Hi, here is some more from Silent Friends, a psychological thriller I’m currently working on, dealing with a group of music students living in a country house and a tragedy that followed.  At this point in the story, central character Gavin, a cellist, has just met one of the house people  from twenty years ago and is struggling to cope.

Narrator = Gavin, Wife = Trudie, Daughter  = Tamara, Figure from past = Philippa.

It’s late, past midnight. I haven’t told Trudie about Philippa yet. Trudie’s in bed half asleep, face turned away from mine. I get the impression she’s troubled about something, something unrelated to Tamara’s behaviour this afternoon. In past months, she’s hinted at a growing dissatisfaction with life, but she rarely talks about it.

Outside, waves splash against the cliff rocks. I hear the waves from our bedroom. They push into my thoughts and invade my dreams, growing in volume. I dream that huge crushing waves reach up to the top of the cliff, to the cottage, and wash Tamara and Trudie away.

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2 thoughts on “Novel In Progress: Another Writing Sample

  1. That last sentence REALLY has a bite to it. Definitely draws the reader in to question why. This brief section shows your growth from the previous novel.

    Also, I noticed the writing in present tense. Was that a conscious decision?

    H.B.

  2. Hi,thanks for commenting. Yes, I prefer working in the present tense, feels more immediate and easier to control as a writer.

    Hope all your writing’s going well.

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