Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they’re pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.
**This book is unsuitable for younger readers; it contains discussions about murder scenes, conversations about sex, and slight profanity.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had a nightmare a couple of years’ ago where I dreamed that I was involved in a murder at school (I was 17 in my dream)… the story developed from there…
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My heroine, Emily, is based on the person that I wanted to be at 17 and the person that I thought that I was; though I don’t think either is true!
About the Author:
I’ve loved reading ever since I was tiny and discovered Enid Blyton in a corner of my classroom – The Magic Faraway Tree, anyone? I later went on to develop a trilogy to rival Tolkien, based on The Hobbit (er, only it wasn’t quite as good!).
As a grown up, my dream is to see my book in a book shop or to read a good review that some kind soul has left online for others to read. I live in the south of France with my small daughter and would, one day, like to be able to master the French subjunctive.
I’m author of new YA novel The Sham, a keen outdoor swimmer (whatever the weather), an avid reader and I also like to collect quotes, articles, tips etc. on how to write, submit & publish really good fiction.
Oh, and did I mention that I LOVE books…?