Battersea Power Station, the best and most evocative of London’s derelict landmarks, plays a central part in Tastes Like Fear. I’d been wanting to write about it for a long time, and this is the story where it belongs.On publication day itself I am reading at the Polari literary salon in the Southbank Centre from 7.30pm. Do come if you can, it promises to be a terrific evening.
Monday, 25 July 2016
Thursday, 7 July 2016
On Thursday 20 July, Alex Marwood and I will be sharing our award-winning, bestselling crime writing secrets as part of Creative Thursday which kicks off this year's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. It's going to be a great day and a great weekend. Do come if you can.
Details and tickets here
Friday, 17 June 2016
Thrilled to be on two shortlists for the Dead Good Reader Awards. Tastes Like Fear is contending for the Reader Recommends Award, and the Marnie Rome series is up for the Tess Gerritsen Award for best series. Much thanks to everyone who nominated me, and it would tickle me pink if you voted for me in these two categories. Thank you!
Full shortlists and voting here
Friday, 10 June 2016
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Highsmith wrestled the descriptive ‘psychological’ from the broader tag of ‘crime fiction’ and for that we owe her a debt.
The new books, with beautiful new covers, are published tomorrow. The Two Faces of January is more complex and insidious than the film with Oscar Isaac. This Sweet Sickness is her most existential work. People Who Knock on the Door strips the pious veneer from suburban America.
All three are brilliant and brittle as only Highsmith's books can be. If you think heartsick unreliable narrators are a recent invention, you should and must read her.
Friday, 27 May 2016
My debut, Someone Else's Skin, is free this Bank Holiday as part of iBooks UK 'Discover Authors' initiative. They don't pick many authors to be in these features so I'm excited to be part of it. Here's what they say:
"With competition so fierce, crime fiction can be a tough genre to crack. But British author Sarah Hilary has a gift for writing about startlingly dark subject matter with skillful subtlety. Her first three thrillers introduce us to London-based D.I. Marnie Rome: a tough, captivating protagonist. In Someone Else’s Skin, Rome investigates a women’s refuge and unearths a lurid web of violence. Soon, the detective’s own macabre backstory weaves its way into a devastating tale."
You can download Someone Else's Skin for FREE, and also get No Other Darkness for the special price of £1.99.
Click here to download.
Saturday, 14 May 2016
How To Write a WhyDunnit: The psychological thriller is nothing new, although its popularity is soaring. But what elements distinguish a “WhyDunnit” within the broad and varied world of crime fiction? And how do you go about writing a successful thriller where the focus is on drama rather than punishment, and where the culprits and victims take centre stage? Award-winning writers Sarah Hilary and Alex Marwood talk you through the basics from their very different perspectives. Expect insider secrets, and tips on getting published.