Delighted to be kicking off the blog tour to celebrate Irish crime writer Louise Phillips’ new book – The Doll’s House. Welcome Louise!
Who are you?
My name is Louise Phillips. I was born and still live in Dublin. I took up writing 7 years ago after a 20 year gap. I would encourage anyone who has shelved a dream or an aspiration to take courage from how lucky I’ve been. My work has been published as part of many anthologies and various literary journals. In 2009 I won the Jonathan Swift Award, and in 2011, I won the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform.
Over the course of the last few years, I’ve been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. In 2012, I was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council Arts Division, and in that same year my bestselling psychological crime novel RED RIBBONS, was published by Hachette Books. It was subsequently shortlisted for BEST IRISH CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR (2012) in the Irish Book Awards.
My second novel, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, another psychological crime thriller has just been published, and has been described by crime writer, Niamh O’ Connor, as ‘Chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you,’ and by Myles Mc Weeney, of the Irish Independent, as, ‘A gripping, suspenseful story, peopled with well-drawn characters…’
What are you working on?
Right now I’m working on novel 3. It’s another psychological crime thriller, so no big surprise!! Once all the publicity for THE DOLL’S HOUSE begins to quiet down, I’ll be back to the lonely writer, scribbling away in a dark attic! I will come out for air every now and then, as from the 25th September I’ll be giving Crime Writing Workshops at the Irish Writers’ Centre. The course will run for 8 weeks, and I’m really looking forward to that. I’ll be at other events throughout the country, but I’ll post them on my website.
What’s your favourite thing in the whole entire world?
Being alive! After that, loved ones, writing, snow, Christmas, candlelight, music, art, sunshine after the rain, and so much more, but being alive is the tops!
The Doll’s House
PEOPLE SAY THAT THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE.
BUT WHAT IF THE TRUTH IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO HEAR?
Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery.
Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to terms with her past, visits a hypnotherapist who unleashes disturbing childhood memories of her father’s death. And as Clodagh delves deeper into her subconscious, memories of another tragedy come to light – the death of her baby sister.
Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called in to help in the investigation of a murder after a body is found in a Dublin canal. When Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family.
What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connect them to the recent murder?
Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate.
And the killer has already chosen his next victim…
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