Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Claire Cooper grew up in a small village in south Wales before moving to London as a student. She graduated with a degree in Ancient History and Egyptology and spent seven months as a development worker in Nepal. On her return to Britain she joined the civil service, where she worked for 17 years on topics ranging from housing support to flooding. She hung up her bowler hat when she discovered that she much preferred writing about psychotic killers to Ministerial speeches. She lives in London with her husband and two cats.
Claire discussing her book The Verdict
Claire discussing The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tay
The Elevator follows two women trapped in a lift over one sweltering, claustrophobic day in a New York office building. Trying to rebuild her life after an incident at work, HR director Cerys transfers to a new role in her company’s New York office. On the day of an important meeting, she steps into the lift with Maeve, a woman she had noticed arguing with the receptionist in a British accent. A few seconds later, the electronic voice stutters, then stops, and the elevator grinds to a halt.
Unbeknown to Cerys, Maeve is driven by a dark secret which has brought her to New York, and she won’t leave until she gets what she wants. Could Cerys be the person she’s been looking for? As the hours tick by, one thing becomes clear – one of them might not make it out alive.
Natalie recognises the man in the supermarket queue. He was accused of a horrific crime. She sat on the jury that let him walk free.
The trouble is, she thinks he lied. She thinks he’s a guilty man.
And now, weeks later, here he is . . . in her neighbourhood.
Should she walk away and forget her suspicions? Or should she follow him? Strike up a conversation? Invite him into her home? Into her bed?
How far would you go to find the truth?
A dark, addictive thriller about obsession and revenge which will grip you from the first page to the last. Perfect for fans of Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce and You by Caroline Kepnes.
The book club was her idea, of course. Alice’s.
It was her way into our group. A chance to get close.
I knew from the day she arrived that she couldn’t be trusted.
And I was right.
Because Alice didn’t come to the village for peace and quiet.
She came for revenge.
A deliciously addictive psychological thriller about a book club that unravels dark and scandalous secrets between one circle of neighbours. The perfect page-turner for fans of Big Little Lies and The Rumour.