34 Days: A gripping psychological thriller from an international best-selling author
How much can your life change in just 34 days?
Anna and Ray have been married for thirty-five years. They are parents and grandparents and appear to be a normal couple. But behind closed doors something isn’t right.
On the day of their wedding anniversary Anna makes a decision that changes everything and throws her family into turmoil. Anna will discover that she is not the only one who has suffered and by leaving Ray she sparks a series of events so awful that it might just end in murder…
34 days is a stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Beautiful & Angel. It will appeal greatly to fans of Kathryn Croft, Rachel Abbott, B A Paris & Louise Jensen.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The day of Anna’s 35th wedding Anniversary is certainly something to celebrate. Today is the end of a reign of terror from her abusive husband Ray. This is Day 1 for Anna, the day she will slip away after all the cards from family have been opened and read. She knows that she must go into hiding even from her now grown up children, because if she could get beatings from Ray for the no reason at all, he would kill her for leaving him!
Financially secure, Anna soon finds the perfect retreat for herself and as the days go by she gains confidence and courage. She has established phone calls with her children, where she discovers they knew more than she thought but what could they have done? Ray of course demands her return.
What a fabulous story this is that just held surprise after surprise on every page. I was simply blown away. Anna’s leaving Ray was a trigger for another family member to go into melt down that would impact everyone a million times more. 34 days from Anna leaving that is all the time it takes. I was stunned. I was shocked. I was in psychological thriller readers heaven.
How damaged can one person be? because whoa this soon becomes pretty gripping and shocking in equal measures and at moments incredibly sad with the collateral damage that is attached to it. Anita Waller’s novel is truly a jaw dropping read but it doesn’t finish here. There is a follow on book to this. Strategy. This is a very highly recommended read.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children, Matthew, Siân and Kirsty along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from Brad at 22 down to baby Isaac, just 2 years old. And now, to bring further joy, their first great-grandchild, a little girl, is due on 7 January 2017, their golden wedding anniversary!
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters. She wrote several novels in the romance genre and then realised she wanted to add murders to the romances, so she morphed into a psychological thriller author. Beautiful was her first completed novel in this genre.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. It was all to do with Eric Cantona and leaping over the barrier – don’t ask!
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 1 September 2015 it was released as an ebook, to be followed a couple of days later by the paperback version.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
Her third novel, 34 Days, followed Angel and was launched on 3 October 2016 to outstanding success; at its highest level, it was #26 in Amazon charts. It is selling equally as well in the US and Australia and has sold over 15,000 copies in the first eight weeks following publication.
Anita has been desperately trying to find another Amstrad marvel written many years ago called Essence of Lavender. This, again, is in hard copy and she has put it carefully away in a safe place. Unfortunately. the safe place is safer than she realised, and she can’t find it! This manuscript has now been re-worked and is with her publishers, Bloodhound Books, with the new title of Winterscroft. Publication date is set for 24 February 2017. She is confident the old draft will surface when the new version is launched!
In addition to writing, she also teaches patchwork and quilting – a little reference to this is likely to surface in every book!
She is a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! More than a little reference to this is likely to surface – see 34 Days!
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
Facebook page: @anitawaller2015
OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR
The thrilling follow up to 34 Days…………………………………..
STRATEGY things just got a whole lot scarier………………………………
Publication day 10th August 2017