You heard it here first, that Kerry Watts' debut HEARTLANDS became an overnight sensation just hours after release.
So to kick off, here's my FIVE STAR ***** review:
There are a lot of characters introduced early on so it does take a couple of chapters to figure out who they all are and what role they play in the book, however they're all integral to the plot. They aren't dropped into scenes just for the sake of it. Because there are so many there are lots of sub-plots and interesting threads that make this a complex crime thriller. I loved the fact there were backstories containing secrets, lies, deceit, and revenge. I also wanted to know what would happen next and kept reading until late into the night. I finished this book in less than a day, and stayed up to fit in just one more chapter. I usually struggle to read novels written in distant third person narration, especially with past tense, but I had no trouble with this one because it's fast paced and the tension keeps you gripped throughout. The ending was satisfactory and the little open ending suggested a more personal investigation for DI Jessie Blake next time. All in all, it was a great and gripping read and having read a few titles from Kerry, I was so pleased to learn she'd sealed a publishing contract with Bookouture. This being a debut traditionally published title, I have no doubts Watts' series is going to be a cracking one.
Since writing this review, the day after Heartlands was released, Kerry became an overnight bestselling author. Quite an achievement for a debut novel, and a fantastic start to the series.
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Kerry Watts was born and grew up in a small town in the East of Scotland where she still lives today. She is always writing and carries a little notebook and pen with her wherever she goes because at her age ideas need to be captured before they disappear.
Kerry specialises in crime fiction because she enjoys pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human. The nature versus nurture debate fascinates her. She loves to put her characters in impossible situations just to see what happens. Her experience as a psychiatric nurse heavily influences her writing. She also wants to create characters that people can relate to who might be facing the same struggles as anyone else.
Authors who inspire her are anyone capable of creating a character who lives inside her head long after she has closed the book. Her favourite fictional character's are Dexter Morgan, created by Jeff Lindsay as well as Hannibal Lechter created by Thomas Harris. She doesn't have a favourite genre as a reader. Kerry will read anything. Written by anyone. If the blurb has a good feel about it she's hooked.
When she's not writing she loves to spend time following her other passions - dogs, particularly rescue mutts and horse racing. The sight of a thoroughbred race horse at full stretch has been known to move her to tears, not just lump in the throat stuff but full on blubbing. And for that she is unashamed. One day she's going to buy a racehorse filly and call her Into Darkness.
She also had a small role in a film called The Rocket Post but decided acting wasn't for her. She would rather create a character than play one.
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