This is a thrilling time but I’m also aware that I have to produce another novel and I’m finding writing the second book incredibly tough.It was easier to write the first because no one was expecting anything.What made Amy’s entry stand out was an opening paragraph that crackled with tension and a very contemporary twist on the theme of guilt and obsession.‘The girl was found 76 hours after she was reported missing.
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When we launched our search for an unpublished first-time novelist back in March 2016, we were overwhelmed by both the number — more than 5,000 — and the quality of the entries.
We worked with major publisher Penguin Random House to discover a new talent and found that our would-be writers’ favourite genres were crime and thrillers: five out of the six titles on the shortlist involved dark stories of wrongdoing and murder.
Inspired by TV documentaries on shocking miscarriages of justice in America, where innocent people can be condemned to Death Row, Amy started her novel.