Author of SOMEONE OUT THERE, Catherine Hunt shares her Top 10 Books

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Strangers on a Train/Patricia Highsmith.

A clever and simple idea for the perfect murder. Excellent portrayal of the relationship between the two main characters; the psychopath Bruno and his alter ego, Guy, who is the target of his corruption.

To Kill a Mockingbird/Harper Lee.

I love this for its focus on having the courage to stand up for what you believe in and for Atticus Finch with his burning sense of justice.

  

The Woman in White/Wilkie Collins.

Full of suspense, a twisting plot and great characterisation, especially the sinister Count Fosco. Chilling and very dramatic.

My Cousin Rachel/Daphne Du Maurier.

This tale of two men’s obsession with a mysterious woman they want to control keeps you guessing until the very end about whether Rachel is guilty or not … and then it keeps you guessing some more.

  

Rubbernecker/Belinda Bauer.

Original and with a terrific lead character, Patrick, who suffers from Asperger’s. I love the way the author switches from grimly bleak to darkly funny; a wonderful mix of darkness and light.

A Fatal Inversion/Barbara Vine.

A haunting story of how past sins cast long shadows.  Very atmospheric as it moves between a long hot summer of lost youth when murder was committed, and ten years later when those involved fear revelation.

  

Engleby/Sebastian Faulks.

A delightfully creepy book and a great character study of a sociopath. All is very definitely not what it seems.

Catch 22/Joseph Heller.

Very funny and very sad. Great use of satire and black humour to highlight the insanity of war, the mendacity of political and military leaders, and the madness of human behaviour.

  

Apple Tree Yard/Louise Doughty.

Riveting tale of a successful, smart woman who makes one bad judgement which leads to terrible consequences.

The Mermaids Singing/Val McDermid.

Fast paced, tense and exciting. A compelling exploration of the tormented mind of a killer.

 

Catherine Hunt’s debut thriller Someone Out There is out now. For the latest from the author, you can follow her on Twitter @CHWrites, Like her on Facebook, and visit her website catherinehunt.com.

Happy Publication Day to Jack Higgins and Catherine Hunt!

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It’s publication Thursday here at Killer Reads HQ. We’re celebrating the publication of two very different but equally fabulous books out today.

094300-FC50The legendary Jack Higgins is at it again with his latest installment of his bestselling Sean Dillon series. Whether you are a longtime fan or looking for a longstanding series to dive into, Rain on the Dead brings us a mesmerizing new thriller of murder, terrorism and revenge.

It begins with the attempted assassination of the ex-President of the United States.

Only the presence of Sean Dillon and the fellow members of the ‘Prime Minister’s Private Army’ prevents it becoming a bloodbath. Soon they are on the trail of the perpetrators, confident they will catch them.

What Dillon and his team don’t realize is that they have just sprung a trap that will lead them to almost certain death.

There is a new Master pulling the strings for al Qaeda in London, and this time he’s going to make sure the hated enemy is destroyed once and for all.

A storm is coming for Sean Dillon…

In addition to Rain on the Dead coming out in hardback in the UK, new paperbacks of Sean Dillon’s previous missions are now out today as well. The third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh books in the series have striking new covers–perhaps something to consider for those looking to get their Father’s Day shopping in early!

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The second title out today is Catherine Hunt’s highly anticipated debut thriller Someone Out There. The Goodreads giveaway alone has seen over 850 entries. Someone Out There tells a story of obsession, revenge and deceit of a woman caught up in terrifying circumstances. If you loved The Girl on the Train and C.L. Taylor’s The Lie, this book will be right up your alley.

107048-FC50Laura Maxwell appears to have it all – perfect career, perfect husband, perfect life. But how well do you really know the people around you? All it takes is one tiny crack to shatter the whole façade.

A series of accidents causes Laura to believe that someone out there is deliberately targeting her, trying to harm her. The fear starts to pervade every part of her life, affecting her work and her marriage. Increasingly, she feels that no one believes her story, and she must face down her attacker alone.

We’ve been fortunate enough to receive some fantastic guest blog posts from the author herself over the past couple of weeks. Be sure to catch our Q&A with Catherine Hunt as well as which two incidents sparked the idea for Someone Out There.

You can read the first chapter of the harrowing thriller here on the author’s website. If you’re ready for chapters two and three, read on below!

And for the latest from Catherine Hunt, you can follow her on Twitter @CHWrites, Like her on Facebook, and visit her website catherinehunt.com.

A Killer Q&A with author Catherine Hunt

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Tell us about yourself.

I’m a journalist who for many years was with BBC TV news producing and then editing the main TV news shows. Started out on local papers in the dim, distant past. Currently run a media consultancy business. Avid reader of crime fiction.

Tell us about your latest book.
Someone Out There is my first thriller. It’s about divorce lawyer, Laura Maxwell, who believes she’s being targeted by someone intent on destroying her. It’s about obsession, fear, isolation; about how quickly life can unravel and how well you ever really know the people around you.

When did you start writing?
I only started writing fiction a few years ago. Up until then, it was all factual stuff. I did write a few short stories as a teenager but never dared to send them off.

What drew you to the world of crime?
Probably all the real life crimes I’ve written copy on over the years, some of them so incredible and bizarre they would never have got past a literary agent!

Where do you write?
Wherever I can but preferably at home at a desk looking out at the garden and some woods beyond.

Which other authors do you admire?
Difficult because there are a lot. To pick a few: Patricia Highsmith, Barbara Vine,  Daphne Du Maurier,  Graham Greene , Gillian Flynn, Nicci French, Stephen King and Iain M Banks.

Book you wished you’d written?
To Kill a Mockingbird

Greatest fictional criminal: Count Fosco in The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Greatest fictional detective: Arkady Renko

What scares you?
The usual things: wars, real life killers, cruelty – oh and politicians.

Are you ever disturbed by your own imagination?
Not really though it might be best to keep it to myself to avoid any strange looks.

3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE.
        Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith
        Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
        Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

What’s your poison?
Vodka, rum, gin, need I go on?

Are you on social media?
Yes, I’m on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.

How can fans connect with you?
On Twitter @chwrites and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatherineHuntAuthor
Or via my website: http://www.catherinehunt.com