Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Stranded by Stuart James.
ABOUT THE BOOK
What could be more innocent than going on a family holiday?
As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.
Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.
But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.
Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.
Then a discarded phone starts to ring…
If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.
Let the horrific game begin…
You wouldn’t think that a book could be this good with such a limited number of characters in the story but it doesn’t just hold your attention, it is one of those rabbit in the headlight moments where I just couldn’t drag my eyes from the continuous turning pages.
There is no settling into the story you begin reading and you are there before you can take a breath. A coach is in the way and it has already reached its final destination. The coach is literally full of stories of the lives of these people. Best mates, devoted couples and happily family units, all pawn pieces in play.
The caller has his own story but it is a vicious circle of being victim and perpetrator for him. As each person tells their own story every chapter holds its own horrors, all very different and yet equally intense and breathtaking. It makes you look at your own moral judgements, what would you do?
The saying it’s not over till the fat lady sings came to mind when I finished this book. Brilliant ending, made me shiver!
I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.
Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.
I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.