Good morning everyone! Today author and former BBC news correspondent Colette McBeth is joining us here at Books, Biscuits and Tea to talk about her second novel, The Life I Left Behind. I’ve never actually featured a video interview on the blog before so I do hope you enjoy it. (And make sure to watch the end of the video to see how Colette created her plot jigsaw – is it just me or it’s a brilliant idea?)
And without further ado, please welcome Colette McBeth.
Colette McBeth was a BBC TV News Correspondent for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. Her debut novel, Precious Thing, was published in 2013. You can find Colette on Twitter and Facebook.
Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.
They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.
Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.
Everyone tells her she’s a survivor. No-one knows she’s dead inside.
Five years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead.
She coped by burying the person she was, locking away her memories and creating a new life for herself. Her attacker is behind bars. In four weeks’ time she will get married. She’s almost normal.
Everyone tells her she’s a survivor. No one knows she’s dead inside.
Then the body of another woman is found, close to where Melody was discovered. Like her she has blond hair and green eyes. Like Melody, police find a gold bird cage necklace at the scene. And Melody realises her attacker has been out there all along…