After The Magpies was published, I realised I wanted to write something in a similar vein. As that novel was based on a real experience, I peered into my past to find something else to inspire me and hit upon a theme that I’d always wanted to explore in fiction: sexual jealousy.
When I was in my twenties, I lived with a woman who had a green-eyed monster inside her. Her jealousy made our life hell. Years later, I experienced jealousy myself and was shocked by the power of this most destructive emotion – and wondered just how destructive it could get… In The Magpies, the ‘monsters’ lived next door. In Because She Loves Me, the terror is even closer to home.
Because She Loves Me is not a sequel to The Magpies – but Lucy Newton from that book makes a cameo appearance and we find out what happened to her next. Anyway, here’s the full blurb:
A gripping tale of jealousy, obsession and murder, from the No.1 Bestselling author of The Magpies.
When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. She is perfect. And she likes him as much as he likes her.
But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the terrifying truth…
Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?
I can’t wait for this book to be published as I’m very proud of it. As with every new book, I also feel nervous. Will people like it? Can it come anywhere near to replicating the success of The Magpies? Not long till we find out…
Because She Loves Me is available to pre-order now.