Today I’m the next stop on The Unravelling by Thorne Moore blog tour, the tour is being run by the lovely Debbie over at http://www.brookcottagebooks.blogspot.com/. Unfortunately I haven’t been unable to read The Unravelling due to the huge number of review books on my TBR pile, but it’s one I will certainly be adding it to my TBR pile to read at a later date. Thorne Moore has written a very intriguing guest post about the characters and cast of The Unravelling. The author is also running a giveaway to win an Ecopy of The Unravelling. To enter click on the Rafflecoptor link at the bottom of this post.
Tell us a little about your main characters and if your book could be made into a movie who would you get to play the parts of the main characters and why?
The Unravelling is a psychological mystery narrated by the main character, Karen Rothwell, a middle-aged, single woman, who suddenly remembers a girl from her schooldays, Serena Whinn. Serena was everyone’s idol, including Karen, and Karen can’t understand how she could have forgotten her so completely for 35 years. She becomes obsessed with finding Serena and unearthing more memories for her early youth. Obsession is the word because Karen is a damaged character, physically and mentally. She has major problems, including eating issues and a tendency to unravel completely. Something happened when she was ten that left her scarred, but she can’t remember what and she needs to find out.
Serena Whinn, by contrast, is too lovely to be scarred by anything. She’s the angelic girl who automatically played the Virgin Mary in the school nativity, the girl who smiled sweetly on everyone, the one whom everyone ached to have as a friend. So what would Karen think she might be like, 35 years later?
In her quest to find her, Karen tracks down the four girls who were Serena’s faithful and jealous friends. There was Ruth, who was neat and prim and obedient. There was Barbara, big and bossy and not very pleasant. There was Angela, the energetic athlete and there was Denise, the busily officious tell-tale.
When Karen is not careering round the country in search of them, she finds solace in books. Lots of books, built up like castle walls around her. Her one reliable friend is fellow bibliophile, Malcolm, who runs a bookshop. He doesn’t know what might have happened in her past, but he knows she needs a friend, someone to watch out for her.
And there’s another character. One whom Karen isn’t going to find, but central to the story, although it takes a while for Karen to remember.
If The Unravelling were made into a film… Well, wouldn’t that be nice? I’m not sure about a film, but I could see it as a three part TV drama maybe. Domestic Noir. It is very British. It would certainly offer parts for a whole host of female, middle-aged, character actors, not to mention a bunch of child actors. As for casting, when I first considered the question, I was in a panic. I don’t know anyone. I know characters in films and TV, but I have no idea who the actors are. So by dint of asking other people for their ideas, and then checking earnestly with the IMDB, I came up with some names. Then I came up with a lot more names. Then I had to choose.
The Unravelling does offer slightly more in the way of physical descriptions of characters than I usually allow, because my preference is for letting my readers draw in whatever face makes sense to them, instead of imposing my own choice. I think a book should be a collaboration between writer and reader.
However, even though there is an element of description in The Unravelling, I wouldn’t mind actors looking completely different, just as long as they conveyed the inner character properly. But how can you choose, on that basis, without auditions? I did contemplate inviting everyone on my list for an audition, but then I decided they might not come, so I really have nothing to go by but looks.
So with that in mind, here is my cast list for The Unravelling.
Anne-Marie Duff as Karen
Jodhi May as Serena
Poppy Miller as Ruth
Letitia Dean as Barbara
Anna Chancellor as Angela
Sophie Thompson as Denise
Tom Hollander as Malcolm. Definitely this one. Book him now.
Genre: Domestic noir
Release Date: 21 July 2016
Publisher: Honno Press
From the Top Ten Bestselling Author of A Time for Silence
When they were ten everybody wanted to be Serena’s friend, to find themselves one of the inner circle. But doing so meant proving your worth, and doing that often had consequences it’s not nice to think about – not even thirty-five years later.
Karen Rothwell is randomly reminded of an incident in her childhood which just as suddenly becomes an obsession. It takes her on a journey into a land of secrets and lies; it means finding that gang of girls from Marsh Green Junior School and most importantly of all finding Serena Whinn.
Praise for Thorne Moore’s novels
‘A true page turner’– http://www.gwales.com
‘The most chilling part of Thorne Moore’s skill is the way that she represents evil’ – Helen Tozer, sideline jelly
About Thorne Moore
Thorne Moore was born in Luton but has lived in in the back of beyond in north Pembrokeshire for 32 years. She has degrees in History and Law, worked in a library and ran a family restaurant as well as a miniature furniture craft business, which is still in Production, but she now concentrates on writing psychological crime mysteries.