Today I’m pleased to welcome crime author Louise Mangos to the blog to talk about her three books.
English-born Louise Mangos writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, which have won prizes, placed on shortlists, and been read out on BBC radio. Her debut psychological thriller ‘Strangers on a Bridge’ will be published by HQDigital (Harper Collins) in July 2018. She lives in Switzerland with her Kiwi husband and two sons.
- What’s the first book you remember reading?
The first book I remember reading was one of the Janet and John Ladybird books at primary school. I’m sure I started reading earlier, and certainly read with my mother every night before bed, but the memory still persists of wondering why I was supposed to identify with all the things Janet was doing, when I really wanted to be mucking around like John. I can’t remember the title of that first book, but it was one of many in the series.
2. What book will always stay with you and why?
We’re staying with my childhood for this one. Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ will stay with me forever. Matilda is a gutsy girl who follows her passion and stands up to all adversity, without vindictively hurting the people who have been bad to her (although not very nice things do happen to them, through karma). She loves reading. What’s not to like about someone who is passionate about books? And she has a special magic power I’m still convinced I can channel. I’m as yet unsuccessful, but like the journey to publishing my first novel, I will never stop trying.
3. One book you are looking forward to reading?
I’m really looking forward to reading Khurram Rahman’s ‘East of Hounslow’. I’ve been studying for my MA in crime writing at UEA this year and have had dozens of books on my critical reading list that I’ve been obliged to read. Some of them have been dark and gruesome, and may not have been my choice of a crime read. I’m ready for something lighter to devour over the summer months.
‘Strangers on a Bridge’ can be ordered through Harper Collins for all e-reader formats: Here.
You can visit Louise’s website www.louisemangos.com where there are links to more of her short fiction.
You can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @LouiseMangos
Strangers on a Bridge
When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.
Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.
In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.
To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?