Jane Corry was a magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. She had never been inside a jail before and this often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers, ‘Blood Sisters’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’. ‘The Dead Ex’ is her latest book.
Today, Jane shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.
Viewpoint. Readers need to be inside the character’s head in order to believe the story.
‘Blood Sisters’ is the latest book by Jane Corry.
Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right. But someone is watching Kitty and Alison. Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May. And only another life will do…
‘Blood Sisters’ is Jane Corry’s second book and is just as gripping and dark as her debut novel, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, with quite complex and difficult characters, this thriller was easily devoured in one sitting.
In the book, we meet sisters, Alison and Kitty, whose lives change dramatically when an accident happens when they are teenagers. The accident leaves Kitty in a care home with no memory and leaves Alison living with the guilt of the accident and feeling responsible for her Kitty’s disability. Alison tries to stay away from Kitty, as being with her reminds her of the guilt, so she keeps her visits to the care home to an absolute minimum, much to the despair of her mother. Alison loves art and finds a comfort and solace in creating, so when the unusual opportunity comes about to become an art teacher in a prison, she grabs it with both hands looking to make a difference to other people’s lives. But, it’s whilst she’s in prison, that she finds herself in danger not only within the confines of the prison walls but on the outside world.
The thing that makes this book so interesting is the mix of the characters, there’s the quiet, soothing presence of Alison with her tragic past and then there’s Kitty. Kitty is quite the wildcard, she’s boisterous, outspoken and is frustrated by her disability. She gets fed up when people don’t understand her. As the story is seen through the narrative of both sisters, I found Kitty fascinating. In my mind, everything makes sense but to others, she speaks nonsense, and this angers her making her lash out. With her disability, Kitty is a great character, she’s wild, witty, with a sense of humour and says what she thinks, unconcerned of the outcomes.
The story flows between the past and present tense leading up to the accident and gives us an insight into the type of person Kitty was before the accident and I found these scenes to be the most fascinating of the story. She was quite unlikable, spoilt and seemed to revel in making Alison’s life a misery.
Atmospheric from the very first page, the story is cleverly written with hidden twists and turns throughout that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Chilling, suspenseful with the addition of unexpected humour, ‘Blood Sisters’ is a gripping psychological tale of sibling rivalry and dark secrets.
You can buy Blood Sisters from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
Jane Corry has revealed the name of her exciting new book for 2018 called ‘The Dead Ex’.
What the back cover says –
‘I wish he’d just DIE.’
He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.
So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.
What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?
I’ve just recently read Jane’s last book called ‘Blood Sisters’, which was a great thriller so I’m looking forward to ‘The Dead Ex’.
You can pre-order The Dead Ex from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd August 2018.