I can't believe how quickly the last few months have flown by. When I last wrote I was preparing to move the family from the Cotswolds to north Wales, to our dream house.
Well, we're in Wales, so that bit worked, at least... The dream house fell through, as these things so often do, and we're currently renting while we look for somewhere (hopefully) just as lovely. The children are in Welsh school, learning the language far faster than their parents, and we are loving life in Snowdonia. All this upheaval is the reason for this September newsletter arriving in November...
As for book news, where to start?
I SEE YOU came out in the UK in August (in hardback and ebook) and spent ten weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list, reaching number 1! I'm still in shock. It'll be out in paperback in the spring. If you're a fan of audiobooks do check out this sample: Rachel Atkins is a superb narrator and I love how she lifts the story from the page. If you're in Canada or the US, you'll be able to buy I SEE YOU from February 2017 - here's what you're looking out for on the shelves...
I LET YOU GO continues to do well, which is brilliant for a book that came out two years ago! After winning the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in July, (in the photo below I'm with my lovely editor, Lucy Malagoni, celebrating our win!) it went on to win the Cognac Prix du Polar for best international novel.
Over in the States I LET YOU GO hit the New York Times bestseller list in the summer. It's only available in hardback in the US right now, but the paperback comes out at the end of November. Isn't this cover gorgeous?
And yes, I'm writing my next book. S l o w l y ... In my defence, not only have I had all manner of house-moving stress to deal with, I have also been working on another project that I STILL can't officially talk about. If you've met me at an event recently, or chatted to me online, you've probably picked up a few hints about what this is, but the official announcement is still a way off, I'm afraid. Book three is progressing, however, and I had a fantastic research trip to HMP Downview, a women's prison in south London. I'm very grateful to the prison for facilitating a tour, and to the group of inmates who took part in a focus group to answer my very specific questions about life in prison. Book three currently has a working title of WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, and features a woman accused of attempted murder. Is she guilty? You'll have to wait and see.
My events calendar is sparser than normal right now, thanks to the house move, and to my looming deadlines. I will, however, be at the Foire du Livre de Brive this weekend, and at various locations as part of Book Week Scotland later this month. We're also putting the final touches to a north American tour planned for January 2017, which will take me to Toronto, San Diego, Kansas City, Phoenix and New York City.
To the right you'll find some reading recommendations to keep you busy now that the evenings are drawing in, and the name of the subscriber who has won a signed copy of I SEE YOU - congratulations!
Right, I've got a plane to catch: I'm off to Paris to catch up with my French publishers ahead of the book fair in Brive. I hope you enjoy my reading recommendations, and - as ever - please do stay in touch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email!