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My favourite Psychological Thriller Book-To-Film Adaptations By Sam Carrington

Sam Carrington By James HuntleyOn the book tour for Sam Carrington’s new book called ‘One Little Lie, Sam talks about her favourite book to film adaptations.

I chose to write in the psychological thriller/crime genre because I am fascinated by the human mind and love nothing more than exploring the darker side of our nature. So, it probably goes without saying that I also love watching psychological films! I have hundreds of DVDs and can watch my favourite films again and again. (Weirdly, I have only ever re-read one book so far in my life – and that was To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – but don’t tell anyone).

I do still consider myself to be a ‘book person’, though, and if a book has been made into a film, I have generally much preferred the book. It’s still my dream that one of my novels will be adapted for the screen someday – I can only imagine how amazing it must be to witness your characters truly coming to life. With each book I’ve written, I’ve had a ‘dream cast’ in my head who would, in my opinion, be the best at playing each of my characters.

But, despite usually favouring the book, I have enjoyed some film adaptations immensely. Here, in order of preference, are my top five:

Shutter Island – is a best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane published by HarperCollins in April 2003. It became an American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Dicaprio in 2010. I loved the twists and turns in this movie and that ending was a real ‘wow’ moment!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – is the first book in the trilogy known as the Millennium series written by the late Stieg Larsson and published in Sweden in 2005. It became a Swedish thriller in 2009 and was also a Hollywood film adaptation in 2011. I watched both versions and much preferred the Swedish one. Lisbeth Salander was one of the most original characters I’d read about and I wondered how well she’d be played. I think her brilliant, yet damaged character, transferred well to the screen and Noomi Rapace did a stellar job and even looked just as I’d imagined Lisbeth to look.

Gone Girl – is a psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It was published by Crown Publishing group in June 2012. The film was released in 2014 directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. I enjoyed the book, although it did take me a while to get into it – but I actually liked the film more! (Now, THAT doesn’t happen very often). I thought Amy’s character was well portrayed by Pike, she captured her disturbing nature perfectly. Of course, having read the book first, I knew the twist – but it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the film and there was a scene that even I found shocking! The ending has been discussed a lot by readers of the novel – and was somewhat controversial. But I like that.

The Girl on the Train – is a psychological thriller novel by Paula Hawkins, published by Doubleday in the UK in 2015. The film was released in 2016 with Emily Blunt taking the lead role of Rachel, and although the location changed from England to the USA (which I think was a shame) I was pleasantly surprised with the how the film managed to stick quite closely to the book.

Along Came a Spider – the first novel in James Patterson’s series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross was first published in 1993. It was adapted into a film in 2001, starring Morgan Freeman as Cross. The film received very mixed reviews, mainly due to the fact it failed to include some of the key plot points from the book. However, as film adaptations go I thought it was a good one and it kept me interested from the outset. And anyway, can Morgan Freeman ever do a bad film?

You can buy One Little Lie from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 6th September 2018.

The Forgotten Guide To Happiness By Sophie Jenkins

The Forgotten Guide To Happiness‘The Forgotten Guide To Happiness’ is Sophie Jenkins debut novel

Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Green has never been good at making friends. She’s perfectly happy to be left alone with her books. Or at least, that’s what she tells herself. Nancy Ellis Hall was once a celebrated writer. Now eighty, she lives alone in her North London house, and thinks she’s doing just fine. But dementia is loosening Nancy’s grip on the world. When Lana and Nancy become unconventional house mates, their lives will change in ways they never expected. But can an unusual friendship rescue two women who don’t realise they need to be saved?

‘The Forgotten Guide To Happiness’ is a beautifully poignant and witty story that really grabbed my attention throughout. The story is seen through the narrative of Lana, a successful author who is struggling with her follow up second novel. Having suffered a recent heartbreak, she’s finding it difficult to write an upbeat story of love and positivity much to the dismay of her agent and bank balance. Finding herself not only broke but broken, she starts a new career as a romantic lecturer as well as becoming a carer for Nancy Ellis Hall, a literary icon on the cusp of dementia. Her step-son has stepped in as a reluctant hero to help Lana research her book as well as prove that heroes do exist.

This is a lovely story, Lana is a funny and regularly had been laughing at her anecdotes and crazy situations, as she relaxed into her new job as a lecturer and teaching others around her about love, even though she has given up on the concept after being left heartbroken. Nancy is a boisterous character that really lit up the pages of the story, outspoken, creative and deliciously kind hearted, it was hard not to fall in love with the old dear as she spoke frankly of love and her own experiences. She becomes across as quite a hardhearted character, but she’s actually quiet vulnerable and hides behind this facade. Scenes between her and Lana are wonderfully funny and occasionally tender moments. Whilst Jack, the budding hero of the story is quite a charismatic gentleman who is out to prove to Lana, that there are still some heroes in the world.

Wonderfully lighthearted but deliciously fun, ‘The Forgotten Guide To Happiness’, is an entertaining story of friendship and new beginnings.

You can buy The Forgotten Guide to Happiness from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 9th August 2018.

The New Girl Book Tour – Extract

The New GirlSit back and enjoy an thriliing extract from Ingrid Alexandra’s chilling new book called ‘The New Girl’.

The wine is cool and crisp as it passes my lips and, after a couple more sips, the familiar warmth curls in my stomach like a cat settling in for the night. Humming a catchy tune I heard on the radio, I flip through the mail.

An estate agent advertisement, the electricity bill and a letter, the one with the brown stain on it, addressed to someone named Sophia Gates. It’s the second time this person’s mail has arrived here; Sophia Gates must have been the previous tenant. I toss the letter into the recycling, take a long pull of wine and then pause, rubbing a finger along my lips.

I knew someone named Sophia once. Or Sophie, maybe. I think for a moment but my mind’s cloudy, and I can’t remember anyone specific. It’s probably no one important, yet I have that feeling I get at times, like I’m supposed to remember something but there’s a brick wall in my mind and my thoughts stop there. A blank space, as I’ve come to call it.

My wine’s nearly gone and no one’s home yet, so I top up my glass with a bottle from the laundry. I go to my room, sit at my desk and flip open my laptop. I check my email, trawl through my newsfeed. Without planning to, I google the name Sophia Gates. Images, Facebook pages and LinkedIn accounts pop up, but I don’t recognise anyone. I’m being stupid, paranoid as usual. It must just be a coincidence.

‘Any mail?’ Cat’s voice calls from the kitchen, startling me. I hadn’t heard the door.

‘On the coffee table!’ I tell her, gulping a mouthful before hiding the glass under the desk.

Just a short taster, that really leaves you wanting more.

You can buy The New Girl from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 4th October 2018.

The Lost Sister Book Tour – Extract

The Lost SisterToday’s book tour features an extract from Tracy Buchanan’s new book called ‘The Lost Sister’.

Mike shot me a disapproving glance. ‘Fruit or nothing,’ he said, grabbing his car keys. He gave Becky a kiss on the head then waved at me before letting himself out. There was once a time when he’d kiss me before leaving for work.

Not now though.

Should that have made me feel sad? Well I didn’t. I felt nothing. When I was sure he was gone, I went to the cupboard and got some chocolate flavoured cereal out, winking at a giggling Becky. ‘You have to be quick though, we have to leave for school soon.’

Five minutes later, we walked to Becky’s school. It was a breezy day, still warm though, the skies blue, the sun bright, the sea glimmering in the distance. People were either walking to work or coming back from dropping kids off, dressed in shorts and T-shirts, sandals and flip-flops.

The school lay at the bottom of a hill, five minutes’ walk from our new-build house. As I passed the newsagent, I noticed the headline: UK’s Economy at Historic Low. I peered towards where Mike worked with Greg at a large
financial advice firm in town.

There had been rumours of redundancies the year before but nothing had come of it. What if Mike was made redundant now?

Would I have to go back to working full-time again?

The thought sent a dart of fear through me.

Better if they made me redundant from my senior copywriter job. It wasn’t like I was pulling in much on my three-day salary anyway.

I put my sunglasses on, pulling up the straps of my silky red vest top to cover my bra straps, my black skirt skimming the back of my knees. Everyone else around me was wearing pastel colours, but I liked to be bold: blood reds and stark blacks, azure blues and emerald greens. I had earrings to match, necklaces sometimes too.

You can buy The Lost Sister from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th September 2018.

One In A Million By Lindsey Kelk

One In A Million‘One In A Million’ is the latest book by Lindsey Kelk.

Annie Higgins has 30 days to make Sam famous. But when the time’s up, will she choose followers and likes – or real relationships and love? Tired of the advertising idiots across the hallway making fun of her business, social media specialist Annie Higgins (iPhone in one hand, glass of wine in the other) accepts a bet that she can make anyone famous in thirty days. Even when the advertising idiots choose the office weirdo, Sam, as her target, she’s determined to win – whether he likes it or not.Annie soon discovers that getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself – and before the thirty days are out, has a difficult decision to make about what’s really important.

One In A Million is the hilarious new book from Lindsey Kelk and this book had me hooked right from the start, with a fantastic lead, witty one liners and awkward situations, it’s no wonder I read the first 200 pages in one sitting.

The book is seen solely through the hilarious eyes of Annie Higgins, a successful woman with an award nominated company at her fingertips. Fluent in all things social media, she handles big clients and is always able to send out the correct message. Until, one day she is challenged about her job, she rises to the challenge and claims that she is able to get someone 20,000 Followers on Instagram in one month. The lucky victim is Dr Samuel Page, a man with wise head who has no interest in social media and prefers to reading about famous historical figures or working on his upcoming novel. He’s no desire to get involved in Annie’s project until she promises that she will be able to help him win back his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly, he has a reason to get involved and reluctantly agrees to the challenge, which sees them embark on a strange new friendship and hilarious and honest results.

I absolutely adored this book, but that’s to become expected when you are a fan of Lindsey Kelk. Her books are delivered with wit and drama that really keeps the reader engaged and her latest book was no different. I loved Annie, she’s funny, kind and has a frank and honest approach to life, determined to prove just how good she is at her job, she delivers with amazing results. I also developed a bit of a crush on Sam, who is the reluctant hero in the story. Like Annie, he’s straight forward but with a touch of innocence about him that does him very endearing to the reader. Not only are main characters of the story, wonderfully entertaining but so are their friends, which had me chuckling throughout.

Filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments, the book is really on trend with the power of social media, as well women having to prove their places in male dominated industries, which I found particularly insightful as it’s an industry that I also work in. A fabulously aspirational story that was impossible to put down, ‘One In A Million’ is a warm and entertaining story that is the perfect distraction from real life.

You can pre-order One in a Million from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 26th July 2018.