Books for adults:

New release! The First Time I Died

I'm delighted that my latest novel for adults, The First Time I Died, will soon be available! Here's the blurb:

The first time I died, I didn’t come back alone...

When Garnet McGee returns to her small Vermont hometown for the holidays, she vows to solve the mystery of the murder which shattered her life ten years ago.

But then the unexpected happens — she dies in an accident and gets brought back to life by paramedics.

Now she’s hearing words, seeing visions and experiencing strange sensations. Are these merely symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and an over-active imagination, or is she getting messages from a paranormal presence?

Garnet has always prided herself on being logical and rational, but trying to catch a killer without embracing her shadow self is getting increasingly difficult. And dangerous, because in a town full of secrets, it seems like everybody has a motive for murder.

Fast-paced and riveting, The First Time I Died is a suspenseful and haunting crime story with an supernatural twist. 

 Dark Whispers

 She lies on the steel operating table — so still, relaxed and ready. Her breathing is slow and steady, her gaze unfocused. There is just time for a small whisper, a soft encouragement of hope, before the chemical darkness slides her entirely into his honing hands. He leans over and murmurs into her ear, “I’m going to do something very special for you now. Cut it all away and make it neat. And when you wake up, you’re going to be just perfect.”

Between the anaesthesia and the awakening, are the dark whispers…

When a patient in hypnosis describes an experience of mental torture and physical mutilation at the hands of a doctor, psychologist Megan Wright decides to investigate. Determined to find out the truth and stop the abuse, but bound to silence by the ethics of confidentiality, Megan will need to confront the dark mind of a dangerously disturbed man in a deadly battle of wits and wills.

This clever and gripping psychological thriller, with its unexpected twists and unnerving climax will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Paula Hawkins (Girl on the Train), Sophie Hannah and Nicci French.

Note: This novel contains scenes of violence which may be distressing to very sensitive readers.

Now available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.au, Amazon.in, and Amazon.ca.

Praise for Dark Whispers:

"Read this thriller. It's gripping - so shocking you won't be able to breathe until you get to the end." Mike Nicol(Payback, Killer Country, Black Heart, Of Cops and Robbers)

"A chilling exploration of human vulnerability and cruelty, a terrifying and throughly entertaining read." Amanda Coetzee (Flaming June, Bad Blood, Redemption Song)

     

 

 Also available in Afrikaans (paperback only, Kindle version coming soon!)

Skadustemme

In dié debuutroman vir volwassenes (wat in Engels publiseer is as Dark Whispers) onthul een van Megan Wright, ’n sielkundige, se kliënte dat sy deur ’n snydokter wat in ginekologiese operasies spesialiseer, geskend is. Dit word duidelik dat die gewraakte operasie geen ongeluk was nie. Die vrywaringsbrief wat die pasiënt vooraf moes teken, maak dit egter onmoontlik om die betrokke dokter te laat vervolg.


Toe Megan haar kom kry, is sy daarop uit om dié dokter te ontbloot en te keer dat hy nog vrouelewens vernietig. Veral toe sy uitvind dat hy ’n hele paar ander pasiënte ook geskend het, soms so erg dat hulle nooit sal kan kinders hê nie. Nie een van die klagtes wat teen die dokter gelê is, was suksesvol nie. Verwikkelinge in Megan se persoonlike lewe word meesterlik met die verhaal se hoofspanningslyn vervleg.

Resensies:

“Bloedstollend geloofwaardig!” – JB Roux

"Dark Whispers is ’n heerlike spanningsvolle lees en word aanbeveel vir boekliefhebbers." – Sandra Marais (Sarie Tydskrif)

“Lees hierdie riller. Dit gryp jou vas – so skokkend dat jy eers weer sal asemhaal wanneer jy klaar gelees het.” – Mike Nicol

"Skadustemme doen sy naam as spanningsriller beslis gestand. Die storie word nie onnodig uitgerek nie, die inhoud is interessant en die skrywer het die waarde van behoorlike navorsing voor sy begin skryf het, goed verstaan. Die gesaghebbendheid van haar woorde oor die sielkunde-, ginekologiese en persoonlikeverhoudingsvelde is geloofwaardig en getuig van dieper begrip van die kompleksiteit van die menslike psige. En wat my die meeste beïndruk het, is die boek se realistiese en geloofwaardige einde. Die besef dat die regte lewe nie altyd maanskyn en rose is en gelukkige eindes het nie; dat mens nie onaangeraak kan bly as jy met die waansin van ander se woede en seerkry gekonfronteer word nie." - Maryke Roberts (Litnet)

“’n Kille verkenning vanmenslike kwesbaarheid en wreedheid, ‘n skrikwekkende en uiters genotvolle leeservaring.” – Amanda Coetzee

"Skadustemme is baie goed geskryf en ek is mal oor die gebruik van eg Suid-Afrikaanse gesegdes sowel as die vergelykings wat getrek word met ons land se huidige probleme. Dit was ‘n spannende leeservaring met ‘n sin vir humor... Ek dink Macgregor het die potensiaal om Suid-Afrika se Gillian Flynn te wees. Ek sal beslisSkadustemme aanbeveel (of Dark Whispers, afhangende van jou taalvoorkeur)." - Natasha B, (The Mystery Corner)

“Die skrywer se navorsing is puik. Sielkundige tegnieke soos kliniese hipnose word meesterlik deelgemaak van die intrige en nóg ’n genre-etiket is in orde: Dark Whispers is ’n sielkundige riller in die volle sin van die woord. Wat veral die bloed laat stol, is die roman se vreesaanjaende geloofwaardigheid. Ook dat dit so aktueel is: In die moderne era het die meeste van ons ’n amper blindelingse vertroue in ons dokters.” – Media 24

"Blood-chillingly believable... Developments in Megan's personal life are woven with the main thriller plot in a masterly way... perfect comic timing... excellent research... Dark Whispers is a psychological thriller in the full sense of the word... scarily credible." – Die Burger and Die Beeld (7 July, 2014)

Skadustemme is already available at Protea book stores throughout South Africa and at many Exclusive Books branches. Please, if they don't have it at your local Exclusives or Independent bookstore, ask them to order it for you (ISBN: 978-1-4853-0262-9). Book stores stock titles according to demand.