“Jess is dead, and it’s my fault.”
Anna Macbeth has spent her whole life trying to escape from her past. She left the rural Yorkshire village where she grew up for life as a family lawyer in London, but what secrets did she take with her?
When a familiar voice telephones her with tragic news, Anna knows that running away is no longer an option, and that she has to return to face her demons.
What led Anna to flee from her home, and what is it that causes her to return?
“Charcoal” unfolds a dramatic sequence of events that demonstrate the consequences of desires.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-118
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I wrote this book I lived in a small village, very much like Morrow, which features in the book. I was inspired by the location and the people.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted to write a book where the protagonist was not the most likeable person in the world, but where readers would still be engaged with her story and want to know what happened to her.
She had not heard his voice for over ten years, but there it was, at just after six in the morning at the beginning of November. It was unmistakable, even down a phone line from three hundred miles away. Tim’s voice was urgent; he was rushing and stumbling words. To Anna’s sleep-addled brain, it was incomprehensible. There was a point that he was trying somehow to reach, but he wasn’t coming across clearly. Anna remembered him as confident and self-assured, but he sounded somehow broken.
“Slow down,” she said. “Start at the beginning.”
But the beginning came out as the end, and with three words, Anna knew the whole story: “Jess is dead.”
As Tim spoke, filling in the details, an image formed in Anna’s mind, not of the woman that she knew Jess had become, but of the girl who had been her best friend for so many years. Smiling and freckle-faced, always the optimistic, positive one. Jess had been the driving force behind the life that Anna now led, and Anna in turn had been responsible for the life that Jess could no longer live. Anna knew this as the words hit her. Jess was dead, and it was her fault.
They had exchanged letters, and she had spoken to Jess many times, promising to meet but always cancelling at the last minute. Anna’s so-called busy life was a perfect cover for her inadequacies as a friend. She had intentionally built the distance between them, both figuratively and literally, moving to London and leaving Jess and Tim behind in every sense. In nearly every sense.
“I’ll come straight away,” Anna said.
She was twirling the cord of the phone around her hand, nervous, agitated and unsure of how to feel.
“Thanks. Let me know when you are near. I’ll meet you.” They said their awkward goodbyes and hung up.
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