Saturday 15 June 2019

My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird: Faye's Fave Mysteries | Blog Tour

My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird
Published by Usborne
Release Date: 13th June 2019
Source: Usborne, paperback proof copy.

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Three close friends… Two unforgettable summers… One girl’s darkest secret…

Alys appeared last summer, and then she vanished without a trace.

Ifan fell in love with her.

Hannah hated her.

And Marko regrets what they did.

This summer Cait is new in town, and a girl has been reported missing. Cait needs to uncover the truth. What happened last summer? And who is Alys?

I'm delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird!

My Secret Lies With You is a YA mystery-thriller full of friendships, mysterious characters and secrets. I really love reading mysteries and thrillers in the summertime because I love a fast-paced read I can spend a whole afternoon in the sun with. I'll be taking this on holiday next month and I can't wait to find out the secrets.

For this blog tour, we're getting you in the mood for intrigue by sharing author Faye's favourite mysteries, one of which is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon - a book I really enjoyed! Here's what Faye has to say about it:

"I went to see the adaptation for the stage just before it closed in London at the end of April this year. It was a long time since I’d read the book and so I took with me the overall sense of the book, and the story, but without the specific memory of all of its parts. And I was surprised, because I think I’d forgotten just how heart breaking and harrowing this story really is. The adults behave pretty badly. Yes, everything comes good in a chocolate box way by the end, but by god we’ve gone through it with Christopher before then. I think my main memory of the book was when Christopher was travelling to London. The interminable journey, the anxiety, the chaos both in his head and all around him as he navigates his way to his mother’s house in NW2.  And the production does this so well with light and sound and physical theatre – bodies moving, walking, pulsing, treading the walls and the floor… The end of the first Act had me in floods of tears. But then alongside the pain of that journey sits all Christopher’s open and wise observation as he tries to make sense of his world, and that switched my emotions up again and made me smile. The way Haddon navigates from funny to sad and back again so beautifully – the way it doesn’t patronise Christopher at all – that is the mark of a brilliant writer and Simon Stephens has captured that perfectly from the book to the stage too. And of course Christopher is writing a book of his own in this story, and it’s a murder mystery. He refers to Arthur Conan Doyle, his favourite writer. I wasn’t a writer when I read The Curious Incident… but it was one of the books that made me want to be a writer when I read it. And there are many smart things Christopher says about writing a book, and specifically a mystery, that ring true. When asked halfway through the play about his book Christopher says it isn’t a proper book because it doesn’t have a proper end. Endings are so important to mysteries. But he also says that he was excited. “When I started writing my book there was only one mystery to solve. Now there were two.” There’s certainly a good recipe in there for success. Christopher definitely had good reason to be excited about his story, and particularly how it ends. I was excited to have been there and shared a part of it, in the theatre too."

Thanks so much to Faye for sharing her thoughts on a favourite mystery! I'd love to know what your favourite mystery/thrillers are, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird is out now! Thanks to Usborne for the review copy and setting up the blog tour. Check out the tour poster and don't forget to visit the other stops!

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