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Late again...

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

Happy reading,

x Clare

Drum roll...

In every newsletter I select one subscriber at random to receive a signed copy of my latest book. This issue's winner is... 

Jane Withers

Congratulations! If you're Jane Withers, email me with your postal address. 

I'll be selecting another winner in my winter newsletter.

Books to read now

Searching for a Silver Lining
Miranda Dickinson

Much as I love thrillers and crime novels, sometimes I want something a little cheerier, and Miranda's latest fitted the bill perfectly. It's a lovely story about intergenerational friendships, with a smashing dollop of romance thrown in for good measure. Perfect for when life's feeling a little grey. 

Out of Bounds
Val McDermid

There's a very good reason why Val McDermid is known as the Queen of Crime, and if you haven't read any of her books yet, I'd urge you to start. Out of Bounds is a superb procedural based around historic crimes, with an emotional depth missing from many other crime novels.

Lie With Me
Sabine Durrant

I raved about this book over the summer, but if you missed it, it's well worth a read. Best read by the pool somewhere hot, but equally brilliant cosied up on the sofa. A claustrophobic domestic suspense with twists, turns, and unreliable narration. 

Books to pre-order

The following books aren't available yet, but trust me, you won't want to miss them. Pre-order them now, and be the first to talk about the hottest books of 2017.

Good Me, Bad Me 
Ali Land

This debut blew me away when I read it last week, and I've been dying to talk to someone about it. Clever, twisty, and so original - it's a sure-fire bestseller. 

Her Husband's Lover
Julia Crouch

Psychological thrillers don't come much better than this. I devoured it in a single sitting and felt bereft when it finished. Amazing. 

Everything But the Truth
Gillian McAllister

This tip is so early I can't even show you a cover. Another debut, this time something less 'thriller', more 'romantic suspense'. Think Jodi Picoult meets Gillian Flynn. It's incredibly evocative, with a moral dilemma that had me in tears. An author to keep on your radar, for sure.

He Said/She Said
Erin Kelly

Wow. I can't even begin to tell you how incredible this book is. All I can say is I wish I'd written it. 
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