Location, location, location

Location, location, location

'The Turn of the Key' represents a kind of full circle for me – because originally I wanted to set 'In a Dark, Dark Wood' in Scotland...
Smart home nightmares

Smart home nightmares

The main character in 'The Turn of the Key' has a nightmarish smart house, and an all-pervasive home management app called Happy (slogan: Home is where the Happy is!) to contend with...
Five of my favourite haunted houses

Five of my favourite haunted houses

One of the things I loved most about writing 'The Turn of the Key' was creating Heatherbrae House – a seemingly perfect house, with something seriously sinister lying just beneath the surface...
Inspired by Christie…

Inspired by Christie…

I can’t remember when I read my first Agatha Christie but I was not much older than twelve or thirteen, maybe even younger. I was immediately hooked...
Boarding School Stories

Boarding School Stories

'The Lying Game' tells the story of four women, now in their thirties, but held together by a terrible mistake they made back when they were at boarding school together. I'm often asked whether I went to boarding school myself, and whether the setting is based on my own school days...
Hen Nights

Hen Nights

In a world where romance is always put above platonic love, a hen night is actually a lovely celebration to have...
Ships & the Sea

Ships & the Sea

One of my earliest memories – I'm still not completely certain if it's a real memory, or a sort of composite of truth and nightmare - is of ships and the sea...

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When Dr Alderney meets an enigmatic young woman at the Bluebird Rest Home, he is intrigued not just by her beauty, but by her air of sadness and reserve. But Hester Westaway has a story to tell, and as the years go by, Dr Alderney comes closer to unravelling her secrets than perhaps anyone else alive.

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