Matthew Cassidy is a man on the verge of self-destruction. His career is in tatters and his marriage is hanging by a thread under the threat of a latent violence he is struggling to control. His wife Rachel is on the verge of leaving him even before a phone call from his estranged father pulls him back into a world of violence and mystery that he left behind on a bloody winter’s night sixteen years before.
Matt must return to the quiet little country town of Tamerton, where he grew up in a world of questions but few answers. The town has changed but the mysteries remain, and Matt must question everything he thought he knew about his past. Why was his little sister mute? What really happened to his mother? And who are the two beautiful, ageless sisters who live in an isolated cottage out on the moor?
The Man Who Built the World is a tour de force supernatural thriller where the answers are never quite what they seem . . .
Targeted Age Group:
older teen to adult
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never give up. I almost did, and it would have been a mistake.
Specifically for self-publishing authors – make yourself into the biggest critic possible. If you’re not good at writing, look yourself in the mirror and admit it before uploading poorly written manuscripts. Then, rather than complaining about it, work on getting better. I spent fifteen years submitting to magazines, publishers and agents before I decided to self-publish with the seventh book I wrote, and I still think I’m far from the finished article.
Chris Ward is a native of Cornwall, England, but currently lives and works in Nagano, Japan. He is the author of The Tube Riders Trilogy, The Man Who Built the World, and the forthcoming Head of Words.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The book I wrote before this examined the healing power of love. This book’s central theme was the opposite – how love, despite its best intentions, has the power to destroy.