BOOK REVIEW: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

9781786488527I was very excited upon receiving an unexpected package from @hachetteaus a few weeks ago. Opening it up, and inside was an evidence bag along with a number of clues. With this setup and the gorgeous proof packaging, I thought I was in for a gripping psychological thriller but I was in for so much more!

THE PERFECT WIFE introduces us to Abbie. Awaking from a daze to see her husband sitting with her, she doesn’t have any recollections of what happened before she woke up. Tim, her husband, reveals that five years ago she had a terrible accident and that, through a huge technological breakthrough researched by his company, she has been brought back from the abyss. Except all is not what it seems.

A psychological thriller for the age of AI, JP Delaney explores the concept of what it means to be human, the idea of reality and artifice all while plotting an emotional suspense with bite. Although the beginning feels a little slow, the necessary build-up soon speeds off into the immersive world that appears all too close for comfort. Technological breakthrough, or messing with the very idea of humanity…

Book Review: THE TRICK TO TIME by Kit de Waal

image-6Kit De Waal’s THE TRICK TO TIME is an exploration of life, love and loyalty. We meet Mona, an older woman who runs a doll shop in a coastal town in the UK. She is dedicated to her work, showing love, care and attention to the dolls, helping others through her work. However, we learn that part of this springs from a tragic incident that happened when she was young and newly arrived in Birmingham from her native London. The trick of time for Mona is how fast and slow is passes, how her life has been concertinaed by tragedy, so much so that she doesn’t know where her life has gone.

De Waal has written a gorgeous character in Mona, complex and also incredibly likeable. I found her unrelenting loyalty in the face of tragedy endearing but I also wanted her to break free, cheering her on from the sidelines. This made me feel confused about the ending, struggling with myself as to whether it was the conclusion I wanted or the one that Mona deserved.

THE TRICK TO TIME is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read, where our outlooks on time, reminiscing, living in the moment and day-dreaming about the future all swirl together into that beautiful and yet cruel whirligig of time. It is a novel that causes you to value what is important in life, as we just don’t realise how fragile the present is.

Thank you to the author and publisher for this free copy in exchange for a review.

Meet the Editor – My Reading Life

DSC_5751_1One of the most effective ways of improving your skills as a writer is to research. And what does research involve? Reading! And lots of it. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to read around your genre, whether it’s police procedural or epic romance. Knowing your market not only helps improve your craft but also shows publisher and agents that you know what you’re talking about. You know the market you’re writing in to – it’s not a romantic image, but it’s the truth.

So, I was tagged in a challenge the other day on Instagram (if you’re not following me, go check out my page for exclusive content including reviews, behinds the scenes sneak-peeks and tips.) As an editor, I do even more reading for both the manuscripts I’m working on but also in my own time. So check it out…

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Author Showcase: ‘Where the Wolf Lies’ – Tyler Flynn

DSC_5558 One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with such an array of talented authors. I always love to follow an author and their book’s publishing journey after I have helped them along the road. So, I wanted to share with you a fantastic book that I had the wonderful pleasure of working on.

Where the Wolf Lies by Tyler Flynn is a fabulous read, a high-paced race against time across the streets of New York, Paris and London, as our hero attempts to bring down a money-laundering scheme that has just turned deadly. With some of the most evocative scene-setting I have come across, you are totally immersed in the world of the novel and it’s very hard to put down.

Kirkus Reviews say it ‘crackles with energy’ and I completely agree. A perfect read for a rainy day when you’re stuck inside and want to escape.

Out now in ebook and hardback.

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“There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story” – Lessons aspiring authors can learn from the finale of Game of Thrones.

SPOILERS AHEAD. YE BE WARNED.

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So, let’s face it, the only thing everyone is talking about – nay, ranting about – is the finale to Game of Thrones. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it is very likely you have been living under a rock for the past eight or so years. (Either that you have the willpower of iron for not being dragged into the phenomenon that is the fantasy TV series inspired by George R R Martin’s book series – in which case, you need to teach me your ways for my next diet.)

Now, I will readily admit that I was a latecomer to this series, madly watching the first seven seasons in the last two years before eagerly anticipating the final season earlier this year. So I was super excited to see how it would all turn out in the final series.

The beginning of the final season was promising, with the ‘Battle of the Long Night’ being a gripping and cinematographic masterpiece (albeit a bit dark). Then it went a little downhill … However, this blog is not a television review – as much as I want to rant and rave about the final episode – but I think many budding writers can learn some lessons from the final series of this epic show.

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What Does an Editor Do? – The Developmental Edit

 

Crime and thriller books

I specialise in crime, suspense and thriller genres – it’s all about building the tension…

First, let me welcome you to the first in my new series of posts: What Does an Editor Do? This will be a number of posts that showcase and highlight the various editorial services I have on offer, looking at what stage in your writing process you might encounter them and how to best prepare for them, and then make the most of them.

The first edit I shall be introducing you to is the Developmental Edit. This is the biggest sibling of all the edits – the useful older sibling who has the car when you need to move house or the muscles to help move that wardrobe.

Basically, it does all the heavy lifting.

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Book Review – The Girl on the Page, John Purcell …

… and a defence of commercial fiction.

39726936As an editor, I was completely drawn to the cover of The Girl on the Page. Funnily enough, not for the reasons those of us who work in the publishing industry would want us to – yes, we design books so that you do judge them by their covers – but because it was covered in all the tools of my trade. I thought the cover design was so clever, using proofreading symbols and other editorial mark-ups to create the cover and marketing copy. Ingenius. I was bound to like this from the start.

It was always a joke around the lunch table with my colleagues when I worked in-house that someone should write a book about the mad world of publishing. But it seems that John Purcell has beat me to it.

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Because, I am!

As of today, Rebecca Millar Editorial has a Facebook presence. Come join the conversation and like the page for exclusive content, discounts (coming soon) as well as all the usual bookish goodness. I’ll be sharing writing tips and prompts to help get the creative juices flowing, as well as shout outs and author interviews.  So come on down, and say hi via the link.

Also, if you are on Instagram, come follow my Bookstagram account on Instagram for more reviews, behind the scenes insights and general life updates – there will be kangaroos!

Looking forward to chatting!

Rebecca x

As always, if you have a writing project that you think needs some editorial advice, get in touch and I’d love to be able to discuss how we can work together. Just get in touch via the contact page.