Lindsey O’Reilly is at home, cleaning up after dinner, when she sees armed police swarming over her garden wall.
There’s a noise downstairs. A knock on the door.
She opens up, but it’s not the police. It’s the man they’re chasing.
A stone-cold killer. Now he’s inside…
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
It’s hard to say exactly when my obsession with stories began. My parents gave me a fantastic gift: the love of reading. I’ve always been a bookworm. As a 10-year old, I loved comics like 2000 AD. I used to write my own comics and go around my neighbourhood, trying to sell them door-to-door.
My ambitions varied over the years. For a while, I wanted to be a painter, then a musician. In my teens, I rediscovered my ambition to be a writer. Reading “Killing Floor” by Lee Child was a pivotal moment. I decided I wanted to write stories like that.
- What inspired you to write this book?
“The Hostage” is entirely fictitious, but it was inspired by an experience a friend had. She saw armed Gardaí jumping over her garden wall, in pursuit of a suspect. Luckily, she didn’t have a terrible experience like the character in my book. As a thriller writer, I’m usually imagining what would happen if things got worse.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
He’s wanted for murder; he’s in your home.
- What are you up to next?
I’m having fun writing a novel called “Better Confess”. I’m also editing two other titles at the moment, a novel and a novella. So, plenty to keep me busy.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
Linwood Barclay, a fantastic and underrated thriller writer, is a major inspiration. He takes ordinary people and puts them through absolute hell.
I also love Shari Lapena, Steve Cavanagh, Gillian Flynn, Harlan Coben and Joseph Finder. All fantastic writers. R.L. Stine’s YA thrillers are great fun too. They’re short and sharp – and they inspired me to write something similar for adults. I love long books, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a short one. A book that can be finished in one or two sittings. They’re perfect for this time, when so many of us are finding it a struggle to concentrate.
He lives in Dublin.