Welcome to Jane Isaac, author of After He’s Gone.
Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Ruby, I’m really thrilled to be here! This was such a fun exercise to do, but such a difficult decision as there are so many books that I would consider influences. It’s also a changeable feast, as I keep changing my mind! In the end, I’ve plumped for books that have had not only a profound effect on me throughout my life but have also stayed with me.
- Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
This book had a huge effect on me as a young child. The idea of a forever-young boy who had amazing adventures and could fly, displays such delicious imagination. It’s a book I still have on my shelf today.
- The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
I devoured Enid Blyton’s books as a kid and then re-read them all with my daughter when she was growing up. There’s something special about the way Blyton draws readers into a story and the Secret Seven series, in particular, ignited my early love of mysteries.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I first read this book under the duvet by torchlight because I couldn’t bear to put it down! I was captivated by the March household to the extent that I wanted to be a March sister. The story even gets a mention in my third book.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A beautifully haunting tale in a wonderfully atmospheric setting, I’ve re-read this novel several times over the years and never fail to be blown away by the sublime prose.
- The Whole Story: A Walk Around the World by Ffyona Campbell
The strength of character displayed by Campbell in this book about her travel experiences and the incredible settings had a profound effect on me and fuelled my own wanderlust. Eventually, when I was thirty, my husband and I took a year out to travel the world.
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
During our travels, I spent a lot of time in the Far East and read this book just before we landed in Japan. Arthur Golden’s historical tale of a fictional geisha living in Kyoto before and after World War II is engaging, rich in culture, beautifully written and really brought the setting alive. My husband still reminds me of the days we spent in Tokyo, searching for geishas and samurai swords.
- Tokyo by Mo Hayder
It wasn’t until I’d left Japan that I read Tokyo by Mo Hayder (retitled The Devil of Nanking), a compelling mystery set between Tokyo in the 1990s, and 1937 Nanking. While the mystery was intriguing, the history in this book was both heart wrenching and harrowing, and tales of the atrocities stayed with me long after I read the last page.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
With beautiful prose and an enchanting Mediterranean backdrop, Highsmith does a wonderful job of sociopath, Ripley. He’s a killer, we may not like him, but we can’t help rooting for him.
- Beneath the Skin by Nicci French
Not long after I returned from travelling, my daughter was born and I lost my reading mojo for a while, until a friend bought me a copy of Beneath the Skin by Nicci French, a creepy and intense tale that captured my imagination. I remember working my way through their early list, the perfect escapism when my daughter was young.
- The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver
Another friend introduced me to Jeffery Deaver and I quickly became fascinated by the way that Lincoln Rhyme, the paraplegic investigator sorts through the clues that lead them to the killer, aided by his brilliantly flawed sidekick, Amelia Sachs. Rhyme is one of the best fictional detectives in my opinion.
After He’s Gone was published on 18 June 2018.
‘The safety catch on the Glock snapped as it was released. Her stomach curdled as she watched the face of death stretch and curve. Listened to the words drip from his mouth, ‘Right. Let’s begin, shall we?’
You think you know him. Until he’s dead.
When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.
As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.
Even the dead…
Jane Isaac lives with her detective husband (very helpful for research!) and her daughter in rural Northamptonshire, UK where she can often be found trudging over the fields with her Labrador, Bollo. Her debut, An Unfamiliar Murder, was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’ The follow up, The Truth Will Out, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com.
After He’s Gone is Jane’s sixth novel and the first in a new series featuring Family Liaison Officer, DC Beth Chamberlain. The second DC Beth Chamberlain novel will be released later in 2018.
Connect with Jane at www.janeisaac.co.uk