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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

No sooner has author Emma Kavanagh’s debut novel hit the bookshelves, than hot on its heels comes her second, latest psychological thriller.

Planning way ahead, Philippa Cotton at the Cornerstone Press Office, sent me through a paperback copy of Hidden, as part of my agreement to take part in a virtual blog tour for the book, in April 2015. So whilst I shall run a few promotional posts between now and then, I shall be including my final review of the book in my tour post.

‘HIDDEN’

Have You Ever Felt Watched?

HE’S WATCHING

A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He’s unidentified and dangerous, and he has to be located. Urgently.

Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy, Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman – before it’s too late.

SHE’S WAITING

To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety – both for her, and for her young niece who’s recently been admitted. She’s heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?

As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be. But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…

EMMA KAVANAGH

Image Of Author Emma Kavanagh

Emma was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales and, and first announced that she wanted to be a writer at the grand old age of 5. She believes that she was dazzled by the riches that would fall to writers after being awarded a gold star and a lollipop for a 6 line short story. Ah, the ignorance of youth.

Emma took a somewhat circuitous route to authordom. Having decided that if she was going to write then she perhaps needed something to write about, she studied psychology in Cardiff University and then, continued on into her PhD. The logical step, having achieved her much longed for doctorate, was to carry on into psychological research.

She started her own consultancy business, specialising in providing training to police officers and military personnel on the psychology of critical incidents. Her main area of focus was the use of firearms and she spent many fulfilling years travelling across the UK and Europe providing training and consultancy to police forces and NATO. It was, by anyone’s standards, an unusual life.

But still, it wasn’t writing. So, now that she had something to say, Emma faced the demon of the blank screen and started to write her first book. It was not good. It was, however, undeniably a book shaped creation and it gave her the courage to try again. This next book was better, although still, the holy grail of the publisher’s deal remained just out of reach. She took some time off, had her first son, and then, when he was three months old began to write the book that would become Falling, her debut psychological thriller.

You can follow Emma on Twitter

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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22 comments
    • Hi Mystica,

      I am not a big one for hospitals in the first place, even visitng a patient gives me the creeps, so I am sure that ‘Hidden’ is definitely going to keep me on the edge of my seat and not wanting to set foot inside a hospital door for some time afterwards!

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you and yours and have a great reading week.

    • Hi Sam,

      I wouldn’t normally find this kind of storyline creepy, but why oh why did Emma have to set this one in a hospital!

      I am already the world’s worst when confronted with the front entrance of a hospital, let alone having to venture inside in any capacity. ‘Hidden’ is not going to make for comfortable reading and is certain to make me even more reluctant to enter the portals of the building 🙂

      I appreciate you stopping by and wish you a happy reading week.

    • Hi Mary,

      “To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety – both for her, and for her young niece who’s recently been admitted. She’s heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?”

      It sounds as though the gunman might have something to do with, or is known to Imogen – A disgruntled patient? – A wayward colleague? – Or someone from her personal circle of friends and family? I can’t wait to find out 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Pat,

      I too found Emma’s personal biography so interesting – making her books a real case of writing about what you know! I wonder if she has really settled down to her writing career now, or if the travel bug and the excitement of her former career, will be calling to her again before too long!

      Thanks for your comment, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I aim to read Emma’s two books, ‘Falling’ and ‘Hidden’, back to back, so my current run of winning crime / thriller books will remain unbroken!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate the comment and have a good week.

  • This sounds exciting and would probably be right up my alley! I look forward to hearing more about it when you read and review it.

    I’m afraid my only addition this week was a non-fiction text my doctor wanted me to read before my next visit. *sigh*

    • Hi Kelly,

      Being a psychologist, Emma is probably best placed to publish chilling and suspenseful psychological thrillers, to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I can’t wait to start reading ‘Hidden’ and its debut predecessor ‘Falling’.

      Your reading schedule for this week doesn’t sound half as interesting. I do hope that your condition is not too serious and that your next consultation goes well for you

      Have a good week and I hope that you manage to make time for some light reading 🙂

  • A hospital, a psychologist? Two of the elements that I enjoy in this genre, I’ll be certain to keep a look out for this one Yvonne.

    Apologies that I haven’t been around much over the holiday period. Best wishes for 2015.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I can always remember watching a film (I can’t quite remember the title of it) as a youngster, where the chase scene was through the underground corridors of a hospital, with the ‘baddie’ dressed in a doctor’s white coat (remember those days when you could tell the doctors from the patients!).

      Many years later, my SIL was in hospital with kidney problems and to visit her meant walking through similar underground corridors, where the lights are now dimmed to little more than dark at night time, to save money. I still get that frisson of fear if a lab technician or hospital porter approaches, or even worse, comes up behind me, down one of those corridors!

      Following a gunman, who seems to have the run of the hospital, is definitely going to make for spooky reading – But I love it really 🙂

      I hope that the Christmas / New Year period was good for yourself and hubbie and I wish you both every happiness in 2015.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      “But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…”

      Chilling words indeed!
      .
      This man (shame that Emma gave away such a big spoiler), obvioulsy belongs, or is an accepted face in the hospital, so that no one questions his presence in unauthorised areas.

      Chilling thought also!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

      Have a happy and peaceful New Year 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      I love the term ‘fluffy stuff’ 🙂

      I read ‘fluffy stuff’ occasionally, however the more gritty and gutsy crime thrillers and murder mysteries, are my true passion.

      My review pile is full of my favourites right now, so I am set happy for quite some time!

      Thanks for stopping by this week, it is always good to chat with you.

    • Hi Nikki,

      Given the author’s background, I think this book will be written with the skill and knowledge to give the story some measure of authenticity. I really do think it might be one you would also enjoy.

      Good to hear from you again. I hope that you are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Take Care 🙂

      Yvonne

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