Today it is my great pleasure to wish a very happy publication day to mark Edwards, whose latest thriller, Here to Stay, is out now. I’ve got a great extract from the book to share with you all as part of the blog tour, and would like to say thanks to Amber Choudhary for inviting me to join the tour. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.Available from Amazon UK | Amazon US
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.
The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .
As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?
From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.
From the Book
I must have been awoken by a noise, or perhaps it was a shift in pressure somewhere else in the house, an instinctive reaction that pulled me out of my dream. I sat up, images of a burglar creeping about downstairs setting my pulse racing. But then I remembered. We had houseguests. And now I was awake, I needed to pee, so I got out of bed and put my dressing gown on.
As I came out of the en-suite, I heard it. A definite noise coming from downstairs. I strained to hear. Was it just Jeff or Lizzy, moving around in the master bedroom? I listened more closely. No, it was fainter, like it was coming from the ground floor.
It was almost certainly one of Gemma’s family, getting a glass of water or something completely unremarkable. But what if it was a burglar? I couldn’t remember if, with the change of routine, I had locked the back door – and the more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that I’d left it open. I headed down and walked past the living room towards the kitchen.
A shuffling noise came from inside the living room.
I froze, heart banging against my ribs. There was someone in there. Should I continue to the kitchen, grab a knife or heavy object? I stood motionless, unable to hear anything except my own breathing. I was paralysed, unable to decide what to do.
Then someone inside the room coughed and the spell was broken. I peered into the room and saw Lizzy, standing there fully
–dressed in the dark, with just the glow of the moon from outside illuminating the room.
She had something in her hand: a small square object.
‘Lizzy?’ I said.
She spun around, clutching her chest. ‘Oh my Lord, you frightened the life out of me.’
‘Is everything all right?’ I asked, entering the room. She had her other hand behind her back, so I couldn’t see what she was holding.
‘I couldn’t sleep, that’s all, so I was looking for something to read.’ She gestured to the bookcase.
‘Want me to recommend something?’
‘You are sweet. But, actually, I’ve suddenly come over all tired. I think I’ll go back to bed.’
‘Okay. Goodnight, then.’
I went into the kitchen, and heard her go up the stairs behind me, the familiar creak of the fourth. I checked the back door – it was locked and secure – then looked around for Charlie. There was no sign of him, which wasn’t unusual. He often stayed out all night.
I drank a glass of water, then headed back up. It was only when I slipped into bed beside Gemma that it came to me: the square object in Lizzy’s hand had looked like a tape measure, one of the ones where you press a button and the stiff plastic tape comes whizzing back in. But what on earth was my mother-in-law doing with a tape measure in my living room in the middle of the night?
Oooh heck. That sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Got to be honest and say I am very happy not having to deal with in-laws. I’ve had a copy of the book arrive on my kindle this morning and I’m looking forward to finding out just what Lizzy has been up to.
About the Author
Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
He has sold over two million books since his first novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013, and has topped the bestseller lists several times. His other novels include Follow You Home, The Retreat, In Her Shadow, Because She Loves Me, The Devil’s Work and The Lucky Ones. He has also co-authored six books with Louise Voss.
Originally from Hastings in East Sussex, Mark now lives in Wolverhampton with his wife, their children, two cats and a golden retriever.
Mark loves hearing from readers and can be contacted through his website, www.markedwardsauthor.com, or you can find him on Facebook (@markedwardsbooks), Twitter (@mredwards) and Instagram (@markedwardsauthor).
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