#GuestPost – In the Wake by Helen Trevorrow @helentrevorrow @UrbaneBooks #InTheWake #LoveBooksGroupTours
Today I am lucky to bring to you a guest post from Helen Trevorrow author of In the Wake. But first, have a quick read of the synopsis
“Deliciously dark and beautifully written, In The Wake offers a thrilling debut from a writer to watch.” – Dan Dalton, author of Johnny Ruin
When a body is found floating in London’s Royal Albert Dock, successful public relations expert Kay Christie is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.
As events spiral out of control, Kay discovers that those close to her may be harbouring another secret – the story of a missing girl. Can Kay discover the truth before her life unravels and she risks losing everything?
In the Wake questions whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind and explores the lengths that we will go to protect the people that we love.
Publication Day: 28th June 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN: 978- 1911583837
Category: Fiction, Genre: Women’s Fiction / Psychological Thriller
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Location – a Guest Post by Helen Trevorrow
By the time I had finished writing In The Wake I knew that I was leaving London. It is the city that I love and my favourite place on earth, and my home. I wanted London to be more than just the setting.
I have always loved books with a clear idea of setting and place. I love the way that Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series inextricably links place to plot. In his books place becomes a series of characters. I love the paraphernalia he provides; maps and detailed ramblings around London. In one of his books my office opened up to reveal a subterranean world beneath – this captures my imagination. Sheer delight.
In Sarah Water’s The Night Watch, London becomes much more than a setting. As the story winds back in time the devastated city is a metaphor for the lead characters’ psyches. I can still see them sitting by the river at Hammersmith or walking up Lavender Hill. It must be seven years since I last read it but these details make books
for me, like putting your key in your own front door, these arbitrary actions are the fabric of life.
Perhaps one day I will learn to write half as well as these two but in the meantime I have tried to make a character of London. In The Wake is tacked together by the River Thames in which and on which much of the plot takes place.
At the centre of the story we have the corporate monolith of the Excel centre that embodies professional success but like Kay’s own success at work she does not love it because it is frequently ugly and empty. I think readers might be familiar with the expanse of that area – the sheer size of the dock, or the balconies of Excel that we
sometimes see on the X-Factor. There is room after corporate room. We travel all over London with the story as a Londoner does – on the tube and in many taxis. Kay’s Dad has a stolen bicycle and of course there’s Dave’s car and Kay’s mother’s car.
I have re-appropriated many locations and they are based on real places that I know.
Much of Kay’s home life and childhood is set in and around East London but it is loosely based on many of the places from my childhood home in Langley in Slough. There were lots of similarities with the pubs and parks that I grew up around.
The boat where the character Belinda lives is a real house-boat in the Canary Wharf basin lived in by a very lucky friend of mine. As you sit there in this beautiful quirky home you are framed by the corporate trappings of success – and somehow it balances beautifully.
Wow, thank you so much, Helen, for stopping by such an interesting read. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Check out the tour poster to follow the rest of the tour! Thanks, to Kelly @Love books and the author Helen Trevorrow for stopping by with her post