Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the Gone Astray by Michelle Davies blog tour. If you love a tense thriller then this might just be the book for you, just look what people are saying……
I couldn’t put it down. Every single character in Gone Astray has a strong and unique emotional story to tell, and Michelle Davies manages to extract every ounce of threat from the powerful emotions of envy and greed. The relationship between DC Maggie Neville and DCI Umpire is compelling, and it’s great to see an FLO take centre stage. Gone Astray is highly recommended, and I can’t wait to read the next one (Rachel Abbott)
A clever but all too believable crime thriller that’s right on the money when it comes to creepy, twisted plots (Claire Frost Fabulous)
I loved it. It’s a brilliant, compelling read, with characters who came alive and were completely believable, as was the heart-wrenching portrayal of the anguish suffered by the parents of a missing child (Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You)
A tense, clever look at how quickly paradise can turn into hell. I read it in one sitting (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)
How Brangelina helped me write a crime novel (yes, really!)
I was on maternity leave from my job as Assistant Editor on Grazia, the weekly fashion and news magazine, when I decided to start work on the novel I’d been dreaming of writing for decades.
There was no question of me ever writing anything other than crime fiction though – I was a voracious reader of the genre, an armchair detective who loved the mystery, suspense and psychological insight that crime novels provide.
Yet it came as a surprise to the few colleagues I confided in that Gone Astray was crime fiction. My background was in celebrity and entertainment news – interviewing stars or writing about them. I also worked in an office that, while nowhere near as extreme as the one depicted in The Devil Wears Prada, certainly nodded to it at times!
Yet as I sat down to begin Gone Astray, it dawned on me that writing about celebrities for a living had actually been good training.
A good crime novel needs a gripping narrative and, like it or not, celebrity lives do provide that – just look at the rolling coverage of Kim Kardashian’s recent Paris robbery. Every day a new chapter of the story was being reported – the secret engraving on the $4million ring that was stolen, the loyal bodyguard on the verge of bankruptcy, a one-in-a-million CCTV image of the robbers caught in the reflection of a mirror in a beauty salon. It would make a great book plot!
Writing about celebrities also teaches you about characterisation. The media and public are both guilty of assigning roles to celebrities that verge on fictional to suit their own narrative – take ‘sad, lonely, desperate’ Jennifer Aniston, for example. Developing those ‘characters’ week-by-week means you build up details of their background, motivation, etc. Unlike fictional characters, however, you can’t put thoughts into a celebrity’s head when you write about them (i.e. ‘Brad thinks he should never have left Jennifer in the first place’) – believe it or not, there are strict legal rules about that. So being able to make my characters say exactly what I wanted was the most fun I had writing Gone Astray!
Michelle Davies has been writing for magazines for twenty years, including on the production desk at Elle, and as Features Editor of Heat. Her last staff position before going freelance was Editor-at-Large at Grazia magazine and she currently writes for a number of women’s magazines and newspaper supplements. Michelle has previously reviewed crime fiction for the Sunday Express’s Books section.
Michelle lives in London with her partner and daughter and juggles writing crime fiction with her freelance journalism and motherhood. Gone Astray is her first novel.
When a Lesley Kinnock buys a lottery ticket on a whim, it changes her life more than she could have imagined …Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a GBP15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter Rosie to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives – and friends – as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams. But it soon turns into their darkest nightmare when, one beautiful spring afternoon,
Lesley returns to their house to find it empty: their daughter Rosie is gone. DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family. And she has a crisis threatening her own life – a secret from the past that could shatter everything she’s worked so hard to build. As Lesley and Maggie desperately try to find Rosie, their fates hurtle together on a collision course that threatens to end in tragedy …Money can’t buy you happiness. The truth could hurt more than a lie. One moment really can change your life forever.
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (24 Mar. 2016)
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