Do you like a book with a gripping story? A page-turner you can’t put down? A book with believable characters, a twisty yet credible plot and an easy-to-read pace? If that’s you, then this thriller set in Dublin should be right up your street.
“University Lecturer David Ryan is having an affair. And he thinks no-one knows.
He’s wrong. Someone does know. And that someone is out to blackmail him.
But when the blackmail attempt goes wrong, both Ryan and the blackmailer find themselves dragged into an underground (and decidedly seedy) world of secrets, lies and violence. A world where no-one can be trusted and everyone has something to hide.
Set in modern-day Dublin, ‘After the Affair’ is the unputdownable debut thriller from author Jonathan Kaye.”
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Jonathan Kaye is a stay-at-home dad who decided to write a thriller when his son started school. The house was tidy by ten every morning so what else was he gonna do till, like, three? Apart from drink coffee with moms – which he is very good at by the way.
It took him a while to figure out the plot. He even had to use google to find out what policemen and judges and people like that did. Characters were easier. He just based one of them on himself and all the others on people he knew. Seriously it’s what all writers do. Why do you think Stephen King’s protagonist is invariably a novelist?
Three years after starting out, he wrote the words ‘The End.’ It was quite the experience. Then he proofread and proofread and proofread again … but he knows there might still be one or two typos and he asks you to not be too upset by the fact.
What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?
It’s got to be that strange and very creepy portrait on the early editions of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. I assume it’s a depiction of the lead character, Patrick Bateman, and as such it really sets the tone of what is quite a dark and disturbing read.
There are very few covers I could imagine as standalone pieces of art, but this is certainly one of them. I could easily envisage that image hanging in a gallery somewhere and garnering quite a deal of attention.
I’ve read that it was painted by an artist called Marshall Arisman for the English Hardcover Edition of the book. It’s certainly eye-catching!
What’s your favourite time to read?
I’m an evening reader. I need to be active during the day and I’d actually find it hard to sit and read. But when 7.30 or 8.00 comes, then you’ll find me sprawled on the couch (or outside when the evenings are warm – which is quite often where I’m currently living) with a book or a kindle in my hands.
Do you have a favourite snack to nibble when reading?
On account of nibbling far too many snacks – and not just when reading! – I’ve cut down on that practice, though I am partial to anything with chocolate in it. I’m trying my best to suffice with a cup of earl grey tea while flicking through pages these days. And when the time is right, the earl grey gets swapped for a nice glass of chardonnay. One has to have some vices!
Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended?
That’s a tough one. So many to chose from. I liked Gillian Flynn’s characters, Nick and Amy in Gone Girl and Libby in Dark Places – they’re all so screwed up. And of course there’s Stephen King – he writes characters like no-one else can. But thinking about it now I’d have to opt for Lisbeth Salander. She was an awesome creation and, without doubt, the driving force behind Larsson’s (unfortunately posthumous) success. Complex, almost contradictory at times, and curiously cold (Blimey, that’s a lot of ‘c’s, isn’t it?) Salander just jumped out of the pages. Brilliant character. And one that was pretty well handled on screen too.
What is your favourite book quote?
I don’t know if it’s from a book, but it’s certainly from a writer and a very prolific one at that – Mark Twain (who appears to have every clever quote in the universe attributed to him!) Anyway it’s this and it’s a great piece of advice to live by (and to write by): ‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started.’
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