Sheena Lambert dives below the surface of THE LAKE — out today!

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Happy Publication Day to Sheena Lambert! Her first Killer Reads imprint novel, The Lake, is out today in eBook format. We have the privilege of sharing an exclusive blog post from Sheena in celebration of its release. Continue reading to learn more from the author on the namesake behind this far-from-placid Irish thriller.

 


 

The Lake by Sheena Lambert coverLakes are ominous entities.  Even on a clear day when it seems like the sun has scattered diamonds on its surface and its clear water laps gently at the shore, a lake is foreboding.  Its stillness, ever threatening.

It’s usual to associate water with cleansing and renewal; what could be more refreshing than a racing, gurgling river, or more of a balm to the soul than the crashing waves of the churning tides?

But lakes are different.  Lakes are silent; they sit, still, their apparently stagnant water deep and heavy.  Lakes keep secrets.  Unlike those rivers and oceans which like playful children cannot resist the temptation to throw up their hidden treasures, flinging them on their banks and beaches for all to see, lakes hold their secrets close, interred, weighted down by deep, cold water, never willingly revealing what they hide.

Is it any wonder that lakes have been the scene of many murderous crimes?  Some of the most gruesome and shocking killings have had connections to lakes – Lake Bodom in Finland, Coniston Water in England and Lake Shelbyville in the USA are just a few of the lakes that have played a role in serious crime around the world over the past decades.

Even more mysterious are the manmade lakes that spread across the planet like a contagion in the mid 1900s in man’s pursuit of industrialisation.  These lakes, the progeny of great dams built across rivers in rural areas, served to further the development of cities through the provision of fresh water and electricity, while destroying the lives and livelihoods of thousands of country people.  All around the world there are lakes which didn’t exist 100 years ago, their waters guiltily concealing the broken lives and the broken homes of the Washed-Outs who had no choice but to leave.

It is one such lake that sits, quietly, in the townland of Crumm in the Irish midlands.  In 1975, a year of exceptionally warm and dry weather, the water level drops lower than ever before, mysteriously revealing a shallow grave in the drying silt.  Now those, like Peggy Casey and her siblings, descendants of the Wash-Outs who have lived beside the lake all of their lives without giving it much consideration, have no choice but to notice.

And just like every other, this lake has secrets it wants to keep.

 

Be sure to keep up with the latest from Sheena by following her on Twitter @shewithonee. You can also find her on Facebook and her website.

More from Sheena around the web today.
Writing.ie Magazine:  
A Killer Read: Sheena Lambert on The Lake
Catherine, Caffeinated:  5 Ways To Get a Book Deal

Q&A with S. Williams, author of TUESDAY FALLING

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Tuesday Falling S. Williams coverWhat drew you to the world of crime?
Watching James Bond as a child.  Then Get Carter. Then reading Chandler. James Lee Burke. Rupert Thomson. Working in Soho and swimming in the fabulous gutteratti that butters the place.

What author (besides yourself) do you think that everyone should read?
Me, I’d start with Dickens. Best characters. Best settings. For stone-cold, drop-dead brutal violence and moral relativism, there’s none finer.

Tomorrow, of course, I’d have another answer!

Tell us about your new book.
Set in and under present day London, in the hidden areas of the City. Concerns streetgangers, pain merchants and the criminal underground being outwitted by a 17-year-old indy girl with a total disrespect for their supposed power and a fine line in stolen antique weapons. A hyper violent, super swear-y explosion of a book that everyone should read!

Is there a lot of research that goes in to your books?
Loads! From spending my time with people on the estates to actually working in some of the tunnels. From drag netting the interweb for ‘dark’ information to trying to work out just what was possible for Tuesday by ‘walking’ her world.

What are you working on now?
A YA novel called Stitches, involving girls, knives, a hood and an urban abandonment called Dead-town.

Do you think you could pull off the ‘perfect murder’?
Oh yes. I know where you live. All of you.

What’s your poison?
Anything with Quinine in it!

 

Tuesday Falling is out Thursday, March 5 (this week!). Be sure to pre-order it here, and follow S. Williams on Twitter @tuesdayfalling.

Preview: TUESDAY FALLING by S. Williams

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Tuesday Falling S. Williams coverSometimes, I like to just sit on the tube, travelling from station to station. The station, then the tunnel, then the station. Over and over.

The white. The black.

I never look directly at anyone; I always look at them in the windows. See them reflected in the dark of the machine.

Sometimes, when the noise in my head threatens to make me snowbound, I just travel the tube, tuning everything out. Leaning my head against the connecting door. Feeling the vibration. Feeling the ghosts move through me. Waiting for it all to stop.

 


From the editor:

Tuesday’s raw and startling voice grabbed me by the throat from the first page. I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t get her voice out of my head. S. Williams’s debut novel is explosive, thrilling, provocative, and hugely compelling. It’s a story of vengeance – of a young woman fighting back against those who very nearly destroyed her and who continue to bring pain to others like her. It’s a story about loss, hope, brutality, and strength. We are so proud to be showcasing this incredible new talent on our Killer Reads list – and I defy you not to be gripped by this crazy adrenaline ride of a novel!

 

Tuesday Falling publishes on Thursday 5th March. Click here to pre-order your copy.