Hill. Highly recommended. The ending is amazing.
Great book, would highly recommend. It was very compelling, I was eager to turn the page, and I really enjoyed the story. It held my attention all the way through. My husband kisses me gently on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge, climbs over the railing and jumps Two years after the death of her husband, Robert, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start.
The closer she gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too? From page one it was gripping… left me totally shocked and dumb-founded. The ending is explosive and I never in the world saw it coming. If you enjoy a plot twist that jumps out at you I definitely recommend this book, you won't be disappointed! I did not stop reading until I finished the story and my laundry mountain is still growing. Read this book. Read it! Took me on so many turns, found my mouth dropping with a few of the twists… A page-turner!
I could easily have devoured this brilliant, thrilling story in one sitting it certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat! I seem to have found a new favourite author. It was dark and dangerous and the type of story that you just can't put down. Had me gripped from the first chapter. In the opening pages, the stakes are already high, and you're left clinging onto the book, through every twist and turn, until the very final pages. I read it in one sitting.
I highly recommend this to fans of fast-paced thrillers and psychological thrillers. I had not got a clue how the story was going to end, and I was fully engaged with both Maggie and Holly. This book. Loved it. The neighbours are fascinated by Holly and watch her from their windows every opportunity they get.
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What is Holly hiding? And are the dark secrets from her past going to put them all into terrible danger? Slater is amazing! She is such a talented writer!
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Up to the very last page you will be shocked! Her cast of characters are so real!!!! Such a memorable book! The end will have you gasping in disbelief!
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This author gets better and better This book had me on tenterhooks and there were times I forgot to breathe… She has exceeded the high standards she set in her previous books. This book really played with my headspace… thanks for that K. Book club pick for May? A solid, five-star book!!! Excellent characters, full of suspense and so well-paced it is a must-read for anyone who like psychological thrillers… An excellent read and I highly recommend it. Emma is desperate to find out what happened — and that her loved ones are safe — but remembering the truth could be the most dangerous thing of all….
An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B. Paris, Shari Lapena and K. Had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened. A great thriller that had me double checking the locks on my door. Will definitely tell everyone to read this great book. The sense of fear and panic grows throughout the book… until we come to the final showdown.
Which I have to say, is a cracker. Loved it! This is a very well written, fast-paced, page-turner with a shocking ending that I did not see coming… If you are looking for a gripping thriller, I highly recommend this book. A nonstop page-turning thriller with a twist… Highly enjoyable, would recommend 10 out of 10! The ending was definitely unexpected A thrilling, heart-pounding, brilliant tale, deftly told by a master of the art… An unputdownable and fabulous debut.
A very much recommended read!! I remember long icicles hanging off fire escapes, piles of blackening snow at the roadside, and steam rising from the drains. A view of Central Park at 6am awake due to jet lag! It was wonderful to meet everyone, and I also got to meet my agent, Amy, for the first time. We have been talking on the phone for the past year and a half, but it was great to finally meet face to face. The agency is based in a beautiful townhouse in the city, and we were given a wonderful welcome by Amy and the other agents and team, and the office has as dog-in-residence, Sunny, who stole our hearts.
S edition of The Girl in the Ice. As well as our meetings, we got time to explore the city. We stayed in a hotel opposite Central Park which was the only thing the hotel had going for it. Always check out the customer reviews before you book! Breakfast in the park every morning was a highlight.
Early morning in Central Park. By the lake, Central Park. We also visited the street and the brownstone house used in Sex and The City , where Carrie Bradshaw had her apartment. The apartment block is on a pretty non-descript street. The apartment block is still a private residence, and the steps up to the front door are roped off with a big sign asking people to stay off the steps. It was strange how the building was both iconic and functional.
While we were there, a woman emerged from the front door holding two full bin bags. She shuffled down the steps, leaned over the rope and dumped them into a bin on the sidewalk, then went back up again. She either seemed used to the craziness around her, or she was ignoring it. All the while a young woman was stood at the bottom of the steps beaming and posing for a photo, lost in a world where she was Carrie Bradshaw.
Spring on The High Line. I have also given the website a little wash and brush up. The book has sold over a million copies, and is in the process of being translated into 27 languages. One of my literary heroes, Augusten Burroughs read the book and wrote to tell me how much he loved it, and another, Jeffrey Deaver read the book and provided a wonderful quote.
The Italian edition, La Donna Di Ghiaccio became the biggest ebook bestseller in Italy during , and the Czech Edition was my second big number 2, becoming the second bestselling book in the Czech Republic after J.
Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. If you love a book, the best thing you can do is tell people! S trade paperback edition of The Girl in the Ice! Thank you to all at Grand Central, you guys are the best! What really excites me, is that The Girl in the Ice will find a whole new audience in paperback in America and beyond.
I have just heard that as well as being available in all good bookstores across America and Canada, it will be included in some great promotions in Target and Barnes and Noble book stores, so keep a lookout! And if you do see it in your local bookstore, please consider taking a selfie with a copy of The Girl in the Ice , I would love to meet new readers! As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed.
One chilling detail links them to the murder victim — they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask. Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman. Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past.
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Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…. Thank you, as ever, for all of your support. We are going to re-arrange it for early next year, so stay tuned. Right up until the day before, I was determined to go, but after a visit to the doctor where antibiotics were prescribed, I was told sternly I had to stay in bed.
Slowly getting better, but going mad. To give you an idea of scale, the little book in the bottom left corner is a large hardback! It was freezing cold, but we had a great view of Wenceslas Square, and Prague castle. After the christening, I settled down for the book signing. It was wonderful to meet so many amazing readers, and Czech book bloggers and I wished I had more time to talk to everyone. Thank you to everyone who came along. The next day I had the chance to see posters for the books on the Prague Metro, which was another dream come true.
The poster in the tunnel was easy enough to photograph…. But the one on the escalator was a little difficult, which involved travelling up a long escalator, and then just before the top, I had to turn and start climbing back down it the wrong way…. It was a fantastic visit, and I want to say thank you to everyone at Grada, who were so kind and organised so many great events and really looked after us. So I have this picture from a couple of years back, when we took our dog Ricky to Prague. If in doubt, end with a cute puppy! Thank you to my readers and the incredible book bloggers all over the world who have made this an unforgettable year.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, very happy holidays and have a very healthy and prosperous new year. I was in London for publication day last week of The Girl in the Ice, and spent the morning with the lovely Kirsteen Astor from Sphere, visiting Waterstones in Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square to sign some copies, and then I had lunch with the wonderful people from Sphere and Bookouture at Spring in Somerset House.
Around mid-morning it started to snow when we were crossing Trafalgar Square, and as the soft white flakes spun and whirled around our heads, I hoped it was a good omen for The Girl in the Ice. This publication day was different to others. I lived in London for many years, and you may have read in my previous posts what a long struggle it was to get published. For the 7 years I lived in South London, I commuted into the city most days, for auditions when I was an actor, or when I worked in offices as a temp, and for nights out at the theatre, or clubbing!
I spent many days on the station concourse, doing promotional jobs, handing out free samples of chocolate or shampoo to the early morning commuters. Regular commuters will identify with the hundreds of times I just made the last train by seconds, slipping into the carriage as the doors closed, and the times when I stood on the platform watching the last train slip away on the track! So it was a HUGE moment, when we went to the station, and there it was! Thankfully we just made it onto the train as the doors closed. I will announce the winners on Facebook and post their names here too.
Winners have all been contacted. I have just signed a print deal, and all books in the Erika Foster series will be released in paperback! They will be released in paperback through Sphere, which is part of the Little, Brown book group who are partnering with my fabulous publisher, Bookouture.