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I’m about two-thirds of the way through my latest novel, a psychological thriller aimed at teenager and young adults. 

Following an incident with the police in London, central character Gavin (17) goes to stay in a remote coastal town in Lancashire where he continues his studies.  Early on, he falls for a girl on the course and drifts into trouble with the local kids.  In this section of the novel, Gavin finds it increasingly difficult to cope:

‘Gross,’ Steve called over to him. ‘You’d better clear that up, mate, or I’ll smash your face in.’

‘Leave him alone,’ Philippa called back. ‘He’s ill, can’t you see?’

‘You can shut up too,’ he said to Philippa. 

‘And you,’ he added to me.

The rap stopped.  A tense silence fell.

The hoodie girl glared at me. ‘Hey,’ she yelled. ‘What’re you staring at?’ 

 

Meanwhile, my debut novel Secrets by Lawrence Estrey is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book. 

Check out the reviews for  Secrets.

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I’m about halfway through a new novel aimed at teenagers and Young Adults. 

In the story, a group of musicians meet at a Summer School.  The central character (aged 17)  falls for one of the girls on the course (not the one in the writing sample).  Meanwhile, a third girl arrives with a secret regarding a serious crime in her background and her actions during the week of classes bring about danger for all the participants. 

As a trained classical pianist and graduate of Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon, I felt qualified to write the novel.

We reached the car park, paid a quarter of the fair each and got out, walking along the promenade to the Grand Theatre, through the August rain and a hint of mist, the waves crashing in the background, the air tasting of sea salt. The sky looked like a gigantic bruise, all purple, black, yellow and storm like. The wind was bitter, the ground slippery. The pier full of graffiti and rubbish. Small groups of hoodies gathered by the railings with cigarettes and cans of cider, staring when we passed.

‘Freak,’ I heard one of them mutter. 

I must have tensed because I felt Dawn’s hand on my arm. ‘Ignore them,’ she whispered to me.

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Genre: Crime, Psychological Thriller

My debut novel Secrets by Lawrence Estrey is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book. 

Check out the reviews for  Secrets.

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

EggHead by Lawrence Estrey: Questions And Answers

Read Full Post »

I’m halfway through a new novel, aimed at the Young Adult market.  The novel, a psychological thriller, uses time frames.  The first time frame covers the story of a group of music students who meet at a Summer School for the first time. The central character Gavin (17)  becomes involved with one of the students, but the relationship ends in tragedy.  Two years on, Gavin (now 19)  is drawn back into danger (present time frame).  Much of the story appears in the past time frame, but the present time frame frame plays a significant amount as well

Still in captivity, in this dark, damp place, drugged up from the chloroform.  I don’t know where the bloke with the baseball cap has gone…just that I’ve begun to accept the fact that I’m probably never going to get out of here alive, and that’s really crap because I’m only nineteen and nowhere near ready to die, but I don’t see any way of escaping, especially when the bloke’s tied me up. I just hope Lucy makes it. She deserves to. Maybe I don’t.

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I’m working on a third novel, a psychological thriller aimed at teenagers and Young Adults, and I’m keep to increase the psychological immediacy and chill factor.  The story has two viewpoints – first person narrative told through central character Gavin (17) and third person narrative (Lucy, also 17).  In this point of the novel, Lucy has returned to the place where a fire occurred a decade earlier (an unsolved crime), and she wishes to find the answers but suspects that someone is following her:

She reached the country lane leading back to Lyme House.

Bookstore.  Delicatessen with umbrella-like covering.  The smell of grass and sun. 

Stillness, evoking memories of childhood.  A childhood that had shattered when she moved here.   Recollections of bursting rivers and muddy banks and the smells of pine and bonfires.  Wooded hills.  Wild stretches of heathland. A warm shore.

She stopped suddenly. 

The sense of someone watching again.  Just like yesterday afternoon in the fields.

Village church.   Village green.

Subtle sounds in the lane.

Fifteen minutes to go before she reached the private driveway leading to Lyme House.

She hurried on, glancing over her shoulders each time the sense got stronger.

Silence.

But something still didn’t seem right.

Instinct kicking in. She broke into a sprint.

Danger, danger, danger.

Flames. Smoke. The smoke settling like a fog, pushing its way down her throat and nose, choking her.

Footsteps again. Snapping branches. Like yesterday afternoon.

Movement, obscured by the afternoon sunshine.

A figure standing by a tree, watching her.

The next second, the figure was no longer there and only shafts of sunlight remained, like a silvery mist.

A car appeared then.   

 

Meanwhile, my debut novel Secrets by Lawrence Estrey is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book. 

Check out the reviews for  Secrets.

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

EggHead by Lawrence Estrey: Questions And Answers

Read Full Post »