After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, Emma Kavanagh spent seven years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel, throughout the UK and Europe, to deal with the most extreme situations. An expert in her field, she now applies her knowledge to her writing: creating realistic and incredibly tense stories. She lives in South Wales with her husband and two young sons.
** EMMA KAVANAGH IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW AND TO WRITE FEATURES **
A Life Beyond The Page
I occasionally stop writing. Occasionally. Not often.
And when I do, I do other stuff…
* Swimming. God, I love swimming. I adore that moment when you first slip beneath the vivid blue water - it feels like a breath of fresh air. I love the smell of chlorine. Just a whiff of that, and my muscles begin to unknot. I love the pressure of the water against my arms as a push through the water. I have to be honest, I don’t swim as much as I used to or as much as I want to. I’m still working to figure out how to juggle the parenting of two little people with the demands of writing. I’m currently hitting a grand total of once a week. Pathetic, I know. But, once I’m in full flow, I so love it.
* Reading. Obviously! I used to be a very monogamous reader, religiously absorbing one book at a time. But one of the less anticipated side effects of being a published author is that people send you books. Lots of books. Lots and lots of books. Now, this is awesome and as a fanatical reader, it makes my heart sing. But it does make me sweat slightly, wondering how on earth I am ever going to read them all. So, I have a new strategy. Currently, I am reading four books. And I’m tempted to add a number five…
* Exploring. I am a massive history buff. I love, love, love visiting historical sites, stately homes, castles. And my 3 year old has just discovered a love of castles (largely because he likes to pretend he’s a knight). This is sooooo much fun. “Mummy, I’m a knight and you’re a princess!” Well, duh! “Let’s go, but don’t wake the dragon.”
* Travel. I have been fortunate to have done a lot of travelling in my life. I have been across much of the US, Italy, Sri Lanka, China. There is nothing quite like immersing oneself into another culture and experiencing a totally different way of life. Our trips are rather curtailed at the moment by the demands of two children (which means Florida is rapidly becoming our top holiday destination), but just give it a couple of years…Fiji, here we come!
* Art. I hardly ever get to do this any more. But when I was pregnant with my eldest son I spent a huge amount of time painting canvases for his bedroom walls - we have a whole safari of animals up there. My youngest didn't get quite as much dedication (bless him!), although he did get one painting. It’s still in the kitchen, waiting to be hung. Don’t judge me!
You can read an extract from chapter one. Here.
A gripping psychological thriller by a former police psychologist. Perfect for fans of Nicci French, Tana French and S. J. Watson.
A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He's unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.
Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy, Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman - before it's too late.
To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety - both for her, and her young niece who's been recently admitted. She's heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?
As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman's next target will be. But he's there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks...
To be published in hardback by Century, 23rd April 2015, at £12.99
My Review., 4/5
This is the 3 rd book I have read from this author. I have just read The Affair which is currently free on Amazon. A short story. My review for that can be viewed here. Click the image below to download your free copy. (free at time of post)
The story is told from multiple view points and does require your concentration.
I think to get the best of this book you need to sit and get stuck in. Not just pick it up now and then. As If you are anything like me, you may get a little confuzzled over who is who.
The story starts off with a shooting in a hospital. Then jumps back to the day’s before it, showing what leads up to the shooting.
We also have another story running alongside of A friend of Charlie’s that has been found dead.
Emily, who the police believe walked onto the motorway while drunk.
Emily is an old friend of Charlie. And Charlie doesn’t believe this is what happened.
Charlie seems to think there is some sort of link, to the hospital where the shooting took place.
As Charlie is a journalist she set’s out to figure the truth and try to find out what really happened.
I think if you are anything like me you have to try figure out the who’s and why’s, then get it so so wrong. I thought I had it figured out, but I hadn’t.
This is the 3rd book I have read from this author. And another enjoyable read.
Interesting enough to keep you guessing. And guess you will....
Very well put together.
Click here to read my review of Falling.
Or here for my review of The affair.
To read an extract from Chapter one, click here.