Whhhooooooooppppp whoooooooppp!!!! M thrilled to be part of the closing party for the #blogtour for Stuart James’ Apartment 6 today!!!
A massive thanks to Sarah Hardy of Book on The Bright Side for the blog tour invite and for my e-copy of Apartment 6 (I also downloaded a copy from Amazon UK).
Be careful what you wish for…
When Meagan was five years old her mother was viciously attacked and murdered.
Now an adult, she herself is the victim of an abusive relationship. Meagan is desperate to escape but doesn’t have the courage to leave.
So, when Meagan meets Oliver, a decent guy who is on the rebound after a failed relationship, the two strike up a connection. But when Meagan confesses that her husband is abusive, it leads Oliver down a dark and dangerous path.
Just how far would you go to protect someone?
Oliver is about to find out and be pushed to his very limits…
What Did I Think?
What a heartbreaking opener, #poorpoorMeagan! No child should go through that anguish.
But we tardis to the present day and little has changed other than the physical morphing to the psychological. Meagan is f***ed up mentally, from an early age. Her relationship with her husband is heartbreaking (it’s that word again). The flashbacks to her life with her parents are scary as well. No wonder she is a mental mess…
She fucked with his head more than she’d ever know…
Oliver’s feelings felt real throughout he was on the rebound. Were they real or were they something else? But as he’s spends more time with Meagan, the more toxic things become. Oliver is pushed to his limit, will he go further than he ever has been?
This story gives a shocking insight to the cycle of domestic abuse and the long term effects it can have. James has totally encapsulated the fear the victims feel in his writing and the heartbreak it can cause. But he properly showed the psychological damage abuse can have on an individual particularly if that fire is stoked…
Who Is Stuart James?
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right. This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.
That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way. I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
I’m currently working on my new thriller, Apartment Six, which will be released 29th of January.
I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.