I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Stranded by Stuart James today. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
A family trapped. A psychopath on the loose. Let the game begin…
What could be more innocent than going on holiday?
As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.
Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.
But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.
Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.
Then a discarded phone starts to ring…
If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.
Let the horrific game begin…
OMG! Stuart James certainly knows how to creep his readers out and he is fast becoming my go-to author for a psychological thriller/horror hybrid. Stranded, once again, takes a normal family going about their everyday business who then get dragged kicking and screaming into a nightmare scenario from which they will struggle to escape.
When Ben drives himself, his wife and daughter to the airport for a much needed family break to Barcelona the last thing he expects is to be caught up in a diversion. But this diversion seems a little suspicious as they have been sent off onto a small and narrow country Lane where they don’t see any other traffic…until they get to the coach. And once they see what’s onboard that coach they will wish they had just kept on driving past it.
Stuart James is brilliant at building up the tension and suspense to such a high level that you are very quickly completely and utterly on the edge of your seat! And he does it without too much detail, letting that untold side of the story create fear of the unknown which means you know you should be very, VERY afraid! I had no idea where the plot was heading and that was another reason I had goosebumps throughout. The ending was just perfectly played out as well and I think it’s where Stuart James really excels as he has developed his own style of shocking twists and turns.
If you like your psychological thrillers unsettling, disturbing and unpredictable then Stranded is the book for you. It made me question my own judgments about what I would have done in their position and that perturbed me just as much as the narrative did. One to give you the shivers! And an ideal read for Halloween this year!
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.
Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.
I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.