A gripping psychological read with characters
that reach out and grab you. A real page turner.
bestselling author of The Wedding Party
and other novels
touches our primary emotions: jealousy, love, fear, hatred,
and grief... Kingsley has written an intriguing mystery/psychological
thriller with interesting, believable and well-developed characters.
There are twists, turns, red herrings, and a healthy dose
of hair-raising fear and suspense to keep even the most fickle
reader captivated. The dialogue is authentic, and, along with
the scene-painting narrative, you’ll feel like you’re
on the beach witnessing the unfolding action.
recommended to readers who enjoy a great mystery!
Reader’s Choice Book Reviews
(5 Star Rating)
Finding similar authors
A website for widening your reading horizons
It's great to have favourite authors but, after a time,
it might be refreshing to step out of that comfort-zone and find another
author you will like. Eventually you'll be forced to! But there's a risk,
isn't there? If you don't like their style you've wasted time as well
as money. If that is your position, you will be delighted to hear about
the Literature Map. Apart from helping out with that particular
problem, this website is fun and really fascinating to use. So what is
the Literature Map?
a huge blackboard. Write the name of your favourite author in the middle.
Then think of your second-best author who writes in a similar vein. Write
his name near the central one. Think of others, then place their names
on the board such that they are nearest to the authors already there who
are the nearest in style. Now imagine if all well-known authors were placed
on a huge board just like that. The chart would be so big it would spill
over onto the walls. In fact, you could never see it all at once. Imagine
adjusting the view to place any author you like in the centre of your
board. You could then easily see who the nearests authors are to that
person and, if you like a given writer, you will probably like those nearby
on the chart.
Chart is a website that has already done all that for you! Enter an author's
name and it will build the appropriate chart before your eyes. Watch as
other author's names spin out from the central name, then they adjust
relative to each other to best place themselves in the crowd. It is truly
amazing, and so useful for avid readers. I really do congratulate the
webmaster of this awesome facility.
very well devouring all the literature for your favourite author, but
the fact is most authors write very similar stuff. This may be because
that's what they like to do. It may be because that's all they're comfortable
doing. (Barbara Cartland made a living out of this, churning similar romances
out like a factory, thanks to a secretary.) Another reason authors do
this is because that's what their publishers want - and pleasing them,
and readers expecting this, represents their income stream. Once an author
is recognized within a particular genre, the publisher's theory is that
their fans will only be interested in similar works—in the same
genre. Authors who want to spread their wings into other genres often
have to use pseudonyms to get away with it for many publishing houses.
As an aside,
I would quickly get bored writing 'same-as' books. That, of course, is
unfortunate for me with publishers, but I believe it gives readers a bit
more interest: if they like an author's style.
It so happens
that Peter Carey is one of my favourite authors. Alongside John Irving.
They, like me, believe in the importance of 'character'. So I look for
novels by authors who can deliver 'character-rich' novels and hope my
writing improves by osmosis. In my search for new authors I discovered
the Literature Map after putting Peter Carey in the centre ground. I was
particularly pleased to see I feature on the same landscape, as you can
see from the following screen-capture, where I have superimposed arrows
to myself and Peter Carey...
happens is that, over time, as more and more people input data about authors,
this map is finely adjusted. Great, isn't it? It suggests, for example,
that all the authors in this view have similarities, and those closest
to each other are the most similar.
try the Literature-Map out for yourself? Click
here to see the Peter Carey map above, or go to the home page to start
out fresh: www.literature-map.com/.
Click any name other than that in the centre and it shuffles that author
to the centre. Click the central name and it leads you to the comments
section relating to that author.
So far as
I am concerned, if you like other authors on this particular literature
map, please give my books a try! Even without this map I would have said
that, for characterisation and style, I am near to Peter Carey,
Tim Winton and John Irving—although
more plot-oriented: because I always like an active plot to be driving
the novel onward all the time. For psychological thrillers like Sandman
I am in the same ball-park as Robert Goddard (I think
there is an error in that some people have confused Literature Map by
putting Richard Goddard instead), and a bit similar Sophie
Hannah (but less concerned with individual policemen, being more
focused on the affected characters). With the publication of Flying
a Kite you might find a tendency to add underlying depth like
James Redfield in his The Celestine Prophecy. If people start
putting me as similar to him, though, this could pull me into a strange
place on Literature-Map! That is the cross I will have to bear by being
a cross-genre author.
So why don't
I use different pseudonyms to cope with the cross-genre thing? Firstly,
'Ian Kingsley' is already a pseudonym (because most people cannot spell
my correct surname). Secondly, I have not been that prolific in fiction
yet and that would reduce my apparent output considerably. It would also
mean problems with social media, since I only want to be one person in
places such as Twitter (where I am @authorkingsley,
by the way, not the person with the same name as mine!).
that most authors do stick to the same genre, Literature Map is a great
place to go in order to discover new authors to explore. I hope this articles
helps you to expand your reading horizons.
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