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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Penguins who haven’t read the rule book

May 8, 2017

I’m a big fan of National Geographic Traveller UK, so I was delighted to have my article on my experiences in Antarctica published in the May issue of this magazine which you can find here. I’m also really chuffed to see an illustration of myself by Jacqui Oakley. It’s a great likeness!

Just in case the link doesn’t work for you, here is the entire article which I hope you enjoy:

A black and white Chinstrap Penguin, no taller than my knee, pecks at my boots expectantly. Clearly he hasn’t read the rule book. Much as I have tried to stay at least five metres away from Antarctica’s wildlife, as visitors are asked to do, this inquisitive fellow is intent on investigating me and my camera bag.

I am on Deception Island: a volcanic caldera shaped like a ring doughnut with a bite taken out of it. At its centre, hides a deep harbour, and an abandoned whaling station. This is one of the few places on the Antarctic Peninsula where the beaches are clear of ice – at least in summer – thanks to heat from the dormant volcano beneath us. No wonder my feathered friend has chosen this thermally-warmed island to nest.
I’m standing on a beach of black volcanic sand at Bailey Head, looking out at an inky sea, and, in the distance, a turquoise iceberg that resembles a two-storey high teapot. Penguins, like fat little torpedoes, launch themselves out of the surf and waddle inland, wings out wide for balance. Despite the flurry of activity, there is order to the chaos. On one side of the beach, Chinstraps head for the water. On the other, they head inland. I am standing in a penguin super-highway.

Half a mile inland, the rocky nests of over a hundred thousand breeding pairs stretch as far as the eye can see. The ammonia-tinged stench of krill-pink guano is pungent enough to singe nostril hairs. Grey, downy chicks screech for food, adults bicker and ward off raiding parties of Brown Skuas and Giant Petrels. The noise is one of Antarctica’s profound contrasts: barely hours earlier, I was enjoying a silence I have only ever experienced in Antarctica. No people, no voices, no machines. Just a few Crabeater Seals, lazily basking in the sunshine on floating sea ice as I sit atop an icy ridge.

I’m in Antarctica researching my next thriller. I’ve already interviewed scientists at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, and at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart. But to bring such an alien land to life in my novel, I want to experience it myself. I discover first-hand the dangers of Antarctica’s volatile weather: one minute pristine skies, the next, raging blizzard. I learn how the intense cold hinders me physically and mentally and that somebody must always know my whereabouts: that’s why turning a small numbered tag every time I leave, and return to, the ship, is critical. But I don’t expect Antarctica to claim my heart in the profound way it does, or to be inspired to write not just one, but two thrillers set here.

Forget, for a moment, our multi-coloured world. Imagine one that is only blue, white and grey. A continent as big as Europe covered in ice. A land that growls and cracks as ice shelves calve and crevasses rend open, where you’ll find statuesque Emperor Penguins, sleek and deadly Leopard Seals and balletic wandering albatrosses. A place where you can be alone, so truly alone, it is terrifying – there is no permanent population, only a few thousand souls that come and go to the isolated research stations.
Antarctica has many abandoned stations. Some are famous, such as Scott’s hut on Ross Island. Others are hardly known. It was only when I visited the abandoned Base W on Detaille Island that I began to understand the extreme isolation experienced by early researchers who did not enjoy the modern, heated stations of today with access the Internet and phones.

As I tramp across the ice, I see a wooden hut that reminds me of a village hall, complete with green and white checked curtains, except the wood is bleached silver and the door is warped and scrapes across the floor as I open it. I discover is a time-capsule. I am back in 1953. A copy of World Sports magazine, dated August 1953, lies open and a pair of long-johns hang on a line over a rusted pot-bellied stove. Tins of Scotch Oats and herrings, though rusted, sit in a cupboard, intact. On the dining table is a half-completed jigsaw puzzle of a quaint English village scene. I begin to comprehend why the inhabitants had bothered with check curtains. They needed a little bit of England with them to preserve their sanity.

Antarctica is the most alien and beautiful place I have ever been. It is an icy Garden of Eden, a place that retains its innocence and unspoilt beauty. As long as The Antarctic Treaty that protects it is upheld, Antarctica can continue this way. Long may it last.

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Review of Strangers by Paul Finch

May 5, 2017

Delighted to be moderating a panel with author Paul Finch at CrimeFest on 18 May and I really enjoyed reading his novel Strangers. Here is a quick review:

I loved the central character, PC Lucy Clayburn, and was totally hooked as she struggles to prove she is worthy of becoming a detective by solving a series of brutal murders. Finch is a master story-teller who ensures that Clayburn is plunged into increasing jeopardy, until the dramatic and nail-biting climax. It shows that Finch is a former cop. His knowledge of policing really brings the story to life. I can’t wait for the next book.

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Female First: my top 10 chiller thrillers

April 13, 2017

Here are my Top 10 Chiller thrillers published by Female First.

If you can’t find the link, this is what I said:

Not only will these novels chill your blood. They are also set in the chilliest of locations.

  1. Rosamund Lupton’s The Quality of Silence

This is a tense psychological thriller and mother-daughter story set in Northern Alaska during the winter of permanent night. Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby put their lives at risk to search for Yasmin’s husband and Ruby’s father whom everyone, including the local police, believes to be dead.

  1. Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman

This is the fifth novel in the Harry Hole detective series to be translated into English. I particularly like this serial-killer story and its eerie, wintery setting in Oslo. Harry Hole is a flawed and fascinating character and the plot is full of twists that keep you guessing> But be warned, it is a little grizzly in places.

  1. Camilla Lackberg’s The Ice Child

In a small Swedish town a young girl, who has been missing for a while, is found. She has been subjected to terrible torture and she is not the only victim. The detective, and his wife, a writer, find themselves trying to solve the same crime. This book has a great plot twist at the end.

  1. Ruth Ware’s The Woman In Cabin 10

When Lo, a failing journalist, is given a chance to redeem her career on a luxury boat heading for the Arctic, little does she expect to witness a murder. Or does she? Lo finds herself isolated and in danger because nobody believes her. She must find a way to overcome her inner demons if she is to discover the truth and stay alive.

  1. Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station

This fast-paced Antarctic thriller introduces the character of US Marine, Shane Schofield (Scarecrow). The book has non-stop action, adrenalin-charged battle scenes, strange sea creatures, and dark secrets beneath the ice.

  1. James Rollins’ Subterranean

Action, adventure, mystery, suspense, this nail-biting thriller takes you into a terrifying subterranean labyrinth beneath Antarctica’s ice, where an entire civilisation once lived and where killers lurk.

  1. Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow

One of the first Scandinavian thrillers to become a best-seller, it is atmospheric, subtle and beautifully written, with unusual characters, especially the fascinating Smilla Jaspersen, who sets out to prove that the accidental death of a little boy was, in fact, murder.

  1. Martin Cruz Smith’s Polar Star

This is a masterful thriller set on a Russian factory ship in the middle of the icy Bering Sea in which a disgraced Russian detective, working on that ship, is commanded by the ship’s captain to solve the murder of a female crew member. Sinister and dark, this thriller will have you afraid to turn out the light.

  1. L.A. Larkin’s Thirst

I hesitate to include one of my thrillers in the list, but you can’t get chillier than this story of destructive greed in Antarctica. An isolated research station is under attack. What is the secret that must be kept at any cost? Can one man, with nothing but his survival skills, stay alive long enough to prevent a global catastrophe?

  1. Stieg Larsson’s The Millenium Trilogy

This series of three books which kicks off with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a must-read not only because of the damaged but brilliant hacker character, Lisbeth Salander, but because it is full of spine-tingling suspense. My favourite in the series is book two, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

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Professor Siegert video interview Part 4 – Averting Devour’s Fictional Catastrophe

Could life in Antarctica’s sub-glacial lakes be a threat to us if it is brought to the surface? In her thriller, Devour, L.A. Larkin creates this fictional scenario. So why does Professor Martin Siegert from The Grantham Institute believe it is important to explore these hidden Antarctic lakes and what might this tell us about distant planets like Europa?


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