Laura Lippman. If you haven’t heard of her yet, you soon will. Laura is a crime superstar on the other side of the pond, and has won almost every prize given for crime fiction in the United States. Last week, she headlined at the Harrogate Crime Festival, with her brilliant new novel, The Innocents, tucked under her arm.
To quote a certain Mr Mark Billingham, “The Innocents is compelling, suspenseful – everything a great thriller should be – but it is SO much more than that…Laura Lippman is not just the author of top-notch psychological thrillers, she is one of the finest writers in America. Simple as that.”
He’s not wrong you know. But what’s it all about?
A dark, provocative and beautifully written story of troubled adults and the torment of a shared childhood secret. An age ago, they were the best of friends. But as time passed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past – and the terrible lies they shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? As the strain of keeping the secret begins to wear down on their souls, is it more dangerous to admit to the truth?
Here at Killer Reads, we’re offering you the chance to have a little tete-a-tete with Laura. Simply write your questions in the comments and we’ll pitch the five best to Laura herself. You’ve got two weeks to get your questions to us and the winning submissions will have their questions answered by Laura on the Killer Reads blog and win their own copy of The Innocents! Hurrah! So get writing now…