5 Books that Inspired The Invitation
I was thrilled to be asked by my publishers, Harper Collins HQDigital, to write a blog post about some of the books that inspired my latest psychological thriller, The Invitation.
I wrote the book during the first UK lockdown – well, the first draft, anyway. As you’ll see when (I hope) you’ll snap up a copy, the plot of The Invitation is complicated. There’s a lot of carefully timed rushing around, the biggest cast of characters I’ve ever worked with, many with chapters written from their own point of view, and a hostile environment that everyone is coping with. It proved quite a lot to manage and it took some time to wrangle. Sometimes characters can be quite uncooperative, that’s all I’m saying! Although it wasn’t the most difficult editing job I’ve ever had to cope with, it certainly wasn’t easy to dot all the is and cross the ts this time.
I’ve always loved books with a strong sense of place. I often think I’m pretty much oblivious to my surroundings, I write at a desk which isn’t currently facing a window, and I’m not a lover of the great outdoors. But yet many of the books I love have settings which almost become characters in their own right, and I wanted The Invitation to share this quality.
There is also something very dramatic about some events being outside the characters’ control, and my island in The Invitation really gives my cast a run for its money on that front. They are struggling not only with each other, and with a murderer, but also with the elements and with geography itself. I think all the turmoil they go through makes the final resolution all the more satisfying – but you’ll be the judge of that, of course!
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