Beyond Fear, by Australian author Jaye Ford, is a book that grabbed me from page 1 and never let me go. Although I’d read this story in manuscript, once I had the book in hand, out went the cooking and the housework. Luckily I had time off work. It was even more thrilling to read it in one go. Everyone I’ve spoken to who has read it has literally not been able to put it down.
According to the Jaye, the story was inspired by the real-life stabbing of a teenage girl who witnessed her best friend’s rape and murder before being left for dead. The story’s premise begins with the scenario – how would such a woman react years later when confronted by another potentially violent situation? Would she cave or cope?
Like Jaye, I’m a dedicated fan of psychological thrillers like those by writing duo Nicci French, so I loved the fast pace and all-too-human characters of this page-turning novel. An incredible debut for first-time author, Jaye Ford – hopefully it’s the beginnings of many great reads to come.
Jaye’s second book, Scared Yet?, is due out in March 2012.
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