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Faithful Place by Tana French

 

It’s been a busy summer. I loaded up my Kindle for a week’s vacation and then was afraid to get sand in it, so I had to go buy magazines and a book. I ended up with Tana French’s Faithful Place. It was a mystery/thriller set in Dublin and was, quite honestly, very engaging. I loved the writing and the characters.

In the mid 80s, a couple of teens fell in love and planned to run away together. The girl disappeared, apparently leaving her lover behind. Twenty-two years later, he is a detective and her abandoned suitcase has turned up. That’s all I’m telling you. Read it. You’ll like it.

 

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Guest Author Interview: Spencer Seidel!

WotV: Welcome to the Verge, Spence. We should warn our readers that together
we are insanely interesting, so they should brace themselves.

SS: Yes. Our insane interesting-ness is blinding. Or deafening. Whichever.

WotV: I try to make interviews a little different than usual. Ask different
questions and hope for fun answers. Ready? 

SS: I am!

WotV: Let’s start with  Dead of Wynter. I hounded you until you send me an
ARC. What made you finally give in? Will I be getting an ARC of the
new book? 

SS: Mostly I gave in because I was terrified that your stalking would get
worse. And the restraining order was taking FOREVER. No, I fought for
the ARC for you because you struck me as an honest reader who wouldn’t
read with an agenda, something that happens all the time with new
authors. You’d pushed hard for good books by other “unknown” writers,
so I figured you’d give me a fair shake. And yes, of course, you’ll be
getting an ARC of the new one!

WotV: I LOVED Dead of Wynter and encourage any mystery/suspense/thriller
lover to read it. Have you consider an audiobook version of it? I
happen to know lots of readers who would love that. 

SS: And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. It means a lot
to me. I would love to do an audio book. I’ve actually considered
posting a couple of Podcast readings on my web site. I read all of my
manuscripts aloud before letting anyone read them, so I’ve gotten
pretty good at it. Audiobooks can be prohibitively expensive for
publishers, so I can only hope it sells well enough to justify making
one.

WotV: Wynter was a great play on words. Do you enjoy that sort of thing? 

SS: I don’t think that way much, and I can’t quite remember why I started
thinking that Alice’s name should be Wynter, aside from the obvious,
which is that coldness, both physical and emotional, are themes in the
book. It just felt right to me, I guess.

WotV: How did Dead of Wynter come to you? Were you just sitting there one
day at your day job thinking, “I should kill someone” and then “It
would be safer to do it in writing”? 

SS: Ha! Fortunately, I don’t have too many days like that. Oh, hell, who
am I kidding? A lot of days are like that. Seriously, Dead of Wynter
was a much more personal story. My mother’s side of the family was
plagued by some persistent rumors about a murder among cousins in the
1940’s or 50’s. Then, when my uncle, who’d had some problems with
alcohol, died young, I put the two things together. That seed of an
idea that became Dead of Wynter.

WotV: What is the genre of your new book? Can you reveal the title?
SS: Yes! Same genre: thriller/suspense. The new book, as of now, is named

LOVESICK and will be published in April of 2012, hopefully in
hardcover. All except the genre is tentative, particularly the
hardcover part. LOVESICK has all the family dysfunction and darkness
of Dead of Wynter but with series potential. Oh, and there’s a sample
chapter now at the end of Dead of Wynter!

WotV: What is your favorite onomatopoeia? 

SS: This is easy. I love those words they used in the old Batman show from
the 60’s and in comic books. Words like “boing” and “bonk.” I
sometimes use words like this in my short stories because I love the
way they convey a kind of macabre sense of humor in horrible
situations. For example, here’s a bit of flash fiction: She approached
her husband from behind, on tip-toes, the claw hammer in her right
fist raised high. A moment later, just after he turned and saw what
she was about to do, the hammer sank into his forehead with a dull,
satisfying *thunk*.

WotV: Can you give us any clues about your new book? You know, inside stuff
that you won’t tell anyone less insanely interesting than us? 

SS: The back-cover blurb for LOVESICK is here:
http://www.spencerseidel.com/books/lovesick. Inside stuff? Sure, okay.
My original manuscript was reviewed by a psychologist, a lawyer who
works as an investigator for a prosecutor, and another lawyer friend
of mine. Their comments gave me one of those DUH! moments that led me
to a frenzied 3-day editing session. I rewrote large portions of the
manuscript while keeping the story/plot structure mostly the same. I
think the result is a better book. Hopefully, my publisher will agree.
And yes, I was slightly terrified to have a real psychologist read my
writing. Fortunately, he didn’t recommend institutionalization.

WotV: Anything you’d like to add? 

SS: Just thanks for having me, and I hope you keep reading what I write!

WotV: Just try to stop me! No, really. Don’t. Okay?

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Mini Book Review: I’d Know You Anywhere

I finally finished I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman. In spoiler-free terms, I’d know this plot anywhere. It wasn’t BAD… it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I expect my thrillers to be thrilling, and most of the “thrill” part was in the past in this novel. In fact, even the end didn’t “thrill” me.

Lippman writes pretty good suspense/thrillers, but I’m not crazy about this one. If you’re looking for “edge of your seat”, this isn’t it.

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