I’m taking part in the blog tour for Gemma Metcalfe’s debut, ‘Trust Me’ today and I’m hosting a fantastic guest post from Gemma all about why she loves Thrillers and the twists that you so often find in a Thriller novel. I love Thrillers – they are my favourite genre and obviously, the twists are the best part! Have a read of Gemma’s post and you can also find information about her book below!
Like many a thriller fan, I love having the rug pulled out from underneath me. My most favourite books are those which leave you gob smacked and rushing back to the beginning in order to re-read it all over again. I admire authors who write so cleverly that, once the twist is revealed, a story can take on a whole new meaning.
I have always been a ´twist seeker,´ specifically hunting out books which promise ´A twist you won’t see coming!´ Unfortunately, due to the popularity of this type of thriller, authors are finding it increasingly difficult to fool their readers. That being said, many authors still manage to write incredible twists, and I cannot give enough praise to these sneaky geniuses. My most favourite literary twists of all time are ´Cry baby,´ by David Jackson, ´Gone Girl,´ by Gillian Flynn, and ´Between Me and You,´ by Lisa Hall! All three of these twists left me gasping, and the stories and characters stayed with me long after I finished reading.
Due to my love of twists, it seemed only natural for me to include one in my debut suspense thriller ´Trust Me,´ which focuses on a phone-call between Lana, a twenty-six year old call centre operative, and Liam, a middle-aged father who is about to commit suicide.
I actually figured out the twist for ´Trust Me,´ right at the beginning of the planning process. As I edged closer towards writing it, I became more terrified that I would somehow mess it up by revealing it at the wrong time or in the wrong way. After so much effort, I was desperate to capture the moment perfectly. With the help of my editorial team, I believe I did just that. When Mark Edwards, bestselling author of ´Follow you Home´, and Lisa Hall, the absolute queen of twists, both admitted they hadn’t seen my twist coming, I think I actually screamed out loud!
Of course I am aware that there will be lots of clever clogs out there who will work everything out, especially if they know a twist is on the cards. I guess figuring out twists is all part of the game. I mean honestly, if I do manage to beat the twist, it never takes away the pleasure from the actual book. In fact, part of me enjoys it that little bit more. So, my question is this; will you guess Lana and Liam´s secrets before the time runs out?
Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam’s.
Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he’s too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger.
As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never imagined they would share.
When you’re about to die will your secrets even matter?
About the author: Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…
Of course, it’s not a blog tour without a giveaway, right? For this one, we’re giving you the chance to win a Boots voucher, directly rom the publishers and some surprise Boots goodies to top it all off! Just click HERE to go to the giveaway! Good luck!