We can’t wait to welcome Gillian Flynn and Laura Lippman to the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and, to whet your appetite for this brilliant ‘Special Guests in Conversation’ event, we have three book bundles to give away!
We are giving away five books in each bundle, Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone and And When She Was Good plus Sharp Objects, Gone Girl and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
After I’m Gone – Laura Lippman
When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette ‘Bambi’ Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative if not always legal businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.
Though Bambi has no idea where her husband – or his money – might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover – until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park.
Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto ‘Sandy’ Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman’s story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.
Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy could find the explosive truth…
And When She Was Good – Laura Lippman
A Mom. A Son. A Secret Life. The gripping new psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author.
In the comfortable suburb where she lives, Heloise is just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses her son’s soccer games or school plays.
But in discrete hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams – if you can afford her hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise has believed her unorthodox life to be a safe one; rigidly compartmentalized, maintaining no real friendships and trusting very few people. But now this secret life is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions about her business. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can no longer be trusted. Her ex, the one who doesn’t know he’s the father of her son, is appealing his life sentence. And, one county over, another so-called ‘suburban madam’ has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide…
Can Heloise stay alive long enough to remake her life again, and save her son? Can she really expect to leave everything else behind?
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
Sent to investigate the disappearance of two little girls Camille finds herself reluctantly installed in the family mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and a precocious thirteen-year-old half-sister she barely knows. Haunted by a family tragedy, troubled by the disquieting grip her young sister has on the town, Camille struggles with a familiar need to be accepted. But as clues turn to dead ends Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims and realises: she will have to unravel the puzzle of her own past if she’s to survive this homecoming.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking in the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she has never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day … especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?
HOW TO ENTER
To be in with a chance of winning one of these brilliant book bundles, simply email the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21st February 2014 along with your name and address.
Q: What was the name of Felix Brewer’s mistress in After I’m Gone?
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Closing date for entries is Friday 21st February 2014.
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- The winning entry will be drawn at random and the winner will be alerted within 1 week of the closing date and will be notified by email.
- The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or an alternative prize.
- The Prize Draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over.
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