The Boy Who Wasn’t There by Emma Clapperton @emmalclapperton #blogtour #shortstory


Whoop Whoop!!!! I am truly honoured to be opening the blog tour for Emma Clapperton’s new short story in the Patrick McLaughlin series The Boy Who Wasn’t There.  You can download your copy now as it was released on Saturday!!

The Blurb


Rita Michaels had it all, a loving husband and two beautiful children… but that one night changed everything. With her life spiralling out of control, her husband takes her children away from her.

And that’s when she snaps!

Present Day

Patrick and Jodie’s son, Lewis, enjoys playing with his new best friend, Tommy. There’s just one problem. Tommy isn’t really there.

Lewis becomes embroiled in a family’s dark past and Patrick has to step in to protect his son.

But will he be able to help Lewis escape the dark corners of his psychic ability before it’s too late, or will Lewis become locked in the past forever?

What Did I Think?

Oh boy what a distressing opener of a chapter! I could see that Rita’s life must be in a total mess to go to that extreme. Little did I know how much of a mess!It’s a sinister tale that jumps between Rita and her problems in 1992 to the present day where Patrick is worried about his son. How these two timelines come together gives me the heebie jeebies!This is the first Patrick McLaughlin story I’ve read and I don’t think I’ve missed out however it’s whet my appetite for more.

Ms Clapperton has definitely got the knack of writing a short sharp fast paced tale. You start off a gallop and don’t stop to breathe until the end of what feels like a fully developed story but only in a short read.

Make sure you follow the rest of the blog tour!!

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Who Is Emma Clapperton?

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Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.

Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017, she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this, she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.

She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects. You can contact Emma via: