Do you read for the purpose of research when you are writing? Or do you save reading purely for pleasure?
I don’t ever finding reading a chore, but sometimes my choice of books is dependent on what I am wriitng. Some people don’t read at all when they’re in the process of writing a book of their own. They say it influences what they write. I prefer to read as many stories with a similar theme as I can manage. It’s like market research in a way and it also helps make sure that my story has its own unique properties.
Here’s the list of books I’ve been reading the last few weeks. Not all of them would have made my book shelf had I not been looking for a certain type of book. Others, I perhaps wouldn’t have chosen, but I’m really glad I did. That’s the advantage of reading around your subject. You sometimes stumble across a real gem of a book that you would have perhaps overlooked before.
Don’t Look Back – Erica Spindler
It’s ten years since Kat McCall left her hometown after being accused of killing her sister, Sara. She returns to find out the truth, having been unable to put the past behind her. As far as some people are concerned though, Kat is guilty and it seems that there are also others who don’t want her to uncover the truth.
That Night – Chevy Stevens
18 yr old Toni and boyfriend Ryan are accused and convicted of killing Toni’s younger sister, Nicole. 17 yrs later, Toni leaves prison a different person to when she first went inside. Being out on parole and back in her hometown, she tries to adjust to life back on the outside. But it’s not easy. This story flits between Toni’s current situation in prison and the run up to the murder of her sister. It’s a gripping read that deals with bullying with nightmare consequences.
Out of the Depths- Cathy Macphail
Tyler lawless can see dead people, but no one believes her. After being forced to leave her old school because of her so-called made-up stories getting her in to trouble, things don’t seem to be much better at her new school either. All she wants to do is fit in, but that’s not easy to do when she can see a dead boy and he won’t leave her alone.
Behind Closed Doors- Susan Lewis
14 yr old Sophie Monroe vanishes one night and it looks as though she has run away from home. DS Andrea Lawrence is in charge of the investigation, but the details of Sophie’s case are dangerously close to home for her, forcing her to deal with a painful past and not let it cloud her judgement on this new case.
The Girl in the Photograph – Kate Riordan
It’s 1933 and young unmarried girls are not supposed to find themselves expecting a baby. Alice e
Everleigh, on her mother’s instructions, is to stay at an old estate called Fiercombe Manor until her baby is born, then she must give it up for adoption. Whilst staying at the manor, Alice begins to uncovers a mystery of previous resident, Elizabeth Stanton. Mrs Jelphs and Ruck, the only remaiming staff from the time refuse to speak of what happened, but Alice is drawn to Elizabeth’s story, as though it has a connection with her own.
From this list, I would recommend That Night and The Girl in the Photograph, inparticular, although all were good in their own way. Can you see the theme? – mystery dead people, ghosts and murders and being wrongly accused!
I’m sharing this for What I’m Writing.