Psychological Crime. Short stories
|Thorne grew up in Luton, where her father
a Labour councillor and her mother once got the sack for calling her
boss a male chauvenist pig, so she grew up with strong views about the
way the world works. Her headmaster advised her to study law, but that
implied a career in law, and the only career she wanted was as a
writer, so she studied history instead, at Aberystwyth, and nine years
later, after a spell working in a library, she returned to Wales, to
beautiful and inspiring Pembrokeshire, to run a restaurant with her
She did finally get her law degree, through the Open University, but these days, she writes, as she had always intended, and when she's not writing,she makes miniature furniture, through her craft business, Pear Tree Miniatures, and occasionally she teaches family history.
History, personal and social, rather than political treaties and battles, remain a major interest, spurred along by her present home, a Victorian farmhouse that stands on the site of a Mediaeval manor. When she write about crime, as a traumatic turn of events that shakes people's lives, she is primarily concerned with its causes and far-reaching consequences of actions, even through generations, rather than the thrill of the actions themselves, or the intricacies of forensic detection.
She has had three novels published by Honno, A Time For Silence, Motherlove and The Unravelling, and has also brought out a book of short stories, Moments of Consequence. A fourth novel, Shadows, has been published in July 2017
A Time For Silence
Gwenllian Lewis married John Owen in 1933. Seventy-five years later, their granddaughter Sarah comes upon the ruined cottage where they had once farmed, and the discovery inspires her to investigate her family history. But when she unearths a shocking secret, her interest becomes an obsession. Escaping from her own tragedy, she immerses herself in an older one; a tragedy that overturns her fantasies of an idyllic past, for the story of Gwen and her husband John Owen was anything but idyllic. When the full unpalatable truth dawns on Sarah, she finds herself rethinking her own life.
"A lovely story, the author manages to build something positive from a dark history as the first person character discovers long-hidden family secrets. A powerful sense of foreboding builds as the story unfolds, cleverly set against the unravelling of a modern-day relationship.Sad to say goodbye to some of these characters!" Jenny B.
In 1990, three women are anticipating motherhood.
Gillian is childless, and desperate to adopt, but should she?
Heather is stressed by a new move, financial worries and a young toddler. Is the imminent arrival of an unplanned second child the last straw.
Lindy is a desperate teenager, homeless and pregnant. The one thing she wants is a family.
Two babies are born in Lyford hospital. For two women it's a dream come true. For one, it's the start of a nightmare.
Twenty two years later...
Kelly is a happy young woman living with her mother Roz on a smallholding in Pembrokeshire. Vicky is a medical student nursing a grudge against her mother Gillian, in the home counties. They are worlds apart, but those worlds are about to crash into each other, when they set out to discover who they really are.
"This is such a thrilling read. The story is unusual and really good. Everything clicks at a certain point and behind the gripping part of the story there are also beautiful stories about young women who need to find their way in life. Something went horribly wrong somewhere and that had grave consequences. Eventually the reader will get the missing pieces of the puzzle, I loved how the writer makes that happen. If you like a moving psychological story that will keep you on the edge of your seat you will love this book." Suze Lavender
A bleak January evening and Karen Rothwell returns home from work. An apple falls from a bag and rolls into a gully. An insignificant and undramatic event, but for some reason it sparks memories of a school friend Karen hasn’t seen or even thought about for thirty-five years.
Why has Karen's forgotten childhood crush suddenly sprung into life - and what is it she is still not remembering?
Karen cannot rest until she finds out. But then, she’s never been able to rest—she’s too damaged. And she is not the only one. Will the truth heal, or only serve to open old wounds?
Perhaps it will even inflict new ones.
"Simultaneously innocent, knowing, cruel and kind, her observations of the complex, often toxic, relationships between pre-teens are spot-on. Moore also allows her reader more knowledge than her protagonist: the pleasure came from watching Karen uncover the truth and in so doing heal all who were involved, to a greater or lesser extent. The Unravelling is a fine, nuanced, emotionally-complex read." Hilary Shepherd
Moments of Consequence
A collection of eight short stories, including comedies, tragedies and histories, though it is not necessarily easy to decide which is which.
What is the true value of an old teapot? (The Accountant) What happened on an uneventful day in Gloucestershire? (It Was Late June) Has anyone noticed the monument in the middle of Haverfordwest? (Dances On The Head Of A Pin) What lies behind the torn wallpaper of an old cottage? (Footprints) And more.
The collection also has three stories designed to add a little extra colour to her novels.
A Time To Cast Away puts a light on the background to A Time For Silence
Hush Hush illuminates the life of a character fleetingly mentioned in Motherlove.
Green Fingers, Black Back explains how a myth arose in The Unravelling.
"Here again is her humane, intelligent, sharply observant voice in a series of very entertaining short stories. She has a wry view of human behaviour - nothing sentimental here - and a strong sense of justice, which makes them all very satisfying." J T NorthKate Lawrence has a problem with death. It won't leave her alone. She's tuned into its shadows, whether it's happening a hundred miles away or whether it happened a hundred years ago. In her struggle to cope with her unwelcome gift, she has frozen people out of her life. Her marriage is on the rocks, her career is in chaos and she urgently needs to get a grip. So she decides to start again, by joining her effervescent cousiin Sylvia and partner Michael in their mission to restorie and revitalise an old mansion in the wilds of North Pembrokeshire.
It is certainly a new start, but it takes Kate to a place that is bound to be thick with the shadows of past deaths. She is determined to learn to face them down - so determined that she fails to notice new shadows that are erupting around her. Shadows that, perhaps, she is helping to cast.
"I wholly recommend Shadows, for its wit, its humanity and its ability to make you shiver." Kate MacCormack
Questions for Thorne
1.Are you working on another book?
I have a novel that I hope will be out this year – another psychological mystery with a paranormal twist, this time. And I’m working on a fifth novel, set around a clifftop cottage in Pembrokeshire.
2. What is your preferred genre?
I write psychological crime, but I also enjoy writing Science fiction – in private.
3.What do you love most about writing in your genre?
The chance to get inside people, especially when they are pushed out of their comfort zone.
4.What is your writing style?
Mixed, I hope, in order to fit the needs of the book – lyrical or brusque or humorous.
5.What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Sometimes something I’ve heard – it could be a story on the news. But sometimes it’s an image. A story begins to stick to it like limpets to a rock.
6.Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite?
That’s difficult. Possibly Karen, in The Unravelling. It was strangely enjoyable writing insanity.
7. What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
Aaargh! I’ve got a wide choice. Lots of unpleasant people, but then most of them have been made that way, so they have a certain fascination. Probably Marcus in A Time For Silence.
8.What is the biggest surprise that you experienced by becoming a writer?
That some people actually liked my books and didn’t just laugh at me. It’s a big nerve threshold to cross.
9.What has been the best compliment?
“Your book made me think.”
10.Tell us a little about your plans for the future?
Several books are swilling around, gradually getting themselves ready to drop into place. I can’t see myself stopping any time soon.