Phoebe and her disabled husband, Martyn, move into a new house in a village on the edge of County Durham. They plan to lead a quiet existence, a set up that suits them both.
Then Anna, who lives over the road and is bored of spending her days alone, seeks friendship with Phoebe and events take a dark turn.
Phoebe has secrets and is haunted by her past and Anna’s arrival in her life may prove to be the catalyst for her undoing.
What is Phoebe hiding and why are she and her husband so reclusive?
When Anna gets caught in a storm and is rescued by Phoebe the truth becomes apparent and Anna is thrown into danger.
Is there a difference between madness and evil?
Some friendships can be murder.
I want to thank Author J A Baker, for taking the time to write about how on finishing her debut novel, the ideas and themes for her second were already taking shape. But how to fit in promoting Undercurrent and shaping the new story?
When the Dark Water Beckons…
After writing Undercurrent, I wanted to get straight on with my second novel and knew more or less immediately where it would be set. I always think that the setting plays such a strong part in books especially psychological thrillers and suspense stories as writers can use it to their advantage to add some real tension to the plot and build up suspense. Without even realising it, I found that the theme of water played a major part in my second book as well as my first. There’s definitely a pattern here!
It’s set in an old coastguard’s cottage up on a cliff by The North Sea and it is a place that’s close to my heart. My ancestors on both sides of the family were coastguards back in the early 1800’s and lived in the cottages that still stand now. The family were transferred over from Ireland and their roles were predominantly to watch out for smugglers and intercept any contraband. I used a grain of that information and built my psychological thriller around it as I have learnt so much about these coastguard buildings over the years it seemed silly to not put it to good use! I also love the idea of inclement weather and a thrashing sea being interwoven into the plot adding that extra bit of darkness and tension and The North Sea without a doubt, has more than its fair share of rough seas and storms. It’s set in modern times but I’m using the idea of the cottage and its location overlooking the wild seas which I’m hoping will result in a good old nail biting suspense story.
The writing of my yet to be named second book is being written whilst also working full time and promoting Undercurrent. The one thing I’ve learnt from all this is that that no matter how busy you think life is, it can always get busier! It has been and still is, an amazing time and I am learning so much. I have also made many new friends who are wonderfully supportive and of course have the round the clock support of my publishers, Bloodhound Books who quite literally never seem to sleep!
J.A. baker was born and brought up in Middlesbrough and has a love of local history and genealogy. She is married to Richard, has four grown up children, a grandson and an over excitable dog called Theo who is definitely the master of the house and licks to death anyone who is brave enough to enter.
She works full time in a local primary school as a Teaching Assistant. After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with what is laughingly called spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
Four years ago she moved house to a village in County Durham and decided to use the area as inspiration for her novel Undercurrent. Her house backs onto the river and has a public footpath run past the end of the garden. Therein the similarity ends!
She enjoys reading many genres of books but thrive on being scared. She is an addict of thrillers, suspense stories and anything that keeps her awake at night yet ironically is frightened of the dark.
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