#PublicationDay #BookReview #AuthorInterview for The Hostage by Alan Gorevan #TheHostage @AlanGorevan

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…


This was a fab novella to read, it was fast paced and very enjoyable!
I really enjoyed how the author told the story with chapters having different characters as the focus, that really helped him build up the suspense in the story as it reached the end.
I loved the mix of characters that were involved and I thought it was well written too, it was a quick read but I flew through the pages as I wanted to see how it would all end for Lindsey!
This was the first of Alan’s books that I have read but I will definitely be looking to check out some of his other releases now!
Amazon purchase link: mybook.to/TheHostagePreorder
The book is also for on sale from Alan’s website: https://www.alangorevan.com/books
  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?

He’s wanted for murder; he’s in your home.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

Alan Gorevan is an award-winning thriller writer and intellectual property attorney.

He lives in Dublin.

Website: https://www.alangorevan.com/