Where did you get the original idea for The Evil Beneath?
I was walking along The Thames in London and had the idea of Juliet Grey, a psychotherapist, being sent a cryptic text message telling her to go to a London Bridge at dawn. She finds, to her horror, the body of a woman and the really scary thing is that she'd dressed in Juliet's clothes. That was all I had to start with! No why, how or who!
What inspired your novel?
Having lived in London for 15 years and then moved away, I wanted to write about the places I loved and knew well. I wanted to capture the two aspects of the River Thames; one as a beautiful and majestic presence winding through the city, the other as a sinister force harbouring unexpected offerings.
Who is your favourite character in the novel and why?
It would have to be Juliet Grey – we see the story through her eyes. Juliet is intrepid and curious, but also lonely and still sad from the loss of her brother. Like me, she’s a psychotherapist, but she’s far smarter, more outspoken, intuitive and prepared to take risks than I am!
What kind of readers do you think will enjoy your book?
Readers who like a fast-paced page-turner with a chilling psychological edge to it. The Evil Beneath also gives an insight into what happens behind closed doors in the consulting room of a psychotherapist and what it might be like to sit in the client’s chair. It should appeal to anyone who likes to get their teeth into a gripping mystery with a trail of clues that Juliet and the reader try to solve.
Are there any other books you might compare your work to?
It’s a psychological thriller with a backdrop of a family tragedy, so it brings to mind the novels of Nicci French. Tideline by Penny Hancock is another dark book set beside the Thames and my writing has been likened to that of Sophie Hannah.
The Evil Beneath is being published in France (2013) and Germany (2014)
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