I’m super excited to have Kathryn Croft pop by the book review cafe today. Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, reached number one in the psychological thriller charts. Her fourth novel, The Girl You Lost, will be published on 5th February 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.
Hi Kathryn, welcome to the book review cafe, I’m so excited to have you on my blog today
For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book The Girl You Lost can you provide us with an introduction?
Thank you for having me on your blog!
The book tells the story of Simone Porter, whose daughter Helena was abducted eighteen years ago. Simone and her husband, Matt, have never found out what happened to her, but one day a young woman follows Simone and tells her she has information on Helena. Determined to find out what happened all those years ago, Simone is drawn into a world beyond anything she could have imagined. And at what cost will the truth come?
Where did the idea For The Girl you lost come from?
Initially the idea came from two different ideas I had for separate books. While planning one idea (which the prologue is based on) I decided to amalgamate the two to make a much better plot! But I also have to credit a friend, for giving me an idea for the horrible acts referred to. Sorry to be vague but I don’t want to give anything away to those who haven’t read it!
How do you research material for your book?
The internet! I’d be lost without it! But for any police procedural information I need I speak to a friend of mine who is a police officer. As far as settings go, I always write about places I know. Talking to people in general is also an invaluable research tool.
Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?
Not really! Other than not being able to relax until I’ve completed my word count of 1000 words a day.
Do you write an outline before you start writing?
Yes, I always have to know exactly how the book will end, and then I plan out each chapter. They often end up changing as I go along, but that’s the fun of writing – sometimes the characters surprise me and I am often taken in unexpected directions!
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I finished my first novel, Behind Closed Doors, in January 2013 and I was lucky enough to find my agent very quickly. She signed me up and pitched it to publishers but unfortunately we didn’t secure a deal. So then in December 2013, we published it ourselves on Amazon through the Whiteglove programme. We also did this with my second novel, The Stranger Within, and it wasn’t until my third novel that I finally got an amazing publishing deal with Bookouture. But nothing in life comes easily, and rejection is part of the process. It just made me more determined to get there in the end! It just goes to show that you should never give up!
What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
Editing a book after it’s had a structural edit is the hardest part of the process. I can honestly say that I don’t enjoy it at all, even though it’s so important that it’s done and I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic editor.
How did you get signed to Bookouture?
My agent and I were about to publish my third novel, The Girl With No Past, on Amazon but before that it needed editing. Keshini Naidoo was recommended to me so I contacted her to see if she was free to do the edit and thankfully she was. She really enjoyed the book and when my agent sent it out on submission (to give it a go before we self-published), Keshini snapped it up for Bookouture.
If you couldn’t write books, what would you do for a living?
I can’t imagine not writing, but if I couldn’t then I would be really interested in counselling or psychiatry.
Describe your book in 5 words?
This one’s really difficult! I would say ‘dark’ and ‘disturbing’ but is it okay if I cheat and use reviewers words for the rest? It’s been called ‘gripping’, ‘a cracker’ and ‘more twists than a helter skelter’! Okay, so that last one is more than five words but it sums up what the reviewer thought!
Describe yourself in 5 words?
This is even harder! I had to ask my husband and he said ‘perfectionist’, ‘dedicated’, ‘passionate’, ‘caring’ and ‘ambitious’!
What authors/books do you like to read in your spare time?
I absolutely love psychological thrillers so I devour as many as I can!
What book are you reading now?
I’ve just started SJ Watson’s Second Life and I’m really enjoying it. I’m not getting very far as I’ve just had a baby so that doesn’t leave much time for anything, but so far it’s fantastic! Very atmospheric.
Are you able to tell me anything about your next book?
I’m currently working on it (or trying to – see baby excuse above!!) but it involves someone waking up next to a dead body!
During all the interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
What’s the meaning of life? I wish I knew the answer to this, but if I had to guess I’d say to learn and discover who you are and hopefully leave your mark in this world!
And finally Kindle or Book?
Definitely books but I do have a Kindle.
Thank you very much – great questions!
Thank you Kathryn for answering my questions, great answers and good luck with the new book, baby allowing!
About Kathryn Croft
Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.
Her fourth novel, The Girl You Lost, will be published on 5th February 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.
After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.
Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!
Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.
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Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.
A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.
Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.
Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?
When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.
Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.
Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?
Last year I read Kathryn’s The Girl With No Past and rated it 5 stars, and since then I’ve been eagerly waiting for The Lost Girls, would it be as good? Would it live up to her previous book? These are all questions that ran through my head, as I picked up The Girl You Lost.
If I had any qualms about The Girl you lost they evaporated the minute I read the prologue, from the off the reader is dragged in and Kathryn doesn’t release her grip to the very last page!
The Girl You Lost is a psychological thriller dealing with the difficult and heartbreaking subject of child abduction. Simone is living her life the best way she can, she’s a successful journalist and still married to Matt her childhood sweetheart, but Helena is never far from her thoughts, and questions remain unanswered about her daughters disappearance. That is until Grace crashes into Simone’s life and throws her life into turmoil, from that moment on The Girl You Lost becomes shrouded in a dark and sinister mystery that will keep you reading late unto the night. Being a mother myself it was easy to see how Simone would do anything to find out the truth regarding her daughters abduction, endangering herself and putting her marriage in jeopardy, as her search for the truth pulls her into the murky world of abduction, murder, lies and deceit.
From the prologue the tension is tangible, and I found myself racing through The Girl You lost, as each chapter left you wanting more. There are twists and turns galore, which guarantees the reader a hell of a ride. By the time I reached the Nail biting conclusion I was a nervous wreck, the ending has left me speechless (not a mean feat). I can honestly say ” I never saw that coming”. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the ending was a masterclass in psychological suspense and very well plotted.
Kathryn Croft is definitely a name to watch out for in this genre, she delivers a well plotted psychological thriller, which although upsetting to read at times, was very believable. Her characters are very well developed and I really felt Simone’s pain and anguish throughout the book. I think The Girl You Lost will definitely be one of my top reads of 2016. My thanks to publishers Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced reader copy, in exchange for an honest review.
5☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me
Publishers: Bookouture 5th February 2015