It’s my pleasure to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for the new thriller, Ice Cold Alice by C.P. Wilson. I have a guest post from the author to share in a moment, plus a short review of the (fabulous) book, but first of all here is what the book is about.
The Official Book Blurb
They thought that they had all the power, until she took it from them.
A killer hunts abusive spouses, blogging about their sins post-kill. Soon the murders and the brazen journaling draws the attention of Police Scotland’s CID.
This killer works with surgical preparation, precision and skill, using a unique weapon of her own and never leaves a trace of evidence behind.
Edinburgh’s DI Kathy McGuire, nearing the end of her career, begins the hunt for the murderer as a media frenzy erupts. But McGuire might have met her match…
What has led this killer to take the law into her own hands?
Is the woman accountable really a cold-hearted killer or a desperate vigilante?
Early reactions to Ice Cold Alice
“Absolutely brilliant book! Read from cover to cover at record speed. I can’t wait for more from Tequila! #PressIn.” – Maxine, Booklover Catlady
“This is a great read by Wilson! My only flaw with this story is that there isn’t more!” – Sooz, P. Turners Book Blog
“Despite not being my typical fare, this is one of the most viscerally satisfying books I have read in years. From the horrifying beginning to the enticing end, I was hooked all the way through. #PressIn” – Michelle Ruedin, Goodreads reviewer.
“Alice is truly a unique killer. I was cheering her on, and then I felt guilty for doing that. Emotions were all over the place. There are surprises here and there and twists that you never see coming.” – Linda Strong, Top 200 Goodreads reviewer.
The Accidental Thriller Writer
“Oh, yeah, that Scottish writer, the Superhero-guy.”
Wilson is a Genre-Tart.”
These are some of the labels and comments I’ve picked up in my writing career.
Having written eleven works over multiple genres, I’m rarely surprised anymore by readers’ eagerness to place me in a genre or writing style.
The truth is, I’m not the Crime-guy, or the new Irvine Welsh, the Zombie-writer, Sci-fi novelist or the Thriller-writer. I’m not the guy that writes good action scenes or writes women well.
I write people.
Their foibles, idiosyncrasies, their flaws, ugliness, beauty, kindness and callousness. The humour of a funeral, the heartbreak of a moment where you know the world has shifted around you irrevocably. The horror of being alone, or trapped or abandoned. The joy and fear of being a new parent. A mother’s love. A father’s disappointment. The vileness of a killer’s mind. An alcoholic’s redemption. These things, these people, are what and who move me and where all my stories begin.
The plot comes next, then the tone. After that, when the first-draft is done, I’ll perhaps realise which genre it lies in.
For me, writing for one genre, determinedly checking all the points that that type of book is ‘supposed’ to contain, is the surest way to write a story that I don’t care about, and no-one else will.
Some writers are hugely skilled at writing to a genre, or remaining a Crime-guy/girl but still retaining a level of spontaneity and creativity in their work.
I’m not one of them. I need the unknown. I need it to be all about the character and what I’m making them endure. I need it to feel dangerous, or heart-breaking or urgent. Unplanned. Genre comes last. I need it to be about the people.
With Ice Cold Alice I’ve accidentally written a Psychological thriller. Knowing that I’m inexperienced in the genre, I approached my new publisher with the book. This was a first for me.
Bloodhound Books are infinitely more skilled and experienced than I am in producing and marketing this type of book. They’re good people, and people is what I thrive on in life and in writing.
I’m incredibly grateful to have the team’s expertise and support with this book and unexpectedly pleased to be labelled as the Thriller-guy.
What a great post and thanks to author C.P. Wilson for sharing it with us. Now I had sneaky read of Ice Cold Alice a short while ago and I have to be honest. I’m fluffing glad I did.
This is one heck of a thrilling read. You have your serial killer, in this case a woman (I know right?), driven by the need to avenge the years of abuse that have been suffered by victims of domestic violence at the hands of their abusive spouses. Blogging about her kills under the screen name Tequila Mockingbird, she shows little pride or boasting in what she does, she is not taunting anyone. She is simply righting wrongs. Both acclaimed and hated by public and media alike, she kills with clinical precision, sometimes meting a similar amount of torture to her victims as they inflicted upon theirs. Her violence and methods may seem excessive but to her they make sense. They are part of a plan.
Now I intend to keep this review relatively brief (by my standards at least) as you really need to read the book for yourselves. To read every nuance, see for yourselves the skill with which author CP Wilson captures the essence of the characters he writes, and the acute observations of people in general, particularly the divisive nature of social media. As he said in the post above – he writes people. Very well. There is no attempt to shock with the domestic violence, in fact there are only a couple of scenes that the reader is actually privy to, but these are enough. But the killer’s distaste is clear on every page and their motivation… Well it certainly made me pause that’s for sure. Practically floored me to be fair. I hadn’t been expecting it at all.
Told from the point of view of both killer and the Detectives trying to track them down, I could empathise with both equally. We are treated to snippets of both DI Macguire’s history as well as Tequila’s through chapters set in the past, ones which give structure to what is happening in the present. And they make for compelling, if a little grim, reading. I was absorbed by this book from the very first page, finishing it in a single afternoon. I found myself rooting for both killer and police, never quite sure if I wanted them to find her or not. And the ending… Well again, not what I was expecting but leaves the promise of so much more to come.
Tequila will appeal to those who like a strong female protagonist on a mission. She plays it tough, her actions planting her firmly on the wrong side of the law, but she is still ultimately very human and very likeable. Likewise, it is great to have an equally strong woman in charge of the investigation and readers will no doubt like Kathy Macguire just as much. I for one can’t wait to read the next instalment as neither one of these women is going to let go, no matter how things may appear.
Fast paced, intriguing and endearing characters and a truly compelling narrative, this is a great opener to the series and a clear 5 stars from me.
My thanks to the author and publishers Bloodhound Books for the advance copy of Ice Cold Alice for review. It was released on 20th April and is available to purchase from the following retailers:
About the Author
C.P. Wilson writes Psychological Thrillers. Ice Cold Alice is due for publication by Bloodhound Books on April 20th, 2017 and is currently being adapted to a screenplay.
Wilson is also the author of ten works of fiction in multiple genre and one non-fiction memoir under the name Mark Wilson.
Wilson currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school, is one half of a parent-team to two very active children, and mentors independent authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.
Wilson’s short story ‘Glass Ceiling’ won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler’s Short story competition. dEaDINBURGH: Vantage reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.
You can follow the author at the following sites:
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