We’re really excited to announce an author event with a difference at Ramsbottom Library on June 9th at 2pm:
Rachel Abbott, Debbie Howells and Michelle Davies are coming to share their tips for aspiring authors and to talk about their writing careers so far. They will also be reading from their latest novels, and signing copies too.
I’m really looking forward to this event as I love thrillers, and I’m not alone – several of the Bury Libraries staff have already been trying to figure out how they can work at Ramsbottom that day!
The novels are all available from Bury Libraries, but they are so popular that I’ve so far only managed to get my hands on one of them! Don’t worry though, you can reserve copies just like I have.
I finished reading Gone Astray by Michelle Davies this week, and really enjoyed it. Here are my thoughts:
When Lesley & Mack Kinnock win £15 million on a EuroMillions jackpot, it transforms their lives. They buy a large house in a gated community and move their fifteen-year-old daughter, Rosie, to a new school. But their new life isn’t as perfect as everyone on the outside imagines. The strains of leaving their old lives behind and disagreements about how to handle their new lives have driven a subtle wedge between Lesley and Mack, and Lesley feels like an outsider in the relationship between father and daughter.
When Rosie goes missing from their garden, DC Maggie Neville is assigned as Family Liaison Officer to the family. Her role is to support the parents whilst listening out for any helpful information they may have. But Maggie is feeling frayed, on her first job back after a suspension following a complaint from her commanding officer, and personal problems are putting pressure on her as well.
Pretty soon secrets are being revealed on all sides and it’s not at all clear how much these revelations have to do with Rosie’s disappearance.
The writing is completely absorbing; the grief and greed of the adults and the posturing and self preservation of the teenagers are vividly conveyed. The style of the novel really makes you a part of the characters’ world, as you are tantalisingly fed tiny snippets of information from different people until you’re as uncertain of who knows what as the characters are.
I really can’t wait to read the other two novels, and will post a review when I have done. In the meantime, why not order them for yourself, and come along to the event if you’re free? We’d love to see you.
Tickets cost £3 and are available from Ramsbottom Library; please ring them on 0161 253 5352 for more details.
Fiona (Reader Development Team).