If you’re looking for a page-turner of a book, can I recommend Sister by Rosamund Lupton?
It’s a psychological thriller with an unusual structure and an absolutely un-guessable ending – the sort of ending that made me want to go back to the beginning of the book and check that I hadn’t missed any obvious clues.
The story in a nutshell:
Beatrice’s younger sister, Tess, goes missing. The two of them have been incredibly close since childhood and Beatrice abandons her job in the U.S. to fly home to England to find out what has happened to her sister. The police make assumptions without proper investigation and close the case too quickly for Beatrice’s liking. But she carries on delving into her sister’s life, discovering things that she never knew and, finally, stumbling on something terrible.
There is one of those ‘Author Q and A’ sections at the end of the book and part of it deals with how Lupton developed her realistic characters. She says, “Before the last draft, I changed the central characters’ names and then read it again, as if meeting them for the first time to see if they seemed real.”
Sounds like a good tip for all of us!
And talking of tips, I hope I’m going to be able to give some to Dorinda Cass, the winner in my draw for a free critique. Dorinda lives in North Yorkshire and has a degree in Creative Writing. She is currently two-thirds of the way through a novel (well done, Dorinda!) and enjoys short story writing as well. Dorinda will be acting as a ‘guinea-pig’ for my planned critique service.
#1 by P Douglas Hammond on June 4, 2013 - 10:50 am
Ow! I wanted to win.
Its not fair!
#2 by Sally Jenkins on June 4, 2013 - 11:34 am
If only everyone could win ….
#3 by hilarycustancegreen on June 4, 2013 - 11:44 am
re: changing the main character’s name in a late draft. I have done this for both my published novels. The characters they had become in writing seemed no longer to fit their names. It sent close friends who had read the drafts crackers, but it gave me perspective and was fine for new readers.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on June 4, 2013 - 2:32 pm
Thanks for the insight, Hilary. It’s interesting that your characters had grown and changed in that way.
#5 by Linda on June 4, 2013 - 11:49 am
Sounds like my kind of book, have added it to my ‘must read one day’ list.
#6 by susan jones on June 4, 2013 - 2:27 pm
That book does sound good Sally, and well done to Dorinda, Hope you can help her to get that novel written and published Sally.