Happy Friday! We are incredibly excited for the weekend in this house, what do you have planned? Let me know in the comments below! Today I bring you a book I have just read. Any thriller fans out there, this is a must read!
The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin
Psychological suspense from the author of The Accident that explores a labyrinth of
lies, manipulation and revenge.
Literary agent Viola Matthews is sure she’s met Katherine Baxter before. So when her
husband and bestselling novelist Samuel Morton introduces Viola to the quiet,
unassuming woman he has offered to mentor, she knows their paths have crossed
before. The question is where?
As their worlds collide and the bond between Samuel and Katherine deepens, Viola
realises she must take control. If Viola is right, then Katherine needs to pay for
something that happened twelve years ago.
Perfect for fans of Louise Jenson and Katerina Diamond.
My new novel, The Pupil, published by Aria on 7 August, tells the story of Katie Hayes, who decides to go against everyone’s advice and pursue her childhood dream of being a writer. Of course, things are not as straightforward as that and she finds herself caught up in a triangle of lies and manipulation with her writing tutor, Sam Morton, and his literary agent wife, Viola Matthews, after she discovers that one moment twelve years earlier connects them all. One of the themes of the book is the idea of finding the courage to step out of your comfort zone and finally try your hand at something you have always wanted to do. Katie is a suburban housewife with two beautiful children and a seemingly supportive husband on the surface. When she signs up to a writing course tutored by Sam, she finds that the odds are stacked against her ever achieving her dream. Her husband doesn’t think she can cope and seems determined to keep her trapped in her role as housewife, her best friend thinks she is silly for even contemplating a writing career when she already has everything she needs, and her mother has never believed in her and is more convinced she will fail than succeed.
The inspiration for setting the novel in the world of the debut novel slushpile came from my own personal experience. Like Katie, I wanted to be a writer from a very young age,but my life veered off in a different direction and by the time I reached 40, I had written one novel, long buried in a drawer somewhere, and had dabbled in others. I started fleshing out an idea that had been banging around in my head for a while, but with a demanding career and two children, there were very few minutes in the day to dedicate to writing. However, I also realised that if it was something I was serious about doing, then I needed to commit, so I signed up to a writing course with the first few chapters of my book. That course fuelled my motivation to finish the novel, which a few years later then went on to become a bestseller (The Accident, published by Aria last year) and part of a four-book publishing deal. There have been many times over the last few years when I have fielded questions from various people about how I stay motivated to write and the effort it takes to juggle it with my family commitments and a day job. And I am honest in answering that sometimes it is incredibly hard. I am not a full-time writer, although I would love to be, and there are days when I want to give up, usually when reading a negative review or when the words on the page sound thin and pathetic.
But there are also many more days when the words flow easily and it sounds just right or when I receive a message from a reader telling me how my novel brought tears to their eyes or helped to distract them from their own everyday reality and I know that the hard work, juggling schedules and constant self-assessment are worth it. I love what I do. I love having the opportunity to create stories and characters for my readers, knowing that I had the courage to take the plunge. Just as importantly, I acknowledge that my day job, my family and my interactions with other people when I am not writing give me the detail and flesh that I need to add to the bones of a story idea and are therefore a necessity for my writing career. Of course, I don’t have an unsupportive husband or doubting family – quite the opposite – so my journey has certainly been easier that Katie’s. She may be a woman with many flaws, but she is also a woman with courage and tenacity – and that should be applauded. So if there is something you have wanted to try your hand at, but haven’t had the opportunity, courage or circumstance to do it, I would urge you to give it a go. I don’t think you’d ever regret trying, but you certainly may regret not giving it a go
What I Thought
Wow! I really love a good thriller and this did not disappoint. I found the lead up quite a slow burner but all the while could feel the tension in the air. Dawn Goodwin manages to introduce the characters and describe settings in a way that you can’t help but feel something dramatic is about to happen.
Katie is a downtrodden wife and after being a stay at home mum, realises she has missed out on following her dreams of writing. She decides to attend a writing class while her children are at school and from there, the story develops. I think many mums will identify with the feelings of Katie in the beginning. Although we love taking care of our little ones and getting to spend that precious time at home with them in the early years, once they go to school you can feel a little lost and without purpose. I like how the author drew on her own experiences of almost missing out on her dream for this story, and very glad she began writing as I really enjoyed this book!
This is perfect for any thriller fan. The author builds fantastic atmosphere through her descriptive writing and the story line itself is well handled and indeed, thrilling! A must read for any fans of thrillers, I look forward to future books from Dawn.
Where To Buy
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Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing. Now, she loves to writeabout the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly. Married, she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.
I look forward to seeing what others on the blog tour thought of this book. Do you enjoy reading reviews and recommendations from bloggers? I love seeing recommendations,k it always pains me to start a book and realise I don’t want to finish it! There aren’t many I have decided not to read, but some can be tough going!
Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for my ARC of this book in return for my review. All opinions are honest and my own