Something a wee bit different today, we have an extra special feature with author A.J. Waines. We have an audio reading for you to enjoy and an interview feature.
Cut You Dead by A.J. Waines
You’ve got seven days… then you’re next
When a young woman falls to her death from a balcony, everyone thinks she lost her balance taking a daredevil selfie – until psychologist, Samantha Willerby, steps onto the scene. Called in by the Met to examine a series of cold cases, she uncovers a chilling link between this death and two others. The victims have one shocking detail in common: their hair was hacked off exactly seven days before they were killed.
When it comes to light that Sam knew one of the victims, she’s determined to break all the rules to track down this calculating serial killer with a terrifying calling card.
But the victims aren’t the only ones being watched. When Sam’s hair is slashed, she knows one thing for certain. She has only seven days before the murderer finishes the job. Can Sam get inside the mind of a ruthless killer before her first profiling case proves to be her last?
Listen to A.J Waines reading from Cut You Dead
AJ Waines is a number one international bestselling author, with sales of over half-a-million books. She topped the entire UK and Australian Amazon Charts in two consecutive years, with Girl on a Train. Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries.
AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she has publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Czech Republic and Canada.
Q and A with AJ Waines
CUT YOU DEAD
Describe your new psychological thriller in a couple of sentences:
Cut you Dead is about a serial killer whose ritual is to hack off pieces of women’s hair, then kill them exactly seven days later.
Where is the novel set?
Cut you Dead is set in the heart of London just after Christmas, when there’s snow and ice on the ground. The lead character, Samantha, is a psychologist helping the police by looking at old murder cases. She also wants to get into shape, so part of the mystery unfolds as she takes to the city streets to jog after dark.
I love writing about where I used to live (I’m now in Hampshire); it gives me an excuse to revisit the city, in all its technicolour pizazz, in my mind! It was also the perfect setting for Cut you Dead; that fabulous combination of crowded places, where a silent perpetrator can slip into the shadows and secluded side streets, where danger can strike out of sight. There’s also the River Thames; majestic and brooding, especially at night-time – and treacherously fast. Sam is probably up against her most devious adversary yet, in this thriller. I found it very gripping to write and I hope you love reading it as much as I loved getting Sam’s story down onto the page!
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe the book:
A creepy, chilling, psychological brain-twister!
How would you describe your main character?
Samantha Willerby is a feisty, jump-in-at-the-deep-end kind of psychologist, who doesn’t always play by the rules. Using every avenue she can think of, and disobeying direct orders on the way, she starts to uncover a trail of clues that lead her right into the path of the killer.
Name two of your favourite crime novels in the past year (and why).
The Wych Elm by Tana French – I found this novel totally engrossing. I felt like I knew the characters inside out. There’s humour and some gratingly ‘close to the bone’ moments (that I’m sure many of us would relate to) when we hear about the main character’s shame and fear of humiliation. Perfectly drawn and a chilling story.
When the Lights go out by Mary Kubica – two separate women tell their stories. One is seeking an identity, the other is desperate for a child. I love the way the author gradually brings their paths together and there’s a brilliant twist at the end!
What favourite crime drama have you enjoyed on TV?
I loved the Gold Digger with Ben Barnes and Julia Ormond. It’s got my favourite story elements: the ‘imposter’ idea where everyone mistrusts the motives of the new pin-up lover, where everyone is suspicious of everyone else, everyone is hiding secrets – and the viewer has no idea which way things will go! Exciting!
Please share one writing achievement this year.
I’ve recently signed a book deal for the Sam Willerby series with a publisher in Czech Republic. I love writing murder mysteries with a dark psychological undercurrent, so I’m delighted to see readers enjoy following the adventures of a psychologist as the ‘amateur detective’ in my thrillers!
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