Today, 27th August 2019, is an exciting day. My crime mystery novel, Hidden, is now published!
You can grab it here in the UK: BUY HIDDEN UK
Or here in the USA: BUY HIDDEN USA
You will find me today alternately hiding behind the sofa and performing a celebration dance.
The novel is set in 1980s and present day Oxfordshire. You will meet some eclectic characters, led by amateur sleuths, Jen Taylor and Claire Dalton.
Jen Taylor has a secret.
In 1987 the body of fourteen-year-old Kelly was found on a railway track and Jen believes she was responsible for her death.
Now an adult, Jen is approached by Kelly’s mother, who asks her to help investigate her daughter’s murder.
But Jen is hiding more than anyone knows.
As the investigation is reopened, secrets from the past come to light and when another murder takes place, the case takes a sinister turn.
Did Jen really kill Kelly and can she ever right the wrongs of the past?
Where and How Can I Buy It?
Available on digital and paperback from Amazon, anywhere in the world that you have one! It’s also available from Waterstones online, Foyles, and the Book Depository, to name a few sites.
Request it in your local bookshops and library, and they will try to meet your demand.
PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
• “Hidden is an intense ride that kept me guessing until the last!”
• “A gripping read with spot-on ‘80s references. It took me back to my teenage years.”
• “A chilling blend of eighties childhood nostalgia and suburban violence. Unputdownable!”
• “A nostalgic journey back to the eighties, interwoven with suspense and mystery.”
Why Did I Write Hidden?
I love reading thrillers, crime, and mystery books. It made sense that I wrote a crime mystery book.
The author, Toni Morrison, said,
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
I wanted a book full of twists and turns, set in the 1980s, and one that reflects on my kind of council estate background. I hadn’t found it, so I wrote it.
Any excuse to research and write about the eighties is always a good one. I’ve had so much fun rediscovering the best decade.
Council estates feature in lots of novels but they always seem to be in urban gritty areas. The Rembrandt Estate in Hidden is in Oxfordshire, just like the one I lived on. It’s not the same estate though before ex-residents start drawing comparisons!
I wanted an Oxfordshire town like the one I came from. Again, Troddington, the town in Hidden, isn’t my hometown. There are certainly lots of memories that helped shape this novel though.
Hidden is my homage to my home county, hometown, and the decade in which I grew up. Writing what you know isn’t always the bad thing some writers want to call it!
Over to You
Thank you for your support leading up to publication.
I’m so grateful to those who’ve shared, commented, and encouraged on this blog and social media.
I hope you’ll buy the novel and enjoy it. Please leave a review!