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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

The Vanishing Triangle by Claire McGowan #AuthorInterview #AudibleAudiobook


Today I am thrilled to welcome Claire McGowan to the blog to talk about her gripping true- crime audiobook, The Vanishing Triangle, which is available from Audible. This is Claire's first non-fiction title and is narrated by Claire herself. Before we hear from Claire, here's a little about the audiobook:


Ireland, the 1990s. Eight missing women. Did a serial killer prowl the vanishing triangle? And if so, were they ever caught? 

Between 1993 and 1998, eight women went missing from an area around Dublin that became known as the ‘Vanishing Triangle’. Was there a link? Speculation abounded. There were whispers of a serial killer, responsible for some, if not all, of these cases. But nobody was ever brought to justice.

Twenty years later, the brutal murder of Jastine Valdez disturbs crime Novelist Claire McGowan into action. Reminded, like many in Ireland, of those previous missing women, McGowan brings her skills as a novelist to the real world, setting out to uncover the truth of the vanishing triangle. As she digs deeper, she finds something terrible lurking behind the idyllic image of rural Ireland and the 21st century success story of the ‘Celtic Tiger’. An incompetent police force, a traumatised nation and, a rank, murderous misogyny. 

But are the disappearances linked? Are they linked with other murders? Was there, is there, a serial killer on the loose.

  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Welcome to Books, Life and Everything, Claire!

    Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself and how you started as a writer?


    I always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was little – I grew up in rural Ireland and there wasn’t much to do except read and dream. I wrote on and off until my mid-twenties when I decided I had to give it a proper go – but it still took me almost five years to finish and sell a book.


    You write as Claire McGowan in the crime genre but Eva Woods in women’s fiction. Which genre do you prefer and how do you separate out these two identities when planning your projects?


    I like writing both, as I like reading a lot of different types of fiction and even non-fiction. Crime is probably my first love however as I think I instinctively write with a lot of suspense and twists and turns – sometimes I have to be reminded that you don’t need so much of this with women’s fiction, it’s more about characters and emotion. However, I do always like a bit of a mystery in those books too.

    The Vanishing Triangle is being released as an audiobook on Audible. Please could you tell us a bit about the audiobook?

    It was commissioned as an audio original, which means it will be out as a audiobook first and for a year, though it will also be a print book now after that. It’s designed to tap into the huge market for audio crime, both books and podcasts.

     Where did you get your inspiration for The Vanishing Triangle?                          

    I had come across these cases about ten years ago, when researching a series of novels about missing persons in Ireland. I was really shocked that so many women could have gone missing, and there had possibly been a serial killer, and not only was it not solved, I hadn’t even known about it before.

    The Vanishing Triangle is set in Ireland in the nineties. What did the research involve?

    I remember quite a lot of it as I was a teenager in the nineties, but I did a lot of research checking dates and facts, as my memory was quite hazy on some of it. I read through a lot of articles in the newspaper archive – this is easily accessed online – and also some more general books on social shifts in Ireland. I also talked to some of the detectives and other people involved in the original investigations.

     Did you have any input into the process of recording The Vanishing Triangle?

    I was quite surprised to be asked to read the audiobook myself, as I have no experience of voice acting, but I did a voice test and they were pleased with it. I spent about three days in a little studio recording it – I think it was right that I voiced it myself, as it’s a very personal story in parts.

     Thanks so much, Claire.I am sure true-crime fans are going to enjoy this!

    About the Author

    Claire McGowan is the author of the bestselling crime thriller What You Did and the popular Paula Maguire series. She has written several radio plays and TV scripts, and also writes women’s fiction under the pseudonym Eva Woods.

    You can follow Claire here: Twitter  |  Website 

    Audiobook link: Audible

    About Audible 

    Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson and Jesse Eisenberg. Audible Studios has won a Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ians memoir Societys Child, and has also been recognised with the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firths performance of Graham Greenes The End of the Affair. Audible invented and commercialised the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. On average, Audible members listen to Audible content for 2 hours a day. In 2018, Audible customers downloaded nearly 3 billion hours of content.

    Thanks to Claire McGowan and Amber Choudhary of Midaspr for the interview and a place on the tour.

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