Title: Deep Fear
Author: Rachel Lynch
Previous Books: Dark Game
Genre: Crime Thriller
Release Date: 14 May, 2018
About the book:
DI Kelly Porter is back. But will this new case push her beyond her limits?
On a peaceful summer’s morning in the Lake District, a woman’s body is discovered outside a church. She’s been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as more deaths occur it is clear this is the work of a disturbed, dangerous and determined individual. Can Kelly put the puzzle pieces together before the danger comes closer to home?
About the author:
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
Where did you come up with the character D.I. Kelly Porter?
I’m really proud of Kelly, and I love writing about her life and her work. She evolved over a long period of time, but I knew I wanted a strong woman, as many senior detectives in fiction are men. I knew I wanted her to be feisty and passionate, and i felt it important to have her love the Lake District and for it to be a big part of who she is. She’s very good at what she does and she has a strong nose for the job, but she does take risks, but that’s why I love her.
How does Deep Fear differ to Dark Game?
Dark Game is about organised crime, rather than a classic whodunit. It’s set in The Lake District and centres on illegal trading in people and goods, which are both ostensibly easy to hide in the vast expanse of Cumbria. That is, until Kelly Porter gets on the case. The criminals are violent, ruthless and well established, and Kelly has her hands full trying to chase down the real perpetrators behind a series of connected crimes. Deep Fear is different in that the perpetrator is not revealed until near the end of the book. A series of bodies are discovered in beautiful locations with grizzly notes from the killer, and Kelly has a race against time to work out who is behind them.
What method do you have for writing your novels?
My writing is erratic to say the least. I am a busy full time mum and I sit at my desk whenever I find a little peace, which is usually when the kids are at school or in bed. Some days I can write five thousand words, and others I barely get a thousand done, but I try to write every day with either Saturday or Sunday off. If I don’t write for a few days I get irritable. I find it incredibly soothing.
What should readers expect (or beware of) in Deep Fear?
The plot in Deep Fear is less violent than Dark Game, but it’s still gruesome, in the sense that a serial killer is on the loose in the beautiful Lake District. The bodies are left with clues and, forensically, the details are authentic and real. I like to balance Kelly’s work with her personal life and hope to achieve a sense of reality in both.
Where do you get inspiration for the dark themes in your novels?
I get my inspiration for dark themes from the despicable things human beings do to one another. I think my History teaching has a huge bearing on this. I love the theme of good vs evil, and believe that’s what good thrillers are all about: heroes and villains. Kelly’s tenacity ensures that she’ll always get her perp, but she meets some seriously hideous characters along the way.
How many D.I. Kelly Porter books can you see in the future?
I’m currently writing number four, and I see many, many more in the future.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on lots of different ideas alongside the Kelly series. I am delving into historical fiction and science fiction, as well as a young adult story.
Tell me about a book that you have read recently and why we should all read it?
I have very eclectic tastes in books and go through phases. I’m in a phase at the moment of reading motivational books, and I’ve just read The Chip Paradox by Steve Peters.
Thanks for taking the time to read my Q&A with Rachel. I hope that you will read and enjoy this book as much as I have. A full book review will follow at the weekend!