I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
First of all, here’s the book info …
Beautiful places hide dark secrets …
Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:
– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.
– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.
– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.
All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.
Purchase Link – http://myBook.to/LynmouthStories
A collection of three short stories, The Lynmouth Stories all take place in an out of season and atmospheric Lynmouth, while storms rage and the rain pours.
In Plain Sight, the first story, sees Meg and her young son Danny being held against their will in a remote shack. Meg stopped to help a stranger in a car park and here they were. She’s lost track of the days but after a failed first attempt at escape Meg has a cunning plan.
Killing Me Softly features Catherine who gave up her job, moved to Lynmouth and secured a job in a café, which proved to be her undoing. Things start to unravel when the summer season comes to a close.
Hell and High Water is a very apt title as Naomi resorts to desperate measures to save her baby and herself from an abusive partner. A raging storm turns out to be her salvation.
For all that these are short but tightly woven stories, there’s a lot of vivid imagery and depth of character included in each darkly dramatic and compelling tale. Very well written, they capture the atmosphere and suspense in each situation and scene, and with unexpected endings. In Plain Sight and Hell and High Water are the stand outs for me. I know Lynmouth well which helps enormously with visualising the drama. Well worth whiling away half an hour or so with these stories.
Did You Know …?
Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.
Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.
I chose to read and review The Lynmouth Stories for the Blog Blitz courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the Author
Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books.
PRAISE FOR LV HAY:
‘Well-written, engrossing & brilliantly unique’– Heat World
‘Prepare to be surprised by this psychological mystery’– Closer
‘Sharp, confident writing, as dark and twisty as the Brighton Lanes’– Peter James
‘Prepare to be seriously disturbed’ – Paul Finch
‘Crackles with tension’ – Karen Dionne
‘An original, fresh new voice in crime fiction’ – Cal Moriarty
‘The writing shines from every page of this twisted tale’– Ruth Dugdall
‘I couldn’t put it down’ – Paula Daly
‘An unsettling whirlwind of a novel with a startlingly dark core’ – The Sun
‘An author with a fresh, intriguing voice and a rare mastery of the art of storytelling’ – Joel Hames